Privacy Policy

Overview

This Privacy Policy describes how we collect and share information when you visit or make a purchase from https://melissawhitakerart.com (the “Site”) which includes any of its subdomains.

Last Modified: 01-21-2021

If you add personal information to the site in a publicly accessible venue like the comments section of a post, the forum, or a similar area such as a public chat, the site will include that information.

User Accounts You Create

For users that register on our website, as members, we store the user information the user provides in their user profile. All users can see and modify their user information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information. For security, troubleshooting purposes, and accounting, we store a log file of actions the user takes on the site.

Comments You Submit

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and we also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. In order to display your avatar, 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 avatar (Gravatar profile picture) is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

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

Contact Forms You Complete

When you submit a contact form, we will have acquired any information you voluntarily placed into the contact form.

Media You Upload

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.

Emails You Request

If you sign up for our email list, your submitted information will be sent to CampaignMoniotor or another bulk email too for the purposes of fulfilling the request to send you information. We may employ automated profiling and decision making for the sake of effective email automation.

Items You Order

In order to fulfill orders, to deliver purchased access or services, and to support customers:

When you make a purchase or attempt to make a purchase through the Site, we collect certain information from you, including your name, billing address, shipping address, payment information (including credit card numbers or bank account and routing information), email address, and phone number. We refer to this information as “Order Information.”

We use the Order Information that we collect generally to fulfill any contracts we have with you such as orders placed through the site (including processing your payment information, arranging for shipping, and providing you with invoices and/or order confirmations). Additionally, we use this Order Information to: communicate with you; Screen our orders for potential risk or fraud; and When in line with the preferences you have shared with us, provide you with information or advertising relating to our products or services. to fulfill contracts we might have with you (for example if you make an order through the Site), or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests as listed in this document.

When you place an order through the Site, we will maintain your Order Information for our records, for administrative, legal, and security purposes, and for other purposes required under the laws of the United States.

If you are a European resident, be aware that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to Canada and/or the United States.

Device Access Information

In order to maintain website security, respond to technical support requests, and gauge the effectiveness of certain content on certain devices:

When you visit the Site and interact with it, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site and information about how you interact with the Site. We refer to this automatically-collected information as “Device Access Information.” We collect Device Access Information using the following technologies:

  • “Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
  • “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
  • “Web beacons,” “tags,” and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.

We use the Device Access Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site, and to assess the success of our content and/or our marketing and advertising campaigns).
We may receive data from third-party visitor tracking services.

Sharing Information

We share User Information with third parties to help us make effective use of User Information, as described above. For example, we use Shopify to power our online store–you can read more about how Shopify uses your User Information here: https://www.shopify.com/legal/privacy. We use CampaignMonitor to stay connected with users by email. Their privacy policy is here: https://www.campaignmonitor.com/policies/#privacy-policy. We also use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site–you can read more about how Google uses your User Information here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

We may also share your User Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant, or other lawful requests for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.

Behavioral Advertising

As described above, we may use User Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) educational page at http://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/how-does-it-work

You can opt-out of targeted advertising by visiting:

FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=ads
GOOGLE – https://www.google.com/settings/ads/anonymous
BING – https://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/policies/personalized-ads
Additionally, you can opt-out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at http://optout.aboutads.info/

Do Not Track

Please note that we do not alter our Site’s data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.

Access to Your User Information

You may access the user information you have submitted to us and correct or update the information. We provide a self-service mechanism to update any profile info you maintain on our Site, including forum or member profiles, email subscription settings, and customer account information. If you would like to exercise this right, please utilize your log-in, or (in the case of an email subscription) the link(s) in the emails you receive. If this is insufficient, you may contact us via the contact page for further guidance.

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 visit our login page, 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

We strive to protect your data by the following measures:

  • Anti-spam services
  • Website security tools
  • An SSL security certificate

Terminology

When we talk about “User Information” in this Privacy Policy, we are talking both about Device Access Information and Order Information.

Minors

The Site is not intended for individuals under the age of 18.

Changes

We may update this privacy policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.

Who we are

Our website address is: https://melissawhitakerart.com

Contact Us

For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by the contact form at /contact.