About: Privacy Policy

TL;DR

I respect any and all private information conveyed via your interaction with this site. Insofar as possible, the details of this site’s Privacy Policy, listed below, are presented in plain English as opposed to mind-numbing legalese.

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General

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in U.S. 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. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

This website is hosted at WordPress.com, part of the Automattic corporate family. Because Automattic’s hosting structure handles the lion’s share of coding comprising this site, Automattic’s Privacy Policy is incorporated by reference.

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Details by Issue/Topic/Law

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✧︎︎︎ “Do Not Track” Browser Settings

The most recent information regarding this issue appears within the WordPress.com Support Forums, dated late November 2014. I quote the response of a Support staff member, responding to a query: do sites hosted at WordPress.com honor the browser’s Do-Not-Track dictate?

We looked into this and the answer is we don’t currently honor do not track preferences, and can’t guarantee that all of our advertisers do.

Honoring this browser preference is beyond my/Pam’s personal control. But I assure you, I do NOT rifle through data trying to match anything with anyone.

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✧︎︎︎ Google Analytics

Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. According to Google, such requirements are put in place to provide a positive experience for users.

At this site, WordPress.com, the Google Analytics package is a premium add-on feature, available only to those subscribing to the “Business” tier of WordPress.com offerings. I do not subscribe to that package. Therefore, the Google Analytics / Privacy issue as it relates to this site is mute. If I do become a Business Tier subscriber, my lack of interest in your particulars will remain. I can’t speak to what Google will or will not do with its tracking.

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✧︎︎︎ Can Spam Law

I despise unsolicited commercial e-mail, and refuse to be a party to tossing spam in your direction.

I fully endorse and comply with the requirements of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act), as well as related laws.

The electronic newsletters or other communications from this website care powered by WordPress.com. I believe that mechanism includes options/directions for immediate unsubscribing.

You can eMail me at blog (at) writesquire (dot) com with comments/concerns. You may also reach me through the Blog Contact Form.

(Special thanks to http://globalnpn.reviewed-by-samdman.com/can-spam-disclosure/ for guidance in drafting some of the above sub-sections.)

✧︎︎︎ California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”)

California requires the posting of a privacy policy. While I do not reside in California, residents of that state may visit this site. Through this section, I honor the letter and spirit of that law. More information on California’s law is available for you to review.

In accordance with CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

  • Users can visit our site anonymously.
  • Once this privacy policy is created, a link to it will appear on our pages.
  • Our Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’ and can easily be found on the pages specified above.
  • Notifications of any Privacy Policy changes will be prominently displayed on our pages.
  • You can change your personal information by emailing us, using the handy Contact form page.

✧︎︎︎ COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

This law lives to protect children under 13 years of age, while online. I do not market this site to children. Indeed, the Contact form page expressly notes that those under 13 years of age may complete/submit the form only with his/her parent’s express permission. I possess no deliberate intention to interact online with such children.

✧︎︎︎ Third Party/Embedded Content

Sites hosted on WordPress.com make use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from Youtube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.

Excerpt from WordPress.com’s Support Page re Policies & Safety: Cookies (04.28.2017).

✧︎︎︎ Third-party Disclosure

Most are familiar with the assorted social media networking buttons adorning this and other websites. I provide them as a convenience. What Twitter, Facebook, etc may or may not do is beyond my knowledge. Therefore, those interested should review the privacy policy provided at each of those sites.

Bottom-line: I respect you. The only time I will deliberately divulge personally identifiable information is when the law leaves me no choice. I may also release such information to protect my rights, the rights of others, property or safety. Short version: act da fool and all bets are off.

✧︎︎︎ Third-party Links

Every site to which I link (presumably) maintains its own privacy policy. While I have no power over third-party sites, I want to know if you find a linked site offensive or harmful. Never hesitate to reach out to me regarding such concerns: Contact form page.

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Privacy

I do not personally collect any personal information when you visit this site as a visitor.

If you register on our site, make a comment, email us, or otherwise provide personally identifiable information, the information you submit will be used only to provide information and services you have requested. We do not pass on your details to anyone else unless required to do so by law.

Special thanks to the U.K.’s Plain English Campaign for guidance in drafting this sub-component of our privacy policy.

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✧︎︎︎ Cookie Policy

Sites hosted on WordPress.com make use of cookies for a variety of different purposes. Some cookies are only set for registered WordPress.com users; others are set for all visitors. A “session” cookie applies to all visitors. This cookie does not record any personal information. It is used to remember any preferences that you have set for the site whilst you are on our site. This cookie expires when you close your web browser. This cookie is needed if you wish to register and login to our site. If you disable cookies in your web browser, you will still be able to use our site as a guest, but you will not be able to use features available to logged in users.

If you do not wish the session cookie to be set, you can disable cookies in your browser. Most browsers give you the choice of:-

  • Accepting all cookies
  • Blocking all cookies
  • Allowing or blocking cookies from specific web sites.
  • Allowing or blocking cookies from third party sites
  • Third party sites are sites that are not directly controlled by the site that you are on. These are often advertising cookies, but can also include social media links.

More detailed information regarding cookies automatically set by WordPress.com hosted sites can be reviewed at Automattic’s cookie-focused support page.

Special thanks to the U.K.’s Plain English Campaign for guidance in drafting this policy.

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