This website uses Google’s Universal Analytics to help analyze how visitor use this site. Google’s Universal Analytics uses “cookies”, which are small text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. Note the deliberate emphasis of anonymous. No personally identifiable information is collected about you unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form on this website. So if I need personal info from you – for example, your email address to register to access or add a blog comment – I will ask for it and you will have the option to provide it or not.
The anonymous information generated by Google’s Universal Analytics cookies about your use of this website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then processed to compile statistical reports on website activity for pigzilla.co only. I use these reports to evaluate aggregate visitor usage so that I can optimize the content, and its marketing, to better meet your needs. Yes, I consider this essential for us to operate this website as a free to use service!
I will not link or seek to link an IP address with the identity of a computer user. In fact, I will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifiable information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
In summary, your anonymity is safe. That is my personal commitment to you as a valued reader and potential client.
Google Analytics Display Advertising Features
Google Analytics Display Advertising Features are enabled on my site and allow us to take part in remarketing with Google Analytics, Google Display network impression reporting, DoubleClick platform integrations and Google Analytics demographics and interest reporting. Once again, the data collected for these reports is all anonymous.
To opt out of Google Analytics anonymous tracking go here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.
When Personal Information Is Submitted
If you have submitted a blog comment or asked to be notified of updates, I request your name and email address and potentially other non-specific information. For example, your business type, interests and location. We do this firstly to ensure you are not a robot or spammer, and secondly because the more information we have on actual people (as opposed to cookies), the better we can understand what content is of interest to readers. If you wish your personal information to be removed from this site, simply contact us at oink [at] pigzilla.co and we will do this at the earliest opportunity. Note, that in removing your personal details all your associated content is deleted – such as blog comments you have made.
I have embedded social “love” buttons. If you click on a social love button, most will set a third-party cookie e.g. Twitter, Google +1, Facebook etc. Unfortunately, there is no way around this if you wish to share content socially – social networks use 3rd-party cookies.
My advice is to set your browser to always block third-party cookies. The social buttons will still work, just no visitor data sent to them.
Web beacons are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, that are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on your computer’s hard drive, Web beacons are embedded invisibly on web pages and may not be disabled or controlled through your browser.
As noted, I may also engage third parties to track and analyze site activity on my behalf. To do so, these third parties may place cookies or web beacons to track user activity on my site. I use the data collected by such third parties to help us administer and improve the quality of the Site and to analyze usage of the Site.