Privacy Policy

This site is owned and personally operated by Read Aloud Dad. Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to me.  Because I gather certain types of information about my users, I feel you should fully understand this policy and the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. 
This privacy statement discloses what information is gathered and how it is used.

 Read Aloud Dad gathers two types of information about users:
◦ Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to receive my electronic newsletters, or comments in the comment forms that follow every blog post and submission of data in a book giveaway, or a postal address in the case of the need to mail a book that was won in a book giveaway. 
◦ Information Read Aloud Dad gathers through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views on my site. This information allows me to better tailor my content to readers’ needs. None of the aggregated demographic data or information about an individual user is divulged to a third party.

OPT-OUT Instructions for Email Newsletter:

Every newsletter you receive from Read Aloud Dad includes a “removal link” with instructions. You can remove yourself from the email list at any time by clicking on the removal link contained in the footer of the email.

Read Aloud Dad Gathers User Information In The Following Processes:

Optional Voluntary Information offer the following free services, which require some type of voluntary submission of personal information by users:
1. Electronic newsletters policy (Dispatches)
I will offer a free electronic newsletter to users. Read Aloud Dad  gathers the email addresses of users who voluntarily subscribe. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every newsletter that points users to the subscription management page. 
2. Discussion/comments policy
Users of the site’s Comments section do not need to register for this service although registration is possible with the provider of the Comments service (Disqus). If users register with Disqus, the information (username, password, and email address) they use with Disqus is not accessible to
3. “E-mail this to a friend” and/or "Sharing" policy
Read Aloud Dad site users can choose to electronically forward a link, page, or documents to someone else by clicking on the appropriate links to share or email a post/document with friends or other Internet users. The user must provide their email address (or FB or Twitter handle), as well as that of the recipient. This information is used only in the case of transmission errors and, of course, to let the recipient know who sent the email. The information is not used for any other purpose.
4. Polling
Read Aloud Dad may rarely offer interactive polls to users so they can easily share their opinions with other users and see what our audience thinks about important issues. Opinions or other responses to polls are aggregated and are not identifiable to any particular user. Read Aloud Dad may use a system to “tag” users after they have voted, so they can vote only once on a particular question. This tag is not correlated with information about individual users.
5. Giveaways 
Read Aloud Dad may occasionally organize a book giveaway for email subscribers. The winner may be required to share his/her postal address solely for the purpose of mailing the book. This postal address is never stored or shared in any way and is deleted as soon as the book is mailed to the recipient. 


Read Aloud Dad will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18 without requesting parental consent.

Usage Tracking

Read Aloud Dad tracks user traffic patterns throughout the site. However, I do not correlate this information with data about individual users. Read Aloud Dad does break down overall usage statistics according to a user’s domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user’s browser).
Read Aloud Dad sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. This tracking information is used to determine which areas of my site users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas. I do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps me continue to build a better service for you.

My site may place a text file called a “cookie” in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable us to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Read Aloud Dad may use cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above). My advertising system delivers a one-time cookie to better track ad impressions and click rates.

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you’ve set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site. However, you do need cookies to participate actively in message boards, forums, polling and surveys.

Use of Information
Read Aloud Dad uses any information voluntarily given by users to enhance their experience on the site, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users. 
I send out a email newsletter to subscribers whenever a new post is published on the blog. Read Aloud Dad never shares newsletter mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners.
When I use tracking information to determine which areas of the site users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas - I do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps me to continue to build a better service for you. I may track search terms entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users. But I don’t track which terms a particular user enters.
Read Aloud Dad may create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows advertisers to advertise more effectively, and allows our users to receive advertisements that are pertinent to their needs. Because I don’t track the usage patterns of individual users, an advertiser or sponsor will never know that a specific user clicked their ad. 
I will not disclose any information about any individual user except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

Opt-Out Policy
Users are given options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include: 
◦ Opting not to register to receive the electronic newsletter. 
◦ Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our users

Your Consent
By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by Read Aloud Dad. If I decide to change the privacy policy, I will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information I collect, how I use it, and under what circumstances I disclose it.


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