Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.carolring.ca.

Please read the Privacy Policy carefully before you start to use our Website. By using the website you agree to be bound and abide by the Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the Privacy Policy, you must not access or use the Website.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We may collect the following data about you:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • Your business name
  • Any personal data you post on our website
  • Data about how you use our website
  • Technical data such as your IP address, details about your browser, length of visits to pages on our website, page views and navigation paths, details about the number of times you use our website, time zone settings and other technology on the devices you use to access our website

Comments

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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Smush sends images to the WPMU DEV servers to optimize them for web use. This includes the transfer of EXIF data. The EXIF data will either be stripped or returned as it is. It is not stored on the WPMU DEV servers.

Smush uses a third-party email service (Drip) to send informational emails to the site administrator. The administrator's email address is sent to Drip and a cookie is set by the service. Only administrator information is collected by Drip.

Contact forms

This website uses contact forms. The data you submit is delivered via email and is stored on the website using the Ninja Forms plugin. We will use the data collected in these forms only to provide the requested service. The information gathered from these forms is not used for marketing purposes beyond delivery of the product.

Cookies

For information on our Cookie Policies, please see this page.  If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save 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.

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.

Analytics

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics website.  You can view their privacy policy here https://policies.google.com/privacy

Who we share your data with

We partner with third parties including Constant Contact, Facebook, Google Analytics, Wordfence, Cookies for comments, Share Buttons by Add This, and All-in-One SEO to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these services, we will share names or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

Also, we share your data with partners who help us provide and improve our products and/or services as follows. We also impose strict restrictions on how our partners/vendors can use and disclose the data we provide. Your information is likely to be available to various extent to those who support our business (and their subcontractors) including:

  • Our web developers (access only)
  • Technical infrastructure hosts (data)
  • Our advertising and/or newsletter providers (data including email addresses)
  • Our online payment service (data)
  • Email provider (data)
  • Analytics provider (anonymous data) – Google Analytics, etc.

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.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or 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.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact information

Carol Ring
87 West Ridge Drive
Stittsville, ON
K2S 1W2
Canada

Additional information

How we protect your data

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information, that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the Web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline.  The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment. 

This website uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to ensure your details are encrypted and securely communicated to us, safe from prying eyes or malicious threats. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a protocol for enabling data encryption on the Internet and for helping website users confirm the owner of the website.

This website is also protected by the Wordfence plugin. For more information, read the company privacy policy.

What data breach procedures we have in place

This website is regularly swept for malware and consistently updates its plugins and themes. We receive weekly reports of all attempted logins and access. Some customer data is stored directly on this website (see section above regarding contact forms); however, WordPress provides data erasure. We do not import SEO data into this website but maintain SEO data using only Google Analytics.

What we collect and store

We collect information about you during the checkout process via PayPal.  Please read the privacy policy for PayPal to understand their individual use of your data.

When you purchase from us, we’ll ask you to provide information including your name, billing address, shipping address, email address, phone number and credit card/payment details. We’ll use this information for purposes, such as, to:

  • Send you information about your account and order
  • Respond to your requests, including refunds and complaints
  • Process payments and prevent fraud
  • Comply with any legal obligations we have, such as calculating taxes
  • Improve our store offerings
  • Send you marketing messages, if you choose to receive them

We generally store information about you for as long as we need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it, and we are not legally required to continue to keep it. For example, we will store order information for 7 years for tax and accounting purposes. This includes your name, email address and billing and shipping addresses.

We will also store comments or reviews, if you choose to leave them.

Who on our team has access

Members of our team have access to the information you provide us. For example, both Administrators can access:

  • Order information like what was purchased, when it was purchased and where it should be sent, and
  • Customer information like your name, email address, and billing and shipping information.

Our team members have access to this information to help fulfill orders, process refunds and support you.

What we share with others

We share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

And/or:
We use an outside shipping company to ship orders, and a credit card processing company to bill users for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes beyond filling your order.

And/or:
We partner with another party to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these services, we will share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

Copyrights

All content within this web site, including all text, graphics, photographs, graphs, sounds, data, images, audio and video clips available on this web site, is the property of the web site owner or its licensors or content suppliers and/or syndicates, and is protected by Canadian, U.S. and international copyright laws. By nature of the web sites "Content Management" capabilities third parties have an ability to post information, graphics, etc within. If you find any item posted that is deemed too be infringing on a copyright, its removal will become of foremost priority.

All content available on this web site may only be used by you as an information gathering resource. You may not copy, publish, distribute, create derivative works of, or commercially exploit the content of this web site, or use this web site for any other purpose without the explicit acknowledgement of the web site owner - Carol Ring, The Culture Connection.

Trademarks

All trademarks, brands, names and logos appearing on this web site are the property of their respective owners.

Implied Consent

All information gathered by the web site owner during your visit will not be resold to any third party. You agree through implied consent, that the web site owner reserves the right to track your activities and, if necessary, to refuse access to the protected areas..

Disclaimer

This web site and the information, services, products and materials contained on this web site are provided on an "as is" basis with no warranty. To the maximum extent  permitted by applicable law, the web site owner disclaims all representations and warranties, express or implied, as to the operation of the web site and the information, services, products and materials on this web site, including, but not limited to, any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will the web site owner be liable for damages of any kind arising from the use of this web site or any goods or services obtained on this web site, including direct, indirect, consequential, incidental, special or punitive damages (even if the web site owner has been advised on the possibility of such damages), to the fullest extent permitted by law. Inclusion of any company name (whether it is protected by trademark or not) on this web site does not imply endorsement of products and is merely a factual statement of purchase, registration, or expressed usage, in writing or verbally, of products

Any links on this web site operated by third parties are provided for your convenience only. We are not responsible for the content and performance of these web sites or for your transactions with them and our inclusion of links to such web sites does not imply any endorsement of the material on such web sites.

Acceptance of Terms

The services that this website provides to you are subject to the following Terms of Use.

Display of Private Information

This web site and the information herein is for the use of its owner and applies to all web pages served within. The web site owner reserves this web site, and all legal rights under any government and specifically reserves its rights, claims, and defenses for any omission or inclusion regarding the content found within this web site.

You acknowledge and agree that the web site owner reserves the right to revise this legal information at any time for any reason and reserves the right to make changes at any time, without notice or obligation, to any of the information and materials contained on this web site. You further acknowledge and agree that by entering this web site you will be bound by any such revisions to the web site and that the web site owner has encouraged you to periodically visit the web site and this page to review these terms and conditions.

You understand and agree by visiting this web site that the content within is for the use of the web site owner and that any public viewing of such information is at your own risk.  You further agree that while some content may be offensive, such content remains the opinion of the resource from which the information was obtained and that you may elect as any time to simply not view such content.

No Unlawful or Prohibited Use

As a condition of your use of the Services, you will not use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. You may not use the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair our web server, or network, or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of any Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any Services, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to our server or to any of the Services, through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the Services.

Personal and Non-Commercial Use Limitation

Unless otherwise specified, the Services are for your personal and non-commercial use. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information, software, products or services obtained from the Services.

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