Privacy Policy

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At TheHobbyBlogger (www.thehobbyblogger.com), the privacy of my visitors is extremely important. This Privacy Policy outlines the types of personal information that is received and collected and how it is used.

First and foremost, I will never share your email address or any other personal information to anyone without your direct consent. Period.

1. Log Files

Like many other websites, I use log files to help learn about when, from where, and how often traffic flows to this site. The information in the log files include:

  • Internet Protocol addresses (IP)
  • Types of browser
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Date and time stamp
  • Referring and exit pages
  • Number of clicks

All of this information is not linked to anything that is personally identifiable.

2. Cookies and web beacons

Like nearly all WordPress blogs, this site stores “convenience” cookies on your computer whenever you leave a comment. The cookies record the name, email address, and URL that you enter when you submit a comment so that you won’t have to re-type that info the next time you leave a comment.

Third-party advertisers may also place and read cookies on your browser and/or use web beacons to collect information. TheHobbyBlogger has no access or control over these cookies. You should review the respective privacy policies on any and all third-party ad servers for more information regarding their practices and how to opt-out.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your web browser options. Instructions for doing so and for other cookie-related management can be found on the specific web browsers’ websites.

ShareASale

ShareASale, a third party affiliate marketing network, uses cookies to help make sure I get a commission when you buy a product after clicking on a link or ad banner that takes you to the site of one of their merchants. Here is ShareASale’s Privacy Policy.

HostGator

If you click on one of my HostGator links or banners to sign up for their (very solid) web hosting, they use a cookie that associates your order with my affiliate account so I can receive a commission. The cookie expires after 60 days. Here is HostGator’s Privacy Policy.

LinkShare

LinkShare, also a third party affiliate marketing network that uses cookies to help make sure I get a commission when you buy a product after clicking on a link or ad banner that takes you to the site of one of their merchants (such as the Apple App Store. Here is LinkShare’s Privacy Policy.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analytics tool I use to help understand how visitors engage with this website. It reports website trends using cookies and web beacons without identifying individual visitors. You can read more at the Google Analytics Privacy Overview.

Google AdSense

Google’s use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet. Google and its partners do not collect personally identifiable information, including but limited to e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and credit card numbers.

You may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting