Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us.  At Michael S. Ratliff’s Blog, we have a few fundamental principles that we follow:

We don’t ask you for personal information unless truly need it.  (we can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason).

We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.

We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.

My sons and I operate several websites including,,, and  It is our policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.


Website Visitors

Like most website operators, my sons and I collect non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request.  Our purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to understand better how our visitors meet its website.  From time to time, we may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in its website usage.

We also collect potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and users leaving comments on our blogs.  We would only disclose logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it meets and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.


Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to my sons and my websites choose to interact with us in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information.  The amount and type of information that we gather depend on the nature of the interaction.  For example, I ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address.  For those who wish to receive Michael S. Ratliff’s Blog updates via email, I collect their emails.  In each case, we collect such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with us.  We do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.  And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.


Aggregated Statistics

My sons and I may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites.  For instance, we may monitor the most popular pages on the blog site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam.  My sons and I may display this information publicly or provide it to others.  However, we do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.


Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

My sons and I disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information to process it on our behalf or to provide services available on our websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others.  We will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying information to anyone.  Other than to our employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations, as described above, we disclose personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental requests or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect our’s, a third party’s, or the public at large’s property or rights. If you are a registered user of our website and have supplied your email address, we may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or keep you up to date with what’s going on with us and our products.  I primarily use our various updates to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this email type to a minimum.  If you send a request (for example, via a support email or one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it to help clarify or respond to your request or help support other users.  We take all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of personally-identifying information.



A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns.  My sons and I use cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their website usage, and their website access preferences.  Our visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using our websites. The drawback that certain features of our websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.



Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you.  This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by us and does not cover cookies by any advertisers.



Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives.  In this case, we store them long enough to improve the service to avoid future false positives.


Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, we may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at our sole discretion.  We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy.  Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.