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I am very aware of the sensitive nature of the topic of this blog and I am committed to protecting your privacy. Below is a description of what is collected and how it is used, but here is the summary. In short, I will never ask you to provide any information about yourself simply for being here. You can voluntarily participate through comments or you can contact me, and that will require providing minimal personal information about yourself, as described below, which I will never share with other parties except as necessary to carry out the functions of running the website (e.g., if you sign up for the posts, the service that stores E-mail addresses will use them to carry out this task). Also, as is the norm with most websites, some data is collected about your device and browsing habits while you are here that is used in aggregate to run the website.

Website  

The website address for Fairy Tale Shadows is: https://fairytaleshadows.com

Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website

You may voluntarily submit information to the website by leaving a comment, subscribing to posts, submitting a post for publication, or submitting a contact form. In addition, you are able to create a user profile on WordPress, which allows you to create a username and password. The username will be stored, but your password will not be visible in our records.

If you create a user profile or leave a comment, certain information may be publicly visible. To create a user profile, you must choose a username and password and input your email address for profile confirmation. This is voluntary. At your option, you may also add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website. Your email address will never be available publicly whether you choose to make a profile or not.

I may occasionally use your messages that contain thoughts or opinions about the website in promotional material, however, personal details about your life will be omitted and your identity will not be revealed (if it is known). If you do not want your words to be used or included, please let me know.

If you submit a story to be published on the website, your identity will not be revealed unless you choose to use your real name as the author. This is your choice. You have the right to have your story removed at any time.

Automatically-Collected Information 

All web servers automatically collect some basic data about visitors. This website automatically collects certain anonymous information about you and the device with which you access the website. For example, when you use the website, your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the website will be collected. The information collected is used in aggregate in a variety of website maintenance functions.

How the Information Collected Is Used

Any information collected and described above may be used in the following ways:

  • To operate and maintain the website, such as finding and repairing dysfunctional aspects of the website;
  • To create your account, if desired;
  • To send you website communications, such as new posts or updates;
  • To publish your posts in the “Your Stories” section of the website;
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries;
  • To track and measure advertising on the website;
  • To protect against and investigate any unauthorized or illegal activity.

Third-Party Use of Personal Information 

The website may use third-party service providers to perform various functions. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.

The website currently uses the following third-party service providers:

  • Google Analytics – this service tracks website usage and provides data such as what pages users click on and referring links. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.
  • Mail Chimp – this service stores your email address if you have indicated you would like to sign up to follow the blog and is used for the purpose of delivering new posts.  Please refer to Mail Chimp’s privacy policy for further information.
  • Mediavine – this service uses cookies for third-party advertisers to provide relevant content. More information is provided in the Advertising section below.
  • iMarkInteractive – this service performs website backups and maintenance functions. 
  • Agathon – this service hosts the website.

At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in my sole discretion to carry out additional website functions or change service providers. Your continued use of this website following the posting of any updates or changes to the terms and conditions shall mean that you are in agreement and acceptance of such changes.

Except when required by law, I will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent. 

Cookies

This website uses “cookies,” which is information stored on your computer that your browser will display each time you return to a website. Cookies are used to store data you have already entered so you do not have to do so multiple times, to track what pages you may visit, and to display your preferences.  This policy covers the use of cookies by Fairy Tale Shadows and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

If you do not wish to use cookies, please adjust your web browser settings to disable them prior to visiting the website. Users who deactivate cookies should be aware that all functions of the website may not be usable.

 

Advertising

Below is a description of the advertising programs I participate in, which help me to fund the cost of hosting and managing the website so I can continue to write original content for free.  Thank you for your support!

Display Ads

I use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the website, which may use cookies, as noted above.  I currently use Mediavine, a company dedicated to helping content creators sustain the work they do to develop high-quality content while ensuring that user experience is a top priority. 

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)

This Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at All About Cookies.

Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.

The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:

  • IP Address
  • Operating System type
  • Operating System version
  • Device Type
  • Language of the website
  • Web browser type
  • Email (in hashed form)

Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.

If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit National Advertising Initiative opt out page. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance website and Network Advertising Initiative website to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at Digital Advertising Alliance’s AppChoices app to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

For specific information about Mediavine Partners, the data each collects and their data collection and privacy policies, please visit Mediavine Partners.

Affiliate Program Participation

I participate in the following affiliate programs: Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, Lovefraud.com, and Online-Therapy.com. These affiliate advertising programs allow participants to refer visitors to their website to relevant products or services. If you click on any of the affiliate links within a post or page on the website, I will earn a small commission at no cost to you. The commission is paid by the associated programs and has no effect on the price you pay for the item or service.

Acceptance of Policies and Terms

Through the use of the website, you are hereby accepting the terms and policies above. If you are not in agreement with these terms and policies, please refrain from further use of the site.

Questions

At any time, please contact me at [email protected] for questions related to these policies.

 
Updated 5/13/2022