best practice privacy statement
This website uses Google Analytics to help analyse how visitors use this site. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are small text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. Note the deliberate emphasis of anonymous, as no personally identifiable information is collected about you unless you explicitly submit that information on this website.
The anonymous information generated by Google Analytics cookies about your use of this website is transmitted to Google – not me. This information is processed to compile statistical reports on website activity for this site only. I use these reports to evaluate aggregate visitor usage so that I can optimise the content, and its marketing, to better meet your needs. This is essential for me to operate this website as a free to use service.
In summary, your anonymity is safe with me. That is my personal commitment to you as a valued reader.
when personal information is submitted
I will not link, or seek to link, any data gathered from this site with any personally identifiable information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information. If you have signed up for my newsletter or submitted a blog comment, I request your name and email address and potentially other non-specific demographic information. For example, your language preference, gender and location.
I do this firstly to ensure you are not a robot or spammer, and secondly because the more information I have on actual people (as opposed to cookies), the better I can understand what content is of interest to readers. If you wish your personal information to be removed from this site, simply contact me at zoe @ blessedandbewildered.com and I will do this at the earliest opportunity. Note, that in removing your personal details, all your associated content is deleted – such as blog comments you have made.
3rd party tracking
Unfortunately, there is no way around 3rd party tracking if you wish to share content socially or interact with content I have embedded form a 3rd-party. Embedded content from other providers may track your interaction with my content. For example, if I embed a video from YouTube, Google will track your interaction. Similarly a click on a social “share” button will result in a third party tracking that activity – such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ etc.
You can set your browser to always block 3rd-party cookies. Content will still work, but no visitor data will be sent sent to a 3rd-party.
blessed and bewildered respects the privacy of children and we are committed to complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). This Site does not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under the age of 13 without prior parental consent, except as permitted by COPPA.
If a parent or guardian believes that www.blessedandbewildered.com has in its database the personally-identifiable information of a child under the age of 13, please contact us immediately using the contact form and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
For tips on protecting your child’s privacy online, please see the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s brochure on this topic: www.onguardonline.gov.