Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://cheerstotraveling.com. Cheers to traveling is a travel blog written and edited by Kaylene Isherwood. She can be contacted at cheerstotraveling@gmail.com.

What personal data is collected & why

The types of personal data this website collects, by itself or third parties, are cookies, usage data, and personal data like first name, last name, and email address, from users and site visitors. Personal data may be freely provided by the user in contact forms and comment sections. In the case of usage data, it’s collected automatically when visiting the website. This is done so in order to ensure the website is functioning properly and to analyze how visitors us the site.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site, Akismet, an anti-comment spam service, collects 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.

You can sign up to receive emails of the comment feed. You will be able to unsubscribe from this function by clicking the “unsubscribe” link in the emails. Your data provided will be deleted once you unsubscribe, unless you have submitted this data for other purposes, like email updates of new content.

Contact forms

If you submit a contact form, the submission will be kept for six months for customer service purposes, but the information submitted, like first and last name and email address, will not be used for marketing purposes unless you opt-in to be updated with new posts.

Subscriptions

To initiate and process subscriptions, the following information is used: subscriber’s email address and if signed up while commenting on a post, the ID of the post or comment. In the event of a new subscription being initiated, Jetpack, a WordPress plugin, also collects some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI).

This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam. Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

Cookies

We use cookies to enable certain functions of our website, to provide analytics, and ensure we give you the best experience on our website. By using our website, you consent to the use of cookies. More information about our Cookies Policy can be found here: https://cheerstotraveling.com/cookies-policy/.

If you’d like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser. However, if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.

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.

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.

Analytics

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, which is a web analytics service that uses cookies. These are text files stored on your computer that analyze how you use the website. Typically, the information is transmitted to a Google server and stored there. We have an interest in studying user behavior to optimize the website.

You can stop these cookies from being stored. Additionally, you can prevent the data regarding how you use the website, including your IP address, from being passed on to and processed by Google. Just download and install the browser plugin available here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Learn more about how Google Analytics handles user data: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

WordPress Stats

We also use the WordPress Stats tool, which helps us statistically analyze visitor traffic. It uses cookies stored on your computer and allow an analysis of how you use the website. These cookies remain on your computer until you delete them. Data used includes IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. However, the site owner does not have access to any of this information. We can see the specific number of views a post has but not the specific user or account that viewed the post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and WordPress.com usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

You can make your browser inform you about the use of cookies so you can decide case-by-case whether you want to accept or reject a cookie. In order to object to the collection and use of your data at any time, click on the following link and select an opt-out cookie for your browser: https://www.quantcast.com/opt-out/.

Social Media

Sharing Content

Our content can be shared on social networks, like Facebook Twitter, Pinterest, and StumbleUpon. We use Social Warfare. It establishes a connection between these social media networks and users through the click of the specific buttons. It doesn’t automatically transfer user data to the networks’ operators.

Plugins

Our website includes the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn plugins. When visiting our website, a connection is made between your browser and the social media networks. If you don’t want these social media networks to makes these connections, modify your account settings with them and check out each network’s privacy policy.

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. If you’ve signed up to receive emails when we share new content on our website, we continue doing so unless you unsubscribe or email us asking us to remove you from the mailing list. We will never share your email address with anyone else and you won’t be added to newsletters & marketing information you haven’t signed up to.

What rights you have over your data

You have the right to be provided any information about your personal data that is stored, in addition to its origin, the recipient, and purpose. You can request that we erase any personal data we hold about you at any time. (This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes). An email requesting the revocation of your consent to us having your personal data is sufficient. If you feel there has been a breach in protection, you may file a complaint with regulatory authorities.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We take protecting your data very seriously. Your personal data is confidential, and we act in accordance with data protection regulations and this privacy policy. We are constantly updating our website and plugins in order to continue to be GDPR compliant. We will change the privacy policy when need be.

Our contact information

If you have any privacy and data protection concerns, email Kaylene at cheerstotraveling@gmail.com and include “Privacy Policy” in the subject line.