WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOW IS IT USED?
Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: We may collect personal information from you such as your name, address, or email address. This could happen when you voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, enter a giveaway or subscribing to our newsletter.
Avatars Prior to May 22, 2018 our site allowed avatars for comments. An avatar is an image that follows you from website to website that appears beside your name when you comment on sites that allow avatars. We no longer permit avatars on The Gardening Cook, since they can potentially identify the person who comments.
Information We Collect from Others: We may receive information about you from other sources. The Website utilizes the social sharing buttons which may link to your accounts on the various social media platforms.
Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.
Cookies: We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.
HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED
We may use the information collected in the following ways:
- To operate and maintain the Website;
- To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
- To send you technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
- To respond to your comments or inquiries;
- To provide you with user support;
- To track and measure advertising on the Website;
- To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.
THIRD-PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We may share your information with third parties only when you explicitly authorize us to share your information.
Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.
The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:
Google Analytics – this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics does not capture your IP address or any other personal information, since we have it set to anonymize data to prevent that from happening.
This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion. Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent.
At this time, your personal information is not shared with any additional third-party applications.
From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.
PUBLICLY VISIBLE INFORMATION
If you leave a comment on this website, certain information may be publicly visible. For instance, you may register to leave a comment and voluntarily leave your name and email address, as well as a URL to a website. Your email address will never be available publicly. At your option, you may also add an avatar, and a link to your website which will be visible. Users may see your username, avatar and website information (if you entered this.)
HOW TO OPT OUT OF COOKIES
Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. Please note, however, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.
LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES
Our website may contain links to other websites that we feel will be of interest to you. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by our privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look for the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
SOCIAL SHARE BUTTONS
All of the posts on The Gardening Cook use social share buttons so that you can share the post to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media platforms. We do not require personal data for you to be able to use these share buttons, but you will need an account at the social site before you can share the content forward. Each social site is different in the data they collect on members. Be sure to read their privacy policies before using social media.
We are committed to ensuring that your data is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access to our site, we have put in place several physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect from you online. The Gardening Cook has a SSL certificate for your safe browsing.
AFFILIATE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION
The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.
The Gardening Cook is a participant in both Link Share and Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to Amazon.com. As part of these program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Link Share or Amazon, to track the referrals to their websites. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.
On the Website, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may be used to send details of our newest posts for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.
The Gardening Cook occasionally does sponsored posts for brands we believe in. Some sponsored blog posts may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in links in the post and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you click on a link to the sponsored site. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future posts to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.
RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
OPT-OUT – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be removed from our mailing list.
ACCESS– You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to email@example.com.
AMEND– You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to amend or update your personal information.
FORGET– In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to email@example.com.
Please note that we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes, or when required by law.
SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
Last updated: May 22, 2018.