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Privacy of Our Visitors
In terms of your use of this website, luggageandlipstick.com acts in the capacity of Data Controller. If you have any questions or concerns about the data we hold about you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use and visit our site, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.
In order for us to operate our business and provide our services to you, it is sometimes necessary for us to collect or process information about you. In general terms, this information will take one or more of the following forms:
- Information that you provide to us directly, such as in the situation where you complete an online form, comment on our blog, or send us a message via our website;
- Information that is automatically sent to us by your computer’s internet browser when you visit our website, such as your computer’s technical address (or ‘IP address’) or information about which particular internet browser you are using and so on;
- Information about how you use our website or our services, such as which pages you visit, how frequently you visit the site and so forth.
- We reserve the right to change this policy and will do so by updating this page. Please make a point to occasionally check this page to ensure you remain happy with our policies.
You should be aware that privacy laws in each country or territory may differ. This site adheres to the privacy laws in the United States of America.
How your data is protected
We take the security of all personal data very seriously, and that data is protected in a number of ways:
- Access control: access to personal data is strictly limited in line with our policy detailed in the ‘who we share data with section’ on this page. Access is controlled by user accounts, where a strong password policy is enforced.
- We use software responsible for limiting login attempts to our site, blocking potentially malicious attempts to access our services.
- This website is also secured with SSL encryption, which means that all traffic to and from our servers is encrypted. This applies to our own administrative access to the website as well as that of users of our services.
Access to your personal data
In the situation where you have directly provided personal information to us (such as by completing an online form or contacting us for further information), you have a number of rights regarding the personal data that we hold:
- You have the right to obtain from us confirmation about whether any such data is being held;
- You have the right to require that we provide you with whatever data we are holding/processing about you, including the right for that data to be transferred to another data controller;
- Even if you have consented to us processing your personal data, you have the right to withdraw that permission at any time;
- You have the right to require us to rectify any incomplete or incorrect information held about you;
- You have the right to require us to erase the data held about you (the ‘right to be forgotten’).
- In the situation where we collect personal data automatically (such as from your internet browser or via internet cookies or other similar technologies):
- You have the right to object to the legal basis upon which we are collecting this data, and we have an obligation to consider and respond to that objection;
- You have the right to request the prevention of further processing of your data while your objection is considered.
Types of data collected
Website contact forms
When you complete one of the contact forms on our website, we will ask you for a number of pieces of personal information, such as your name, email address and other contact details. This is required for us to respond to your request.
If you do not use or submit an online form on the website, no data will be collected in that regard.
For some website functionality, we may need to create for you a user account that allows you to login to the site to ensure that only authorized individuals can access your data and that functionality. Examples include when you make an online purchase via the site, or when you have a role in administering or contributing towards the website content (such as a blog author). The purpose of these user accounts is to protect your personal data behind login security, and to protect the integrity of our site and the servers that run it.
Data collected will generally involve your name and email address (which doubles as username) as a minimum, but may include your postal address if it is required for online purchases.
If you do not register for an online account then no such data will be collected in this regard.
When you visit our website, our systems will log a record of your visit in our server logs, and typically this record will include the technical ‘IP’ address that is associated with your device and the browser type and version that you are using.
Such server logs are extremely common practice, and are used to monitor technical resources, monitor high-level server activity, and to detect and prevent malicious or fraudulent activity on our systems. This data can also be used, if required, to diagnose reports of technical issues. The storage of IP addresses allow us to identify patterns of behavior (such as repeated malicious attempts to access a system).
IP addresses, in and of themselves, do not allow us in any way to identify you as an individual, especially given that it is very common for IP addresses to be dynamically allocated by your service provider, and will therefore often routinely change.
Furthermore, we do not and will not use the content of server access logs to attempt to determine an identifiable individual. We therefore do not consider that data held within server logs falls within the scope of ‘personal data’, and accordingly we do not seek your consent to collect it.
Email Address and Subscriptions
This is a free content site. We do not require any information from you (not even a user name or password). We do not sell any information from our site to any outside party. The only email sent from our websites is in response to an inquiry that you may send us or as a result of joining our newsletter or mail list. If anything comes to your attention which could potentially be a violation of this policy, please let us know immediately so that we can investigate it and try to correct it.
We love your comments! However, there may be times where comments will be edited or removed. These instances include but are not limited to spam, irrelevant or promotional links, profanity, offensive content, slander, libel or defamation.
When content contains promotions in which we have or will receive a quid pro quo such as a commission, free trip, etc., we will disclose that information at the bottom of the page.
As with most other websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.), the time you visited our site, which pages you visited throughout our site, number of clicks and other demographic information.
Cookies and Web Beacons
We also use third party advertisements to support our site. We do not have control over cookies placed by advertisers. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).
There are a number of ways that you can influence how cookies are used on your particular device. You can choose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. Please note that this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites.
Your browser will also provide tools that allow you to remove any cookies that have already been set. The ‘Help’ functionality of your browser, or an internet search, will assist you in understanding how to use these features for your particular browser.
About Google and the DoubleClick DART cookie:
Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet.
We use Google Analytics to better understand what people look at on our website.
When people visit our site, information about their visit is sent in an anonymous form to Google Analytics (which is controlled by Google.) As analytics information is not personal data, we do not specifically ask for your prior consent.
Facebook (and other social media channels)
Like the vast majority of commercial websites, we use social media cookies from Facebook and other social media channels on our site. The cookies are placed by Facebook, and we use them to understand the effectiveness of social media campaigns that we operate.
If you are not logged into Facebook when you view our site, then it is not possible for any personal information about your visit to be collected, and therefore we do not specifically ask for your prior consent.
If you are logged into Facebook when you view our site, then Facebook will know when you visit us. We do not have any access to the detail of that personal data, as you have consented to share it with Facebook, not us. We just get to see anonymized data about the numbers of people who have responded to our advertising or other social media activity.
There are a number of ways of controlling the ads that you see based upon your activity on Facebook. The following resources may help to understand those choices:
You can opt-out of Facebook tracking on our website using the Cookie Control functionality on this site. You can edit your cookie preferences at any time using the Cookie Control icon in the bottom right hand corner of your screen, and disabling ‘marketing’ cookies.
How to opt-out of Facebook interest-based advertising on your browser or mobile device:
You can always use your browser’s ‘private’ or ‘incognito’ mode to browse websites anonymously.