This Privacy, Disclosure and Transparency Policy governs the manner in which Minimalist Journeys Limited collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users or customers of services provided.
This policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their personally identifiable information is being used online, what our relationship is with affiliate partners and what impact they may have when it comes to our opinions.
What is personally identifiable information?
We may collect personal identification information from Users or Customers in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to when Users subscribe to a newsletter, and in connection with other activities, services, features, or resources we make available. Users and Customers may visit our website anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users or Customers only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users and Customers can refuse to supply personal identification information but doing so may prevent them from engaging in certain product or service-related activities.
When do we collect it?
We collect information from you when you register on our site, subscribe to our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, fill out a form, place an order, provide us with feedback on our products or services or use certain other site features.
What personal data do we collect?
- visit our website, we collect technical data such as information related to cookies. You can accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings on your browser.
- subscribe to our newsletter, we collect personal data such as name, email address and some personal account preferences.
- order products or services from us, we collect additional information such as address and transactional data such as purchase information.
- order products or services through us from a thirty-party, they transactional information that impacts our ability to earn from a completed sale.
We do not sell, trade or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information, except for the following service providers whom we use to provide our services:
- Email management: Microsoft 365
We may release information when its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect our or others’ rights, property or safety. Non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising or other purposes.
Like most websites, this site uses Google Analytics (GA) to track user interaction. We use this data to determine the number of people using our site, to better understand how they find and use our web pages and to see their journey through the website.
Although GA records data such as your geographical location, device, internet browser and operating system, none of this information personally identifies you to us. GA also records your computer’s IP address which could be used to personally identify you but Google do not grant us access to this. We consider Google to be a third-party data processor.
Disabling cookies on your internet browser will stop GA from tracking any part of your visit to pages within this website.
Learn more about Google Analytics.
Google Tag Manager
We are constantly trying to improve the customer experience on our website by providing visitors with more personalised and targeted campaigns and offerings. To do so, we use Google Tag Manager (GTM).
GTM is a little snippet of code that helps us track user behaviour across our site and then pushes the data to our Google Analytics account. Then, all the data is perfectly organised and ready for us to assess and review for potential site improvements and remarketing campaigns.
We consider Google to be a third-party data processor.
Learn more about Google Tag Manager.
Our website uses Advanced Ads Pro to place advertisements. The WordPress plugin may use multiple first-party cookies to ensure the correct integration of ads. These cookies store technical information but not IP addresses. Their use is linked to specific features and options when embedding ads. Please see the Advanced Ads cookie information for more details.
Akismet collects information about visitors who comment on our Site. The information they collect includes your IP address, user agent, referrer, and our Site URL (along with other information directly provided by you such as your name, username, email address, and the comment itself).
Automated emails are sent from our Website using the WP Mail SMTP plugin through Microsoft 365 to improve email deliverability. To manage and optimise our website, we store email logs collected by WP Mail SMTP in our site’s database, in addition to WP Mail SMTP plugin settings. The Microsoft 365 / Outlook.com mailer for WP Mail SMTP allows us to securely use Microsoft’s API to authenticate our site’s emails.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser (if allowed based on your settings). It enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. Cookies are used to help providers to
- remember and process the items in your shopping cart;
- understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity; or
- compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction.
so that they can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.
What about embedded content?
Users and customers may find advertising or other content on our websites that link to the websites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these websites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these websites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These websites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our customers, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.
To give you an example: Our MailerLite embedded forms don’t use any cookies. Nevertheless, some forms might have the __cfduid cookie. This cookie is set by the CloudFlare service we use to identify trusted web traffic. Please read more about this cookie here.
What can I do about cookies?
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since every browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. Your user experience shouldn’t be affected if you turn cookies off.
Why do we collect your data?
We may use the information we collect from you in the following ways:
- to personalize your experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested
- to improve our website to better serve you
- to administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature
- to quickly process your transactions
- to ask for ratings and reviews of services or products
- to follow up after correspondence (live chat, email or telephone inquiries).
How long do we retain your data?
If you leave a comment on a post or page, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can see, edit or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
How do we protect your information?
We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard. We do use a regular Malware Scanning service called Akismet.
Your personal information is contained within secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. Also, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
In addition, our website management service provides a variety of security measures that are applied when a user enters, submits or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
What key regulations do we adhere to?
California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)
As per CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
- Users can visit our site anonymously.
We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address to:
- send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
- process orders and send information and updates about orders
- send you additional information related to your product and/or service
- market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.
In compliance with CAN-SPAM, we agree to the following:
- not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses
- identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way
- include the physical address of our business or site headquarters
- allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email
- honour opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly
- monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving emails, follow the instructions at the bottom of each email or email us at [email protected], and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Minimalist Journeys Limited makes every effort to ensure General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance. In doing so, we disclose the following:
- We have never sold, we are not selling, and we will not sell any of your data provided to us. As far as we are aware, all affiliate programs we work with are GDPR compliant.
Who are our affiliate partners?
Minimalist Journeys Limited has affiliate relationships with merchants and participates in various affiliate programs. All companies we affiliate ourselves with have undergone a rigorous curation and vetting process. 99% of our affiliate partners are companies we have used personally and/or for our business, and are happy to recommend to our friends and family. We may use the remaining 1% in the future as and when we have the need.
Our affiliations provide us with earnings through commissions and referral fees: Should you purchase anything through the affiliate links placed on our website, in our email marketing campaigns or on our social media platforms, Minimalist Journeys Limited will receive a percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. You are not obligated to click on any link nor purchase anything advertised.
We participate in the following affiliate programs:
What impact do third parties have when it comes to our opinions?
All our opinions on this website, in our email marketing campaigns and on social media platforms are our own. Our opinions can’t be bought. Full stop.