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Cookie Policy, Privacy and Security

This is the Cookie Policy for FloridaRambler.com. There’s a lot of stuff to digest here, so we’ll try to explain it as clearly as possible. You have a right to know what’s happening behind the scenes when you visit FloridaRambler.com.


What Are Cookies

As is common practice with almost all professional websites, FloridaRambler.com uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies.

We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored. However, this may downgrade or ‘break’ certain elements of the sites functionality.


How We Use Cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately, in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave all cookies “on” if you are not sure whether you need them or not, in case they are used to provide a service that you use.


Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser “Help” for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the this site. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.


Third Party Cookies

In some special cases, we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

  • This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.
  • Third party analytics are used to track and measure usage of this site so that we can continue to produce engaging content. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site or pages you visit which helps us to understand how we can improve the site for you.
  • Newsletter-related cookies: This site offers newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.
  • We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google Plus will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)

FloridaRambler.com works with Mediavine to manage third-party, interest-based advertising. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit our web site, which may use first and third-party cookies.

A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on FloridaRambler.com.

First party cookies are created by us, the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than FloridaRambler.com.

Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising.

Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache.

For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at All About Cookies.

Without cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of Florida Rambler’s content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean you will no longer see ads when you visit us. In the event you opt out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.

FloridaRambler.com collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:

  • IP Address
  • Operating System type
  • Operating System version
  • Device Type
  • Language of the website
  • Web browser type
  • Email (in hashed form)

Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements.

Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps.

This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.

If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit National Advertising Initiative opt out page. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance website and Network Advertising Initiative website to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at Digital Advertising Alliance’s AppChoices app to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

For specific information about Mediavine Partners, the data each collects and their data collection and privacy policies, please visit Mediavine Partners.


Privacy and Security

Florida Rambler Media does everything in our power to block hackers and malicious web robots, called “bots,” from scanning our site or our database to harvest any kind of data, even data considered to be “public.”

  • Our technology identifies bots with a history of malicious behavior, so we scramble e-mail addresses in our articles and on your comments, while still allowing individual users, such as yourself, to view our content.
  • We block all inquiries from known sources of malicious hackers.
  • When our web site is attacked by hackers, spammers or bots, we deploy defensive actions to block them at the gate.

SSL — Secure Sockets Layer

Although FloridaRambler.com does not conduct e-commerce or facilitate financial transactions on our web site, we have added additional layer security with a secure sockets layer (or SSL).

SSL ensures a secure connection between your browser and our secure servers so that hackers cannot intervene or disrupt your experience.


When you follow a link from us to another web site

While visiting FloridaRambler.com, you may click on a link that directs you to another web site not under the control of FloridaRambler.com’s policies.

We make every attempt to include only links to third-party sites we consider relevant to our content and our readers, but we make no representation concerning the content on these destination sites. We are not responsible for their accuracy, relevance, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material.


Advertising Review Policy

FloridaRambler.com blocks sensitive ads that may be offensive or misleading, such as “get rich quick” ads, “black magic” ads, visually offensive cosmetic procedures and body modification, adult web sites and ads that are sexually suggestive.

We also periodically review advertisers in case they slip through our filters by falsely identifying their subject matter to evade scrutiny.

Our purpose in screening ads is two-fold: We don’t want to offend readers, and we want legitimate advertisers to feel comfortable advertising with us.


Your e-mail address is safe with us

When you voluntary submit your e-mail address on comments or newsletter subscriptions, your e-mail address is held in the strictest confidence.

WE DO NOT share or sell your e-mail address to third parties.


Updates to this privacy policy

We will, from time to time, update this privacy policy to improve the user experience.


Thank you!

If you have any questions or comments about our privacy and security policy, or suggestions on how we can better serve our readers, please e-mail [email protected].

Best regards,

Bob Rountree and Bonnie Gross, co-publishers, Florida Rambler Media

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