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Your privacy is very important to us.
The primary purpose in collecting information from or about you is to provide you with a safe, smooth, efficient, and customized experience.
There are a lot of technicalities that you’ll see on this page, but here are the basics in non-legal jargon:
- I use Google Analytics data to understand what visitors like the most on my website. This tracks how and where you navigate on my site. Personal data is not stored.
- If you sign up for an email list I’ll send you the incentive you signed up for and regular emails to help you be a better gardener. I do not share or sell my email list.
- I also have a Facebook pixel and the Pinterest tag on my site to better understand how you interact with those two platforms so that I can gauge what content you like the most.
- If you leave a comment on my blog, it attaches your IP address to your email address. This helps me monitor spam.
At Simply Smart Gardening we have a few fundamental principles that we follow:
- We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand it when companies ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
- We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
- We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.
- Mastermind Media, Inc. operates several websites including this one (simplysmartgardening.com, simplysmartblogging.com, simplysmartorganizing.com, and mastermindmedia.net). It is Mastermind Media’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
And now for the legal stuff:
This website and its content are owned by Mastermind Media (“Company”, “we”, or “us”). The term “you” refers to the user or viewer of SimplySmartGardening.com (“Website”).
Like most website operators, Simply Smart Gardening collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Simply Smart Gardening’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Simply Smart Gardening’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Simply Smart Gardening may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Simply Smart Gardening also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blogs. Simply Smart Gardening only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
This notice complies with the EU Cookie Law (2011)
We do not set any personally identifiable information in cookies, nor do we employ any data-capture mechanisms on our Website other than cookies. You may choose to disable cookies through your own web browser’s settings.
In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymized tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.
As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better and some features may not work as intended. We have no access to or control over any information collected by other individuals, companies or entities whose website or materials may be linked to our Website or its Content. But you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors choose to interact with Simply Smart Gardening in ways that require Simply Smart Gardening to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Simply Smart Gardening gathers depend on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. For those who wish to receive updates via email, we collect their emails and name. In each case, Simply Smart Gardening collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Simply Smart Gardening. Simply Smart Gardening does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Simply Smart Gardening may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Simply Smart Gardening may monitor the most popular pages in Google Analytics or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Simply Smart Gardening may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Simply Smart Gardening does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Simply Smart Gardening discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Simply Smart Gardening’s behalf or to provide services available at Mastermind Media’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Simply Smart Gardening’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.
Simply Smart Gardening will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.
Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Simply Smart Gardening discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Simply Smart Gardening believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Simply Smart Gardening, third parties or the public at large.
If you are a registered user of a Simply Smart Gardening website and have supplied your email address, Simply Smart Gardening may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Simply Smart Gardening and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Simply Smart Gardening takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Submission, Storage, and Sharing of Personal Data
To use our Website or its Content, we may seek personal data including your name, email address, street address, city, state, billing information, or other personally identifying information (“Confidential Information”), or you may offer or provide a comment, photo, image, video or any other submission to us when visiting or interacting with our Website and its Content (“Other Information”). By providing such Confidential Information or Other Information to us, you grant us permission to use and store such information.
Your Confidential Information is stored by us internally or through a data management system. Your Confidential Information will only be accessed by those who help to obtain, manage or store that Information, or who have a legitimate need to know such Confidential Information.
There may be an occasion where we may ask for demographic information such as gender or age, but if you choose not to provide such data and information, you may still use the Website and its Content, but you may not be able to use those services where demographic information may be required.
Viewing by Others
Note that whenever you voluntarily make your Confidential Information or Other Information available for viewing by others online through this Website or its Content, it may be seen, collected and used by others, and therefore, we cannot be responsible for any unauthorized or improper use of the Confidential Information or Other Information that you voluntarily share.
To use certain features of the Website or its Content, you may need a username and password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the username and password, and you are responsible for all activities, whether by you or by others, that occur under your username or password and within your account. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized or improper use of your username or password or any other breach of security. To help protect against unauthorized or improper use, make sure that you log out at the end of each session requiring your username and password.
It is your responsibility to protect your own username and password from disclosure to others. We cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to protect your username, password or account information. If you share your username or password with others, they may be able to obtain access to your personal information at your own risk.
By using our Website and its Content you agree to enter true and accurate information on the Website. If you enter a bogus email address we have the right to immediately inactivate your account.
We will use our best efforts to keep your username and password(s) private and will not otherwise share your password(s) without your consent, except as necessary when the law requires it or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary, particularly when disclosure is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to others or interfering with our rights or property.
You may unsubscribe to our e-newsletters or updates at any time through the unsubscribe link in the footer of all e-mail communications.
We manage email lists through a list management system. Unsubscribing from one list managed by us will not necessarily remove you from all publication email lists. If you have questions or are experiencing problems unsubscribing, please contact us.
We have a no spam policy and provide you with the ability to opt-out of our communications by selecting the unsubscribe link in the footer of all e-mails. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure that we are compliant with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 by never sending out misleading information. We will not sell, rent or share your email address.
Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
We do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age in compliance with COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), and our Website and its Content is directed to individuals who are at least 13 years old or older.
Anonymous Data Collection and Use
To maintain our Website’s high quality, we may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer the Website by identifying which areas of the Website are most heavily used, and to display content according to your preferences. Your IP address is the number assigned to computers connected to the Internet. This is essentially “traffic data” which cannot personally identify you, but is helpful to us for marketing purposes and for improving our services. Traffic data collection does not follow a user’s activities on any other Websites in any way. Anonymous traffic data may also be shared with business partners and advertisers on an aggregate basis.
Privacy Policies of Other Websites
We have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of any other individual, company or entity whose website or materials may be linked to within our Website or its Content, and thus we cannot be held liable for the privacy of the information on their website or that you voluntarily share with their website. Please review their privacy policies for guidelines as to how they respectively store, use and protect the privacy of your Confidential Information and Other Information.
Assignment of Rights
Notification of Changes
The Website may at any time, without notice to you and in its sole discretion, amend this policy from time to time. Please review this policy periodically. Your continued use of this Website after any such amendments signifies your acceptance thereof.