Privacy Policy

Who we are

Emily Lightly (https://emilylightly.com) is run by me, Emily, as a sole proprietor. Your privacy is important to me. The following privacy policy explains what personal data I collect from you on this website and how it’s used. Please read this policy and contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your personal data.

What personal data we collect, why we collect it, and how long we keep it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site, WordPress collects the data shown in the comments form (name, email address, URL if applicable, and comments) to attribute your comments to you. WordPress also collects 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-notice/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

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.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed by Akismet here: https://akismet.com/privacy/.

Contact forms

This website uses a WordPress plugin for its contact form. If you submit an inquiry through the contact form, we will be sent your name, email address, and any comments you provide. This is so that we know how to get back to you. The information submitted through the contact form is not retained or used for marketing purposes.

Cookies

This website uses cookies to customize advertising, analyze traffic to the site, and provide you with the best browsing experience. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing the use of cookies in accordance with this privacy policy. You may choose to disable cookies through your own web browser’s settings.

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.

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.

Newsletter subscriptions

This site uses MailChimp as its email marketing automation platform. When you subscribe, MailChimp collects your name and email address. By subscribing, you acknowledge that the information you provide will be transferred to MailChimp for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy and Terms. By submitting the subscription form, you agree that MailChimp may process your information in accordance with these terms. The information you submit will be kept until you request otherwise.

Analytics

This website keeps track of analytics such as your IP address and which pages you view, which allows me to understand web traffic and general trends. Data is only viewable in aggregate rather than you as an individual; your IP address is encoded and not visible to me.

This website uses both Jetpack by WordPress and Google Analytics to track and store analytics data.

Jetpack

Jetpack may collect any of the following data: 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. It is important to note that I as the site owner do 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. Their privacy policy can be found here: https://automattic.com/privacy-notice/.

Google Analytics

Similarly, Google Analytics tracks may track data such as your IP address. I as the site owner do not have access to any of this information and may only view analytical data in aggregate. You can view more information about how Google Analytics uses your information when you visit this website here: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners. You may opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.

Ads

We use Google Adsense to display ads that help support our website. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to this website. Google’s use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the internet. Users may opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies for interest-based advertising by visiting aboutads.info.

Affiliate Links

This website is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.ca. Please see our disclaimer for more information about affiliate links.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Apart from that and the services listed previously (MailChimp, JetPack, and Google Analytics) your data will not be sold or sent to any third parties.

How we protect your data

All of the places where your data are stored are secured with SMS two-factor authentication. This includes WordPress, JetPack, MailChimp, and Google Analytics. We will never give out your data to third parties.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, are subscribed to the newsletter, or have left comments, you have the right to request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You also have the right to 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.

How to contact us

You can send us any questions, concerns, or requests regarding your personal data through our contact form or by sending an email to contact@emilylightly.com.

This privacy policy was last updated on May 28, 2018. We reserve the right to update this privacy policy at any time. All changes will be posted to this page with the effective date.