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About this site

This website, Different Drum, is a blog dedicated to modern artists, handcrafted and vintage goods.  The web address is http://differentdrum.blog.

What personal data does this site collect and why?

To improve your experience on this website, it uses “cookies.”  Cookies are an industry standard and most websites use them.  A cookie is a small file a site places on your computer to help the site remember you and your preferences.  If you do not want to receive cookies, you can easily change your browser settings.  See below for instructions on how to change the settings in the browser you use.

When you leave a comment on a post

When visitors leave comments on the site it collects the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help prevent comment spam.

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.

If you leave a comment on this 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.

Contact Form Submissions

If you submit a message via the contact form, it will be held in the website Email inbox until it is read.  After it is read it may be kept for reference, but the personal information (name and Email address) will never be sold or used for marketing purposes.

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.

If you have an account and are logged in to that particular website while interacting with it on this site, it may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and track your interaction with the embedded content.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a tracking service meant to give anonymous data pertaining to the number of visitors we receive and how they use the site.  It transmits this data to servers in the United States.  Analytics DOES NOT identify specific users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Google Adsense

This site uses Google Adsense.  Adsense is an ad service that uses cookies to personalize the ad experience.  User IP addresses, browsing histories, website preferences, device location and even device preferences all are collected by Google.  In return for hosting the ads, the website receives compensation on a per click or per view basis.

If you wish to opt out of Google ads, here are some resources for you:

How to Opt-out of Google Ads

IBA Opt-out by Google

Affiliate Programs

This site belongs to some affiliate programs.  An affiliate program is a relationship with a retailer that rewards sales referrals with a small commission.  These referrals are tracked using cookies.  Writing and maintaining a blog requires a lot of work and this small bit of money helps to make this work possible.

The programs currently on this site are eBay and Fabric.com.  If you click on one of these links, they will pay a small commission on all subsequent purchases you make within the “cookie period” set by the retailer.  This time is usually approximately 30 days but varies amongst different programs.

Please remember that if you wish to block cookies from these services, you can follow the instructions for your particular browser.

Here are the links again for your convenience:

Email Newsletter

If you sign up for an Email newsletter, the only information that will be stored are your name (first and/or last, depending on your preference) and your Email address.  I use the Mailchimp service to store this information and to facilitate the delivery of emails.  Read about Mailchimp’s security practices.

You can request to be removed from the list by sending an Email request at the address below, or by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any Email you have received from this site.

Who do we share your data with?

The data provided by your actions on this site will never be sold to anyone.  The third parties that data is shared with to make this website function better include Google Analytics, a comment spam detection service, our affiliate partners and Google Adsense.  If you interact with embedded content such as an Instagram picture, that site may track your browsing behavior if you are logged into your existing account with them.

How long do 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 sign up for the Email newsletter, your name and Email address will be retained indefinitely unless you request to unsubscribe using one of the two methods outlined above.

Cookies pertaining to affiliate partners are retained for the cookie period set by the retailer which is 30 days or less.

What rights do you have over your data?

If you have left comments 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.

You can request to unsubscribe from the Email newsletter at any time by Emailing a request to the address below or by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any Email.

As mentioned above, you can also set your browser to disable cookies.  This simple process is outlined on the instructions page provided by your browser.  Again, here are the links for your convenience:

Site owner contact information

Nikki

differentdrumblog at gmail dot com

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please do not hesitate to contact me.