My policy on your privacy.
Your privacy is as important to me as it is to you. Here's how I deal with it.
I’m Jackie Smith and I’m the owner of this website called yourlittlebusiness.com
My own privacy is important to me when I visit other people's websites, so I understand how important privacy is.
The information you share with me is as important to me as it is to you.
I’ve taken steps under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to make sure any information you give me is secure, only seen by people who need to see it, and within your control.
I maintain the highest standards of honesty and fairness in everything I write for this website, and I apply exactly the same standards when I deal with the information you trust me with.
Why I need to collect information in the first place.
Some of the reasons I need to collect information are to:
Why I collect your personal information
I never collect personally identifiable information (that is, information which may identify you such as your name or email address) without your knowledge.
If I ask for personal information it's because you have volunteered to give it to me, for example if you sign up for my online newsletter or get in touch through my contact page.
I only collect your personal information when I need it. I need it for these reasons:
There is always an “unsubscribe” link in every newsletter and email I send.
If you click on that link, you will be immediately unsubscribed from my emails and your information will be permanently deleted.
If you give me personal information, I give you a 100% promise in return that the information will be used only for the reason you’ve shared it.
I hate spam. I will never send you any information you have not requested. Even if you opt to receive information (like the newsletter) when you sign up, you will always be able to unsubscribe from it.
I will make clear exactly how you can stop receiving it both in newsletters and in any correspondence we may have.
Where your information goes
I will never share your personal information to anyone for commercial or any other use. It will be used only for the purpose you provided it on this website.
Sometimes, though, for specific reasons, I need to share your information with someone else.
I make sure I only use other individuals and companies I know and trust. I have also been careful to make sure they are also compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation, so I am confident they will also keep your data safe.
The companies who may hold your information are:
Your rights within the General Data Protection Regulation
Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced specifically to protect the data of individuals.
Although at present it only protects people in Europe, my view is that it’s extremely high standards should be a protection for everyone, worldwide.
I value everyone who visits this website, wherever you may come from.
Which is why all my policies and practices, not just those which impact on Europeans, follow GDPR's requirements.
If you would like to update that information or have it deleted from my records, you just need to contact me and let me know.
If you think your personal information is not being used properly and you want to make a complaint, you should firstly contact me and ask me to put right whatever is wrong, explaining the problem as clearly as you can.
If you’re not satisfied with my response, you have every right to lodge a formal complaint, the best way to do this is to contact a lawyer and say you want to complain under the terms of the GDPR.
How you can correct or remove your personal information.
If you have submitted personal information through my website and would like that information deleted from my records or would like to update or correct that information, or if you have any further questions, please be sure to use my contact page to talk to me.
Non-personal information and "cookies".
Personal information, such as your name and email address, is never collected automatically. I only have it when you choose to give it me.
However, when you visit yourlittlebusiness.com some statistical information is collected automatically.
The reason I collect it is so that I can constantly improve your experience of visiting my site.
This type of information includes the name of your Internet Service Provider, your Internet Protocol address, the name of your internet browser, and other numerical data such as which pages you visited, how many pages you looked at and how long you stayed on the site.
This information helps me know which parts of my site you’re most interested in. That means I can make sure I write articles which focus on the subjects you’re most likely to want to read.
That information is collected by means of “cookies”. A cookie is a tiny bit of code placed by this website on your computer. Each time you come here, your browser gives my computer that code so I know that you've come back. That helps me know the kinds of articles that are most helpful to you.
Google Analytics Cookies: I use a service called Google Analytics to analyse how you use this website. It collects demographic data and information about your interests, for example, by means of cookies. The cookies are kept on your computer. the information is shared with Google, which stores the information on its servers and then gives me statistical reports.
www.yourlittlebusiness.com uses the information from Google Analytics to track the number of visits to the site and operating systems.
*No personally identifiable information is obtained from these cookies*
If you would rather your data is not collected via Google analytics, you can install its opt-out browser extension by clicking here.
If you want to, you can turn cookies off by disabling them in your browser. You can learn how to do this at the About Cookies website.
You can set your browser to accept or reject all cookies automatically, or they can notify you when a cookie is being requested so you can decide what to do.
Web beacons are similar. They track your journey around a website, or a collection of websites. They’re most often used to monitor traffic to a site.
Disabling either cookies or web beacons should not cause a problem with the continued use of this website, but it may prevent some of its interactive features from working properly.
I do not provide them with any personally identifiable information for cookie or web beacon use, so they cannot personally identify you with that information from this website.
Google uses the “DoubleClick” cookie to serve ads. This cookie enables Google to serve ads based on your visits to other sites on the Web.
If you want more information about how Google deals with data in its ad products, see this article.
And you can opt out of personalized ads from up to 125 different ad networks by clicking on this link.
I recommend some products I love and I think you might, too, from affiliate companies on this website.
You can find my separate policy about affiliates, including who they are and where you can find out how they use data, at this link.
You’ll notice on this website there are links to Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
When you click on them or leave a comment, your browser connects directly with that site and sends information such as your IP address, the date and time of your visit and information about how you use the social site.
Should you wish to prevent those platforms from collecting data, please view their individual policies by using the following links:
Facebook to prevent Facebook collecting your data, you should log out of your Facebook account while using this site.
Privacy and children
I work hard to make sure that www.yourlittlebusiness.com is a family-friendly site.
However, it is not intended for use by children without parental supervision, particularly children under sixteen years of age.
I operate in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and Article 8 of the GDPR.
I will never knowingly collect or use personal information from anyone under 16 years of age. Children under that age must have permission from a parent or legal guardian before asking questions, sharing stories or buying anything from this site.
If you're worried about your children's activities or their privacy on this site, please e-mail me through my “Get in touch” page.
Personally and non-personally identifiable information collected by this site is stored on our host's servers. That host is SiteSell, and they are located at 1000, Sant-Jean Boulevard, Suite 702, Pointe-Claire, Quebec QC H9R 5P1, Canada.
If you would like to review your information stored on the SiteSell servers, then please click on this link.
You'll also be able to edit, download or delete any of your information from the servers when you click on that link.
If you have submitted personally identifiable information through this website, and you'd like to update it or have it deleted entirely from my records, please click on this link.
If I ever sell www.yourlittlebusiness.com, information you have given me voluntarily may transfer to the new owner. Should that happen, you will receive notice through my website of the change and I will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honours any opt-out requests you might make.
Updates to this policy
I would encourage you to review this policy from time to time so that you will always know what information I collect and how it’s used.
Agreeing to terms
If you have any particular worries, questions or comments about this policy, please use my contact page to let me know.
Updated May 25th 2018