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Most of the advertisements you see on the BirdGuides website are served by our advertising partner, Digital Spring, who in turn use the services of Google Analytics. BirdGuides also uses Google Analytics to collect and provide aggregated statistics on the use of our website for internal use.
Like many services, Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. Browsers do not share first-party cookies across domains.
Every computer and device connected to the Internet is assigned a unique number known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. Since these numbers are usually assigned in country-based blocks, an IP address can often be used to identify the country, state, and city from which a computer is connecting to the Internet. Google Analytics collects the IP address of website visitors in order to provide website owners a sense of where in the world their visitors come from. This method is known as IP geolocation.
Google Analytics does not report the actual IP address information to Google Analytics customers (Digital Spring Ltd). Additionally, using a method known as IP masking, Digital Spring Ltd, who use Google Analytics, have the option to tell Google Analytics to only use a portion of the IP address, rather than the entire IP address, for geolocation. Whether or not website owners use Google Analytics, they have access to IP addresses for visitors to their sites.
Google Analytics sets number of cookies (4 by default) in order to evaluate your use of the site and compile reports for us on activity on the site. Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Google Inc are members of the US Safe Harbor Scheme. This scheme allows the transfer of data from within the EEA to countries that are outside of the EEA without having to enter into a specific data transfer agreement. Companies that sign up to the scheme are deemed to provide adequate protection for personal data transmitted from Europe. Google Inc's registration is at http://safeharbor.export.gov/companyinfo.aspx?id=10543. For more information on the cookies set by Google Analytics, go to http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/concepts/gaConceptsCookies.html. Google has also created its own opt-out plugin, which you can get from http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. In addition to the cookies set by Google Analytics, this plugin will create a session-based cookie (which will expire when you close your browser) containing a single "true" or "false" value, reflecting your choice.
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