Your privacy is important to us so we have added this page to explain some things about this site and what information we collect. Please read our policy to better understand how we collect, use, protect, or otherwise handle your personal information.
Who we are
Melissa Lynch (https://melissalynch.com) is a personal lifestyle blog written, edited, and maintained by Melissa Lynch.
What personal information do we collect and why?
If you leave your name and/or email in an email subscription form you will be subscribed to an email marketing list. Our email marketing service provider is MailChimp. We use your data so that we can let you know when we have posted a new blog post.
If you leave your name, email, and/or website information in a comment field it will be posted and publicly available at the end of the blog post on which you commented. When you leave a comment we also collect your IP address to help fight spam comments on the site. IP addresses are removed from the database after 60 days.
How do we use your information?
We may also use the information we collect from you in the following ways:
- To improve our website in order to better serve you.
- To send periodic emails regarding our latest posts.
- To help fight spam and protect the site.
How do we protect your information?
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 website is scanned for malware on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible.
- Your personal information is contained behind secured networks. In addition, all sensitive information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
- IP addresses are removed from the database after 60 days.
This website uses a technology known as “cookies”. The web server logs files to collect info, such as date and time of your visit, what pages you looked at, and the time you spent on each page.
Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.
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.
Our website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the Unites States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.
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 are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our website or the information or content contained therein. Often links to other websites are provided solely as pointers to information on topics that may be useful to the users of our website.
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.
Sharing and selling information
We do not share, sell, lend, or lease any personal information with anyone except to the extent it is necessary to process transactions or provide services that you have requested.
How can you access, correct, and/or delete your information?
You may request access, correction, or erasure to all your personally identifiable information that we collect and maintain in our database by emailing us at the address listed below.
What about legally compelled disclosure of information?
We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of our legal rights. We may also disclose account information when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our Terms of Service or to protect the safety of our users and the Public.
Commitment to data security
Please note that your information will be stored and processed on our computers in the United States. The laws on holding personal data in the United States may be less stringent than the laws of your country of residence or citizenship. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.We do not share, sell, lend, or lease any personal information with anyone except to the extent it is necessary to process transactions or provide services that you have requested.
Email marketing corrections & opt-in/opt-out
Our email service provider, MailChimp, allows readers to change their email communication preferences so that they can correct their information, and/or opt-in/opt-out of receiving future email communication messages. If at any time you would like to correct your information or unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can follow the instructions at the bottom of each email. After correcting your information or unsubscribing we will discontinue sending the messages as soon as technically feasible.
Who we share your data with
We use the following third-party service providers to run this website:
- Google Analytics
Last updated: September 13, 2018