Privacy and Cookie Policy

The following Privacy Policy governs the online information and data collection practices of acuriousjourney.com. Specifically, it outlines the types of information that I gather about you while you are using the acuriousjourney.com website (the site), and the ways in which I use this information.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. By visiting and using the site, you agree that your use of my site, and any dispute over privacy, is governed by this Privacy Policy. Because the web is a growing and evolving space, I may need to change my Privacy Policy at some point in the future, in which case I’ll post the changes to this Privacy Policy on this website and update the Effective Date of the policy to reflect the date of the changes. I will endeavour to notify with 30 days notice of any changes made and the effective date. By continuing to use the site after I post any such changes, you accept the Privacy Policy as modified.

I will never sell, barter, or rent your email address to any unauthorised third party.

 

How I Collect and Use Information

This site only contacts individuals who specifically request that I do so or in the event that they have signed up to receive my free email communications. This site collects personally identifying information from my users during online purchasing. Generally, this information includes name and e-mail address for registration to receive our free newsletters and name, email address, postal address, and credit card information when purchasing my products or services. All of this information is provided to me by you.

I am committed to ensuring that this website contains content that is valuable and useful to its readers. To help me with this I have implemented the Google Analytics demographics and interest reporting features on my website. These tools allow me to review anonymous data regarding the gender, age and interests of website visitors and adapt our website content to better reflect their needs. Although this information is collected through your Google ad settings, it is not provided to us in a personally-identifiable format. This means we cannot identify what information is about you, and we will never attempt to do so.

You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customise Google Display Network ads using the Google Ad settings or through the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

I also may use a standard feature found in browser software, called a cookie, to enhance your experience with the site. Cookies are small files that your web browser places on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes. By showing how and when visitors use the site, cookies help me deliver advertisements, identify how many unique users visit my site, and track user trends and patterns. They also prevent you from having to re-enter your preferences on certain areas of the site where you may have entered preference information before.

The site also may use web beacons (single-pixel graphic files also known as transparent GIFs) to access cookies and to count users who visit the site or open HTML-formatted email messages. Details of how to disable cookies on your own web browser can be found in my Cookies policy.

The information that you give to me directly on the site (e.g. within comments on blog posts such as your name and email address) is never shared or added to any mailing lists. Information relating to purchases made through this website is stored on my website only. This is to enable me to complete your order, and also prevents you from having to re-enter your details during your next purchase. You may request to have your details removed from my website storage once your purchase is complete by emailing me at lizzie@acuriousjourney.com

To ensure the security and safety of this site, I create fortnightly backups of all information on this site, which are held in a zip file within my own email server. Each backup file is deleted in full when the next one is created.

The site also includes links to websites I recommend or work with on a collaborative basis, and provides access to products and services offered by third parties, whose privacy policies I do not control. Some of the links I provide are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item connected to that link, I will receive an affiliate commission at no cost you. When you access another website or purchase third-party products or services through the site, use of any information you provide is governed by the privacy policy of the operator of the site you are visiting, or the provider of such products or services.

Be aware that I may occasionally release information about our visitors when release is appropriate to comply with law or to protect the rights, property or safety of users of the site or the public.

Please also note that as my business grows, I may buy or sell various assets. In the unlikely event that I sell some or all of my assets, or my website is acquired by another company, information about my users may be among the transferred assets.

 

Affiliate links and non-disclosure

Some links on this site may be affiliate links. These are links to products or services that I highly recommend and am an affiliate for. Should you click on one of these links and decide to purchase the service(s) or product(s), I will receive a small commission of the sale at no extra cost to you.
Links to third-party web sites or services are not owned or controlled by myself.
I have no control over, and assume no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You further acknowledge and agree that this website and its owner shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services.

 

Content

All the information on this site is exclusively owned by me, and may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or shared in a way which suggests it belongs to anyone other than myself. Quotes may be extracted from content on this site in the event that explicit permission is sought from me, and adequate credit is displayed.

 

Competitions

This site may run occasional competitions and giveaways. In order to facilitate these, competition entrants will be required to supply certain information. This include, but is not limited to, full name, email address, and full postal address.

Full postal addresses of winners will be shared with brands where necessary to ensure delivery of your prize. As such, supplying of full postal address is necessary to enter any competitions on this site. Your details will never be shared with anyone other than the brand supplying the prize for the giveaway or competition which you enter. I take steps to ensure that prize suppliers are GDPR compliant and do not use your details for any other reason than to provide your prize, but I cannot be held responsible for any misuse of data by any third party.

Email addresses supplied during the entering of competitions and giveaways are used solely for the purposes of contacting winners. Your details are never added to mailing lists or shared with any third parties unless necessary.

The sharing of full name, email address, and full postal address is required in order to facilitate competitions and giveaways, and therefore the collection of this information is granted legally under the GDPR base of ‘contract’ As such, if you are not happy to share your full name, email address, and full postal address I will be unable to continue with your competition or giveaway entrance.

In the event that the online software I use to facilitate competitions and giveaways incurs a security breach, I will notify the ICO within 72 hours of being aware of the breach. I will endeavour to notify all competition entrants for whom I have details as soon as is reasonably and safely practicable.

You may request to have your details removed from my database and competition software any time after the competition or giveaway has ended by contacting me at lizzie@acuriousjourney.com

How Do I Store Your Information as a subscriber?

Your information is stored at the list server that delivers this site’s newsletters (https://mailerlite.com). Your information can only be accessed by those who help manage those lists in order to deliver e-mail to those who would like to receive this site’s newsletters. If I outsource these tasks, I will take steps to ensure that all virtual assistants I use are GDPR knowledgeable and compliant in their practices.

All of the newsletters or emails that are sent to you by this site include an unsubscribe link in them. You can remove yourself at any time from our newsletters or mailing list by clicking on the unsubscribe link that can be found in every communication that I send you.

 

Terms and Conditions

All content provided on this blog is for information purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The owner will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information. We are not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other web sites or media without our permission. All opinions are those of the author alone.

Disclaimer

This policy may be changed at any time at my discretion. If I should update this policy, we will post the updates to this page on our website.

In the event of a security breach on this website, I will notify you within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach.

In the event of a security breach on any third party server which I use to store your information (such as https://mailerlite.com) I will notify you as soon as I can reasonably do so and I have been notified by the third party.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy please feel free to email me at lizzie@acuriousjourney.com

Cookie Policy

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping baskets, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a site which allows me to see how well my website is performing in terms of audience. It tells me things like how many people have visited my site, how many of those people are coming back, and where they are in the world. All of this information helps me to continue to create content that is relevant to the people reading it (you!)

As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser.

To disable cookies in Chrome, click the 3 dots at the top right of your browser (just under the close screen ‘x’). This will open a menu where you should choose ‘settings’. The settings will open in a new window. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Advanced’. In the ‘privacy and security’ section, find the option for ‘content settings’. Here you can turn on or off several features. Cookies is usually the first option.

To disable cookies in Internet explorer, click the 3 dots at the top right of the screen (just under the close screen ‘x’). This will open a sidebar menu where you should choose ‘settings’. Click ‘view advanced settings’ and scroll down to the ‘privacy and services’ section. Within that section you can choose to block all cookies, block only third party cookies, or don’t block cookies.

For other browsers, you can also take a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.