POLICIES AND DISCLAIMERS

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PRIVACY POLICY

EFFECTIVE DATE: 5/10/2019

TheWittyGrittyLife.com, (the “Site”), owned and operated by Karin MacDonald, (“we”, “us”, or “our”) respects your privacy and takes protecting it seriously. Through this Site, we may collect certain information about you. This information may identify an individual user and/or could be used to contact or locate an individual user.

When you use this Site, you are consenting to the collection, transfer, storage, disclosure, and other use of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. Please review this Privacy Policy carefully.

This Privacy Policy explains what information we collect from you, how we use that information, when/if we disclose that information to third parties, how we protect your information, and your rights as a user of this site and owner of your information.

This Privacy Policy only applies to this Site and to the communications, products, and services provided through this Site. It does not apply to any third-party site or service linked to, recommended by, or referred by this Site. 

AGE OF CONSENT

By using this Site, you confirm you are at least 18 years of age. We do not knowingly solicit or collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18 on this Site. If you believe we have personal data from a child under the age of 18, please contact us at [email protected] to have that child’s information removed from our system.

WHAT IS PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION?

Personally identifiable information is data that may identify you. This includes name, address, email address, telephone number, IP address, or any other identifying information where you can be contacted, online, or offline.

We do not rent, sell, share, or otherwise make your personal data available to any person or business, except as required to provide the products and services on this Site. 

WHAT INFORMATION IS COLLECTED AND HOW IS IT USED?

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY YOU

  • If you comment on our Site, sign up for our email newsletter, or contact us through the Contact Us page on our Site, we will collect your name and email address. This information may be made available to a third-party email delivery service. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking the link at the bottom of any email. If you have any issues, please contact us at [email protected].
  • If you make a purchase from this Site, we may collect name, email address, telephone number, address, and/or credit card number. We use third-party vendors to process payments. By making a purchase, you give them access to personal data including your name, email address, and credit card information. We do our best to choose vendors carefully. However, we are not liable for any data breaches and are not responsible for any damages or harm incurred as a result of these third-party vendors. We only have access to your name and email when you make a purchase. We do not have access to your credit card information.
  • If you create a user profile on our Site, you will be asked to create a username and password. We may access your name and username, but we do not have access to your password.

This information may be used to create your account, to deliver email newsletters and updates, to respond to messages/emails from you, to communicate with you about products and services you’ve purchased, to offer you additional products and services, and/or to bill you. We also use that information to the extent necessary to enforce the Site Terms of Use and to prevent imminent harm to persons or property.

INFORMATION PROVIDED AUTOMATICALLY BY OTHERS

Other information may be collected automatically, like Google Analytics. This information may include things like location, where you go on this Site when you visit, what links you click, your IP address, your browser type/version, and what type of device you’re connecting from. This information is used as statistical data only and does not include personal data.

Some third parties may use cookies or other tracking methods to collect similar information.

This information is used to create content, products, and/or services we think would be beneficial to you. We also use this information to track advertising and improve user experiences on our Site.

COOKIES

We also use cookies to collect certain information from all users, including web visitors who don’t buy anything. A cookie is a string of data our system sends to your computer and then uses that data to identify your computer when you return to our Site.

Cookies give usage data like how often you visit, where you go on the Site, and what you do on the Site. Cookies also help provide a more customized experience when you visit our Site. 

You can refuse to accept cookies by using the setting on your web browser. You can also delete past cookies in the same way. However, if you refuse cookies, you may not be able to use all the features on our Site.

We use cookies so our Site can remember you and provide you with the information you most likely need. For example, to save your preferences and improve your user experience. 

We use cookie information to compile statistical information about the use of our Site, such as the time users spend on the Site and the pages they visit most often. Those statistics do not include personal data like name, email address, etc.

We may have third-party content and/or advertisements on this Site that use cookies. We do not have control over these third-party cookies. If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact the third-party directly.

DISCLOSURE TO THIRD PARTIES

AS REQUIRED BY LAW

We may disclose your personal data to attorneys, collection agencies, or law enforcement authorities if required by law.

THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS

We may use third-party vendors to provide various services on this Site. These third-party services will be governed by their individual privacy policies. If you have any questions about these third-parties’ privacy practices, you should consult their specific privacy policies or reach out to them directly. We use the following third-party providers:

Email service provider—we use Convertkit as our email service provider. We use Convertkit to collect names and email addresses and to use that information to deliver email newsletters, updates, and/or email marketing.

OTHER THIRD PARTIES

We may disclose personally identifiable information to contractors, service providers, and other third parties we use to reasonably support our business. We will only share your personal data with these third parties to the extent necessary to provide our product and/or services to you.

In the event our business, or a portion thereof, is sold, or otherwise transferred, including bankruptcy, we may share personal data in connection with this transaction. 

HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION

We employ data security tools to protect your personal data from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure.

In addition to general security practices, we use the following to protect your personal data:

  • Malware scanning
  • Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate

In the event of a data security breach, we will contact you and/or the relevant authorities as required by law.

Unfortunately, even with these measures, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal data. By using our Site, you acknowledge and agree that we make no such guarantee and you use the Site at your own risk.

CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

As a California resident, you may request certain information regarding our disclosure of your personal data to third parties for their marketing purposes. To request this information, please contact us at [email protected].

EUROPEAN UNION PRIVACY RIGHTS

DATA STORAGE

This Site is a US-based site, so any information received will be transferred outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). By using this Site and providing your personal data you agree to the transfer, storage, and processing of your data outside the EEA.

DATA RETENTION

We will store and process your personal data for as long as necessary to carry out the purpose it has been collected or until consent is withdrawn. After this period expires, we will delete your personal data. Therefore, some of your rights, such as the right to access, right to erasure, right to change, and the right to move. All your rights relevant to your data are listed in a subsequent section of this Privacy Policy. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

LAWFUL BASIS OF PROCESSING PERSONAL DATA

We may process your personal data if:

  • You have given consent for one or more specific purposes;
  • If data is necessary to fulfill our agreement and/or obligations to you;
  • It is necessary to fulfill our legal obligations;
  • It is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests of us or a third-party.

RIGHTS UNDER GDPR

If you are located in the European Union, you have certain rights under GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). You have a right to:

  • Withdraw your consent at any time;
  • Object to the processing of your personal data;
  • Access your data;
  • Verify and change your data;
  • Restrict the processing of your data;
  • Have your personal data deleted and/or removed;
  • Receive and move your personal data;
  • Lodge a complaint.

You can exercise these rights by contacting us at [email protected]. You can exercise these rights free of charge and your request will be processed as soon as possible and always within 30 days.

RIGHTS OF USERS

You can deny, access, delete, change, withdraw, and/or review the personal data provided to us at any time. However, if you decline to provide some personal data, we may not be able to provide certain services to you.

If you want to have your personal data deleted, please contact us at [email protected]. We may be required by law to archive your information.

NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES

We may change this Privacy Policy at any time by posting a new version on this page or a successor page. The new version will become effective on the date it’s posted, which will be listed at the top of the page as the new “Effective Date”.

CONTACT INFORMATION

This Site is owned and operated by Karin MacDonald. For purposes of GDPR, our Data Controller is Karin MacDonald. Our mailing address is 5803 Overbrooke Road, Kettering. Ohio, USA. If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at [email protected].

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING PLUGINS

SOURCE: WP RECIPE MAKER

Bootstrapped Ventures, the developer of WP Recipe Maker, does not have access to any of the data collected by the plugin. This is all stored in your local database and not communicated back to us. Take note of the following topics for your own privacy policy.

WHAT PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT AND WHY WE COLLECT IT

COMMENTS

When comment ratings are enabled we store the rating a user has given to a recipe along with the personal data WordPress core stores.

COOKIES

When user ratings are enabled we store a WPRM_User_Voted_%recipe% cookie (with %recipe% the ID of the recipe) that contains the rating this user has given to a particular recipe. This cookie is used as (one of the) measures to prevent rating spam.

IP ADDRESS

When user ratings are enabled we store the IP address upon voting. This is used as (one of the) measures to prevent rating spam.

