Here at This Side of Happy we value and protect your privacy. This policy explains when and why we collect information about you, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure. We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy. Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO ARE WE? This Side of Happy is a website founded in 2017. The goal of This Side of Happy is to give sound advice, inspire, and uplift people to live their best life.
HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT YOU Information is collected via log files, cookies, leaving comments on the site, purchasing a cookbook from This Side of Happy or by subscribing to our newsletter.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU We collect information on your name, email address, website (only if you leave this in a comment), IP address and the pages that you visited and when you visited them on the site.
HOW AND WHY WE TRACK YOUR VISIT Like most websites around the world we use Google Analytics (GA) to process information about the number of visitors on our site and their behavior. We use this information to record the number of people using This Side of Happy and to better understand where you discover our site (from social media, Google or another site) and how you use it as well as to see how people move throughout the site. GA records your approximate location down to town level, the type device you are using e.g. Mobile or Table, Name of device e.g. iPad or Samsung Galaxy, etc…, operating system e.g. Windows 10 or iOS and browser e.g. Firefox or Chrome. None of this data can be used to identify you. Google does record your IP address, however, we don’t have access to this information and GA modifies it so that you or your specific location cannot be identified.
GOOGLE ANALYTICS DEMOGRAPHICS We are committed to ensuring that our website contains content that is valuable and useful to our readers. To help us with this we have implemented the Google Analytics demographics and interest reporting features on our website. These tools allow us to review anonymous data regarding the gender, age and interests of website visitors and adapt our website content to better reflect their needs. Although this information is collected through your Google ad settings, it is not provided to us in a personally-identifiable format. This means we cannot identify what information is about you, and we will not try to figure it out. You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Google Ad settings or through the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. To do this Google Analytics uses a “cookie” on your machine. Read more about Cookies below.
LEAVING A COMMENT ON OUR SITE Here at This Side of Happy we love hearing from you. We like you to share your experiences with others, and/or let us know if you found the information useful. We do this by giving you the option of leaving a comment. To leave a comment you must leave a name, email address, website and comment. We only use this information to identify you as the comment maker and do not pass this on to any third party. Your email address will never be shown in the comment section of the site. Your details will remain in the database unless we remove it or the article is removed from the site. You may request that we delete the comment and remove your details at any time. Please email us at email@example.com to ask for a comment to be removed. If you are under 18 you must obtain your parents’ permission before leaving a comment. IMPORTANT: In your comment you should avoid leaving information of a personal nature and it is recommended that you do this on any website you comment on. Comments with personal information will not be approved.
SUBSCRIBER NEWSLETTER If you choose to join one of our regular newsletters via a sign up on This Side of Happy, your email address is required so that you can be sent the emails. We also ask for your First Name (although this isn’t required) so that we may address you personally in our weekly email. Your data is collected and then passed to our Email Service Provider MailChimp. You may unsubscribe at any time from our newsletters using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask that you be removed. Please make sure that you are using the same email address as you receive the emails from to do this. Within the Email Service Provider we use tags to track the pages that you visit and actions that you take within the emails so that we can provide a more personalized email service to you. We send emails 1 -3 times a week and with our tracking try and make these as relevant to you as possible. These may include promotions for products. Details that we hold including your name, email address and where you have visited will never be passed onto a Third Party.
ADVERTISEMENTS ON THIS SIDE OF HAPPY We use third party advertisements on This Side of Happy to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing Miami real estate ads to someone in Miami, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).
COOKIES Cookies are little pieces of code that we use to track your use of our site and provide the best possible experience for you. Specifically we use them for • Our commenting system so that you don’t have to always enter you details • Collect data as part of Google Analytics so that we can see who has visited our website You can choose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in your browser. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.
IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 Please obtain your parents’ permission before entering any personal information on This Side of Happy. We are concerned with your privacy as much as an adult’s privacy.
WHEN WE MAY TRANSFER YOUR PERSONAL DATA We will not transfer your personal data unless we are under legal obligation to do so.
IF YOU WISH TO BE REMOVED FROM OUR DATA At any point you may ask that we remove your information from our systems. Please contact email@example.com with your requirements and we will do so within a month. The same applies for what information we hold about you and can be identified as being about you.