Collecting Personal Information
- Examples of Personal Information collected: version of web browser, IP address, time zone, cookie information, what sites or products you view, search terms, and how you interact with the Site.
- Purpose of collection: to load the Site accurately for you, and to perform analytics on Site usage to optimize our Site.
- Source of collection: Collected automatically when you access our Site using cookies, log files, web beacons, tags, API or pixels.
- Disclosure for a business purpose: shared with our processor WordPress if you’re a registered user and with some of our plugins.
Customer support information
- Examples of Personal Information collected: name, email address, and phone number.
- Purpose of collection: to provide customer support.
- Source of collection: collected from you.
- Disclosure for a business purpose: shared with people or businesses whom we use services from.
Newsletter subscribers information
- Examples of Personal Information collected: name, date of birth, email address, and phone number, IP address, time zone, and how you interact with the Newsletter.
- Purpose of collection: to send you our Newsletter and inform about new products, promotions and events, to analyze our Newsletter’s results in order to make it more interesting for our Newsletter subscribers and to drive engagement.
- Source of collection: collected from you.
- Disclosure for a business purpose: shared with our processor WordPress and with some of our plugins, shared with people or businesses whom we use services from.
Surveys, reviews and feedback information
- Examples of Personal Information collected: name, email address, IP address.
- Purpose of collection: to improve our services and products.
- Source of collection: collected from you.
- Disclosure for a business purpose: shared with our processor WordPress and with some of our plugins.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
The Site is not intended for individuals under the age of 16. We do not intentionally collect Personal Information from children and individuals under the age of 16. If you are the parent or guardian and believe your child has provided us with Personal Information, please contact us at the address below to request deletion.
Sharing Personal Information
We share your Personal Information with service providers to help us provide our services and fulfill our contracts with you, as described above. For example:
- We use WordPress to power our website. You can read more about how WordPress uses your Personal Information here: https://wordpress.org/about/privacy/.
- We may share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.
As described above, we use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For example:
- We use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site. You can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en.You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
- We use Facebook’s Conversions API as well as the Facebook pixel. The Conversions API sends the purchase event between our website and Facebook servers. Data is shared using your web browser and from our website’s servers, and is sent directly to Facebook’s servers. Data sent from server to server can’t be blocked by browser-based ad blockers. We share your personal information to match users on Facebook’s network. The information collected using this setting includes your name, location, email address, and phone number, as well as your browsing behavior on our online store. For more information, refer to Facebook’s documentation about Conversions API.
For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) educational page at http://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/how-does-it-work.
You can opt out of targeted advertising by:
- FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=ads
- INSTAGRAM – https://www.facebook.com/help/instagram/2885653514995517?locale=en_US
- GOOGLE – https://www.google.com/settings/ads/anonymous
- BING – https://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/policies/personalized-ads]
Additionally, you can opt out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at: http://optout.aboutads.info/.
Using Personal Information
We use your personal Information to provide our services to you, which includes: blog posts with affiliate links and keeping you up to date on new services and offers.
Pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), if you are a resident of the European Economic Area (“EEA”), we process your personal information under the following lawful bases:
- Your consent;
- The performance of the contract between you and the Site;
- Compliance with our legal obligations;
- To protect your vital interests;
- To perform a task carried out in the public interest;
- For our legitimate interests, which do not override your fundamental rights and freedoms.
When you comment or sign up to our newsletter through the Site, we will retain your Personal Information for our records unless and until you ask us to erase this information. For more information on your right of erasure, please see the ‘Your rights’ section below.
HOW LONG WE RETAIN YOUR DATA
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.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
If you are a resident of the EEA, you have the right to object to processing based solely on automated decision-making (which includes profiling), when that decision-making has a legal effect on you or otherwise significantly affects you.
We do engage in fully automated decision-making that has a legal or otherwise significant effect using customer data.
Services that include elements of automated decision-making include:
- Temporary denylist of IP addresses. This denylist persists for a small number of hours.
If you are a resident of the EEA, you have the right to access the Personal Information we hold about you, to port it to a new service, and to ask that your Personal Information be corrected, updated, or erased. If you would like to exercise these rights, please contact us through the contact information below.
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If you are a resident of California, you have the right to access the Personal Information we hold about you (also known as the ‘Right to Know’), to port it to a new service, and to ask that your Personal Information be corrected, updated, or erased. If you would like to exercise these rights, please contact us through the contact information below.
If you would like to designate an authorized agent to submit these requests on your behalf, please contact us at the address below.
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you at email@example.com. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
A cookie is a small amount of information that’s downloaded to your computer or device when you visit our Site. We use a number of different cookies, including functional, performance, advertising, and social media or content cookies. Cookies make your browsing experience better by allowing the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login and region selection). This means you don’t have to re-enter this information each time you return to the site or browse from one page to another. Cookies also provide information on how people use the website, for instance whether it’s their first time visiting or if they are a frequent visitor.
We use the following cookies to optimize your experience on our Site and to provide our services.
COOKIES NECESSARY FOR THE FUNCTIONING OF THE WEBSITE
If you leave a comment on our site 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. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, 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.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
EMBEDDED CONTENT FROM OTHER WEBSITES
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
REPORTING AND ANALYTICS
This website uses Google Analytics to track website traffic. Collected data is processed in such a way that visitors cannot be identified.
Google Analytics cookie usage on websites
gtag.js and analytics.js set the following cookies:
|Used to distinguish users.
|Used to distinguish users.
|Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named
|30 seconds to 1 year
|Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.
|Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and Google Ads accounts, Google Ads website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out. Learn more.
ga.js – cookie usage
|Default Expiration Time
|2 years from set/update
|Used to throttle request rate.
|30 mins from set/update
|End of browser session
|Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the
__utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
|6 months from set/update
|2 years from set/update
|Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the
_setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated
_setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
The following cookies may also be used in addition to the other cookies described above:
|Used to determine a user’s inclusion in an experiment.
|Used to determine the expiry of experiments a user has been included in.
|Depends on the length of the experiment, but typically 90 days.
|Used to determine a user’s inclusion in an experiment and the expiry of experiments a user has been included in.
|Used for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Customer IDs.
|Used for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Campaign IDs.
|Used for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Ad Group IDs
|Used for campaigns mapped to Google Ads Criterion IDs
|Stores the last
utm_campaign query parameter.
For more information about how cookies work on Google Analytics, you can visit the “Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites” page at https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage
The length of time that a cookie remains on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies last until you stop browsing and persistent cookies last until they expire or are deleted. Most of the cookies we use are persistent and will expire between 30 minutes and two years from the date they are downloaded to your device.
You can control and manage cookies in various ways. Please keep in mind that removing or blocking cookies can negatively impact your user experience and parts of our website may no longer be fully accessible.
Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can choose whether or not to accept cookies through your browser controls, often found in your browser’s “Tools” or “Preferences” menu. For more information on how to modify your browser settings or how to block, manage or filter cookies can be found in your browser’s help file or through such sites as www.allaboutcookies.org.
Additionally, please note that blocking cookies may not completely prevent how we share information with third parties such as our advertising partners. To exercise your rights or opt-out of certain uses of your information by these parties, please follow the instructions in the “Behavioural Advertising” section above.
DO NOT TRACK
Please note that because there is no consistent industry understanding of how to respond to “Do Not Track” signals, we do not alter our data collection and usage practices when we detect such a signal from your browser.
For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 15th July 2021
If you are not satisfied with our response to your complaint, you have the right to lodge your complaint with the relevant data protection authority. You can contact your local data protection authority, or our supervisory authority here: https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/]