Last updated: September 28, 2018
Since you’ve decided to join my world, I want you to know I value your privacy.
If you’re like me, you hate getting emails you didn’t actually sign up for, no matter how cute or perky or hunky the content. I want you to know I won’t use any information you give me in any way except how it was intended.
Here’s the thing about websites – they do store SOME data. But I’m going to tell you what I store here at MeritFynn.com (which isn’t much) and what you can do about it if you don’t like that.
First off, know that most of the information I store is information you give me freely. My site is protected by SSL which ensures that everything sent to or from my server is encrypted. In addition, I use powerful security software to maintain security on my site to the best of my ability.
Unfortunately, there are many people who would love to fill any website with spam comments. My site is no exception. I use CleanTalk to provide anti-spam services.
CleanTalk is a GDPR compliant company that also values your privacy. When you log in, post a comment, or send me a contact message, CleanTalk receives a copy of the information that you submit. This information is checked against a list of known spammers. If you match someone on that list, your interaction will be blocked.
CleanTalk keeps a record of your interaction with the site for approximately 7 days to allow me to manually reclassify you if I feel they’ve made a mistake. After that time, the data is removed from their server, except for anonymized statistics. CleanTalk guarantees that your data will never be used or shared in any other way. By keeping the rampaging hordes of attackers away from the site, this keeps MeritFynn.com safe for all of us.
The only information we store is what you provide freely.
I collect your name, IP address, and email address so that I can (hypothetically) send you infrequent updates about what is going on in my world. Since I hate writing newsletters, don’t hold your breath waiting for one. In the event that my brain is somehow hijacked by a newsletter-writing zombie and you want to be removed from this list, just click unsubscribe at the bottom of any newsletter.
The newsletters send a message back to the website when they are opened or when you click on a link. This helps me to better design future content. I don’t want to bore you!
I love it when people comment. To allow for discussion, you can post comments in some areas on this website. The information collected includes your name, email address, website address, IP address, and your comments. If you ever wish to have your comments removed, send me a quick note through the form at the bottom of this page and I’ll remove them. No worries.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, music, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Please be aware that MeritFynn.com is intended for use by individuals over the age of 16. If you are under 16, please get permission from a guardian before using the site.
Website Activity Tracking
My hosting company tracks basic data on those who access the site. The data stored in this manner is not traceable back to any individual and is deliberately generalized. It provides me with information related to the country of origin of site visitors, what browser they are using, and how long they stayed on the site. Automattic tracks visitors and their usage of the website in order to give me useful statistics.
In addition, Google and other search engines track website visitors. This is something that happens whenever you use the internet. If you do not want to be tracked, please consider using a private browser window. The information that these search engines store is not traceable to one individual and so is very generic in nature. I do not store this information, however I do occasionally look at it so that I can provide more relevant content.
Liking and Sharing
Sharing is a good thing! When you share or like something that you see on my site, the coordination between where you want the share to go and my site is managed by Automattic, the company that designed WordPress. They track your IP address, WordPress.com user ID, WordPress.com username, my site’s ID, post ID (of the post you liked), user agent, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code. Whew! That’s a lot. In other words: they keep track of what you liked, when you liked it, and where you shared it to.
Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.
Cookies save you time. Cool, huh?
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, it 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, several cookies will be set up 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. In addition, once you have logged in and verified your identity, my security software places a cookie in your browser to say that it knows you are a real person who is authorized to use the site.
About those web beacons…
Web beacons, also known as clear gif technology, or action tags, may be used to assist in delivering the cookie. They compile aggregated statistics about web site usage, such as how many visitors clicked on key elements (such as links or graphics) on a Web page, blog, or a newsletter. I may share aggregated site statistics with partner companies who have provided customization software for use on the site. No private or personal information is transferred in this way.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Many Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of this or other Web sites you visit.
All this talk of cookies has made me hungry. BRB…….
Just let me dust the crumbs from my fingers. Okay, where were we?
Changes to this Statement
Change happens. I may occasionally update this privacy statement. When I do, I will also revise the “last updated” date at the top of the privacy statement. For material changes to this privacy statement, I will notify you by placing a you-can’t-miss-it notice on the home page of my Web site. I encourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to stay informed about how I’m helping to protect the personal information I collect. Your continued use of the service constitutes your agreement to this privacy statement and any updates.
A Note to International Users
I love visiting other continents, frequently, but this site is hosted in the good ol’ USA. If you are accessing the site from outside the United States, by providing your information to the site, you are consenting to the transfer of your information to the United States for processing and maintenance in accordance with this Privacy Notice. You are also consenting to the application of United States law in all matters concerning the site.
Data Protection Concerns
All of the content on this site, MeritFynn.com, is owned by Merit Fynn.
If you have any concerns or questions about this policy, contact Merit Fynn using the form on the main website.