As with most other websites, the website collects and uses the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the site that referred you to this site, the browser you 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. The logs are used to create traffic statistics, and are deleted afterwards.
ShinyStat and other similar web site traffic products
Cookies and Web Beacons
The website also uses third party advertisements. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on the website, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit the site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing London real estate ads to someone in London, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).
You can choose to disable or selectively turn off the 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 the site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.