People hate spam, so HonestGamers doesn't provide your information to marketers. When you sign up for an account, you should receive an automated email message confirming your registration. That's the last time you'll likely find a message from us in your inbox unless you write to us or an especially unusual circumstance arises. As far as other information goes, we don't ask for details we don't need, such as a physical address or a phone number. The password you supply at registration is stored in hashed form in our database. We encourage you to use a different password on this site and on each other site you visit online, to minimize your risk of your computer being compromised. That's just good sense.
HonestGamers does place a cookie on your computer, which allows you to log into and use your account. This is standard practice on sites around the Internet, whether they disclose the fact or not, and is not cause for alarm.
We sometimes also run ads with various networks, including Google. The DoubleClick DART cookie will be used by Google in ads served on publisher websites like HonestGamers that display AdSense for content ads. When users visit an AdSense publisher's website and either view or click on an ad, a cookie may be dropped on that end user's browser. The data gathered from these cookies will be used to help AdSense publishers better serve and manage the ads on their site(s) and across the web.
Finally, it's worth noting that we don't tend to work counter to any law enforcement agencies in the unlikely event that they contact the site during the course of an authorized investigation. No one should be doing anything here that is especially likely to interest law enforcement agencies, so this has always been a non-issue.