Privacy Policy for Guitarist.com


Guitarist.com doesn't use cookies or any other means to track your personal information. Nor has it ever. The only visitor information collected by Guitarist.com comes from logfiles. Just about every website in existence generates a running logfile of basic information such as visitors' IP  addresses, ISPs (internet service provider, such as AOL or Comcast), browsers used to visit the site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited the site, and which pages you visited throughout the site. Websites live on web servers, and web servers generate log files. That's just a universal fact of life on the World Wide Web.

However, I've recently been experimenting with placing third-party advertisements on Guitarist.com (using Google's AdSense, in particular). These ads generally contain some kind of technology, such as cookies and web beacons, to keep track of   your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit our site, etc., and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This information is generally used for geotargeting purposes -- showing Portland guitar lesson to someone in Portland, for example; or showing certain ads based on specific webpages visited, such as showing classical guitar ads to someone who frequents the classical guitar pages on Guitairist.com, or  flamenco-related ads to someone who vists my flamenco pages.

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off  cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security.  However, this can affect how you are able to interact with Guitarist.com as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

So, to summarize: Guitarist.com isn't interested in your personal information. I don't have access to it (since I don't set cookies or web beacons or anything else), I don't collect it, I don't sell it, I don't trade it, I'm not interested in it. But some third-party advertisers on Guitarist.com do use cookies and the like in their ad campaigns. You have the option of disabling these tracking mechanisms. But I really wouldn't worry about them.

John Philip Dimick
Owner, Guitarist.com


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