We respect the privacy of children and “child” means an individual under the age of 13. This policy is in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). This blog’s information and content are only intended for people over the age of 18. This blog is not intended for children under the age of 13. Without prior parental or guardian consent, we do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under the age of 13. If you believe that personal information was collected without parental or guardian consent from a child under the age of 13, please contact us (email@example.com) to have that information deleted.
What Information We Collect & How We Use It
When you access the blog, you may provide certain personally identifiable information including but not limited to your name, email address, website/blog url, and avatar image.
This information is collected when you register on the site, subscribe to a newsletter, contact us, use the search feature on the blog, provide comments or any other feedback, or fill out a form.
Your personal information is used to personalize your experience, improve the blog to better serve you, efficiently process your requests, tailor advertisements to you, provide you offers, promotions and to follow up with you through correspondence (email). We may also use this information to provide you offers and promotions from our partners and/or our affiliates in exchange for a commission without additional cost to you.
Just like other websites, this blog automatically collects certain information about you through Log Data and Google Analytics. Log Data is information about your computer’s Internet Protocol Address, which is your “IP” address, browser information, Internet Service Provider’s information, your operating system, and your browser type. Similarly, Google Analytics collects certain information about your location, browsing history, the pages you visit, the equipment you used to access the website, traffic patterns, and other general patterns related to your use of the blog.
This information is used to analyze blog statistics related to user behavior and interests, improve our performance and your use of the blog and to further enhance our products and services offered to you. Please see Google’s Privacy and Terms to learn more about their privacy practices.
Comments & Social Media
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. When you leave a comment, your name, email address and website/organization name is not shared with a third party and may be used to communicate with you.
Social media accounts and sharing options are available on this blog. Social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and others) can track your personal information. Should you choose to interact with us on social media, please note that you will be voluntarily disclosing that personal information. This information is no longer private. It becomes public information and can be collected and used by others. We have no control over and take no responsibility for the use, storage or dissemination of such publicly-disclosed personal information by you.
Any such interactions via comments and social media with us do not subject us to any kind of liability related to misuse of your information by others.
Some features of our blog may use Flash cookies, which are small files stored on your computer by websites that use Adobe Flash Player. They can store data such as preferences, settings and usage information like which pages you visit. The main difference between traditional cookies and flash cookies is that they are not managed through the browser but locally on your computer.
When you leave a comment on our blog, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment.
If you have an account and you log in to this blog, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
This information is only collected to better serve and understand your user experience on the blog. You have the option of turning off cookies on your computer should you wish to do so. If you choose to do that, you may not be able to view all the features and content of this blog.
We may use social media pixels to track and collect general information about your use in compliance with different social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and others) for the purpose of promoting products, tracking conversions, remarketing, running target advertisements and so forth.
Third parties like Facebook may use their own cookies, web beacons and other technologies to collect and receive information from our website for the purpose of providing target advertisements. You may see our ads on Facebook or YouTube after you have visited our blog.
Third Party Links/Use
We have no control over these third parties and they have their own privacy policies. Neither are we responsible for the activities and practices of these third parties. You should contact them directly and read their privacy policies for any questions. You also agree that your use of these third-party websites is solely at your risk.
Disclosure of Your Information
As a general rule, we do not disclose your personal information to third parties without your consent with the exception of the following circumstances:
- We may disclose your information to our trusted third parties that work with us such as our blog hosting partners, email marketing service provider, other service providers that assist in the operation of the blog, and any other affiliates and subsidiaries we rely upon to provide you products and services offered here.
- We may disclose your information to contractors or third parties we use to support our business. These parties may use your data only to provide the services requested by us and for no other purpose, and they are bound by contractual obligations to keep your information confidential.
- We may disclose your information in order to comply with state or federal regulations related to copyright infringement lawsuits or any other legal claims related to the blog.
- We may disclose your information to enforce our blog terms and conditions and any other agreements we may have entered into for billing and collection purposes.
Email Newsletters & Marketing
If you are in the European Union and opt-in to receive any of our free products or services and/or purchase any products or services through our blog then you will be subscribed to receive our free email newsletter once you affirmatively consent to it. Please see the Opt-Out section below should you wish to “unsubscribe” and not receive any emails from us.
But if you are NOT in the European Union then you will be automatically subscribed to receive our free email newsletter once you opt-in to receive any of our free products or services and/or purchase any products or services through our blog. Please see the Opt-Out section below should you wish to “unsubscribe” and not receive any emails from us.
