This privacy policy has been compiled to help you understand how your ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context.

Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.mariegale.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We only collect information about you if we have a reason to do so–for example, to provide our Services, to communicate with you, or to make our Services better.

Comments

When you leave a comment on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms

We have a subscription for so you can sign up to receive email notifications when new posts are published if you wish to do so.  We use MailChimp to manage our mailing list and to send out the email notifications. When you sign up  to receive email and notifications, your information will go to MailChip for processing, which is done under their privacy policy and terms & conditions.

Purchases

When you make a purchase, we use a PayPal shopping plug-in. We do not collect any information directly, but do receive information about you and the payment from PayPal.  Your use of PayPal is subject to the PayPal privacy policy.

Cookies

“Remember Me”

If you leave a comment on our 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.

Login In

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.

Cookie Notice

When you accept the “cookie notice” at the bottom of the site, we place a cookie on your computer to remember your acceptace, so you don’t get shown the cookie notice on every page you visit. The cookie will expire in a year. If you delete the cookie from your computer or don’t accept the message, you will receive the message again.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics which uses cookies to collect data related to the device/browser, IP address and on-site/app activities to measure and report statistics about user interactions on our website.  In addition, Google uses a IP addresses to derive the geolocation of a visitor.

Google provides detailed Information for Visitors of Sites and Apps using Google Analytics, as well as an optional brower add-on that – once installed and enabled – disables measurement by Google Analytics for any site the user visits.

Google Adsense

We use Google Adsense to display ads on our website. Google uses cookies to help serve ads based on your prior visits to this or other websites. You can opt out of personalize advertising by visiting the Ads Settings at Google.

If you click on a Google AdSense Ad, I get a small commission if you purchase.

Amazon Affiliate Links

We have Amazon Affiliate links to Marie’s books and occasionally other products at Amazon. If you click an Amazon Affiliate link, a cookie is placed on your computer to identify that you can from www.mariegale.com.  If you make a purchase at Amazon within 24 hours, we normally get a small commission from Amazon.

Embedded content from other websites

Occasionally we embed content from other websites (most likely videos from YouTube). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Managing 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 browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you disable cookies entirely, it may turn off some of the features of the site.

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.

We keep the information on our email list until it is no longer needed or you request that your information be deleted.  If you unsubscribe, and no longer wish to receive email we will still keep your email address to make sure that you don’t get added back to the list.

The data is maintained in Google Analytics for 30 months.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your email subscription details are sent to MailChimp.

Third-party disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless we provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also 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.

Questions, comments or concerns

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about any personally identifyable information you have provided to us, please feel free to contact me, Marie Gale, at hello@mariegale.com.