Privacy Policy

This privacy policy outlines aspects that may affect your browsing experience at https://www.softthistle.net / SoftThistle Life.

This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 21st March 2018. It is advised that you re-read this from time to time to make sure you are happy with the various policies.

The reading of all information on www.softthistle.net is of your own free will. If you do not accept thus privacy policy, you should cease use of this website immediately.

Last Updated May 2018

The following Privacy Policy governs the online information and data collection practices of https://softthistle.net (“me” or “I”). Specifically, it outlines the types of information that I gather about you while you are using the https://softthistle.net 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. Generally, this information includes name and e-mail address for registration to receive our free email communications. All of this information is provided to me by you. In the future, our email communications may include other information, and I reserve the right to update this policy to reflect this.

 

I also collect and store information that is generated automatically as you navigate online through the Site. For example, I may collect information about your computer’s connection to the Internet, which allows me, among other things, to improve the delivery of my web pages to you and to measure traffic on the Site. 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. You may request to have your details removed from my website, for example those left in comments, at any time by emailing me at marylin@softthistle.net

 

To ensure the security and safety of this site, I create regular backups of all information on this site, which are held on my own machine, within the database of the server of my site, and within the online storage system https://www.dropbox.com . Each backup file will be deleted in full when the next one is created.

 

The Site may include links to websites I recommend or work with on a collaborative basis, and provide access to products and services offered by third parties, whose privacy policies I do not control. Some of the links I provide may be “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.

 

Linkys

This site runs linkys/linkies/link-ups/link parties which are facilitated by the use of 3rd party online link software https://www.inlinkz.com. Submission of data including name and email address is required in order to participate. If you are unhappy to provide to this information, participation will not be possible.

 

Your data is stored within the site https://www.inlinkz.com and the protection of that data is bound, in part, by the privacy policy of https://www.inlinkz.com. As a controller of this data (which means I have access to it) this privacy policy outlines that I will never use this information for any purpose other than to display, share, and access links you choose to provide.

 

Your details as submitted via inlinkz are never shared with any other party and/or added to any mailing lists.

 

Should you wish for your details to be removed from inlinkz at any point, please contact me here, stating the name and email address you would like removed. Please note, this will remove all backlinks to your site.

 

How Do I Store Your Information as a Subscriber?

Your information is stored on the site’s email management database (https://MailChimp.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 and recent posts. I take steps to ensure that all Virtual Assistants I use to help me complete tasks are GDPR knowledgeable and compliant in their practices.

 

All 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.

 

Disclaimer

Although it is highly unlikely, this policy may be changed at any time at our discretion. If we 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 the ICO within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach, and I will notify yourself as soon as I can reasonably and safely do so, ensuring there is no further compromise of data.

 

In the event of a security breach of my machine, including any backups of the site, I will notify the ICO within 72 hours of becoming aware of the breach, and I will notify yourself as soon as I can reasonably and safely do so, ensuring there is no further compromise of data.

 

In the event of a security breach on any third party server which I use to store your information (such as online competition software, I will notify you as soon as I can reasonably do so and I have been notified by the third party. I will also notify the ICO within 72 hours of being made aware of any breach.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our privacy policy please feel free to email me at marylin@softthistle.net

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