Policy updated May 24, 2018.
Here at I Heart Crafty Things 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?
I Heart Crafty Things is an online arts and crafts website founded in 2009 by Rachel Nipper. We share crafts, art projects, activities and learning activities for you and your children. We are based in the USA.
How we Collect Information About You?
Information is collected via log files, cookies, leaving comments on the site, purchasing a product in our shop or subscribing to our newsletter.
What Information do we Collect About You
We collect information on your name, email address, website (if you leave this in a comment), IP address and the pages that you visited and when you visited them on the site.
All financial details are collected via PayPal which does not retain any financial information once the transaction has been processed.
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 I Heart Crafty Things 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 of device you are using (e.g. desktop, mobile or tablet), name of device (e.g. iPad or Samsung Galazy 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 records your IP address, however, we don’t have access to this information and it modifies it so that you can’t be identified specifically, just the area that you are in.
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.
To do this Google Analytics uses a “cookie” on your machine. Read more about Cookies below.
Leaving a Comment on our Site
Here at I Heart Crafty Things we love hearing if you have tried a craft or had success using one of our ideas. We do this by giving you the option of leaving a comment.
To leave a comment you may leave it anonymously or 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. If you leave a question in your comment along with your email address I often use this information to email you an answer to your question directly. If you do not wish to receive a response from me via email, please omit your email address when you leave a comment.
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 this to be carried out.
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.
If you choose to join our newsletter via a sign up form on I Heart Crafty Things then 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 Mailerlite.
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 personalised email service to you.
We send 1 email per week and with our tracking try and make these as relevant to you as possible. From time to time we may send an additional email each week that includes subscriber freebies or 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.
When you purchase from I Heart Crafty Things Shop
If you have made a purchase from our shop at https://shop.iheartcraftythings.com/ then your details are stored by our store database for products we have produced and you can download there.
We ask for 4 pieces of information for purchases directly from our store – First Name and Last Name, Email Address and USA State (to apply sales tax if necessary).
All payments are made via PayPal which does not retain any financial information once the transaction has been processed.
Products sold via affiliates each collect and retain their own data we do not have access to your name or email address as part of this.
Please see their privacy and data protection policies for more information on how they collect and process your personal data.
Advertising Privacy Statement
This Site is affiliated with AdThrive, LLC (“AdThrive”) for the purposes of placing advertising on the Site. AdThrive uses standard and widely-available tools for the placement and serving of ads, including those provided by Google, Inc. and its affiliates. We publish interest-based advertisements on the Site; that is, ads that are tailored to reflect your interests. To help understand your interests, AdThrive, Google and our other advertising partners will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the Internet using cookies.
A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
For European Economic Area Residents:
If you reside in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), then under the GDPR and applicable data protection laws you have the rights, among other things, to access your personal data, have us erase it, and/or restrict its further processing. If you wish to access or delete your personal data (if any) maintained by us or AdThrive related to advertising on the Site, you can contact AdThrive at email@example.com. If you wish to see a list of the advertising partners we work with or change which of those partners track your behavior using cookies, click the ad preferences icon. (Available in the EU.)
The little pieces of code that we use to track your use of our site and provide the best possible experience for you are called cookies.
Specifically we use them for:
- Our commenting system so that you don’t have to always enter your details
- Collect data as part of Google Analytics so that we can see who has visited our website
You can chose 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.
- Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to www.iheartcraftythings.com and other sites on the Internet.
If you are Under 18
Please obtain your parents permission before entering any personal information on I Heart Crafty Things. We are concerned with your privacy as much as an adults.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements and we will do so within a month.
Sale of Business of Assets
In the event that the Site or substantially all of its assets is sold or disposed of as a going concern, whether by merger, sale of assets or otherwise, or in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership, the information we have collected about you may be one of the assets sold or merged in connection with that transaction.