This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their 'Personally Identifiable Information' (PII) is being used online.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?

When browsing, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address or other details to help you with your experience.  You are never required to enter this information.  We may also collect your IP address via this website or approved third-party service providers. 

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you browse our site, subscribe to a newsletter, or enter information on our site.  

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you sign up for our newsletter, comment on a post, enter a contest, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

      • To improve our website in order to better serve you.

      • To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests.

      • To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site features.

      • To send periodic newsletters via email

      • To follow up with them after correspondence (email or comment inquiries)

We do not sell, trade or rent users’ PII to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any PII regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above.  We may use third party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or running giveaways. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

How do we protect your information?

We only provide articles and information and we will never require the entry of personal information.

Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.

Our Use of Cookies

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.  Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

We use cookies for the following purposes:

(a) authentication - we use cookies to identify you when you visit our website and as you navigate our website;

(c) personalization - we use cookies to store information about your preferences and to personalize the website for you;

(d) security - we use cookies as an element of the security measures used to protect user accounts, including preventing fraudulent use of login credentials, and to protect our website and services generally;

(e) advertising - we use cookies to help us to display advertisements that will be relevant to you; and

(f) analysis - we use cookies to help us to analyze the use and performance of our website and services;

We use Google Analytics to analyze the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google's privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

(a) https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);

(b) https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences(Firefox);

(c) http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);

(d) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);

(e) https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari); and

(f) https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

Please note that blocking cookies may have a negative impact on the functions of many websites, including our Site. Some features of the Site may cease to be available to you.

 

Third-party disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless we provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when it's release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety. 

However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

 

Advertising

This Site is affiliated with AdThrive, LLC (“AdThrive”) for the purposes of placing advertising on the Site.  AdThrive uses standard and widely-available tools for the placement and serving of ads, including those provided by Google, Inc. and its affiliates. We publish interest-based advertisements on the Site; that is, ads that are tailored to reflect your interests. To help understand your interests, AdThrive, Google and our other advertising partners will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the Internet using cookies.  

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.  Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

By using this Site, you consent to the use of such cookies and the sharing of data captured by such cookies with AdThrive, Google, and our other third party partners. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: https://adssettings.google.com. You can also opt out of the network cookie using those settings or using the Network Advertising Initiative's multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at: http://optout.networkadvertising.org. However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained.  

For European Economic Area Residents

If you reside in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), then under the GDPR and applicable data protection laws you have the rights, among other things, to access your personal data, have us erase it, and/or restrict its further processing.  If you wish to access or delete your personal data (if any) maintained by us or AdThrive related to advertising on the Site, you can contact AdThrive at info@adthrive.com. If you wish to see a list of the advertising partners we work with or change which of those partners track your behavior using cookies, click the ad preferences icon. (Available in the EU.)

 

Analytics

Analytics help us understand how our site is being used.  Our analytics providers may use cookies and collect usage data.  We use the following Third-Party Providers for analytics information: Google Analytics and Squarespace Analytics.

 

Commercial Affiliation

We are a monitized blog and occasionally use affiliate links which allow us to earn a small commission from sales at no extra cost to you.  These affiliate programs are either linked to directly or via displayed graphics and banners.  The affiliate networks we belong to may use cookies and collect usage data.  For details of the data collected from each network, please refer to their individual privacy policies.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission.

Third-party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

This website uses the following third-party service providers:

Google Analytics:  This is used to understand how readers are using this website.  Google Analytics may capture your IP address.  Find their Privacy Policy HERE

MailChimp: This service is used to send an optional free weekly newsletter to our readers.  If you choose to join this list, your name and email address will be saved and stored via MailChimp.  Find their Privacy Policy HERE.

Rafflecopter: This service is used to conduct giveaways.  If you choose to enter a giveaway hosted on this site, your information including name, email address, and social media user IDs may be collected and stored via Rafflecopter.  To have your information removed, please contact leftinknots (at) gmail.com.  Find the Rafflecopter Privacy Policy HERE.

Children Online Privacy Protection Act

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.  If you are under the age of 13, please do not provide us with any personal information.

Fair Information Practices

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action should a data breach occur.  If there is ever a data breach, a website notification will be posted within 7 days.

CAN SPAM Act

If you choose to receive our newsletter or subscribe to a comment thread, we collect your email address in order to:

      • Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:

      • Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.

      • Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.

      • Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.

      • Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.

      • Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.

      • Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at leftinknots@gmail.com or follow the instructions at the bottom of each email and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Accepting this Privacy Policy

By using this site, you are agreeing to the terms outlined in this privacy policy.  If you do not agree to these terms, please do not use this site. 

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.

Left in Knots

4790 35th Ave S

Fargo, ND 58104

www.leftinknots.com

leftinknots@gmail.com

Last Edited on 2018-05-24

 

Affiliate Disclosures

Left in Knots is a monetized blog.  This means that I (Megan Meyer/Left in Knots) may receive compensation from ads placed on my site, sponsored content, and a small commission from affiliate sales.  I will only promote products that I personally think are great and often times, I own them myself.  I actively participate in Affiliate Programs for Amazon, Michaels, Joann Fabrics, Lion Brand Yarn, Etsy, Craftsy, Knit Picks, WE ARE KNITTERS, and Darn Good Yarn.  If you purchase products from links on my site, I may earn a small commission.

Megan Meyer 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.com.