Privacy Policy & Disclosure

Disclosure

Everything you see on behindtheivy.co.uk was created by myself (unless otherwise stated).

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Privacy policy

Behind the Ivy found at http://www.behindtheivy.co.uk (“Website”) is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).


I respect your privacy and am committed to protecting the personal data and information collected from individuals that visit this Website.


Due to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), I am issuing this Privacy Policy to inform you about what personally identifiable information I may collect, the types of personal information I collect about you, how it may be used, whom I share it with, your rights relating to the information I hold about you and other information relating to the privacy of your data.


WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOW IS IT USED?

Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: I may collect personal information from you such as your name or email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, or submitting a contact form. On this website, you are unable to create a user profile, where a name and password is created. Therefore, no username and passwords are stored or visible in our records. Leaving a comment however, is a form of profile where information is voluntarily submitted without a particular login.


Information Collected from Others: I may receive information about you from other sources. You may link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts when you voluntarily submit information to the Website. If you choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts, I will receive your name, email address and profile picture associated with that account.


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


Cookies: I may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. I 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

I may use the information collected in the following ways:
  • To operate and maintain the Website;
  • To create your account, identify you as a user of the Website, and customize the Website for your account;
  • 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 administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, 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

I may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize me 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 – For audience usage and insights
    Google Analytics is one of the most trusted sources on the internet for identifying user behaviour, interests, demographics and frequency of visits to the Website (both the time spent on the Website and total number of page views). This service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address. However, Google Analytics captures no other personal information. Further information on Google Analytics and their cookie usage on websites can be found here.
  • Mail Chimp – For newsletter and e-mail subscriptions
    This service is used for delivery of email updates and newsletters. I store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications. Please refer to Mail Chimp’s privacy policy for further information.

At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion.

Except when required by law, I will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; however, I may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the Website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganisation proceeding brought by or against us.



ANONYMOUS DATA

From time to time, I 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 the Website, certain information may be publicly visible. Your email address (should you wish to fill this out) is therefore visible, although you have the option not to submit it when filling out the information options. It is also your choice and at your discretion, to add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website. You may also choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and Google Account. Therefore, users may see your username, avatar, profile description and website information.



COOKIES

The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, customise Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies are also often used to remember if you are already registered to the Website and to remember your user details for future correspondence or form of login. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described herein.

Disabling Cookies: As a user, you may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by changing the settings of your internet browser which 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. However, if as a user, you deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable or function correctly.



ADVERTISING

Display Ads

I may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies, as noted above.


Retargeting Ads

From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website.


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.


Newsletters
On the Website, you may subscribe to the newsletter, which may be used 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, I 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 behaviour 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 me at lookbehindtheivy (at) gmail (dot) com to be removed from the mailing list.


Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to me at lookbehindtheivy (at) gmail (dot) com.


Amend – You may contact me at lookbehindtheivy (at) gmail (dot) com to amend or update your personal information.


Forget – In certain situations, you may request that I erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request at lookbehindtheivy (at) gmail (dot) com.


Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.



SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION
At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to me, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.



CONTACT INFORMATION
I hope this clarifies any questions you have regarding the use of data and the current changes in the law.


At any time, please contact me at lookbehindtheivy (at) gmail (dot) com for questions related to this Privacy Policy.


Last updated: 02 September 2018

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