Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which Whimsical Nature collects and uses information collected from users of this site.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 27th May, 2018.

Who we are

Our website address is: https://whimsical-nature.net.
Contact email: whimsicalnature.contact@gmail.com

Services/Plugins that may use cookies or collect data in use on Whimsical Nature are:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Akismet

Akismet is a SPAM protection service enabled on this website. As per the Automattic Privacy Policy: “The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address…oh, and the comment itself, of course).”

Please see the Automattic Privacy Policy and Automattic Privacy Notice for further information.


Contact Form (via WPForms)

When you fill out the Send a Message form, we collect the data you provide: your name, your email address and the message you are sending. This information is only used to respond to your request.

Please see the WPForms Privacy Policy for further information.


Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s 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.

Please see the Automattic Privacy Policy and Automattic Privacy Notice for further information.

If you choose to receive comment reply notifications (for replies to your comment or to all comments on a post) your email is stored within the table of the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin which uses WordPress features. You can unsubscribe by clicking the link in any emails that you receive.


Cookies & Consents Banner (via Jetpack)

For the banner that advises this website uses cookies. The duration of time that the cookie is stored on this site is 180 days.

Please see the Automattic Privacy Policy and Automattic Privacy Notice for further information.


Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. Google utilises the data collected to track and examine the use of this website, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services. Google may use the data collected to contextualise and personalise the ads of its own advertising network.

Personal data collected: cookies and usage data.

Please see the Google Privacy Policy for further information.


Instagram Widget

Instagram is an image service provided by Instagram, Inc. that allows this website to incorporate content of this kind on its pages.

Personal data collected: cookies and usage data.

Please see the Instagram Privacy Policy for further information.


Rafflecopter

When you enter a giveaway on this website, Rafflecopter is utilised to collect entries and determine a winner. Data collected includes: your name, email address, any specific information that was asked for as part of the entry, time stamp and IP address. The information is used to verify entries and to contact the person who has won the giveaway. Upon completion of the giveaway, the winner’s first name and first initial of their surname may appear on the widget. If the giveaway is for an item that needs to be shipped (eg: a copy of a book), a postal address will be requested at the time of notifying the winner via email. This information will not be shared with anyone else outside of this website.

Each giveaway will have terms and conditions, please read these carefully as they may be different each time.

Please see the Rafflecopter Privacy Policy for further information.


StatCounter

StatCounter is an analytics service provided by StatCounter.

Personal data collected: cookies and usage data.

Please see the StatCounter Privacy Policy for further information.


Subscriptions (via Jetpack)

Data Used: To initiate and process subscriptions, the following information is used: subscriber’s email address and the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

Activity Tracked: Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

Please see the Automattic Privacy Policy and Automattic Privacy Notice for further information.


WordPress.com Stats (via Jetpack)

Data Used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Important: The site owner does not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but he/she cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and WordPress.com usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

Activity Tracked: Post and page views, video plays (if videos are hosted by WordPress.com), outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. When this module is enabled, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the Javascript file used for tracking stats. This is exclusively for aggregate performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that our plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, Javascript files, CSS files, etc.). The site owner has the ability to force this feature to honor DNT settings of visitors. By default, DNT is currently not honored.

Please see the Automattic Privacy Policy and Automattic Privacy Notice for further information.


Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


Cookies

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.

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.

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.


Links to other websites

This website contains links to other websites, such as other blogs, purchase links, etc. We are not responsible for any content or the privacy policies of these external sites. Please read their individual policies upon visiting.


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.

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.

If you have entered a giveaway on this site, you may request your entry and data to be deleted by contacting us at the email address below.

Comment and blog subscriptions may be cancelled via the ‘unsubscribe’ link in emails received.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Data is shared with the above services mentioned so their features may be utilised, please see their policies linked throughout this document for information specific to them.

Whimsical Nature does not share data outside of the plugins and services used on this website.

How we protect your data

We have an SSL Certificate through Simple SSL, supplied by our webhost Flywheel in partnership with Let’s Encrypt.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If we believe a data breach has occurred, we will endeavour to contact everyone affected via a blog post on this website and email (if possible) within 72 hours.


Changes to this privacy policy

Whimsical Nature may update this privacy policy at any time. When changes occur, the date displayed on this page will be amended. We encourage users to frequently check this page for any changes and to stay informed about how we collect and protect data. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically to become aware of any changes.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this website, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use this website. Your continued use of the website following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.


Disclaimer

Any books or other products received in exchange for a review or other promotion will be clearly stated in each individual post.

The opinions expressed on this website are our own and not influenced by third parties. All content on Whimsical Nature is for entertainment purposes only. We accept no responsibility for information found by following links on this website.

The owner of https://whimsical-nature.net will not be liable for: any false, inaccurate or incomplete information on this website, damages arising from technical issues or this website being temporarily unavailable, damages arising from clicking on third-party links, and general damages that may arise from using this website.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy, or if you would like your data to be removed from this website, please email: whimsicalnature.contact@gmail.com

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 27th May, 2018.