At https://blog.kristenburns.com, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information received and collected by this site and how it is used.

 

Who We Are

Our website address is: https://blog.kristenburns.com.

 

Services/Features That May Collect Data and/or Use Cookies When You Use This Site Includes:

– Comments
– Email Subscriptions
– WordPress Subscriptions
– Jetpack Like Button
– Jetpack Sharing
– Jetpack Protect
– WordPress.com Stats
– Akismet
– Cookies & Consents Banner Widget
– Media
– Third Party Applications/Embedded Content from Other Websites
– Amazon & Other Sites for which I am an Affiliate
– Rafflecopter

More information about your privacy in relation to all of these can be found in their respective sections below.

 

What Information We and/or Third Parties Collect When You Use This Site

Information collected includes anything you provide to us directly, usually via text fields, sign-ups, and forms. Certain types of information about are automatically collected. This may include information about the computer/device being used (such as IP address, browser type, unique device identifiers, language preference, referring site, the date and time of access, operating system, and mobile network information), visitor interactions with the site (such as “likes”), location information (the approximate location of a visitor’s device from the IP address), and information from cookies and other technologies (web beacons/pixel tags).

More details about the information collected by different features/services/third parties can be found in the sections below.

 

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form (name, email, website URL if applicable), 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.

Names and website URLs will be publicly visible, but email addresses will not.

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 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.

 

Email Subscriptions

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 is used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam. The email address is used for sending out notifications of new posts or comments (depending on the specific subscription).

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.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Notice and the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

WordPress Subscriptions

This feature is only accessible to users logged in to WordPress.com.

When anyone follows this website using the WordPress feed reader, their WordPress.com username and URL (if applicable) are collected and visible to the site owner.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Notice and the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

Jetpack Like Button

This feature is only accessible to users logged in to WordPress.com.

Data Used: In order to process a post like action, the following information is used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID, WordPress.com username, WordPress.com-connected site ID (on which the post was liked), post ID (of the post that was liked), user agent, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. This information is used to register and display a “like” for the post. The visitor’s Gravatar image will then be displayed; the image is clickable and linked to the visitor’s Gravatar profile.

Activity Tracked: Post likes.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Notice and the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

Jetpack Sharing

Data Used: When sharing content via email (this option is only available if Akismet is active on the site), the following information is used: sharing party’s name and email address (if the user is logged in, this information will be pulled directly from their account), IP address (for spam checking), user agent (for spam checking), and email body/content. This content will be sent to Akismet (also owned by Automattic) so that a spam check can be performed. Additionally, if reCAPTCHA (by Google) is enabled by the site owner, the sharing party’s IP address will be shared with that service. You can find Google’s privacy policy here.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Notice and the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

Jetpack Protect

Data Used: In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.

Activity Tracked: Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent). We also set a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human. Learn more about this cookie.

Data Synced (?): Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Notice and the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

WordPress.com Stats

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: Cookies are used to tally the unique numbers of visitors to a site, as well as the number from specific geographic locations. Activity tracked includes 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.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Notice and the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

Akismet

If Akismet (owned by Automattic) is enabled on the site, the following information is sent to the service for the sole purpose of spam checking: commenter’s name, email address, site URL, IP address, and user agent.

According to the Akismet policy: “We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. 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, and the comment itself).”

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Notice and the Akismet Privacy Policy.

 

Cookies & Consents Banner Widget

A cookie is used to remember the state of visitor acceptance to the use of cookies. The duration of the cookie is 180 days.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Notice and the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

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.

 

Third Party Applications/Embedded Content from Other Websites

Articles on this site may include third party applications and embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). These include social media platforms (such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn) through the use of sharing buttons, as well as embedded content from other websites (such as YouTube). Embedded content 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. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies. Please see their respective privacy policies for more information.

 

Amazon & Other Sites for which I am an Affiliate

As an Amazon US affiliate (more information on that in its respective section below), this website contains links to Amazon. These links use cookies to track the type of link clicked and to remember the affiliate ID associated with link clicked. By clicking these links, you will be subject to Amazon’s privacy policy, which can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=footer_privacy?ie=UTF8&nodeId=468496

The same applies to all other sites for which I am affiliate. Links to the sites listed below may use cookies to remember the affiliate ID associated with the link clicked, and by clicking these links, you will subjected to their respective sites’ privacy policies, which I will link to below.