THEIR OWN MANUALLY INPUT INFORMATION

With the Recipe Submission feature personal data can be collected, depending on the fields that were added to the form. This can include the user’s email and name. When using the reCAPTCHA feature you will be agreeing to their terms of use and privacy policy.

HOW LONG WE RETAIN YOUR DATA

Our cookies are stored for 30 days. User-submitted data is stored indefinitely in the local database.

SOURCE: AKISMET

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but 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).

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Mediavine Programmatic Advertising

The Website uses Mediavine to manage all third-party advertising on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website. The cookie may collect information relating to your use of the Website, information about your device such as the device’s IP address and browser type, demographic data, and if you arrived at the Website via a link from a third-party site, the URL of the linking page.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons, and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies, and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.

Without cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site.

The Website may collect IP addresses and location information to serve personalized ads and pass it to Mediavine. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp. You may also visit http://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and http://optout.networkadvertising.org/# to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at http://www.aboutads.info/appchoices to opt-out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt-out.

Mediavine partners with the following data processors:

  1. Pubmatic. You may find Pubmatic’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Pubmatic and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Statistical information and other non-cookie technologies (such as eTags and web or browser cache) may be used by third parties on this Website. Browser settings that block cookies may have no effect on these technologies, but you may clear your cache to delete such trackers. Data collected from a particular browser or device may be used with another computer or device that is linked to the browser or device on which such data was collected.
  2. Criteo. You may find Criteo’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Criteo and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Criteo may collect, access, and use non-identifying data to improve the Criteo Technology and other Criteo products, programs, and/or services. This non-identifying data may include on-site user behavior and user/page content data, URLs, statistics, or internal search queries. The non-identifying data are collected through the ad call and stored with a Criteo cookie for a maximum period of 13 months.
  3. Pulsepoint. You may find Pulsepoint’s privacy policy through this link.
  4. LiveRamp. You may find LiveRamp’s privacy policy through this link. When you use the Website, we share information that we may collect from you, such as your email (in hashed, de-identified form), IP address or information about your browser or operating system, with LiveRamp Inc, and its group companies (‘LiveRamp’). LiveRamp may use a cookie on your browser and match your shared information to their on- and offline marketing databases and those of its advertising partners to create a link between your browser and information in those other databases. This link may be shared by our partners globally for the purpose of enabling interest-based content or advertising throughout your online experience (e.g. cross-device, web, email, in-app, etc.) by third-parties unaffiliated with our website. These third parties may in turn link further demographic or interest-based information to your browser. To opt-out of LiveRamp’s targeted advertising, please go here: https://liveramp.com/opt_out/
  5. RhythmOne. You may view RhythmOne’s privacy policy through this link. RhythmOne uses cookies and similar tracking technologies (such as mobile device identifiers and digital fingerprinting) to provide its services. RhythmOne may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please visit the following webpage: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
  6. District M. You may find District M’s privacy policy through this link.
  7. YieldMo. You may find YieldMo’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest-based ads from Yieldmo or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link.
  8. The Rubicon Project. You may find Rubicon’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest-based ads from Rubicon or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page.
  9. Amazon Publisher Services. You may find Amazon Publisher Services’ privacy policy through this link.
  10. AppNexus. You may find the AppNexus privacy policy through this link.
  11. OpenX. You may find OpenX’s privacy policy through this link.
  12. Verizon Media formerly known as Oath. You may find Verizon Media’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  13. TripleLift. You may find TripleLift’s privacy policy through this link. To opt-out of receiving interest-based advertising (including retargeting) from TripleLift’s services through the use of cookies in your current browser and for more information on what it means to opt-out, please go to www.triplelift.com/consumer-opt-out.
  14. Index Exchange. You may find Index Exchange’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  15. Sovrn. You may find Sovrn’s privacy policy through this link.
  16. GumGum. You may find GumGum’s privacy policy through this link. GumGum may (i) use place and use cookies on end users’ browsers or use web beacons to collect information about end-users who visit such Publisher Websites and (ii) link such collected end-user information to other end-user information provided by third parties in order to deliver targeted Advertisements to such end-users.
  17. Digital Remedy. You may find Digital Remedy’s privacy policy through this link.
  18. MediaGrid. You may find MediaGrid’s privacy policy through this link. MediaGrid may collect and store information about end-user interactions with this website through cookies, advertising IDS, pixels, and server-to-server connections. MediaGrid has received the following information: the page an End-User has requested and the referring/exit pages; Timestamp information (i.e., the date and time the End-User has visited the page); IP address; mobile device identifier; device model; device operating system; browser type; carrier; gender; age; geolocation (including GPS coordinates); clickstream data; cookie information; first-party identifiers’; and hashed email addresses; demographic and inferred-interest information; and post-conversion data (from both online and offline behavior). Some of this data is gathered from this website and others is gathered from advertisers. MediaGrid uses this data to provide its services. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising or review their privacy policy for more information.
  19. RevContent – You may find RevContent’s privacy policy through this link. RevContent may collect information about your browser or device, including browser type, IP Address, device type, user agent string, and operating system. RevContent also collects information about the websites you visit through their services, such as date and time of access and specific pages accessed, and the content and ads you click on. You may opt-out of any personalization track by opting-out of RevContent’s data collection.
  20. Centro, Inc. – You may find Centro’s privacy policy through this link. You may find opt-out information for Centro’s services through the privacy policy link.
  21. 33Across, Inc. – You may find 33Across’s privacy policy through this link. To opt-out of personalized advertising, please visit https://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1.
  22. Conversant. LLC – You may find Conversant’s privacy policy through this link. Conversant uses information that does not directly identify you, such as information about your browser type, time and date of visit, your browsing or transaction activity, the subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, and a unique identifier (such as a cookie string, or a unique advertising identifier provided by your mobile device) during your visits to this and other websites and apps in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Conversant may use technologies such as cookies and other tracking technologies to collect this information. To learn more about interest-based advertising, or to opt-out, you can visit www.youronlinechoices.eu or https://www.networkadvertising.org/.

