Last updated on May 23, 2018
Who I am
The Messy Middle is committed to protecting your privacy, and that includes protecting the privacy of any data you share with me. This policy sets out what data I collect, what I do with your data, when and how I store your data, and what you can do if you have questions or wish to exercise rights you have with respect to your data.
What personal data I collect and why I collect it
If you submit a contact form on my site you will be opting in for me to save your name, email address and other relevant information. I do not use the information submitted for marketing purposes unless consent is explicitly given.
If you submit an subscription form on my site you will be opting in for me to save your name, email address and other relevant information. These subscriptions are so I can notify you about related content, discounts & other special offers. You can opt out or unsubscribe at any time in the future by clicking link in the bottom of any email.
When visitors leave comments on the site I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you leave a comment on my site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Our hosting provider monitors traffic and maintains logs including IP addresses for performance and security reasons.
In addition, I use Google Analytics as a traffic monitoring service to provide me with insights into how visitors use my site.
Certain pages on our site include social sharing buttons:
Who I share your data with
We share information with third parties who help us provide our service, including:
- Google Analytics for site statistics so we can analyze how people use our site.
- Mailchimp for email subscriptions and product drip campaigns.
- Siteground for hosting.
Who has access
I am the only person who has access. On rare occasions, if I have troubles, I hire a reputable person to fix a website problem and then change the password when they are done.
How long I retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on my 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.
I generally store information about you for as long as we need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it, and we are not legally required to continue to keep it. This includes your name and email address.
Where I send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
How I protect your data
I adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on my Site.
Sensitive and private data exchange between the Site and its users happens over an SSL secured communication channel and is encrypted and protected with digital signatures.
What rights you have over your data
If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
You have a right to know if I have any of your personal data and to have access to that data, and you have the right to have any incorrect personal data corrected. If you have given me consent to have or use your data, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. You also have the right to have your personal data erased or to transport your data. Ordinarily I do not use automated decision-making with respect to any personal data, but if we do, you have the right to object.
You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. Which authority is appropriate varies depending on your jurisdiction. If you wish to lodge a complaint, I can assist you in determining where the complaint should be lodged.
You may contact me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org to exercise any of these rights. Understand that sometimes we have to have your data in order to interact with you, and so exercising some or all of these rights might impact your ability to use our website or my products and services.
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An affiliate link is used as a mechanism for revenue generation. This revenue is generated by users who click on ads or hyperlinks within this website and then subsequently make a purchase on a third party website.
While the link usage does not increase a visitor’s purchase price, usage of the link may result in a commission that is credited to this site.
We have chosen to recommend products and services that we personally use or have thoroughly researched.
The opinions expressed here are not necessarily the opinions of nor reflect the views of any merchants we are affiliated with or represent via affiliate links.
What if you have further questions?
If you have any additional questions about my privacy practices, please contact me at amy@messymiddlecom