Privacy, Disclosure and Transparency Policy
This privacy, disclosure and transparency policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their Personally Identifiable Information is being used online as well as the affiliate links we provide and how we generate income from this website.
Personally Identifiable Information
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless we provide users with advance notice except for Siteground. We may release information when it’s release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information will be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
Who we are
What personal data do we collect?
When you visit the site, we collect technical data such as information about cookies. You can accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings on your browser.
When provided in a newsletter subscription form, we collect personal data such as name, email address, personal account preferences.
When you order products or services from us, we collect additional information such as address and transactional data such as purchase information.
When do we collect information?
We collect information from you when you register on our site, place an order, subscribe to a newsletter, respond to a survey, fill out a form, Use Live Chat or enter information on our site or provide us with feedback on our products or services.
Why do we collect it?
We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features 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 allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests
- 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 with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries).
How do we protect your information?
We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards.
We do use regular Malware Scanning.
Your personal information is contained behind 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.
We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
- Help remember and process the items in the shopping cart
- understand and save user’s preferences for future visits
- keep track of advertisements
- compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions to offer better site experiences and tools in the future.
We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.
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.
If you turn cookies off, It shouldn’t affect the user’s experience.
You can unsubscribe from our newsletter by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided at the end of each newsletter. Our MailerLite embeddable forms don’t have any cookies. That said, some forms might have the __cfduid cookie. This cookie is set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic. Please read more about this cookie here.
Network Advertising Initiative
While we are not financial members of the Network Advertising Initiative, we do attempt to comply with their Code of Conduct.
Affiliate Marketing Programs
Minimalist Journeys has financial relationships with some of the merchants and participates in various affiliate program on the sites: Amazon, Apple, Booking, Commission Factory, Commission Junction, Expedia, FlexOffers, Impact Radius, PepperJam Network, Rakuten, and ShareASale These affiliations provide us with earnings through links within the content.
Should you purchase anything through the links, Minimalist Journeys will receive a percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. You are not obligated to click on any link or purchase anything advertised. The companies selling the products are the third party, and the products and the product availability can change at their discretion, sales with the organization, and all transactions with the third party are not associated or conducted by Minimalist Journeys.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.
Refer to Paid for Advertising.
However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
Minimalist Journeys makes every effort to ensure the 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. All affiliates programs we work with are GDPR compliant.
We take advantage of powerful and unique features by integrating the WordPress commenting system on our website. Check out the Comment Policy.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this website may include embedded content (for example, videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
We use Yoast to assist with our website statistics and ranking. They collect website data only. No personal data from users. To read more from their privacy regulations, refer to their site here.
You have the right to:
- Be informed regarding how the data is collected and use
- have access to the data about you
- ask us to change the data about you
- ask us to delete your data provided
- ask us to stop sending you newsletters.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. 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.
Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en
We use Google AdSense Advertising on our website.
We have implemented the following:
- Remarketing with Google AdSense
- Google Display Network Impression Reporting
- Demographics and Interests Reporting
- DoubleClick Platform Integration.
We, along with third-party vendors such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.
Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt-out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt-Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on.
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
Learn more about the opt-out and how to properly install the browser add-on here.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
Users can visit our site anonymously.
Can change your personal information:
• By emailing us
• By logging in to your account
How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?
We honour Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
Does our site allow third-party behavioural tracking?
It’s also important to note that we allow third-party behavioural tracking.
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.
We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.
Fair Information Practices
The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
To be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
We will notify you via email within 7 business days.
We will notify the users via in-site notification within 7 business days.
We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
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 to 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.
To be under 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
- monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used
- honour opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly
- allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at [email protected].
Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.
Last Edited on Sunday 28 July 2019