Unless you somehow send me an email containing personal or sensitive information, I do NOT collect any personal or sensitive data from you. If you do, somehow, send me an email with some amount of personal data, it is usually because you are asking a question or wanting to let me know something is not right or you have something to add to what is already on a particular page or you are suggesting new pages. In all these cases, I usually read your email and take action, or not. But once that decision is made on my part, your email is erased from my systems. I will not forward, give, sell, or otherwise transfer any personal or sensitive data that comes into my possession to any third party without your prior consent. I don't like it when that happens to me and I won't do it to you.
This website is hosted on an Apache server. What that means is when your browser makes a request of my server, your browser "announces" itself by telling my server your IP address, your browser version, your operating sytem, what time of day it is, what your browser is "requesting," etc. My server collects that data in my "web logs" and then fulfills your browser's request. None of that information is usable by me to reverse the info stream and locate or learn anything about you. You, as an individual visitor to my site, are essentially anonymous. That raw information is usable by me to define raw statistics in terms of what on my site is actually viewed and how often. Your browser delivers this information automatically and my server collects it automatically. On neither side are we able to shut that off.
I do use Google Analytics to track visits and visitor trends through my site. That works via the Analytics code on each page placing and then tracking a unique, but not-personally-identifiable, cookie on your browser. I use the data returned to me through Google Analytics to improve the quality of my site and the information on it. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies, or to indicate when a cookie is being sent and then decide on an individual basis as to whether to accept the cookie or not. In no way is personal or sensitive information returned to either myself or Google Analytics. Everything native to this site will work perfectly well regardless of whether or not you accept any cookies.
Ads of my own: These ads are from local advertisers that have paid me to advertise their products and/or businesses on Tidewater-Florida.com. Clicking on any of these ads will carry you through a directed "forward" to that advertiser's website. The "forward" opens either a new window or a new tab in your browser from which it is easy to return to Tidewater-Florida.com: just close the new window or tab. Some of these advertisers may be using Google Analytics or some other similar third party cookie technology to track your journey through their website(s). Again, none of that data is returned to or shared with me.