The simple act of visiting a website leaves a trail of information, a “digital footprint”, about visitors like you. Sometimes this footprint is vague and preserves your anonymity, while other times it is tied specifically to you and your real life identity.
If all you do is click around and read pages, the data captured about you is vague. If you leave a comment or sign up for a newsletter, the data captured about you is, sometimes, very specific. Almost all web sites on the web today collect data in this fashion about visitors, and this site is no different.
Data is used for the express purpose of enabling you to read, respond to, and discover published content topical to this site, and nothing else.
The data obtained may be kept indefinitely.
Data is never bartered or sold for commercial gain.
Data is never given to advertisers.
Data may be given to law enforcement at discretion of site owner.
Data may be collected by analytic services.