Yes, I, Jeanette, own this website. This article is a boring read. I tried to spice it up here and there, but it’s still legal jargon.
I am dedicated to protecting your privacy and security. I need to explain how I’m compliant with rules and regulations, including GDPR relating to how I use and store your data (Data Protection Act) & (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations). I’ve taken steps to explain the details I take to safeguard your information. This site works from my home office in the USA. I do not act for or speak on behalf of items available in other countries. Those who choose to enter this site from other locations do so on their own actions and are responsible for compliance with their local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.
LINKS TO OUTSIDE SITES
I link to other websites. Links to products or services that you hopefully find useful and help you create your own projects. Otherwise, I wouldn’t link to them in the first place. These sites may collect information under their own privacy policies. I don’t control their policies, content, or links. If you like, I do suggest you check their privacy policies before giving any information. I’m sure it’s an exciting read too!
HOW AND WHY INFORMATION IS COLLECTED
My company is just little o’ me. I collect your information in order to support your participation in emails, the DIY HelpLetter, webinars, track your preferences and/or interests, or to help you stay informed about projects. It’s really hard to send an email without an email address. As a visitor to the site, you are welcome to read and view content without providing ANY personal information.
If you chose to opt-in to receive any free training series, download a free product, register for a webinar, or live event, or purchase any product sold by me, you will automatically be subscribed to our DIY HelpLetter. It says so on the form! If you provide your contact information, you may receive periodic e-mails from me with information on new products and services, important issues, or upcoming events. If you do not wish to receive this free newsletter, you may opt-out at any time. I include an unsubscribe link at the bottom of each and every e-mail sent. I can manually remove you from our e-mail list(s) if you have any trouble opting out. Send me an e-mail to be removed.
Other activities, such as submitting a survey, quiz, online form, or purchases, I may ask you to provide additional information. It is your option to participate in these activities. If you chose to participate in the activities, I might ask that you provide personal information, such as your first and last name, mailing address, e-mail, phone number, credit card, and other necessary information. The information collected is the bare minimum needed to complete the activity. If you chose not to provide the data with respect to a particular activity, you will not be able to participate.
In all cases, I will collect personal identification information from you only if you voluntarily submit such information. Except as otherwise provided in this policy, I will never intentionally disclose any personal identification information about you as an individual user to any third party without having received your permission.
When you use my site, our authorized technology services provider and sites like Google may also collect certain technical and routing information from you to facilitate your use of my services. This technology helps me gather information to administer, understand, and measure traffic patterns. That way, I understand where I’m more popular and areas I need to improve. All this helps me improve my site and make it a better place for you to get information. The collected information is aggregated, without identifying you or any individual user. I SHOULD use this aggregate, non-identifying statistical data for statistical analysis, marketing, or similar promotional purposes. But in reality, I don’t have time to use 99% of this information. The 1% I may look at, for example, it tells me what percent of my readers are women. Since I create projects for women, I know I’m on the right track.
Big soft chocolate chip cookies are how the internet kinda works. The (cookies) data is often tracked by a technology services provider by using “cookies” during your visit. A cookie is a small amount of data that is transferred to your browser by a web server and can only be read by the server that gave it to you. It functions as your identification card and enables us to record your passwords, purchases, and preferences. It cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. (For some web pages that require an authorization, cookies are not optional. Users choosing not to accept cookies will probably not be able to access those pages.) I’m hungry for a big soft chocolate chip cookie now!
Mediavine Programmatic Advertising
The Website uses Mediavine to manage all third-party advertising on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website. The cookie may collect information relating to your use of the Website, information about your device such as the device’s IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at the Website via a link from a third-party site, the URL of the linking page.
First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.
Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site.
The Website may collect IP addresses and location information to serve personalized ads and pass it to Mediavine. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp. You may also visit http://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and http://optout.networkadvertising.org/# to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at http://www.aboutads.info/appchoices to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.
Mediavine partners with the following data processors:
That’s why when I go to websites (even my own), I see ads for the tool or home decor I was just searching. Smart, right?
I may engage in affiliate marketing by embedding tracking links into the website. Links are provided by the affiliate company. If you click on a link for an affiliate, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions. I always disclose affiliate links at the beginning of posts that contain those links. Country Design Style is a participant in Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.
PUBLICLY VISIBLE INFORMATION
If you chose to create a user profile on the site or leave a comment, certain information may be publicly visible. You may choose a username, password and your email address for profile confirmation. Your email address will never be available publicly. It is your option to add an avatar, profile description, and a link to your website for comments. When you leave a comment, your email may be available to me to reply to any questions you may have. Leaving a comment does not subscribe you to any email lists.
YOUR RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN
All emails I send contain an opt-out option. Clicking the opt-out will remove you from the email list. But if you’re looking for a total breakup. Like breakups from 7th grade, and now you can even remember his name. Contact me a [email protected], and I will have my email provider ConvertKit will remove ALL your data. If you’ve purchased anything from me, I cannot delete the purchase info cause of the taxman. Be aware, if you buy a digital item and attempt to download AFTER I’ve “forgotten” you the download may not be available without repurchasing. I have a short memory.
I AM NOT A LAWYER
Please note I’m not a lawyer. And have not searched out for legal advice other than reading privacy guidelines from a few of the service providers I use to create the website. I am secure that other companies used to maintain the site are also working to ensure the platform is GDPR compliant. Cause I’ve gotten a ton of emails from them telling me to read their compliant privacy policies. I didn’t…
But if you’ve read all the way down to here…wow! Go reward yourself with a big soft chocolate chip cookie!
Last updated April 8, 2020
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