Who we are
Our website address is: https://markusmcdowell.com.
We take your privacy seriously, and have implemented privacy regulations from various state, government, and international laws. For example, GDPR (EU), COPPA (US), CANSPAM Act (US), and CalOPPA (California).
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address or other details to help you with your experience, depending on what service you opted into. For example:
- To improve our website in order to better serve you.
- To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests.
- To quickly process your transactions.
- To send periodic emails regarding your order or other products and services
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.
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.
If you fill out a form on out site, we only collect the information you provide, and only for the purposes needed to provide the service you are requesting. For example, if you send a message to us through a form, no information is retained except in the email that we receive with you email address, any name provided, and the message that you sent. If you signed up for a newsletter, we collect and securely store the information you provide and any fields you filled out. These are retained to determine which newsletters to send you, and that information is kept secure by us or a third-party who provides newsletter services, and is not sold, given away, or used by anyone other than us to provide the service you requested.
In sum, for all forms you fill out, we use the data only for services you requested, we do not share or give the information to others for their own use, and the data is kept secure and only accessed by the people providing the service you requested. You may opt out any time or request to be sent the information we have.
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.
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.
Who we share your data with
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. Data your provide for newsletters is secured in our private account by MailChimp.
Your contact information
We only collect information you provide (name, email address, etc.) that you provide in fields or forms on our website. Beyond that, only your IP and other information as noted above, but it is either anonymized or only used momentarily as described above. We do not share your name, information, or other data with third parties for their use.
How we protect your data
All information we collect from you is ONLY used for the purposes of this website to communicate information, keep track of your comments or purchases, and otherwise provide you with our services. We neither sell not give it to third parties for their use.
What data breach procedures we have in place
Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
We implement a variety of security measures when a user places an order to maintain the safety of your personal information.
All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers to expedite future orders, and to automate the billing process.
What third parties we receive data from
Our website is connected to third parties to provide some of our services: an online store, mailing list, and communication forms (contact us, comment sections) as well as some data for internal use: anonymized IP information to track how many users from each country, OS or devices used, pages visited. However, none of this data can be linked by us to your name or email address—we use only the raw data to see how our website is performing.
What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data
We do no automated decision-making, other than sending emails or newsletters that are triggered by you signing up and agreeing to receive them.
Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en
We have not enabled Google AdSense on our site but we may do so in the future.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA we agree to the following:
- Users can visit our site anonymously
- Users are able to change their personal information:
- By emailing us
- By calling us
- By logging in to their account
How does our site handle “do not track” signals?
We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
Does our site allow third party behavioral tracking?
We do not allow third party behavioral tracking.
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
This is a European Union (EU) law that took effect on May 25, 2018. The goal of GDPR is to give EU citizens control over their personal data and change the data privacy approach of organizations across the world. The goal of GDPR is to protect user’s personally identifying information (PII) and hold businesses to a higher standard when it comes to how they collect, store, and use this data. The personal data includes: name, emails, physical address, IP address, health information, income, etc. We have implemented the requirements across our website.
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online. We do not specifically market to children under 13.
Fair Information Practices
The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
- We will notify the users via email
- Within 7 business days
- We will notify the users via insite notification
We also agree to the individual redress principle, which requires that individuals have a right to pursue legally enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or a government agency to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
CAN SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address in order to:
- • Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
- • Process orders and to send information and updates pertaining to orders
- • We may also send you additional information related to your product and/or service.
- • Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred
To be accordance with CANSPAM we agree to the following:
- • NOT use false, or misleading subjects or email addresses
- • Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way
- • Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters
- • Monitor third party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
- • Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly
- • Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can follow the instructions at the bottom of each email.
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