Last Edited: August 30, 2016
I want to protect your privacy. In order to operate my website I may gather Personally Identifiable Information (the “PII”) about you. PII, as described in 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.
What PII do I collect from people that visit my website?
When using my website, you may be asked to enter your name and email address. Entering your details on my website is not mandatory in order for my website to function properly, however.
When do I collect PII?
I collect PII from you when you fill out a form, leave a comment or review.
How do I use your PII?
I may use your PII in the following ways:
- To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other website feature.
- To ask for ratings and reviews of services or products
- To follow up with you after correspondence
How do I protect your PII?
You PII is being held encrypted in my database using the latest encryption standards that guarantee the highest level of security. I also use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards in order to prevent any unauthorized access to your PII.
To further protect your PII any submission of names and email addresses are optional and not needed in order for my website to function without diminished experience.
Do I use ‘cookies’?
Yes. Cookies are small files that a website or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser (if you allow it to) that enables the website’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.
Third-party cookies & opting-out:
I may use third party vendors, to serve ads on my website.
I may, 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 related to my website.
You can also 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 cookies off, some features will be disabled. It won’t affect your experience on my website, however.
I do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your PII unless I provide you with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist me in operating my website, conducting my business, or serving my users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. I may also release information when release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce my website 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.
Occasionally, at my discretion, I may include or offer third-party products or services on my website. These third-party websites have separate and independent privacy policies. I therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked websites. Nonetheless, I seek to protect the integrity of my website and welcome any feedback about these websites.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA, I agree to the following:
How does my website handle Do Not Track signals?
I honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not browser mechanism is in place.
Does my website allow third-party behavioral tracking?
Yes. I allow third-party behavioral tracking.
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
I do 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 laws 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 notify you via email and/or via in-site notification within 1 business day should a data breach occur.
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, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
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 my business or website 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 the instructions at the bottom of each email.