Privacy Policy

These Amazing States, found at https://www.theseamazingstates.com/ (“Website”), is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).

GENERAL INFORMATION

You can access These Amazing States and browse the site without disclosing any of your personal data. Personal information about individuals, such as names and email addresses, is not collected by the Website unless it is knowingly provided by the individual and he or she has agreed to the terms which theseamazingstates.com will use it.

I respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you what personally identifiable information may be collected and how it may be used. By clicking to accept the Terms of Use when the option is presented to you or by using the Website you agree to abide and be bound by the Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to these terms, do not access or use the Website.

WHAT INFORMATION IS COLLECTED & HOW IS IT USED?

Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website:  I may collect personal information from you such as your name and/or email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, or submitting a contact form.

Information I May Collect from Others:  I may receive information about you from other sources.  You may link to your social network account such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and/or Google accounts to your user profile.  If you choose to link your social network and/or Google accounts to your user profile on this website (when/if the option becomes available), we will receive your name, email address and profile picture associated with that account.  The Website utilizes the Facebook commenting system, so if you choose to comment on a Website post, your profile picture will appear.

Automatically Collected Information:  Certain information is automatically collected about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, it will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. I may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.

Cookies:  I may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. I may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.

HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED

I may use the information collected in the following ways:

  • To operate and maintain the Website;
  • To create an account, identify you as a user of the Website, and customize the Website for your account;
  • To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
  • To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries;
  • To provide you with user support;
  • To track and measure advertising on the Website;
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.

THIRD-PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

I may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize me to share your information.

Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.

The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:

Google Analytics:  This service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.

Mail Chimp:  This service is used for delivery of email updates and newsletters. I store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications.  Please refer to Mail Chimp’s privacy policy for further information.

Akismet:  This service is used to protect the Website from spam by monitoring the comments and related identification information such as email addresses and possibly the IP address of comment submitter.

Social Network Widgets:  Widgets have been utilized on the Website to allow you to interact with the various social media sites (such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) while on the website. For the widgets to function successfully, personal information may be collected including email addresses, IP addresses, cookies, and usage data.

At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion.

Except when required by law, I will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; however, I may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the Website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding brought by or against me.

ANONYMOUS DATA

From time to time, I may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.

PUBLICLY VISIBLE INFORMATION

When submitting a comment on one or more post you will be required to submit your email address to validate authenticity; you will have the option to include your name. Names will be made publicly visible with the posted comments, but not email addresses.

If you create a user profile on the Website (if/when that option becomes available) or leave a comment, certain information may be publicly visible.  To create a user profile, you must choose a username and password and input your email address for profile confirmation.  Your email address will never be available publicly.  At your option, you may also add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website.

You may also choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and/or Google Account.

Users may see your username, avatar, profile description and website information.

COOKIES

The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users’ access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, customize Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described herein.

Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.

ADVERTISING

Display Ads:  I may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies, as noted above.

Retargeting Ads:  From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website.

Affiliate Program Participation:  The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.

These Amazing States is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to Amazon.com.  As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their website. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.

Newsletters:  On the Website, you may subscribe to my newsletter, which may be used for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, I may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.

RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Opt-out:  You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in my emails. You may also notify me at [email protected] to be removed from the mailing list.

Access:  You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to [email protected].

Amend:  You may contact us at [email protected] to amend or update your personal information.

Forget:  In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to [email protected].

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

COMMITMENT TO CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

Protecting children’s privacy is extremely important. For this reason, no information is collected or maintained on the Website from those known to be under the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18, do not use or provide any information on this Website or through any of its features including public comments or email subscription.

If I learn I have collected or received personal information from a child under 18 without verification of parental consent, that information will be immediately deleted. If you believe I might have any information from or about a child under 18, please contact me at [email protected].

CHANGES

This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time. If it is, the “Last Updated” date will be revised to notify you of the change. If a change is made that, in my sole discretion, is deemed significant, I will provide you with additional notice. You are encouraged to review the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use whenever you access or use the Website and its services. It is important you stay informed about the information practices and ways you can help protect your privacy. By continuing to use the Website after Privacy Policy changes go into effect, you consent to the revised policy.

CONTACT INFORMATION

At any time, please contact me at [email protected] for questions related to this Privacy Policy.

Last updated: August 3, 2019.