Privacy Policy

Who I Am

This is a personal blog, located at: http://www.toriclose.com – but you are already know this, because you are here reading this page.

What personal data this website collects and why it is collected

For the most part, you control what information you share with me on this blog (name, email address, comments, etc.) when you choose to interact with me. For more in-depth information, please read the following sections below!

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site 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

When you submit an email to me through my contact form, it is sent directly to my personal email address, and is not stored on my servers. This information is kept only for a short period of time for response purposes, but I will never use the information submitted through this blog for marketing purposes. Correspondence is personal, and not for advertising or marketing use … just as it should be.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on my site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies by checking the little box before you submit. This is 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.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site 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. (i.e.; Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.)

Analytics

I use Statcounter as an analytical tool to see where my visitors are coming from.

Statcounter is an online service which helps me to understand my visitors; for example, how visitors find my website, how long they spend here, which web pages they are most interested in etc. I use Statcounter because better understanding of how visitors are interacting with my website helps me to improve the content, design and functionality of this blog. This allows me to offer a better online experience to my visitors. Statcounter uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on visitors and visitor activity on our website. This data includes:

  • Time and date of visit (this can help me to identify and plan for busy periods on my website)
  • IP address (this is a numerical label assigned to a device by an Internet Service Provider to enable the device to access the internet)
  • Browser and Operating System (this can help to make sure that my website functions correctly in the browsers/operating systems used to access my site)
  • Device Information e.g. device type and screen size (this can help to make sure that my website functions correctly in the devices used to access my site)
  • Referring Data e.g. a search engine link (this can help to understand which search engines are helping visitors to find my website)

Furthermore, when you visit my website a Statcounter cookie (called “is_unique”) may be placed in your browser. This cookie is used only to determine whether you are a first-time or returning visitor and to estimate unique visits to the site.

You can learn more about cookies from StatCounter and set your browser to refuse same by clicking here.

For further details, please see the Statcounter privacy policy.

Answers to the majority of questions we receive can be found there in their knowledge base.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Additional information

I am also an affiliate of Amazon.com – Some links to products that I promote on my blog are affiliate links, which means that if you click through one of my affiliate links and make a purchase, I may receive a small referral commission from it. You can read about this further on my Disclosure page.

If you choose to use any link that leaves my blog, please be aware that I have no control over the privacy policies of any website outside of my own domain at www.toriclose.com. Knowing this, please note that I cannot be held responsible for any website other than my own, as they are not governed by this privacy policy. I encourage you to look up any website’s privacy policy that you visit if you have any concerns at all.

In interest of full disclosure, here is where you can find Amazon’s Privacy Notice.

Contact

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me via my Contact Form