WHAT INFORMATION DO I COLLECT AND HOW DO I USE IT?
Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: I may collect personal information from you, such as your name or email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website any time you leave a comment, subscribe to my newsletter, or send me an email via the contact form. In addition, you are able to create a user profile, with a username and password. I will store the username, but your password will not be visible in my records.
Information I Collect from Others: I may receive information about you from several other sources. You may be linking to your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile. If you decide to link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile, I will be receiving your name, email address and profile picture that are associated with that account.
Automatically-Collected Information: My Website automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access it. For example, when you use my Website, I will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed it. I may also collect information about actions you take when you visit the Website, for example the links you clicked.
Cookies: I may log information using cookies (these are small data files stored on your browser by my Website). I may use both session cookies, which normally expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until you delete them: these are meant to provide you with a more personalized experience on my Website.
HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED
I may use the information collected in these ways:
- To operate and maintain my Website;
- To create your account, identify you as a user of my Website, and customize my Website for your account;
- To send you promotional information, in the form of newsletters or even posts, where you will be provided information on how to opt-out;
- To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, and even security alerts;
- To answer your comments or questions;
- To provide you with user support;
- To track and measure advertising on my Website;
- To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.
THIRD-PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
I may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize me to do so.
Additionally, my Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of my Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.
My Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:
Google Analytics to track Website usage and provide information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information.
At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. I may amend this from time to time in my Website’s sole discretion.
Except when required by law, I will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or any other personal information without your consent; however, I may disclose or transfer personal information which has been collected through my Website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of my business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of my assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding brought by or against me.
From time to time, I may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.
PUBLICLY VISIBLE INFORMATION
If you create a user profile on my Website or leave a comment, some information may be publicly visible. To create a user profile, you have to pick a username and password and submit your email address for profile confirmation. Your email address will not be shown publicly. At your discretion, you may also add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website.
You may also decide to link your Facebook, Instagram, and Google Account.
Users may see your username, avatar, profile description and website information.
Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all the main Internet browsers. However, if you deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of my Website may be entirely usable.
Affiliate Program Participation
My Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into my Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.
On my Website, you may subscribe to my newsletter, which I may use for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows me to analyze the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, I may be able to see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows my Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. I will not share information about this behavior to third parties.
RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Opt-out – You can opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be removed from my mailing list.
Access – You can access the personal information I have about you by sending a request to email@example.com.
Amend – You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to amend or update your personal information.
Forget – In certain situations, you can request that I erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please email me at email@example.com.
Please note that I may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.
SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION
My Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that my Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please email me immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to promptly remove such information from my records.
Last updated: May 4, 2018.