Wow, is it just me, or are people who read privacy policies just instantly more attractive?
I mean, dayum. *fans self *
Anyways, the short version is this: on Slaying Social, we collect some information and data from you. You have every right to know what data, how we do it, and even access to Lia’s best massaged kale recipe if you ask nicely… that’s what this page is all about! (Not the recipe, just email for that if you want). Overall, just know that the only information we do collect is to help optimize your experience with us, whether that’s to personalize our cutesy newsletters or keep your info ready loaded for every lovestruck comment you leave us. We have no plans to use your data for any particularly evil purpose – honestly identity theft looks hard, we’re kinda lazy and we’d probably do it wrong anyway.
FYI, the following is super fun to read out loud with “air quotes”.
What information do we collect and how do we use it?
Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: Sometimes, you literally just gift us your information when you voluntarily submit your name, email, etc. through leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, or submitting a contact form. Soooo, thanks!
Information We Collect from Others: We may also receive information about you from other sources (not your ex, don’t worry). If you buy one of our courses off of Teachable for instance, we have access to your info from there.
Automatically-Collected Information: Okay, this sounds spooky, but we do automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. (It’s just an automated thing, we have no clue how it works). Anyways, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked. We track this via Google Analytics though, where we’ve anonymized IP addresses so odds of us being like “hey Jill has been reading the same blog post everyday for 2 weeks. Who hurt her?” is fairly slim. This is all just for our own snoopy/curious analytical selves, nothing is attached to your actual name or identity.
Cookies: Besides the many cookies we inhale while working on this site (it’s an alarming amount, thanks for asking), we may also log information using (computer) cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.
How your information may be used
We may use the information collected in the following ways:
- To operate and maintain the Website;
- To create your account, identify you as a user of the Website, and customize the Website for your account;
- To send you promotional information, such as cute newsletters. If you spontaneously decide you hate us, each email will have the option to opt out (unsubscribe);
- To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts, cute dog pics;
- To respond to your loving comments or inquiries/tell you your hair also looks great;
- To provide you with user support;
- To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity (our jokes, while bad, are not technically outlawed just yet).
Third Party Use of Information
We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information.
Here’s why: As much as we wish we had the tools and resources of mega-corps like Google, we’re still a two-woman operation here so we rely on some third party service providers to service certain 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. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics. BUT since we’re ultra-paranoid, we’ve also anonymized IP addresses on Google Analytics for you (which took code and was scary. Please appreciate it).
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.
Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.0)
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 https://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-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 Opt Out – NAI: Network Advertising Initiative. You may also visit http://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and http://optout.networkadvertising.org/# to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at YourAdChoices.com | AppChoices 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 click here.
The Website does use plugins to keep it running smoothly (otherwise, this place would most likely be on actual fire somehow). Below are the specific plugins we use that deal with data in some form and how they play by GDPR rules:
Contact Forms 7: We use Contact Forms 7 on our Contact page, which doesn’t collect any unnecessary data. Apart from your message/subject title, all we ask for is your email and name so we can get back to you. There is also a consent checkbox on the form to ensure you understand that your data (aka name/email) will be stored. You can read more about the plugin and GDPR here.
Social Warfare: Those fancy share buttons you see on this site are powered by Social Warfare. Here’s a direct (and only mildly defensive) quote from Social Warfare (source here) about how they are GDPR compliant:
“Social Warfare does not collect ANY personal data from the people who visit your site and click on a share button. Our buttons are merely utilizing the 3rd party share APIs of the respective networks. As soon as someone clicks a Social Warfare share button, everything that occurs after that click is handled by the social network’s API.
Our UTM tracking feature merely adds a string to the end of a shared URL so that Google Analytics can record that traffic data–Warfare Plugins does not receive, record, or track ANY of that data.
Our click-tracking feature is merely a Google Analytics event, which, again, is recorded by Google Analytics, not Social Warfare.
So it is without question that Social Warfare has full compliance with GDPR because we don’t track a single thing.”
Yoast: We have Yoast installed on our site for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) purposes. Honestly, we don’t use it that much. Even so, it’s there… so…. just know that Yoast deals with website data, not personal data. Nobody from Yoast is gonna come knocking at your door anytime soon. Here’s more info on that from Yoast if you need it.
Facebook Pixel: We have a Facebook Pixel installed which means sometimes, when we have an offer or piece of content we think you’d enjoy, we’ll target a Facebook ad to you to make sure you see it. We wish we didn’t need to do this, but Zuckerberg wants our money. Blame him. You can easily disable this if you wish though. Opt-out of Facebook remarketing here.
From time to time, we may use anonymous data. You can relax though, because anonymous data 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 choose to leave a comment, people will see your, avatar, name and any website information you leave.
That said, users like you can (at any time) prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, 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 users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.
From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. You know those eerily specific ads you see on Facebook? Yeah sometimes we do those. Hopefully that’s okay! It’s just that Zuck likes for us to pay to promote our content now, so we gotta do it smartly.
Facebook: Opt-out of Facebook remarketing here
Google: Opt-out of Google remarketing here
Affiliate Program Participation
The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into 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. I know this sounds scary, but basically we recommend great products from time to time that we truly believe will bring you value. If you choose to buy said product based on our recommendation, then we earn a small kickback from the company as a thank you. Make sense?
Here are the affiliate programs we’re part of:
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 behavior will not be passed on to third parties.
Rights Related to Your Personal Information
Opt-out – We have unsubscribe links in all our emails, so if you feel like unsubscribing (AKA e-breaking up with us) then you can easily do that. If you really want to hurt our feelings, you can also email us at [email protected] to be removed from our mailing list.
Access – If you’d like, you can access the personal information we have about you any time by submitting a request to [email protected] .
Amend – You may contact us at [email protected] to amend or update your personal information.
Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. *dun dun dun* To do so, please submit a request to [email protected] .
Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.
Sensitive Personal Information
At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. We’re literally just a marketing blog, so let’s keep things politely at a distance…. like that one work friend you’re chummy with but would never trust with your PIN code, you know? This means we 10000% do not want your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. You can however tell us your favourite ninja turtle. I like Donatello.
The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. Mental age is a different thing entirely (we’re both personally still 12 at heart), but we’re talking about actual, physical age here.
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 immediately at [email protected] and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
See, that wasn’t so bad was it? Did you make it to the end? Holy bananas. I feel like we should be giving you a medal or something… at least a homemade flan of some kind. Accept our hearty congratulations and… um…. here, have a sloth pic: