Who I am
Welcome to Ann’s Adventures Abroad! I have a few things I would like to disclose so you can feel comfortable browsing my site. Please know that I respect your data and privacy, and you can trust me to disclose or remove your data upon request.
We may collect and store information you voluntarily submit to our website. This may include personal information such as your name or email address while leaving comments, subscribing to our newsletter and marketing campaigns or contacting us via our contact form. Remember, the information that you provide is completely voluntary, so only do so if you feel comfortable.
Disclosure and Terms of Service
First and foremost, Ann’s Adventures Abroad respects your privacy. I know how awful it is to feel like your personal data is being shared in inappropriate ways. I will only ever store and use your data in ways that you authorize and are necessary to operate my site.
I will never buy, sell, or trade your data to anyone. Your data will only be shared to my third parties with your consent.
Your data is only stored for as long as it is needed.
You can browsewithout providing any of your personal information, such as your name and email.
You should only enter the information you are comfortable being used to improve your experience on our site. I never collect your data from outside sources, such as public records.
By using my site you agree to my terms of services and agree to the information I do collect, how I share it and the use of this information by my third parties.
Marketing & Advertising
I monetize my website with several affiliate programs and media partnerships. I may be compensated by companies through advertising, paid work, sponsorships, affiliate programs and other. While I strive to ensure that all my partnerships are with ethical companies that meet FTC and GDPR guidelines, things may change without notice. Please research any of my 3rd party companies so you can be informed.
I will always disclose on the individual pages, where these affiliate links are in place or sponsored opportunities have paid for a post. Please note that by interacting with these links Ann’s Adventures Abroad may receive money at no additional cost to you. At no time are you obligated to make purchases through these links in order to use my site. I hope that you will find the products and services I recommend to you helpful and will only buy if it is something that interests you.
I participate in the Amazon Associates Affiliate Program, which allows me to place links in my articles to products that I chose (not Amazon). I use these links to recommend my favorite products to readers (at no additional cost) while also offsetting the cost of maintaining this website – web servers aren’t cheap! But again, I want to reiterate that I chose these products, not Amazon or anyone else, because I love them and use them myself. And if you buy something through any of the links, I will receive a small compensation but it will be at no extra cost to you.
What Personal Data I Collect And Why I Collect It
When visitors leave comments on this site, the data shown in the comments form is collected, as well as the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
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.
I use contact forms to enable you to contact us directly through the website. You can email me if you prefer. I will always indicate if your email will be added to any list when you complete a contact form and will enable you to opt out of this subscription.
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.
We use three types of cookies on this site:
Session cookies, which expire as soon as you close your browser.
Permanent cookies, which stay on your browser until you choose to delete.
3rd Party Cookies, collected by my 3rd parties, which may send data to my 3rd parties.
You can alter your cookie settings in your browser. If you disable cookie use, some aspects of my site may not function fully, but it is within your right to do so.
I may collect and store information you voluntarily submit to my website. This may include personal information such as your name or email address while leaving comments, subscribing to my newsletter and marketing campaigns or contacting me via my contact form. All voluntary information you provide to me should only be provided with your consent and if you are comfortable doing so.
Automatically Collected Information
Information that may automatically be collected when you land on our site is your IP address, operating system, browser type when you accessed our site, who referred you, what you do while on our website, and the links you clicked.
This information is anonymous and only used for aggregated statistical purposes.
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.
How I Use The Data I Collect
The information you provide me may be used in the following ways:
- To provide us with anonymous analytics of our user base to provide catered content and advertising to our audience.
- To send you information about Ann’s Adventures Abroad, such as in our newsletter you sign up for. You can opt out of this at any time.
- To send you marketing material if you gave us consent. You can opt out of this at any time.
- To respond to your emails or questions. Please note that communication must be instigated by you.
- To respond to your comments.
- To track and measure ROI for marketing campaigns and affiliate links.
- To operate and maintain the website.
- To provide you with a seamless user experience based on your browser and operating system.
Third-Party Use Of Information
Ann’s Adventures Abroad shares information and uses the following third party companies:
MailChimp. My newsletter, email updates, marketing campaigns and mailing subscription is provided by a 3rd party company called MailChimp. Unless you explicitly gave me permission to email you for my newsletter or marketing purposes I will not use your email address to contact you.
If you subscribed to my newsletter or marketing material I may contact based on the information you signed up for.
If you provided me with your name, it is used only to personalize and address emails.
All of my subscriptions are double opt in and meet GDPR requirements.
I will not offer any hidden promotions to trick you into sign up for my mailing list. It is my goal to be transparent about what you are signing up for.
It is your right to opt out of my subscription list at any time. You can do this at the bottom of any of my emails or you can you email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be taken off my mailing list. Once you opt out will are permanently removed from my mailing list along with your data.
Google Analytics. I use Google Analytics to track my traffic and website statistics. They may receive anonymous aggregated information such as your location, how you landed on our site, links clicked, how long you stayed on our site and other statistics.
SiteGround. SightGround is the company I use to create my online website. They may receive analytics data from you, such as your IP address, your name, and email if you comment on our posts and other data.
It is your right to choose to accept Cookies or not. This can be done through your internet browser’s settings where you can turn off the Cookie feature, which will prevent your browser from accepting new Cookies. You can also decide on acceptance of each new Cookie in a variety of ways or delete all Cookies that are already on your computer. Deleting Cookies may mean having to manually add information that had previously been saved. To find more information about managing and deleting Cookies, visit the ICO website or All About Cookies.
How Long Is Your Data Kept?
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
What Rights You Have Over Your Data
You have the right to know how your data is used and collected. If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I’m obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
You have the right to opt out of emails or newsletters.
You can email me if you are concerned with the data I use and collect on you.
Where Your Data is Sent
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Privacy of Minors
I will never knowingly keep or collect data of underage minors. I ask that anyone under the age of 16 refrain from leaving sensitive information on this website. If a parent or guardian believes I have such information of a minor, please contact me immediately.
Sensitive Personal Information
This website will never ask you for sensitive personal information, such as bank details, date of birth, personal ID numbers, race, ethnicity, background information, government information or other sensitive data that may be used to harm your identity. Never provide this information or any information you are not comfortable sharing withor my third-parties.
If you have questions about your privacy or any of my terms, please email me at email@example.com Remember that you have the right to know what data I collect and the right to remove or ask me to alter this data.
Last Updated: April 20, 2020