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What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It

We collect, retain, and use your personal data if you have consented to providing such data via our website, email, or phone call, or subscribing to our mailing list. We collect personal data from our website users and others with whom we interact. We tailor that information to the engagement or the purpose of the interaction. Overall, we may collect data regarding your name, email address, physical address, account preferences, phone number, IP address, comments, and technical information (such as information about cookies). We use this data only for purposes that enable us to engage you in our business. 

Website Comments

When visitors leave comments on our website, we collect the data shown in the comments form and the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy /. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload media to our website, it is publicly available. If you upload images to our website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. 

Contact Forms and Subscription Lists

We use a service called MailChimp (mailchimp.com) to collect, retain, and use the personal information for some of the purposes stated above in the section titled “What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It.” If you use the Contact Form on our website to engage with us or if you otherwise choose to do so, you will affirmatively complete an authorization process for us to collect, retain, and use your personal information. MailChimp also collects and retains, and may make available to us for our use, information regarding your preferences and actions you may take in response to correspondence that we have sent to you.

 

Cookies

Yes, we use cookies. 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. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. 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 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 off cookies, some site features will be disabled.

 

Embedded Content from Other Websites

Articles on our website may include embedded content (e.g., videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

 

Analytics

We use Google Analytics to track and report our website traffic. For details on how Analytics collects and processes data, see “How Google Uses Data When You Use Our Partners’ Sites or Apps”: https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites

To opt-out of Analytics, visit the Google Analytics opt-out page and install the add-on for your browser: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. For more details on installing and uninstalling the add-on, please see the help resources for your specific browser.

 

Whom We Share Your Data With

We do not sell personal data. We do not provide personal data to any other person or organization outside the scope of conducting our business. We share personal data with MailChimp, as discussed above.

How Long We Retain Your Data

As an ongoing business, we generally retain personal data so long as we may correspond or engage with you. 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.

 

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you have left comments on our website, 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. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. If we have stored your personal data in MailChimp, you may unsubscribe from our subscription list at any time. Please see https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/ for a full description of MailChimp’s privacy policy.

 

Where We Send Your Data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

 

Your Contact Information

If you have any privacy-related concerns, please contact us at gracely.author@yahoo.com.

 

How We Protect Your Data

The administration of our website and access to the services we use is restricted to limited personnel and third parties. The website and third party services are password-protected.

 

What Data Breach Procedures We Have in Place

In the unlikely event of a data breach, we will handle the matter as required by law and good faith relationships with our visitors and clients.

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