As a network we have never issued cookies or tracked readers in
any way. The only data we collect is gross impressions: the total
number of times an ad has been served during a month. We have
never known, or have had any way to know, who was served what ad.
Basically, aside from our surveys, all we know is what we can
learn from our server logs.
We have never allowed third-party ad serving via iFrames or
“standard” third-party ad serving. We discontinued that policy in
2014. As that technology became increasingly sophisticated, we
felt we could not adequately police those situations. Nor do we
have any desire to do so.
On rare occasions, we have allowed specific advertisers to use a
simple 1×1 tracking pixel for limited periods of time. Given the
current environment, we’re not going to be doing that any more. We
have never allowed the injection of scripts, page takeovers,
interstitial splash pages or any of the other tomfoolery that so