WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOW IS IT USED?
Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: We may collect personal information from you such as your name, address, or email address. This could happen when you comment on a blog post, subscribe to our newsletter, or enter a giveaway.
When visitors leave comments on our site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help with spam detection. Comments from visitors may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included in them since other visitors to the website can download and extract any location data present from images on the website.
Avatars Prior to May 22, 2018 our site allowed avatars to be posted with comments. (An avatar is an image that follows you from website to website that appears next to your name when you comment on sites that allow avatars.) We no longer permit avatars on Jess Explains It All, since they can potentially identify the person who leaves the comment.
Information We Collect from Others: We may receive information about you from other sources. The Website utilizes buttons for social sharing which may link to your accounts on the various social media platforms.
Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, browser type, operating system type, referring website, the dates/times you accessed the Website and the pages you viewed. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.
Cookies: We may log information using cookies, which are defined as small data files stored on your browser by the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, in order to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.
HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED
We may use the information collected in the following ways:
- To operate and maintain the Website;
- To respond to your comments or inquiries;
- To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
- To provide you with user support;
- To send you technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
- To track and measure advertising on the Website;
- To protect, investigate, and deter against illegal or unauthorized activity.
THIRD-PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We may share your information with third parties only when you explicitly authorize us to share your information.
Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.
The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:
Google Analytics – this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics does not capture your IP address or any other personal information. We have it set to anonymize data in order prevent that from happening.
This list may be revised from time to time at the Website’s sole discretion. Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent.
At this time, your personal information is not shared with any additional third-party applications.
From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for advertising, marketing, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include information collected from cookies or analytics.
PUBLICLY VISIBLE INFORMATION
If you leave a comment on this website, certain information may be publicly visible. For instance, you may register to leave a comment and voluntarily leave your name and email address, and URL to a website. Your email address will never be available publicly. If you choose, you may add a link to your website which will be visible. Users may see your username, and website information (if you entered this.)
HOW TO OPT OUT OF COOKIES
Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, please note that if as a user, you deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.
LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES
Our website may contain links to other websites that we feel will be of interest to you. However, once you have used these links to leave our website, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites. Such sites are not governed by our privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look for the privacy statement applicable to the website(s) in question.
Articles on this site may from time to time include embedded content (such as videos or images). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
SOCIAL SHARE BUTTONS
All of the posts on Jess Explains It All use social share buttons so that, if you choose, you can share the post to Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. We do not require personal data for you to be able to use these social share buttons, but you will need an account at the social site before you can share the content forward. Each social site is different in the data they collect on members. Be sure to read their privacy policies before using social media.
We are committed to ensuring that your data is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access to our site, we have put in place several electronic, physical and managerial procedures to secure and safeguard the information we collect from you online. Jess Explains It All has a SSL certificate for your safe browsing.
AFFILIATE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION
The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.
Jess Explains It All is a participant in both Link Share and Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by links to Amazon.com and advertising. As part of these programs, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon or Link Share, to track the referrals to their websites. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.
On the Website, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may be used to send details of our newest posts for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links you click within the email. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of our future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.
Jess Explains It All occasionally does sponsored posts for brands we believe in. Some sponsored blog posts may contain tracking pixels. These tracking pixels do not collect personal information about you. The pixel is embedded in links in the post and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns.
Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when a reader clicks on a link to the sponsored site. This also allows the Website to adapt the content of future posts to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.
RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Your right OPT-OUT – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us at JessExplains@gmail.com if you would like to be removed from our mailing list.
Your right to ACCESS – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting an email request to JessExplains@gmail.com.
Your right to AMEND – You may contact us at JessExplains@gmail.com to update or amend your personal information.
FORGET ME – In certain situations, you may request that we forget or erase your personal data. Please submit a request to JessExplains@gmail.com to do so.
Please note that we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes, or when required by law.
SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at JessExplains@gmail.com and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
Last updated: June 9, 2018.