Privacy Policy

Updated March 28, 2018

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their  “Personally Identifiable Information” (PII) is being used online.  PII, as described in U.S. 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 this privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how this blog collects, uses, protects, or otherwise handles your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with this blog.

What personal information does this blog collect from the people that visit our blog or web site?

When contacting us, subscribing to our newsletter, or participating in a contest or giveaway, you may be asked to enter your name, e-mail address, or other details to help you with your experience.

When does this blog collect information?

This blog collects information from you when you subscribe to the newsletter, fill out a form, or enter information on the site.

How does this blog use your information?

This blog may use the information collected from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for the newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the blog, or use certain other blog/site features in the following ways:

       To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
       To send periodic e-mails regarding your order or other products and services.
       To follow up after correspondence (live chat, e-mail or phone inquiries)

How does this blog protect your information?

This blog does not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards.

  • This blog provides only articles and information.  This blog never asks for credit card numbers.
  • This blog does not use Malware Scanning.
  • This blog does not use an SSL certificate. It does not need an SSL because information collected is done through a third party’s site, specifically MailChimp.
Does this blog 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 instance, we use cookies to help this blog understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, enabling this blog to provide you with improved services.  This blog also uses cookies to help compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that the blog can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

This blog uses cookies to:

  • Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future.  This blog may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on its behalf.
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies.  You do this through your browser settings.  Since 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, some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.

Third-party disclosure

This blog will not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.  EVER.

Third-party links

Occasionally, at the blog owner’s discretion, this blog may include or offer third-party products or services.  These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies.  This blog has no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites.  Nonetheless, this blog seeks to protect the integrity of its site and welcomes any feedback about these sites.

Google

Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles.  They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users.  https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en

This blog has not enabled Google AdSense on its site but may do so in the future.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial web sites 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 web sites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its web site stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared.

See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

Consistent with CalOPPA, the blog owner agrees to the following:
  •  Users can visit this site anonymously.
  • Once this Privacy Policy is created, this blog will include a link to it on its home page in the navigation menu.
  • This blog’s Privacy Policy link includes the word “Privacy” and can easily be found on the page specified above.
  • You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes on this Privacy Policy page.
  • Users can change their personal information by contacting the blog owner.
How does this blog site handle Do Not Track signals?

This blog honors 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 this blog allow third-party behavioral tracking?

It’s also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking.

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, the United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of web sites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

This blog does not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.

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 we will take the following responsive action should a data breach occur on this blog:

  • The blog owner will notify you via e-mail within 7 business days.
This blog also agrees to the Individual Redress Principle allowing individuals to 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.
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