Effective Date: 10/4/23

We are committed to protecting your privacy, and this Privacy Policy outlines how we collect, use, and safeguard your personally identifiable information. This policy solely pertains to this Website.

  1. Data Collection and Purpose

We collect information when you visit our website, sign up for our newsletter, respond to surveys, or engage with other website features. We use this information for the following purposes:

  • To enhance our website and provide you with a better user experience.
  • To effectively respond to any correspondence or transactions initiated by you.
  • To maintain the security of our site, with logs being regularly purged.
  1. Information Security

We employ a range of security measures to ensure the protection of your personal information:

  • Our website is secured with an SSL certificate (https) for secure form submissions.
  • We conduct daily security scans and implement security checks to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Your personal information is accessible only to a limited number of individuals within our organization who require it to respond to your inquiries or requests. We do not store personal information for other purposes, nor do we share it with any other organization unless required by authorized law enforcement investigations or valid legal processes.

When you leave comments on our site, we collect data provided in the comments form, as well as your IP address and browser user agent string to aid in spam detection.

  1. Comment Cookies

Cookies are a standard component of web browsing. If you leave a comment on our site, you can choose to save your name, email address, and website in cookies for your convenience. This avoids the need to re-enter your details when making subsequent comments. These cookies may last up to a year, unless you clear your browser cache.

  1. Data Retention

Comments and their metadata are retained indefinitely if you leave a comment. This facilitates the automatic approval of follow-up comments, instead of holding them for moderation. Contact form entries may be retained for up to six months, analytics records for one year, and purchase records for up to ten years. Users or visitors may use our contact form to request data removal.

Please note that certain website functionalities rely on cookies to function correctly.

  1. Mediavine Programmatic Advertising

Our Website collaborates with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit our Website, which may involve the use of first and third-party cookies. These cookies are sent to your computer or mobile device by the web server to store information about your browsing activity on our Website.

Blocking or clearing cookies, as explained in your browser’s “help” feature, is possible, but it may impact your ability to fully utilize our Website’s content and features. Rejecting cookies does not eliminate ads when visiting our Site. If you opt-out, non-personalized advertisements will still be displayed.

Mediavine collects various data, including IP addresses, operating system information, device details, website language, web browser type, and hashed email addresses. Mediavine Partners may combine this data with information they have gathered independently to provide interest-based advertising across various online platforms. For more information on this practice and opt-out options, visit the National Advertising Initiative opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance website, or the Network Advertising Initiative website. To opt out of mobile app interest-based advertising, you can download the AppChoices app from the Digital Advertising Alliance.

For specifics about Mediavine Partners, their data collection methods, and privacy policies, please visit the Mediavine Partners website.

  1. Analytics

Our website, along with Google, employs first-party cookies like Google Analytics cookies to gather data on user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions. IP addresses are anonymized, and no personally identifiable information is shared with these services. This data is only used in aggregated form to understand user engagement with our website.

Opting out of Google services is possible through the Google Ad Settings page, the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page, or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add-on.

  1. Opt-Out Requests

If you have an account on our site or have left comments, you can use our contact form to request an exported file containing your personal data, including any data you have provided to us. You may also request the erasure of your personal data. Please note that this does not include data we are required to retain for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

  1. Online Policy Only

This online privacy policy exclusively pertains to information collected through our website and does not cover data collected offline.

  1. Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify our privacy policy, and any updates will be posted on this page. Please check this page periodically for any changes.