This is our privacy policy.

The privacy of our visitors to is important to us. It’s important to us, so we get where you’re totally coming from.

The privacy of personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use and visit Map Happy, and how we safeguard this information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.

And we’d like to be as transparent as possible, so below is a basic rundown of how we use the information that we do collect.

Basic log information

Like many other websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include the IP (Internet Protocol) address, ISP (Internet Service Provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), how long you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.

This is generally used for basic demographic and audience reporting and used to inform the editorial staff what stories may be of interest, and may also be provided to our advertisers.

Email privacy is always protected

The only e-mail sent from our websites is in response to an inquiry that you may send us or as a result of joining our double opt-in e-mail list. We will never add your email address to a mailing list without explicit permission. If anything comes to your attention which could potentially be a violation of this policy, please inquire immediately so that we can correct the problem.

Cookie usage on the site

We do use cookies to store information, such as personal preferences when you visit the site. This could include showing you a pop-up once in your visit, or the ability to login to some of our features, such as forums, however they may exist.

Third-party advertisements are used to support the site, including programmatic and sponsored posts. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on Map Happy, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through Google AdSense) information.

This might include information such as the IP address, the ISP, the browser used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether Flash is installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing specific ads based on sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

Cookies can be disabled or selectively turned off in most browser settings or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this may affect site interaction as well as other interactions on other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the site. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about visits to Map Happy and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services that may interest you.

Google and the DoubleClick DART cookie

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads based on their visit to Map Happy and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy. For more information on cookies visit here.

Advertising Privacy Statement

This Site is affiliated with AdThrive, LLC (“AdThrive”) for the purposes of placing advertising on the Site.  AdThrive uses standard and widely-available tools for the placement and serving of ads, including those provided by Google, Inc. and its affiliates. We publish interest-based advertisements on the Site; that is, ads that are tailored to reflect your interests. To help understand your interests, AdThrive, Google and our other advertising partners will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the Internet using cookies.  

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.  Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

By using this Site, you consent to the use of such cookies and the sharing of data captured by such cookies with AdThrive, Google, and our other third party partners. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: https://adssettings.google.com. You can also opt out of the network cookie using those settings or using the Network Advertising Initiative’s multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at: http://optout.networkadvertising.org. However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained.  

For European Economic Area Residents

If you reside in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), then under the GDPR and applicable data protection laws you have the rights, among other things, to access your personal data, have us erase it, and/or restrict its further processing.  If you wish to access or delete your personal data (if any) maintained by us or AdThrive related to advertising on the Site, you can contact Map Happy at [email protected] and contact AdThrive at [email protected]. If you wish to see a list of the advertising partners we work with or change which of those partners track your behavior using cookies, click the ad preferences link at the bottom of the site. (Available in the EU.)

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