We comply with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 and do not spam or send misleading information. Should you wish to no longer receive communication from us, you have the option of unsubscribing by clicking “unsubscribe” at the bottom of the email we send to you or by contacting us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As for third party websites, please contact them directly to unsubscribe and/or opt-out from their communications.
We are in compliance with the GDPR along with the email marketing service we use to collect your data.
GDPR Visitor Rights (EU/UK)
If you are located in the European Union (“EU”) or the United Kingdom (“UK”), you are entitled to certain rights and information listed below under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR).
We will retain any information you choose to provide to us until the earlier of:
- You ask us to delete the information by sending a request to email@example.com.
- Our decision to cease using our existing data providers.
- We decide to no longer be in business or continue to offer the services.
- The data is no longer needed to provide you service, is too costly to maintain further retention, or we find it outdated.
You have the right to request access to your data that we store and have the ability to access your personal data.
You have the right to either rectify or erase your personal data. You have the right to verify the accuracy of your personal data and have it corrected or removed completely.
You have the right to seek restrictions on the processing of your data. When you restrict the processing of your data, we can store your data but cannot process it further.
You have the right to object to the processing of your data in certain circumstances including but not limited to direct marketing, profiling, scientific or historical research purposes, statistical purposes, automated decision making and profiling and tasks based on legitimate interests or in the public interest/exercise of official authority.
You have the right to the portability of your data. You have the right to request your personal data from us, receive it and transfer it to another controller.
You have the right to withdraw consent at any time. If you have provided consent to our processing of your personal data, you have the right to withdraw that consent any time without affecting the lawfulness of processing based upon consent that occurred prior to your withdrawal of consent.
You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority that has jurisdiction over issues related to the GDPR.
We require only the information that is reasonably necessary to enter into a contract with you. We will not require you to provide consent for any unnecessary processing as a condition of entering into a contract with us.
Legal Basis for Data Processing Under GDPR
Under the GDPR, we may process your data under the following legal basis:
- Consent: when you give us clear consent to process your personal data for one or more specific purpose
- Contractual Necessity: when processing your personal data is necessary to fulfil a contract with you
- Legal Obligation: when processing of your personal data is necessary to comply with the law such as data related to taxes or employee records
- Vital Interests: when processing of your personal data is necessary to protect your life or health.
- Public Interests: when processing of your personal data is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or for official functions.
- Legitimate Interests: when processing of your personal data is necessary to further our legitimate interests such as marketing activities.
State Privacy Rights
State consumer privacy laws may give their residents additional rights in terms of how we use their personal information. These privacy rights vary depending on the local laws that apply to you.
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Virginia, and Utah each provide their state residents with rights to:
· Confirm whether we process their personal information.
· Access and delete certain personal information.
· Data portability.
· Opt-out of personal data processing for targeted advertising and sales.
California, Colorado, Connecticut, and Virginia also provide their state residents with rights to:
· Correct inaccuracies in their personal information, taking into account the information’s nature processing purpose.
· Opt-out of profiling in furtherance of decisions that produce legal or similarly significant effects.
Nevada provides its residents with a limited right to opt-out of certain types of personal information being sold by a business. The opt-out option does not apply to all types of data, however; it does protect sensitive medical or financial data, for example. Please note that we do not currently sell data that triggers the opt-out requirements of that statute.
To exercise any of these rights above under different states, please contact us with your request at firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your name and email address.
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) & California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) Compliance
If you live in California, you have additional rights under California law, and we comply with the CCPA and CPRA because we may have visitors from California on our blog. Here are your legal rights under CCPA/CPRA:
- You have the right to know the categories of personal information we have collected, sold or disclosed about you to third parties.
- You have the right to opt-out of the sale and sharing of your personal information with third parties. If you are under the age of 16, you have the right to opt in to such sales, or to have a parent or guardian opt in on your behalf.
- You also have the right to access your personal information, which we will provide within 30 days of such request.
- You have the right to correct your personal information.
- You have the right to have your personal information deleted, subject to some exceptions.
- You have the right to equal service, price and no discrimination
- You have the right to data portability and right to request your personal information and use it for your own purposes.
- You have the right to consent and/or limit the use and disclosure of your sensitive personal information.