– Zazzle: https://www.zazzle.com/mk/policy/privacy_policy
– Namecheap: https://www.namecheap.com/legal/general/privacy-policy.aspx
– iHerb: https://www.iherb.com/info/privacy
– Nolah Sleep: https://www.nolahmattress.com/pages/privacy

 

Rafflecopter

When you enter a giveaway via Rafflecopter, the data collected (and that is visible to the giveaway host) includes: name, email, any information specifically asked for and/or given in an entry, time stamp, and IP address. This information is used to track and verify entries and, upon choosing a winner, to contact the winner. Upon winning, the winner’s first name and last initial may be displayed, and more data, such as home address, may be required from the winner.

We at https://blog.kristenburns.com/ have no access to or control over the data of giveaways hosted by other persons/companies/websites. Every Rafflecopter giveaway will have its own terms and conditions available to read, and they may differ from what is explained here. Please read terms and conditions for every giveaway carefully before entering.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Rafflecopter Privacy Policy.

 

Where We Send Your Data

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

Information shared with Akismet for spam checking 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, and the comment itself). For more information regarding what information they receive and how they use it, please see the Akismet Privacy Policy.

Information regarding stats and any WordPress, Jetpack, and Automattic features/services are shared with Automattic. For more information regarding what information they receive and how they use it, please see the Automattic Privacy Notice.

Information entered into Rafflecopter giveaway forms is shared with Rafflecopter. For more information regarding what information they receive and how they use it, please see the Rafflecopter Privacy Policy.

 

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. You can do this by contacting us at the email address listed below. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Email and WordPress reader subscriptions may be canceled via the ‘unsubscribe’ button in the emails you’ve received, or by following the instructions provided at this link: https://en.support.wordpress.com/following/.

Likes can be removed (unliked) by following the instructions provided at this link: https://en.support.wordpress.com/likes/.

If you have entered a giveaway hosted by https://blog.kristenburns.com via Rafflecopter, you can request to have your information deleted at any time by contacting us at the email address listed below.

 

How We Protect Your Data

We have an SSL through Let’s Encrypt, and our website uses HTTPS.

 

What Data Breach Procedures We Have in Place

If we believe there has been a data breach, we will do our best to inform everyone within a 72 hour period via a post on the site and by reaching out to those affected via email if possible.

 

Cookies

Comments: 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.

Subscriptions: 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.

Jetpack Protect: We set a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human.

WordPress.com Stats: Cookies are used to tally the unique numbers of visitors to a site, as well as the number from specific geographic locations.

Cookies & Consents Banner Widget: A cookie is used to remember the state of visitor acceptance to the use of cookies. The duration of the cookie is 180 days.

Third Party Applications/Embedded Content: These websites may use cookies.

More information can be found about these services/features in their respective sections above. You can also get more information about these and other cookies that may be used by Jetpack and WordPress while visiting this website from the Jetpack Cookie Policy and the Automattic Cookie Policy.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. Please check your browser’s help section for instructions on how to do this.

 

Links

This website contains links to other websites. We do our best to link to quality sites but are not responsible for the content or privacy practices on any other site. It is recommended that you read their individual policies.

 

Affiliate Programs

https://blog.kristenburns.com contains affiliate links for Amazon US, Zazzle, Namecheap, iHerb, and Nolah Sleep. This means I make a small commission when you purchase items through one of my affiliate links, at no additional cost to you.

 

Disclosure

Any books, products, or compensation received in exchange for review or promotion will be clearly stated in individual posts. This does not affect my opinion; opinions expressed are honest and entirely my own.

 

Disclaimer

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are just that—opinions, subjective statements. All content provided on https://blog.kristenburns.com is for informational and entertainment purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site.

The owner of https://blog.kristenburns.com will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

 

Webmaster Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy or would like your data removed, please feel free to contact us at kristenburns.contact (at) gmail (dot) com