What Information We Collect & Why We Collect It
You will never be required to provide personally identifiable information in order to view and browse the Website, with the stipulation that you may not be able to engage in all functions of the Website.
Depending on the activity you are trying to complete, we may collect the following:
- your name
- your email address
- your website address
Your information may be used to
- respond to your request in the form of a comment or email
- allow you to communicate with other commenters
- send you our email newsletter
- send you additional products, information, and/or services at your request
- ensure that our content is presented to you in the most functional manner for your web browser and your computer
- interact with external social media platforms
- allow access to third-party services
- manage user database
- authenticate that you are a real person and/or that your intentions are not to produce spam
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. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. When you post a comment, your name and your comment will be openly visible on the Website.
Like most websites, we automatically collect technical information in our server logs for each page you visit. This information includes your IP address, the date and time the Website was accessed (including your time zone), the link that brought you to the Website, your web browser, your operating system, the file size of the page, and a return code (an enumerated code that corresponds to a specific action). These log files are collected to maintain server integrity and helps protect the Website against spam and hack accounts, and do not identify you personally.
From time to time, we may release anonymized information about our users in the aggregate, in the form of income reports or reports of the demographics of our users.
How Long We Retain Your Data
Some cookies only remain in your browser for as long as you have the Website open, but other cookies will stay on your hard drive until you manually delete them. You can disable the use of all cookies via your browser, but please note that our website or sections of our website may no longer work properly. You can delete your cookies at any time by going to your browser preferences. If you need instructions on how to do that, you can check the “Help” section of your browser, or visit the About Cookies website.
As a general rule, personal data is only stored as long as required by the purpose it has been collected for, as outlined below.
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 (2) days, and screen options cookies last for one (1) year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two (2) weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
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.
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 (1) 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.
If you choose to accept cookies on this Website, a cookie is generated stating that you have done so.
Our security and anti-spam plugins both set cookies that only last for as long as your browser is open.
Third-Party Links & Affiliate Programs
The Vibrant Dreamer uses Google Analytics, which is a third-party service that helps us analyze website traffic. Google Analytics generates cookies based on your use of the Website. You may opt-out of Google Analytics by installing a browser add-on. Instructions to do so can be found here.
We may disclose data about you collected on our site with trusted third-party services that aid in the functionality of and services provided by The Vibrant Dreamer. This information is anonymized and does not provide personally identifiable information about you. This data includes but is not limited to
- log files
- device identifiers
- location/usage data
We do not claim ownership nor control over the privacy policies and activities of third-party services, and they are not bound by the Policy of The Vibrant Dreamer. For your convenience, we have provided links to the privacy policies of our third-party service providers below. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with their policies if you have concerns regarding your data.
- MailChimp (our email newsletter service provider)
- Google Analytics (our web traffic analyzer)
- ExactMetrics (allows Google Analytics to function on the Website)
- Siteground (our web hosting service)
- WordPress.org (our website platform)
- WordFence (our security service)
- Automattic (parent company of Gravatar, which displays your profile picture with your comments, also the parent company of Jetpack, which aids in analyzing web traffic)
- Askimet (our anti-spam service)
We may disclose data about you collected on our site with law enforcement only when required by law.
The Website may contain links to third-party websites. We do not control nor claim ownership to any content on third-party websites. Once you leave the Website to visit a third-party website, you are no longer bound by our Policy.
The Website may include affiliate links, which allow me to receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Affiliate websites include tracking cookies so that the affiliate program knows where the sale originated. Our affiliate partners and their privacy policies are listed below:
You may opt-in to our email newsletter. By doing so, you agree to give The Vibrant Dreamer your name and email address and to receive my blog’s newsletter, occasional updates regarding the Website, and marketing messages related to the nature of the Website.
Except where otherwise noted in this Policy, I do not rent, sell, trade, or otherwise share your personal information. I will never send you spam or intentionally misleading information.
Our email newsletter is compliant with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. There is an option to opt-out at the bottom of each email sent. If you do choose to opt-out, the request will be honored within ten (10) business days.
Your Rights & Children’s Privacy
You have the right to opt-out of all data we have received, and the right to request a copy of data we have collected. If you wish to exercise this right, or have additional questions or concerns, please contact us at the email address at the bottom of the page. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Like many other sites, we do not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) requests from your browser at this time.
We do not knowingly collect information of children under the age of thirteen (13). The Vibrant Dreamer is not intended for individuals under that age. If a parent or legal guardian believes we have collected identifiable information of a child under the age of thirteen (13), please contact us at the email address at the bottom of the page, and we shall remove the information as soon as possible after verification is completed.
If you live in the European Union (EU), you must be at least sixteen (16) years of age to provide any data to The Vibrant Dreamer without parental consent. If a parent or legal guardian believes we have collected identifiable information of an individual under the age of sixteen (16) residing in the EU, please contact us at the email address at the bottom of the page, and we shall remove the information as soon as possible after verification is completed.
Additional Rights for European Union Visitors
If you live in the EU or access The Vibrant Dreamer from the EU, your data is protected under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and you have additional rights regarding your data.
- You have the right to be informed about what data is collected, how it is used, how it is saved and for how long, and other entities that have access to your data.
- You have the right to access any data The Vibrant Dreamer has recorded.
- You have the right to rectify inaccurate or incomplete data.
- You have the right to be forgotten– you may request that all data is permanently erased and that no more will be collected.
- You have the right to restrict the use and processing of your data, under certain circumstances.
- You have the right to receive your data in formats that a human and/or a machine can read, and you have the right to use that data in any manner you see fit.
- You have the right to object to the use of your data in a specific manner.
- You have the right to opt-out of certain automatic decision-making processes.
If you wish to make a request concerning your data, please contact us at the email address at the bottom of the page. All requests will be fulfilled within thirty (30) days.
Your privacy and security are important to us. Our website is scanned regularly to check for vulnerabilities, and we also use a SSL (secure sockets layer) certificate to encrypt all information that transfers from your browser to our website. While we have taken measures to ensure the safekeeping of your information, no information processed over the Internet can ever be 100% secure.
In the event of a data breach, you will be informed within seventy-two (72) hours.
We encourage you to check this page frequently for updates to this Policy. If you continue to use the Website after the Policy has been changed, it constitutes your agreement to those changes. For your convenience, a change log indicating what was changed and the date will be located at the bottom of the page.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at [email protected]
6 July 2019: Updated contact information.
5 April 2019: Updated to add new third-party services and their privacy policies; removed sections regarding third-party services we no longer utilize.
17 December 2018: Updated to add section about publishing anonymized information in the form of reports.
16 December 2018: Updated to add additional affiliate network and their policy.
5 December 2018: Updated to add additional affiliate networks and their policies.
17 November 2018: First published.