Most of the time Privacy Polices are just copy and pasted in a confusing language that you need a lawyer to comb through – I like to do things differently. Here you will find the data I collect through cookies, forms, and other add-ons like analytics and what I do with that data.
What Information Do I Collect
When interacting with my website through forms or using my services I may ask for your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, about your business and other details like this to provide you a better experience working together. I also collect non-personally identifiable website usage data through cookies.
What I Don’t Collect
I never collect information like credit card numbers. In order to receive payments for invoices or orders I use third-party payment gateways like Stripe and Gumroad to handle sensitive information. You should refer to their terms of services and privacy polices if you have concerns. I am not responsible or liable for the action or breaches of third-party gateways. I have pride in working with the best gateways possible, if there are any issues with these gateways when dealing with me, please let me know.
Unlike almost every other website, I detail how this information is used below.
Never Sold, Never Shared
Any and all personally identifiable information I gather through forms and cookies are never sold, traded, or shared to a third-party for their advantage. Whether Taylor Swift asks to see my traffic or Microsoft offers me millions of dollars, your data is safe.
I do use third-party services like Google Analytics and MailChimp. Some of the data I collect is used through these services for me and my business only. I have specified all the third-party services I use below.
How & Why The Data Is Collected
Paperform (Contact Form / Questionnaires)
The contact form and questionnaires [like my Project Planner] on this website are used to interact with and service whomever fills it out. This allows me to connect and interact with people directly via email in a detailed way, so that I can best help them.
Google Analytics allows me to see the amount of traffic and the trends in viewers that visit my website with a cookie. This helps me recognize things like where my marketing is most effective, what type of articles are favored by my viewers, and what upgrades my website might need.
Facebook & Twitter Remarketing
Facebook and Twitter allow me to use a cookie to mark which users on that particular service have visited my website. This helps me better target who does and doesn’t see my advertisements on those social networks.
MailChimp & Goals
MailChimp allows me to email people who subscribe to my newsletter through the form inputs on my website. MailChimp also uses an analytics-like code to track actions across my website to show me how effective my emails are. This helps me connect with my subscribers and send them more of the things they like.
ConvertFox allows me to put a Facebook messenger-esque chat box on the bottom of certain pages which is a means of talking with people in real-time or collecting their email address to follow up with if I’m not available at the moment. ConvertFox also uses a cookie so that I can keep track of those I’m chatting with if they return in the future and to help me know which page they’re on if there’s a problem.
Convertful (Email Opt-ins)
Convertful is a tool I use to collect email addresses for my newsletter on this website. Convertful also uses a cookie to help me respect the privacy of those who have already subscribed, exited out of a popup, and other similar actions.
Akismet is an anti-spam plugin for WordPress that auto-detects and blocks spam and uses a cookie to mark real people. This helps keep the comment section on my blog posts clean.
BrandMentions is a tool I use to track the mentions of me, my business, and my products across the web. A cookie is used on my website to alert me of traffic and links coming from other websites similar to how Google Analytics works.
Various Affiliate Programs
Affiliate programs like the Amazon Affiliate Program, iTunes Affiliate Program, and those offered by developers of SaaS (Software as a Service) products I link to use a cookie just to determine that you were referred from my website. This helps track commissions to me. For more on affiliate programs, read the next section below.
Occasionally, I will promote programs or services by other people through my blog and marketing channels, sometimes for a commission, but always because I support a product and think it will benefit my audience. Often these recommendations are referred to as “affiliate links”. Some marketers link to nonsense just for a commission, I am not one of those. My “list” and audience is never for sale and you can not pay for me to recommend or review your product – regardless of the price. I always make clear when an article or email contains an affiliate link, but I would be recommending said product even if there wasn’t an affiliate program for it.
So why use affiliate links in the first place?
If I can add a little extra income to recommend things I would’ve in the first place, that just means I get to spend more time creating free content for my audience to grow from.
The CAN-SPAM Act is a legal set of rules for people who use email commercially. I comply with these rules and must specify the following:
I collect email addresses to:
- Send information, respond to inquiries, and /or other requests or questions.
- Process orders and to sent information and updates pertaining to orders.
- Send you additional information related to my products and services.
- Market my latest offering to my mailing list and clients after our original transaction has occurred.
I also agree to the following:
- Not to use false or misleading subject lines or email addresses.
- Identify the message as an advertisement in a reasonable way.
- Include the physical address of my business or headquarters.
- Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance.
- Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
- Allow user to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.
If at any time you would like to stop receiving future emails from me or my newsletter you can click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any newsletter email or reply to it with the words “unsubscribe”.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA, I agree to the following:
- Users can visit this website anonymously.
- Can change your personal information by emailing me.
How does my website handle Do Not Track signals?
My website does not honor Do Not Track signals. This is a limitation of the services I use to collect information. There are browsers and browser extensions that can limit and/or eliminate tracking.
Does my website allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It’s also important to note that I allow third-party behavioral tracking like Facebook & Twitter Remarketing as described above.
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ 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.
I do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.
By continuing to use my website you explicitly acknowledge and consent to these policies. Furthermore you give me permission to use your personal data specifically for the purposes identified above.
You may withdraw consent at any time by contacting: consent[@]garettcreative.com
Changes to This Policy
I reserve the right to change and update this policy at any time with no advanced notice. You can check the last time this policy was updated at the top of this page.
- 05/24/18 – added new tool (BrandMentions), added GDPR requirements
For more information not pertaining to privacy and cookies, please check out the Terms of Service page.