So what information is being gathered here?
To have an idea of which pages are popular, where you all come from, which browsers are being used, what the entry and exit pages are etcetera, I use StatCounter on this site. It's a pretty good web tracker that can also be used to analyze trends, track user movement around the site, and gather demographic information. Please rest assured: none of this info is linked to any information that is personally identifiable.
OK, now what are these cookies and beacons things?
A DART cookie is a unique, persistent cookie. The information from the DART cookie contains the number of unique users advertisements were displayed to, how many users clicked on Internet ads or paid listings, and which ads or paid listings they clicked on.
A web beacon is a transparent image file used to monitor your journey around a single web site or collection of sites. They are also referred to as web bugs and are commonly used by sites that hire third-party services to monitor traffic and third-party services that provide advertising on our site. They may be used in association with cookies to understand how visitors interact with the pages and content on the pages of a web site.
Fine, but can I also get rid of them?