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This Cookies Policy was last modified on March 15, 2023.

This site does NOT use “cookies” to collect information about your visit.

However, our hosting company uses CloudFlare to improve performance.

CloudFlare Cookies

CloudFlare generates the “__cfduid” cookie associated with this site.

Cookie associated with sites using CloudFlare, used to speed up page load times. According to CloudFlare it is used to override any security restrictions based on the IP address the visitor is coming from. It does not contain any user identification information.

We have no control over the CloudFlare cookie nor access to its contents.

Notice to European Site Visitors

This site is aimed primarily at Canadian users but it is available world-wide to anyone with an Internet connection.

  • This site does NOT practice the sort of widespread collection and retention of personal data that GDPR is designed to address.
  • Russ Harvey Consulting neither collects nor retains details about visitors to this site. All information on this site is freely available without any tracking mechanisms.

Log Data

Unlike many site operators, we DO NOT collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site ("Log Data" — also known as analytics).

No Google Analytics

We don't use analytics, including Google Analytics.

This choice NOT to use these services is a result of our concern about the widespread collection and commercialization of personal information for commercial gain. Learn more about our privacy concerns.

This data may be collected by other parties including

  • our hosting service;
  • your ISP;
  • your browser; or
  • your VPN service.

Firefox Recommended

Your choice of browser matters. We strongly recommend Mozilla Firefox both because it is open source and because of Mozilla's stand on privacy.

Review your Firefox settings and change your default search engine to StartPage or DuckDuckGo.

External Links

This Site uses a significant number of links to external websites in addition to those pointing to relevant information within this site.

We use external links:

  • to provide additional information on topics discussed on this Site;
  • to attribute our source for direct quotations used on this Site; and
  • to provide additional services related to this Site such as our hosting service.

External Links Underlined

External links are identifiable because they are marked with a dotted line underneath if your browser supports the markup used (most current browsers do). Internal links do not display the dotted underline. For example:

External Sites May Use Cookies

External websites may use cookies and are not subject to this Site's Cookie Policy.

We recommend that you read the privacy and cookie policies for each external site before providing any personal information to them.

Most sites track you even before you've read their policies.

DoubleClick Cookie

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads. Google's use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on their visit to other sites on the Internet.

Worse, they have enable a new faux cookie technologies:

Google has created new tracking and behavioral ad targeting methods in Chrome called Topics and FLEDGE, which it plans to automatically enable for many Chrome users.
DuckDuckGo's Spread Privacy

This site does NOT use Google Ads, however, many sites do.

You may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick Cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting the Google Ads Settings page. Google creates a special tracking link when visiting the “Google Ads Settings” page and you must retain the generated cookie for this setting to be enforced.

New Tracking Methods

Newer technologies like browser fingerprinting and FLoC are rapidly replacing cookies for tracking purposes.

Do Not Track

We support the Do Not Track (or DNT) browser setting but don't respond the Do Not Track signals because we DON'T track site visitors.

Do Not Track is a preference you can set in your browser to let the websites you visit know that you do not want them collecting certain information about you. For more details about Do Not Track, including how to enable or disable this preference, visit the TermsFeed Do Not Track page.

Google Analytics

This Site does NOT use Remarketing with Google Analytics.

Some sites use Remarketing with Google Analytics to advertise on third party sites to you after you have visited their site. Third party vendors, like Google, use first party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) to inform, optimize and serve ads based on your past visits to such sites.

Google has experimented with FLoC and similar cookie replacement technologies.

You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize the Google Display Network ads. Visit the Google Ads Settings page.

Google also recommends installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on for your browser. Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on provides visitors with the ability to prevent their data from being collected and used by Google Analytics.

From a privacy point-of-view, adding a cookie or employing a browser add-on to avoid tracking is counterproductive because it can be used to track you.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Cookies Policy, please contact us, but please read the contact guidelines page first.

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Changes to this Cookies Policy

We may update this Cookies Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Cookies Policy on the Site. You are advised to review this Cookies Policy periodically for any changes.

See also the Terms and Conditions ("Agreement") and Privacy Policy for this Site.


About Cookies

Cookies are files with small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a web site and stored on your computer's hard drive.

Cookies are essential for services like shopping carts and tracking visitors that have logged into a site.

Since this site does neither, we don't use cookies.

Configure Your Browser

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies, only third-party cookies or alter how your browser deals with cookies.

Some websites may not retain personalized settings and features such as shopping carts may not work if you do not accept cookies from those sites.

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Updated: March 15, 2023