Privacy Policy

by Hope Hanson


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As the owner of this website (“we” or “us” or “our” or “the Site”), we respect the privacy of our users (“user” or “you”). This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use, disclose, and safeguard your information when you visit our website, 

We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason. WE will alert you about any alterations by updating the “Last Updated” date of this Privacy Policy. Any changes will be effective immediately upon posting of the updated Privacy Policy on the Site; you waive the right to receive specific notice of each such change or alteration.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, and in case of any disagreement with the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not access the Site. It is encouraged that you review this Privacy Policy periodically to stay informed of changes and updates. You will be deemed to have been made aware of, will be deemed to have accepted, and will be subject to the changes in any revised Privacy Policy by your continued use of the Site after the date the revised Privacy Policy is posted to the Site. 

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We may collect information about you in a variety of ways. The information we may collect on the Site includes:

Email Communications

When visitors subscribe to the Site, we collect your email address and name that you voluntarily provide us with when you subscribe. You are under no obligation to do so or to provide us with personal information of any kind, and your refusal to do so will not prevent you from using any features of the Site.

If you no longer wish to receive email communications, you may opt-out by using the unsubscribe option available at the bottom of all email correspondences.

For further information, please see


When visitors leave comments on the Site we collect the data shown in the comments form, 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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

When you post comments to the Site, your posts may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside the site in perpetuity.


We use cookies and web beacons on the Site to help customize the Site and improve your experience. When you access the Site, your personal information is not collected through the use of tracking technologies. Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default; you can remove or reject cookies, but you should be aware that such action may affect the availability and functionality of the Site. You may not decline web beacons, but they can be rendered ineffective by declining all cookies or by modifying your web browser’s setting to notify you each time a cookie is tendered, permitting you to accept or decline cookies on an individual basis. 

By accessing and using the Site, you agree to be subject to our Cookie Policy.

Social Share Buttons

We use the WordPress plugin Sassy Social Share by Team Heateor for the Site’s social share buttons. All Team Heateor plugins and add-ons are compatible with GDPR.

The plugin itself does not track any user data. However, any of the third-party services upon which the plugin depends may track user data. This can happen in the following two ways: 1) Embedded widgets and 2) Third-party APIs/Connections.

Embedded Widgets

This plugin includes a feature that integrates embedded widgets for social sharing services that are third-party vendors. These third-party vendors may track user data.

Third-Party APIs/Connection

This plugin sends a request to third-party APIs via website visitors’ web browser to fetch information (such as social shares and social comment count). This request made by the web browser may include IP address, which can then be seen by the third-party that it’s being requested from. This API request doesn’t include any personal data of the website user other than the IP address.

You are encouraged to find more information on the Heateour page discussing GDPR and Heateor plugins.

Website analytics

We may also partner with selected third-party vendors, including Google Analytics, to allow tracking technologies and remarketing services on the Site through the use of first-party cookies and third-party cookies, to, among other things, analyze and track users’ use of the Site, determine the popularity of certain content and better understand online activity. By accessing the Site, you consent to the collection and use of your information by these third-party vendors. You are encouraged to review their privacy policy (Google Privacy Policy) and contact them directly for responses to your questions. We do not transfer information to these third-party vendors. However, if you do not want any information to be collected and used by tracking technologies, you can visit the third-party vendor or the Network Advertising Initiative Opt-Out Tool or Digital Advertising Alliance Opt-Out Tool.

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.

Who we share your data with

We may share information that we have collected about you in certain situations. Your information may be disclosed as follows:

By law or to protect rights

If we believe the release of your information is necessary to respond to a legal process, to investigate or remedy any potential violations of our policies, or to protect the rights, property, and/or safety of others, we may share your information as permitted or required by any applicable law, rule, or regulation. 

Third-Party Service Providers

We may share your information with third parties that perform services for us or on our behalf, including data analysis, email delivery, hosting services, customer service, and marketing assistance.

How long we retain your data

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. Furthermore, when you post comments to the Site, your posts may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside the site in perpetuity. 

For users that subscribe to the Newsletter, the personal information that is voluntarily submitted open subscription is permanently stored unless the user chooses to opt-out.

How we protect your data

We use administrative, technical, and physical security measures to help protect your personal information. While we have taken reasonable steps to secure the personal information you provide to us, please be aware that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable, and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. Any information disclosed online is vulnerable to interception and misuse by unauthorized parties. Therefore, we cannot guarantee complete security should you provide personal information. 

What rights you have over your data

If you 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. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

California Privacy Rights

California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our users who are California residents to request and obtain for us, once a year and free of charge, information about categories of personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared personal information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to us using the contact information provided below. 

If you are under 18 years of age, reside in California, and have registered with the Site, you have a right to request removal of unwanted data that you publicly posted on the Site. To request removal of such data, please contact us using the contact information provided below, and include the email address associated with that posted data as well as a statement that you reside in California. We will make sure the data is not publicly displayed on the Site, but please be aware that the data may not be completely or comprehensively removed from our systems

Additional information

Controls for Do-Not-Track Features

Most web browsers and some mobile operating systems include a Do-Not-Track (“DNT”) feature or setting you can activate to signal your privacy preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. No uniform technology standard for recognizing and implementing DNT signals has been finalized, and as such, we do not currently respond to DNT browser signals or any other mechanism that automatically communicates your choice not to be tracked online. Should a standard for online tracking be adopted that we must follow in the future, you will be informed about that practice in a revised version of this Privacy Policy posted to the Site.

Policy for Children

We do not knowingly solicit information from or market to children under the age of 13. If you become aware of any data we have collected from children under the age of 13, please contact us using the form provided below or the contact information provided on the Site. 

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Last Updated 27 Dec 2020