In keeping with the new and important requirements about disclosure of data collection, here is what I am obliged by law to tell about the social share buttons used on this website. It is very boring, but here we go:

I embed a Facebook widget to allow you to see number of likes/shares/recommends and “like/share/recommend” our webpages. This widget may collect your IP address, your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the widget, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the widget (such as “liking/sharing/recommending” our webpage), if you are logged in to Facebook. For more information about how this data may be used, please see Facebook’s data privacy policy:

I also use a Twitter Tweet widget at my website. As a result, my website makes requests to Twitter’s servers for you to be able to tweet my webpages using your Twitter account. These requests make your IP address visible to Twitter, who may use it in accordance with their data privacy policy:

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