Privacy/Confidentiality

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 US 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.

When and why do we collect information from people that visit our blog?

We collect information from you when you subscribe to a newsletter or enter information on our site, including leaving a comment.

Automatically-collected information

We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access this website. For example, when you use this website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed this website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using this website, such as links clicked.

How we use your information

We may use the information we collect from you when you sign up for our newsletter, or leave a comment. 

If you leave a comment on our 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.

We use cookies

Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

We use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

Additionally, the third-party service providers and affiliates, as mentioned below, place cookies on this website.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you disable cookies in your browser

If you turn cookies off it will turn off some of the features of the site.

Third-party disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless we provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety. 

However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third-party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on this website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

  • Google AdSense

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

We use Google AdSense Advertising on our website.

Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on our site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our users based on previous visits to our site and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt-out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google Ad and Content Network privacy policy.

  • Opting out of Google:
    Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.
  • Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics to track website usage and gain information about traffic flow to and within the website.  Google Analytics uses cookies.  Information on Google Analytics cookies can be found here.

We, along with third-party vendors such as Google, use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.

  • Mailchimp

If you choose to subscribe to our updates, please be aware that we rely on a third party e-mail marketing company (http://mailchimp.com) to deliver this service.  If you would like to sign up, you will need to provide your email address.

You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications by emailing us at Heidi.mysweetcottage(at)gmail.com or by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link in any email we send to you. 

  • Affiliates

 This website is a participant in the Amazon.com affiliate program known as Amazon.com Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

This website is also a participant in the Etsy (US) Affiliate Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Etsy.com.

In addition to Amazon.com and Etsy.com, this website is a participant in the following affiliate programs:

  • Allsop Home & Garden
  • Bits of Vintage
  • Dot & Bo
  • Icy Deals
  • The Organizing Store
  • Minted
  • Farm & Home Supply Center Inc.
  • Burke Decor
  • One Kings Lane
  • Luna Bazaar

Amazon.com, Etsy.com, and other third parties including other advertisers and affiliates may serve content and advertisements, collect information directly from visitors, and place or recognize cookies on visitors’ browsers.

By clicking on a merchant link, you will be directed to the merchant’s website via their internet domains and those domains use cookies which could remain on your browser between 24 hours (in the case of Amazon.com) and 90 days (in the case of some other affiliates).  By continuing to browse this website, you are agreeing to the use of cookies.

Please see our Affiliate Disclosure for more info.

  • Society 6

This website’s Shop Page leads to a link to Society 6.  For Society 6’s privacy policy, please click here.

Social media plugins

This website uses Pinterest and Instagram plugins.  These plugins employ the use of cookies.

See Pinterest’s policy for privacy and cookies.

See also Instagram’s policies for privacy and cookies.

Sumo Plugin

One or more popups on this website are supported by Sumo.  For Sumo’s statement of compliance with the GDRP, click here.

Website platform and host

This website’s content management system is WordPress. WordPress uses cookies.  More information on WordPress cookies can be fund here.

Our blog host is BlogPress.

Children – online privacy

This website does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 16 years.  If you feel this website has inadvertently collected information from or about your child, please contact me at Heidi.mysweetcottage(at)gmail.com.

We will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur

Our webhost, BlogPress, will notify us in the event of a data breach.  Should a data breach occur:

We will notify subscribers via email within 3 days; and

We will notify the users via in-site notification within 3 days.

If you wish to have your data deleted/removed

If you have left comments on this website, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.  Please make requests by contacting me at Heidi.mysweetcottage(at)gmail.com.

Terms and Conditions

By using this website, you are agreeing to ourTerms and Conditions.

 Precautions

We ask that our readers take the following precautions when using our website:

  • Please do not post or send us any information that you view as confidential, secret, or proprietary.
  • Please note that any personally identifiable information you provide to us may be read, collated and used by anyone viewing them.
  • Please note that we are not responsible for personally identifiable information you may choose to make available through our website, including but not limited to your name, email address, below or website, and other personally identifiable information. Please be aware that your blog or website may be hotlinked in comments that you post and re-published on our website.

This Privacy Policy takes effect May 25, 2018

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