Policies and Disclosures

PRIVACY POLICY

This privacy policy informs you of the details of how I collect and store personal information through the Website address: https://happinessandblueshoesblog.com (the “Website).

You can contact me through the Website or at [email protected]

By using this Website, or by clicking to accept the Terms and Policies when that option is available to you, you agree to be bound by this Policy.

By using this Website or providing me with your data, you warrant to me that you are over 13 years of age.

INFORMATION COLLECTED

Information collected automatically: When you visit this Website, it automatically collects certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Also, as you browse this Website, it collects information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to this site, and information about how you interact with this Website. This information does not include personal information.

This information is collected through:

  • “Cookies” (These are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.)
  • “Log files” (These track actions occurring on the Website, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.)
  • “Web beacons,” “tags,” and “pixels” (These are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Website.)

This information is used for statistics, via Google Analytics, or to improve the Website and service offerings. (Please see the Google Privacy Policy for more details.) My lawful ground for this processing is legitimate interests which is to grow my business. I may also use such data to send other marketing communications to you. My lawful ground for this processing is either consent or legitimate interests.

Information provided voluntarily: Information such as your name, billing address, shipping address, credit card numbers, email address, and phone number, may also be collected when you voluntarily provide it through certain forms.

This information is collected through:

  • comment forms
  • contact forms
  • sign-up forms
  • surveys

This information is processed and used for the purposes of delivering services, communicating with you, for record keeping and for the establishment, pursuance or defence of legal claims. My lawful ground for this processing is my legitimate interests which in this case are to provide services, to reply to communications sent to me, to keep records and to establish, pursue or defend legal claims.

Visitor comments are checked through an automated spam detection service.

This Website is backed up to Dropbox. Please see the Dropbox Privacy Policy for more details. Other than this, the Website does not share personal information with third parties, except when necessary to fulfill services to you, e.g. through WooCommerce and PayPal. (See below.)

Where I am required to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of the contract between us and you do not provide us with that data when requested, I may not be able to perform the contract (for example, to deliver goods or services to you). If you don’t provide me with the requested data, I may have to cancel a product or service you have ordered but if I do, I will notify you at the time.

I may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent where this is required or permitted by law.

COMMENTS

When visitors leave comments on the Website I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

CONTACT FORMS

If a visitor contacts me through my contact form, I receive the information voluntarily provided, e.g. name, and email address. This information is retained by me for as long as is necessary to complete communications. This information is not used for marketing purposes.

COOKIES

If you leave a comment on the Website you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this Website, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

EMBEDDED CONTENT FROM OTHER WEBSITES

Articles on this Website may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

ANALYTICS

This Website used Google Analytics to analyze traffic using non-personal data. For more information on opting out, deleting data, please see the Google Analytics Privacy Policy.

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

Under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, I may send you marketing communications from me if you made a purchase or asked for information from me about my goods or services or you agreed to receive marketing communications and in each case you have not opted out of receiving such communications since. Under these regulations, if you are a limited company, I may send you marketing emails without your consent. However, you can still opt out of receiving marketing emails from me at any time.

You can ask me or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by following the opt-out links on any marketing message sent to you.

If you opt out of receiving marketing communications this opt-out does not apply to personal data provided as a result of other purchases or transactions.

DATA SECURITY

I have put in place security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used, altered, disclosed, or accessed without authorization. I also allow access to your personal data only to those employees and partners who have a business need to know such data.

I use WooCommerce and PayPal to process payments. Please see below.

DATA RETENTION

I will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes I collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

YOUR RIGHTS

Under data protection laws you have rights in relation to your personal data that include the right to request access, correction, erasure, restriction, transfer, to object to processing, to portability of data and (where the lawful ground of processing is consent) to withdraw consent. If you wish to exercise these rights please email me at [email protected]

If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information I hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please email me at [email protected]

Additionally, if you are a European resident I note that I am processing your information in order to fulfill contracts I might have with you (for example if you make an order through this Website), or otherwise to pursue my legitimate business interests listed above. Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to Canada and the United States.

I am not responsible for republished content from this website on other websites without my permission.

WOOCOMMERCE

This Website uses WooCommerce to collect payments for services. While you visit this Website, we’ll track:

  • Services you’ve viewed: we’ll use this to, for example, show you services you’ve recently viewed
  • Location, IP address and browser type: we’ll use this for purposes like estimating taxes and shipping
  • Shipping address: in the event that this Website sells physical products, we’ll ask you to enter this so we can, for instance, estimate shipping before you place an order, and send you the order!

We’ll also use cookies to keep track of cart contents while you’re browsing this Website.

When you purchase from us, we’ll ask you to provide information including your name, billing address, shipping address, email address, phone number, credit card/payment details and optional account information like username and password. We’ll use this information for purposes, such as, to:

  • Send you information about your account and order
  • Respond to your requests, including refunds and complaints
  • Process payments and prevent fraud
  • Set up your account for our store
  • Comply with any legal obligations we have, such as calculating taxes
  • Improve our store offerings
  • Send you marketing messages, if you choose to receive them

If you create an account, we will store your name, address, email and phone number, which will be used to populate the checkout for future orders.

We generally store information about you for as long as we need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it, and we are not legally required to continue to keep it. This includes your name, email address and billing and shipping addresses.

We will also store comments or reviews, if you choose to leave them.

We accept payments through PayPal. When processing payments, some of your data will be passed to PayPal, including information required to process or support the payment, such as the purchase total and billing information.

Please see the PayPal Privacy Policy for more details.

AKISMET

Akismet is an anti-spam service that collects information about visitors who comment on this Website. The information collected typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

DISCLOSURE

This Website may occasionally accept forms of sponsorship or other forms of compensation.

The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made on this Website.

I am not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine. If I claim or appear to be an expert on a certain topic or product or service area, I will only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

This Website does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

AFFILIATE DISCLAIMER

Some of the sections of this Website will allow you to purchase different products and services online provided by other merchants, and not me. Some of the links that I post on this Website are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.*

I am not responsible for the quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability or any other aspect of these products and services. In addition, a merchant will likely have privacy and data collection practices that are different from mine. If you make a purchase from a merchant on their site or on a site that I have posted a link to, the information obtained during your visit to that merchant’s online store or site, and the information that you give as part of the transaction, such as your name, e-mail address, street address, telephone number, and credit card number, may be collected by the merchant and me. For more information regarding a merchant, its online store, its privacy policies, and/or any additional terms and conditions that may apply, visit that merchant’s website and click on its information links or contact the merchant directly.

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

*Disclosed in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

CHANGES

This policy is valid from 17 May 2018 and is subject to change. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at [email protected]