Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

What Megan’s Making is found at http://www.whatmegansmaking.com/ (“Website” or “the Site”) and is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”):

We respect your privacy and are committed to safeguarding it. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to notify you about what information we may collect and how it may be used.  This statement only applies to this Website.

Information we collect on our Website

Personally identifiable information you provide when you register to receive emails or leave a comment (such as name, email address, or other contact information).  It is completely optional whether you choose to provide this information, but if you do not provide the required data related to a specific activity, you will not be able to engage in that activity.  This would also apply to activities such as submitting/posting content (such as guest posts), entering a contest or 3rd party sponsored product give-away (such as address information in order to send you the product should you win), or sending us feedback.  Without this information these services would not be functional.

  • We never provide this information to third parties, except as otherwise stated in this Privacy Policy.  Please do not supply any other person’s personal data to us, unless there is a legitimate reason for us prompting you to do so.
  • You acknowledge that any personal data that you submit for publication through the Website may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use (or misuse) of such personal data by others.  You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

Non-personally identifiable information collected as you move through the Site.  This relates to tracking data that does not by itself identify a specific individual, although in certain cases it is possible to trace this information to a specific device (i.e. via your IP address).  Note that currently when you leave a comment on our site, our Website host (WordPress) collects the IP address of the device used to submit the comment.

Third Party Websites

We will disclose personal information to our third party partners who process personal information on our behalf, or assist us in the provision or operation of this Site.  For example, if you sign up for our email updates, we will share this information with our mailing list service provider.

The Website may contain social buttons, links, graphics, or banners that link to other websites. If you choose to visit other websites, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those other websites, and it is your responsibility to review the privacy policies at those websites to confirm that you understand and agree with their policies.

The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:

Google Analytics:  Tracks information about our Website by using cookies*.  Information could include data such as referring websites and user actions on the Website, as well as information about the frequency, timing and pattern of your use of this site.  Google Analytics captures your IP address as a standard practice, but we have turned off this functionality in our Website code. As such, neither this Website nor Google Analytics captures this information in our case.  This usage data may be processed for the purposes of analyzing the use of the Website, including creating spreadsheets and reports. The legal basis for this processing is to administer, monitor and improve our website and relevance to you as the consumer of this information.  Google’s privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

  • *A cookie is a file containing an identifier code that is sent to and stored by a web browser from a web server. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

MailerLite: This service is used for delivery of email updates. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications, and you can unsubscribe at any time.  MailerLite’s privacy policy is available at: https://www.mailerlite.com/privacy-policy/.

Use of this information

In addition to being used to complete your requested action, as well as being leveraged to analyze the use of the Website, your personal information may be stored to maintain backups of our Website and ensure the security and fair use of the site.  It may also be used and disclosed for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure to protect and assert our legal rights, and/or yours/others.

Display Advertising

We use Mediavine to publish advertisements on the Website. This service uses cookies to tailor your experience based on your web behaviors, but does not capture any personally identifiable information (as of May 24, 2018).  Please review Mediavine’s current privacy policy at the following link to determine if there have been changes to this policy: https://www.mediavine.com/privacy-policy/.

Affiliate Program Participation

What Megan’s Making is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to Amazon.com.  As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their 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.

Managing cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. See the links below for current information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

  1. https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);
  2. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);
  3. https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari);
  4. https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer); and
  5. https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

Children Under 16

We care about protecting the privacy of children. We won’t knowingly allow anyone under 16 to provide us any personally identifying information.  If you’re under 16, please do not provide us with any personally identifying information. 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 whatmegansmaking [at] gmail [dot] com and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

Retaining and deleting personal data

Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

We will retain your personal data as follows:

Personal information included as part of any direct questions or comments you send us via our contact email (whatmegansmaking [at] gmail [dot] com) will be retained for a maximum period 26 months following the date of submission.

In some cases it is not possible for us to specify in advance the periods for which your personal data will be retained. In such cases, we will determine the period of retention based on the following criteria.

  • The period of retention for blog comments and published content/guest posts will be indefinite as they are in the public domain and are a core element to the proper functioning of this Website.  However, you may request us to remove as many of your personal blog comments as you wish on this Website and we will do so as quickly as feasible and at our sole discretion.
  • Note: We reserve the right to remove any blog comment that we deem to be offensive, although our intention is that this action would only be taken in highly unusual, and limited, cases.  We value transparency and a free exchange of ideas, thoughts, and opinions as we believe this creates trust and serves to validate, strengthen, and refine the content on this Website.
  • Also note: Any guest posts you agree to publish on this Website become our property at the time the post becomes public.  As such, we retain the right to maintain, move, or delete the post at a later time at our discretion. However, we will make a good faith effort to amicably resolve any disagreements with the author of the specific guest post in question.  We will not change any content of a guest post without the written consent of the author, nor hold it out as our own work.
  • If you have chosen to subscribe to email updates from this Website, the period of retention of your email addresses will be indefinite.  However, you may choose to unsubscribe from these email updates at any time. If you wish to opt-out of receiving emails from us, please follow the instructions included within each email. If you unsubscribe, this will remove you from our distribution list and you will no longer receive notification of new published content going forward.

Nevertheless, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to amend this privacy policy at any time with or without prior notice.  Any such change, update, or modification will be effective immediately upon publishing on the Website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you continue to agree with its terms. We may also, at our sole discretion, choose to notify our email subscribers of significant changes to this policy.

Your rights

Please consult an attorney and read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of the rights applicable to you. 

For more information related to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), use this link: https://www.eugdpr.org/.  A non-authoritative  understanding of this law could be obtained here as well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation/.

Your key rights under GDPR are:

  1. the right to access;
  2. the right to rectification;
  3. the right to erasure;
  4. the right to restrict processing;
  5. the right to object to processing;
  6. the right to data portability;
  7. the right to complain to a supervisory authority; and
  8. the right to withdraw consent.

Who we are

In this policy, “we”, “us” and “our” refer to What Megan’s Making.  If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please feel free to reach us at any time at whatmegansmaking [at] gmail [dot] com.

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This policy was last updated on May 25, 2018