Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is intended to help users understand how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read my privacy policy carefully to get an understanding of how I collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with my website.

What personal information do I collect from the people who visit my blog or website?

When commenting or registering on my site, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, Website Address, or other details to help you with your experience.

When do I collect information?

I collect information from you when you fill out a form or enter information on our site, including when you leave a comment.

How do I use your information?

I may use the information I collect from you when you sign up for my newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

  • To send periodic emails regarding events, products, and services.
  • To follow up with you after correspondence (i.e. comments or email inquiries)

Do I use ‘cookies’?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For example, they identify if you’ve already visited the site within a certain time period to prevent pop-up opt-in forms from showing too frequently. They are also used to help me understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables me to provide you with improved user experience on my site. I also use cookies to aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that I can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

I use cookies to:

Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. I may also use trusted third-party services, such as Google Analytics and Facebook, that track this information on my behalf.

You can have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can turn off all cookies, through your browser settings. Since each browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you turn cookies off, it won’t affect the user’s experience.

Third-party disclosure

I do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless I provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist me in operating my website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. I may also release information when its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety.

However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third-party links

Occasionally, I may include or offer third-party products or services on my website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. I therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, I seek to protect the integrity of my site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Google

Google’s advertising requirements can found Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users.

I use Google Analytics on my website.

Google, as a third-party vendor, may use cookies to serve ads on our site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our users based on previous visits to our site and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt-out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google Ad and Content Network privacy policy.

Note: This site does not use Google AdSense. I only use Google Analytics.

I have implemented the following:

  • Demographics and Interests Reporting

I, along with third-party vendors such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.

Opting out:

Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. – See more at:

According to CalOPPA, I agree to the following:

Users can visit my site anonymously.

Once this privacy policy is created, I will add a link to it on my home page or at a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.

My Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’ and can easily be found on the page(s) specified above.

You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes:

  • On my Privacy Policy Page

You can change your personal information:

By selecting the Update Preferences link at the bottom of any and all emails.

How does my site handle Do Not Track signals?

I honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does my site allow third-party behavioral tracking?

It’s also important to note that I allow third-party behavioral tracking, including but not limited to Google Analytics, MailChimp, and Facebook Pixel.

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

  • I do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.

Third-parties, including ad networks or plug-ins, may collect PII from children under 13.


Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices, I will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:

I will notify the users via in-site notification:

  • Within 7 business days

I also agree to the Individual Redress Principle, which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

CAN SPAM Act

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

I collect your email address in order to:

  • Send information and prizes, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
  • Market to my mailing list or continue to send emails to my readers after the original transaction has occurred.

Note: Your email address is only collected when you fill out a form or leave a comment on this website. Cookies are used by WordPress (this site’s web host), and plugins that run on this website, including but not limited to Google Analytics, MailChimp (pop-up), and Facebook Pixel, to personalize your experience on this site as well as to help personalize ads you receive on other sites where ads are already being shown. You can disable cookies in your browser settings to prevent this type of tracking.

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, I agree to the following:

  • Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
  • Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
  • Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
  • Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
  • Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
  • Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can:

Follow click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email, and I will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

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