This policy is updated and effective 1 February 2022.
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED ON THE WEBSITE
- You may voluntarily submit your name and/or email address, specifically to sign up for our newsletter.
- We use a third-party service to collect statistics about Website usage so we know what visitors like, but the information is aggregated and does not identify individual users.
- We log a small amount of technical information about visitors (for example, browser type and IP address) to allow us to fix technical problems and prevent abusive activity; that information is securely stored, never transferred to other parties, and retained for less than 30 days.
- We allow advertising companies to display advertisements on the Website, and they may use your browsing activity to serve ads relevant to your interests.
HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED
We may use the information collected in the following ways:
- to operate and maintain the Website;
- to send you promotional information if you specifically elect to receive it;
- to send you administrative messages, such as confirmations, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
- to respond to your comments or inquiries;
- to collect aggregated statistics about Website activity;
- to collect aggregated statistics about advertising activity.
THIRD-PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information. The Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.
The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:
Google Analytics – this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. We operate Google Analytics in a mode that causes it to anonymize your IP address and other personal information. You may also instruct your browser to stop sharing your visit statistics with Google Analytics.
At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion.
Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; however, we may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the Website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding brought by or against us.
From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.
PUBLICLY VISIBLE INFORMATION
If you leave a comment, certain information may be publicly visible. Your email address will not be publicly visible. At your option, you may also add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website that will be seen by other Website users.
Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies for the Website, by using a corresponding Internet browser setting. Similarly, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if a user deactivates the setting of cookies, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable for that user.
Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)
The Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.
First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at All About Cookies.
Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.
The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:
- IP Address
- Operating System type
- Operating System version
- Device Type
- Language of the website
- Web browser type
- Email (in hashed form)
Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.
If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit National Advertising Initiative opt out page. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance website and Network Advertising Initiative website to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at Digital Advertising Alliance’s AppChoices app to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.
For specific information about Mediavine Partners, the data each collects and their data collection and privacy policies, please visit Mediavine Partners.
Affiliate Program Participation
The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by a embedding a specific code in some product links on the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.
Smart Mouse Travel 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 links to Amazon.com. As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their website. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.
Smart Mouse Travel is a participant in the affiliate program for chestertravels.com and may earn a commission on luggage purchased through the provided links.
Smart Mouse Travel also participates in the Get Away Today affiliate program and may earn a commission on travel booked through the affiliate link.
On the Website, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may be used for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This information is not shared with other parties.
YOUR RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Email opt out – Once you have consented to receiving our email messages, you may revoke that consent at any time by following the unsubscribe link in any of our messages or by notifying us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advertising opt out – You may elect to opt out of advertising tracking tracking by visiting optout.networkadvertising.org. If you choose to do so, then you may still be served ads that are not adapted to your online activity.
Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to email@example.com.
Amend – You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to amend or update your personal information.
Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to email@example.com.
Please note that we may need to retain certain information for lawful recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.
The Website does not discriminate against those visitors who exercise their rights regarding personal data. If you choose to access, change, or remove your personal information, the Website commits to providing you the same level of service to the extent that it is technically possible. (For example, we cannot send you an email newsletter if you choose not to share your email address.)
SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will use our best efforts to promptly identify and remove it.
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