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Privacy Policy

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.

COOKIES

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!

ADVERTISING

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:

  1. Pubmatic. You may find Pubmatic’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Pubmatic and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Statistical information and other non-cookie technologies (such as eTags and web or browser cache) may be used by third parties on this Website. Browser settings that block cookies may have no effect on these technologies, but you may clear your cache to delete such trackers. Data collected from a particular browser or device may be used with another computer or device that is linked to the browser or device on which such data was collected.
  2. Criteo. You may find Criteo’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Criteo and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Criteo may collect, access, and use non-identifying data to improve the Criteo Technology and other Criteo products, programs, and/or services. This non-identifying data may include on-site user behavior and user/page content data, URLs, statistics, or internal search queries. The non-identifying data are collected through the ad call and stored with a Criteo cookie for a maximum period of 13 months.
  3. Pulsepoint. You may find Pulsepoint’s privacy policy through this link.
  4. LiveRamp. You may find LiveRamp’s privacy policy through this link. When you use the Website, we share information that we may collect from you, such as your email (in hashed, de-identified form), IP address or information about your browser or operating system, with LiveRamp Inc, and its group companies (‘LiveRamp’). LiveRamp may use a cookie on your browser and match your shared information to their on- and offline marketing databases and those of its advertising partners to create a link between your browser and information in those other databases. This link may be shared by our partners globally for the purpose of enabling interest-based content or advertising throughout your online experience (e.g. cross device, web, email, in-app, etc.) by third parties unaffiliated with our website. These third parties may in turn link further demographic or interest-based information to your browser. To opt out of LiveRamp’s targeted advertising, please go here: https://liveramp.com/opt_out/
  5. RhythmOne. You may view RhythmOne’s privacy policy through this link. RhythmOne uses cookies and similar tracking technologies (such as mobile device identifiers and digital fingerprinting) to provide its services. RhythmOne may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please visit the following webpage: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
  6. District M. You may find District M’s privacy policy through this link.
  7. YieldMo. You may find YieldMo’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Yieldmo or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link.
  8. The Rubicon Project. You may find Rubicon’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Rubicon or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page.
  9. Amazon Publisher Services. You may find Amazon Publisher Services’ privacy policy through this link.
  10. AppNexus. You may find the AppNexus privacy policy through this link.
  11. OpenX. You may find OpenX’s privacy policy through this link.
  12. Verizon Media formerly known as Oath. You may find Verizon Media’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  13. TripleLift. You may find TripleLift’s privacy policy through this link. To opt out of receiving interest-based advertising (including retargeting) from TripleLift’s services through the use of cookies in your current browser and for more information on what it means to opt-out, please go to www.triplelift.com/consumer-opt-out.
  14. Index Exchange. You may find Index Exchange’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  15. Sovrn. You may find Sovrn’s privacy policy through this link.
  16. GumGum. You may find GumGum’s privacy policy through this link. GumGum may (i) use place and use cookies on end users’ browsers or use web beacons to collect information about end users who visit such Publisher Websites and (ii) link such collected end user information to other end user information provided by third parties in order to deliver targeted Advertisements to such end users.
  17. Digital Remedy. You may find Digital Remedy’s privacy policy through this link.
  18. MediaGrid. You may find MediaGrid’s privacy policy through this link. MediaGrid may collect and store information about end-user interactions with this website through cookies, advertising IDS, pixels and server-to-server connections. MediaGrid was receive the following information: the page an End-User has requested and the referring/exit pages; Timestamp information (i.e., the date and time the End-User has visited the page); IP address; mobile device identifier; device model; device operating system; browser type; carrier; gender; age; geolocation (including GPS coordinates); clickstream data; cookie information; first-party identifiers’; and hashed email addresses; demographic and inferred interest information; and post-conversion data (from both online and offline behaviour). Some of this data is gathered from this website and others is gathered from advertisers. MediaGrid uses this data to provide its services. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising or review their privacy policy for more information.
  19. RevContent – You may find RevContent’s privacy policy through this link. RevContent may collect information about your browser or device, including browser type, IP Address, device type, user agent string, and operating system. RevContent also collects information about the websites you visit through their services, such as date and time of access and specific pages accessed and the content and ads you click on. You may opt-out of any personalization track by opting-out of RevContent’s data collection.
  20. Centro, Inc. – You may find Centro’s privacy policy through this link. You may find opt-out information for Centro’s services through the privacy policy link.
  21. 33Across, Inc. – You may find 33Across’s privacy policy through this link. To opt-out of personalized advertising, please visit https://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1.
  22. Conversant. LLC – You may find Conversant’s privacy policy through this link. Conversant uses information that does not directly identify you, such as information about your browser type, time and date of visit, your browsing or transaction activity, the subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, and a unique identifier (such as a cookie string, or a unique advertising identifier provided by your mobile device) during your visits to this and other websites and apps in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Conversant may use technologies such as cookies and other tracking technologies to collect this information. To learn more about interest-based advertising, or to opt-out, you can visit www.youronlinechoices.eu or https://www.networkadvertising.org/.

Display Ads

I may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and ads. They may use cookies. Store-bought cookies. 🙂
The site may engage in remarketing with third-party social media companies to market the website. These companies use cookies to establish ads based on visits to the site.
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.

EXCEPTIONS TO PRIVACY POLICY

While I’m committed to keeping your information secure and private, I do have the following exception to my privacy policy: I will release specific information about you or your account to comply with any valid legal search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order.
Further, the information you enter when making a purchase or an online donation will be shared with payment processors, financial gateways, and your credit card company to authorize credit card payments. Such information may also be shared with necessary third parties solely for the purpose of carrying out the transactions.

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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