Privacy Policy 2018-06-08T10:44:30+00:00

Privacy Policy

Updated June 8, 2018

This privacy policy describes how https://www.photospluswords.com (also"PhotosPlusWords.com") uses and protects visitor and user information.

Personally and Non-Personally Identifying Information

Certain visitors to PhotosPlusWords.com choose to interact with PhotosPlusWords.com in ways that require PhotosPlusWords.com to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that PhotosPlusWords.com gathers depends on the nature of the interaction.

PhotosPlusWords.com collects both:

  • Non-personally identifying information  typical of most websites. For example, browser type, language preference, referring site, the date and time of visitors, and the duration of their visits.
  • Personally identifying information like your IP address, your email address, your membership/access level, and so on.

This information is used to:

  1. Better understand how visitors/customers use the website.
  2. Improve the overall visitor/customer experience.
  3. Complete specific user-site interactions, such as a purchase transaction or a given field update within a course.

PhotosPlusWords.com requests and collects the following information when a visitor purchases a product and registers:

  • Username
  • User email address
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Checkbox confirmation of user agreement with PhotosPlusWords.com Terms of Service & Use
  • Checkbox confirmation that the user has read and understood our Privacy Policy
  • Membership/access type(s) based upon purchase type(s) (for example, photography1)

In addition, we collect the following if a visitor or registered user opts to do so:

  • Whether you'd like to receive guides from us (optional)
  • Whether you'd like to receive news from us (optional)
  • Tracking status for course modules or project steps (optional)
  • Current projects (by name) you'd like to track (optional)
  • Comments (optional)
  • Media (optional)

We DO NOT request or collect credit card information. We use a third party billing agent (PayPal) to process payments made for services or products offered by us.

How PhotosPlusWords.com Collects Information

PhotosPlusWords.com collects information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with PhotosPlusWords.com. This includes collecting information through:

  • Comments: 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. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.We manage comments on the site through the Disqus service. The Disqus privacy policy is available here: https://help.disqus.com/terms-and-policies/disqus-privacy-policy.
  • Cookies: The site uses cookies (here's a great article by Wikipedia about cookies) to track user preferences and feature status information.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.If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
  • List forms: The site uses checklist software to enable course and project tracking by registered users. The software saves the status of the checklist for logged in users in the database if the registered user chooses to track project or course status. The user may change the status of their lists at any time.
  • Media: 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. Further, posting to the site gallery makes EXIF data, such as camera brand, ISO, and other photo details immediately viewable to the public.
  • Embedded Content: 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.These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.
  • Google Analytics: This site uses Google Analytics to better understand visitor and customer needs. Google Analytics uses cookies and you can learn more about Google Analytics privacy settings and management here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245

Who Sees Your Data and Where It's Sent

Website administrators can see and edit information collected. In addition, the following third parties collect and/or manage some of your data directly:

How Long Do We Keep 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 and this is retained indefinitely. 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.

Users may delete their entire account at any time. However, account deletion is permanent and orders and uploaded content will NOT be recoverable once the account is deleted.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

If you have an account on this site, 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. Further, you may log in, access Your Dashboard and either edit your personal information or delete your account. However, account deletion is permanent and orders and uploaded content will NOT be recoverable once the account is deleted.

PhotosPlusWords.com takes reasonable measures to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information and and will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone, unless it's:

  • Required to do so by law, or when PhotosPlusWords.com believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of PhotosPlusWords.com, third parties, or the public at large. (Please refer to the Terms of Service and Use for more details.)
  • Requested by employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations that need to know the information in order to process it on PhotosPlusWords.com's behalf in order to provide services available via the website.

Further, we rely on one or more of the following processing conditions:

  • Our legitimate interests in the effective delivery of information and services to you
  • Explicit consent that you have given
  • Legal obligations

You may have certain rights under data protection law in relation to the personal information we hold about you. In particular, you may have a right to:

  • Request a copy of personal information we hold about you
  • Ask that we update the personal information we hold about you, or independently correct such personal information that you think is incorrect or incomplete
  • Ask that we delete personal information that we hold about you from live systems, or restrict the way in which we use such personal information
  • Object to our processing of your personal information
  • Withdraw your consent to our processing of your personal information (to the extent such processing is based on consent and consent is the only permissible basis for processing)

Privacy Policy Changes

PhotosPlusWords.com may change its Privacy Policy from time to time at PhotosPlusWords.com's sole discretion. Therefore, we encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy.

Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Privacy policy adapted from wordpress.org.