Affiliate link disclosure policy

AFFILIATE LINK DISCLOSURE POLICY

Posts on this site may contain affiliate links. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission that will NOT result in any additional charges to you.

Earned affiliate commissions allow me to pay fees and other charges related to keeping this blog up and running.

Thank you so much for your support.

The Witty Gritty Life is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Advertising in the form of ads on this blog is generated by a third-party ad network. Those advertisements are paid advertisements. This blog does not contain any content that might be considered a conflict of interest.

This blog may contain posts about products, services, websites, and various other topics for which I may have been compensated.  I will always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are my own.  Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation should always be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party in question.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. TheWittyGrittyLife and its author(s) make no representation and assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained on or available through this web site, and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician.

NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF INFORMATION PRESENTED OR ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.

COMMENTS AND SHARING

Comments

The Witty Gritty Life your comments and input are always appreciated. Compliments, suggestions, constructive criticism are welcome. I believe strongly that this blog can and will benefit from your constructive and useful input. But if you disagree with any comment posted on this blog I always encourage you to offer solutions, not insults! Comments are moderated. That means that any comment that does not directly apply to the subject at hand or any comment that is of a political, religious, or sexual nature will be deleted. Spam comments will not be tolerated.

Thewittygrittylife.com reserves the exclusive right to delete any comments or statements that could be:

  • considered spam
  • are hurtful and unkind towards the blog or any of its readers 
  • do not contribute to the conversation in a constructive meaningful way

Sharing

When sharing any of the content posted on this website, be courteous when doing so. This means you may share one image from the blog only and always with a direct link back to its original source. Occasionally, thewittygrittylife.com features the work of other bloggers or sites.

All images and written content on thewittygrittylife.com are protected by copyright law. 

Any images or written content not directly created by this blog must be shared from the original publisher’s site. Links to original publishers will always be provided.  If you would like to share another blogger’s work featured here, I ask that you contact them directly to obtain their permission.

Sharing on Pinterest is encouraged, but please be sure to always pin from the original source:)

For questions please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

This policy was last updated on 10-2-2020