policy last updated: may 23rd 2018

What is this Privacy Policy for?

This privacy policy is for this website https://foodblogging.info and served by Food Blogging Collective and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it.

The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the website and website owner(s). Furthermore, the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed in this policy.

The Website

This website and its owner(s) take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience. This website complies with all UK national laws and requirements for user privacy and the new European GDPR regulations.

You can read all about the GDPR here.

This website may track its users in the following ways: cookies, contact forms, comments, email list & newsletter, advertising, social media.

Use of Cookies

This website uses cookies to better the user’s experience while visiting the website. Where applicable, this website uses a cookie-control system, enabling the user on their first visit to the website to allow or disallow the use of cookies on their computer/device. This complies with recent legislation requirements for websites to obtain explicit consent from users before leaving behind or reading files such as cookies on a user’s computer/device.

Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server, to provide the users with a tailored experience within the website.

Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors.

This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information. You can read Google’s privacy policy here for further information:

[http://www.google.com/privacy.html].

Other cookies may be stored on your computer’s hard drive by external vendors when this website uses referral programs, sponsored links or adverts. Such cookies are used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. No personal information is stored, saved or collected.

Contact & Communication

Users contacting this website and/or its owner(s) do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form-to-email submission process but we advise users using such form-to-email processes that they do so at their own risk.

This website uses a Contact Form Plugin to allow you to contact me.  Your information is not stored on this site, rather I am sent an email alerting me to your correspondence.  There is a new GDPR-compliant checkbox on my contact form to demonstrate your consent to this.

This is by no means an entire list of your user rights in regard to receiving email marketing material. Your details are not passed on to any third parties.

comments

If you leave a comment on this site, you now have to tick a box to consent to your data being stored in compliance with GDPR.

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser-user-agent string to help spam detection, in collaboration with Akismet.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Email Newsletter

This website operates an email newsletter program, used to inform subscribers about products, news and services supplied by this website. Users can subscribe through an online automated process, should they wish to do so, but do so at their own discretion. Some subscriptions may be manually processed through a prior written agreement with the user.  I use MailChimp as my email-service provider.

Subscriptions are taken in compliance with GDPR 2018. All personal details relating to subscriptions are held securely and in accordance with such. No personal details are passed on to third parties nor shared with companies/people outside of the company that operates this website. Under the GDPR, you may request a copy of personal information held about you by this website’s email newsletter program. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please contact Food Blogging Collective.

Email marketing campaigns published by this website contain tracking facilities within the actual email. Subscriber activity is tracked and stored in a database through the MailChimp programme for future analysis and evaluation. Such tracked activity may include the opening of emails, forwarding of emails, the clicking of links within the email content, times, dates and frequency of activity [this is by no far a comprehensive list].  This information is used to refine future email campaigns and supply the user with more relevant content based on their activity.

Please also be aware that there is an UNSUBSCRIBE link at the bottom of every email.  Alternatively, you may contact me at hello[at]foodblogging[dot]info and I will manually unsubscribe you.

In compliance with UK Spam Laws and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 subscribers are given the opportunity to unsubscribe at any time through an automated system. This process is detailed in the footer of each email campaign. If an automated un-subscription system is unavailable clear instructions on how to unsubscribe will by detailed instead. Furthermore, if you cannot find details about how to unsubscribe yourself, then please get in touch and I will do it for you asap.

External Links

Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website. (External links are clickable text/banner/image links to other websites.)

The owner(s) of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally-linked website, despite best efforts. Users should, therefore, note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Adverts, Sponsored Links and Affiliate Marketing

This website may contain affiliate and sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through advertising partners and affiliate networks, who may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.

Clicking on any such adverts or links will send you to the advertisers’ website through a referral program which may use cookies and will track the number of referrals sent from this website. This may include the use of cookies which may, in turn, be saved on your computer’s hard drive. Users should, therefore, note that they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owner(s) cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

For more information about how I use adverts, sponsored links and affiliates, visit my Disclaimer page.

Social-Media Platforms

Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social-media platforms that this website and its owner(s) participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.

Users are advised to use social-media platforms wisely and communicate/engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website and its owner(s) will never ask for personal or sensitive information through social-media platforms and users wishing to discuss sensitive details are encouraged to contact Food Blogging Collective through primary communication channels such as by email: hello@foodblogging.info, or through the contact form on this website.

This website may use social-sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social-media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social-sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social-media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.  This also applies to social follow buttons.

Shortened Links in Social Media

This website and its owner(s) through their social-media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default, some social-media platforms shorten lengthy URLs [web addresses].

Users are advised to take caution and good judgement before clicking any shortened URLs published on social-media platforms by this website and its owner(s). Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine URLs are published, many social-media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

GDPR and my mailing list

The new GDPR guidelines come into play on May 25th 2018 and therefore the method by which I offer opt-in incentives/lead magnets (processes whereby I gain your email address in return for you receiving a freebie) has been changed.  The issue with bloggers and GDPR is that many of us were automatically adding your email address straight to our mailing list, as soon as you had received your freebie, so that you were, in effect, “tied in for life” unless you took the trouble to unsubscribe straight afterwards.  In line with the GDPR, we are no longer allowed to do this.

Therefore, if you wish to download a freebie from this website, you fill in the form as normal, but will be asked to tick a box to say if you also consent to receiving my newsletter – there is no “hidden” agenda.  If you don’t want to subscribe but still want a freebie, then just leave the “Yes” button unchecked and you WILL NOT BE ADDED TO MY LIST.  Your email address will instead be used to send you the initial freebie and then you will not be contacted again.

If you DO wish to subscribe, then simply check the “Yes” box in the sign-up form.  Furthermore, I would like to remind you that there is an UNSUBSCRIBE link at the bottom of every email that I send so you can easily unsubscribe from all marketing if you change your mind.

The right to be forgotten

GDPR states that you, as a consumer, have the right to be forgotten from all interactions with Food Blogging Collective.  If you wish to view the information that I hold on you or want to be deleted completely from my website and its corresponding programmes then please get in touch and I will be happy to assist.

Acceptance

By using this website you agree to abide by this privacy policy.  From time to time, changes may be made to this policy and your continued use of this site asserts your agreement with those changes also.  If you do not agree, then please do not continue to use this site.