Categories of Information Collected & Disclosed for Business Purposes
The types of personal information we collect and how we use it have already been listed above, but under the CCPA/CPRA, the following categories of personal information may have been collected and disclosed for business purposes in the previous 12 months:
- Identifiers such as your name, email address, and other similar identifiers
- Protected classification characteristics such as your age, gender, religion and disability information. We do not collect any such information from you.
- Commercial information such as your use of our products and services
- Internet/Network information such as your IP address, search history, browser and device information
- Geolocation data such as the information about your physical location or movements
- Sensory information such as audio, electronic, photos or other visual information
- Professional or Employment Information such as your job history including previous employer and performance evaluations
- Biometric information such as fingerprints, faceprints, voiceprints, genetic and physiological activity patterns. We do not collect any biometric information from you.
- Education information such as records related to your educational institution (grades, transcripts, class lists, student schedules and so forth). We do not collect any such education information.
- Inferences such as information reflecting your interests, preferences, characteristics, physiological trends, and abilities.
- Other Personal Information such as information provided by you directly when you fill a form on our blog, post a comment on our website or social media, your account login or credentials allowing you to access your account, and any other information you provide to us.
- Sensitive personal information such as your social security, driver’s license, state identification card or passport number. We do not collect this sensitive personal information from you.
How and Why We Collect Your Information
We use the information we collect for various purposes depending on how you interact with us. These purposes include:
- To create, maintain or secure your account with us
- To process your requests
- To communicate with you about your account
- To answer your questions and to understand your needs and preferences.
- To improve our blog, content, and advertising and personalize them to your interests and preferences
- To better understand the demographics of our users, analyze data and usage trends
- To help you share our content and your experience working with us with your friends and followers on social media
- To protect our blog from misuse and to ensure security
- To transfer business in any merger, acquisition, reorganization, sale of assets, bankruptcy where we may sell, transfer or share some of our business assets including information related to our customers. In those instances, you will be notified of such ownership changes as well as the rights you have regarding your personal information.
- To comply with legal requirements and to enforce our terms and agreements with you
- To assess or carry out a merger, dissolution, restructuring, reorganization, or other sale or transfer of some or all of our assets, whether as part of a bankruptcy or similar proceeding, in which personal information about our blog users, including our email list, is one of the assets transferred.
We may also use your information in other ways for which we provide specific notice at the time of collection. We may combine different types of information that we collect about you for any of the purposes described above.
Please be advised we DO NOT SELL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION to third parties and have never sold your personal information. We do not intend to sell your personal information in the future either.
Under the CCPA and CPRA, you still have the right to opt-out of sharing your personal information and send us a “do not sell or share my personal information” request. If you would like to exercise any of your rights under California law, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by sending us an email at email@example.com. Only you, as the person registered with the California Secretary of State, or someone you authorize to act on your behalf, can make such verifiable consumer requests related to your personal information.
Your verifiable consumer request must provide sufficient information that allows us to verify that you are the person you are claiming to be or that you are the authorized representative of such person about whom we had collected personal information. You must describe your request with enough details such as your first and last name, address and your country that allow us to properly understand the request and respond to it. Please note we cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information unless we first verify your identity or authority to make such a request and confirm that the personal information relates to you. We will make all attempts to respond to your request within 30 days of receipt.
The above-mentioned California privacy rights are not absolutely guaranteed because there are some exceptions that allow us to refuse your request. We are only required to respect these rights if we are acting as a business under the CCPA/CPRA and the requested rights have been granted and applied to you under the CCPA/CPRA.
California “Shine the Light” Act
Pursuant to California’s “Shine the Light Act,” you are permitted to request information about the manner in which we share certain categories of information with third parties for their marketing use. We may disclose your personal information to our affiliates. When we disclose such information, your personal information is still kept confidential and between us and that third party. It is not used for any other purpose that’s not permitted under the laws.
Do Not Track Signals
You can also enable or disable Do not Track in your browser. This is a setting that tells websites not to track your online activities. To enable or disable it, go to the “Privacy” or “Security” tab in your browser’s settings menu. Depending on which browser you’re using, you may find the option under “Do Not Track Requests” or something similar.
Retention of Data
The security of your personal information is important to us, and we strive to follow generally commercial industry standards to protect your personal information submitted to us voluntarily and automatically. However, no method of transmission over the Internet is 100% secure and we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your information.
By using this blog, you agree to hold us harmless for any security breach and for any unauthorized use of your personal information by third parties. You also agree that we cannot be held responsible for any disclosure of your information through our blog without our knowledge and consent.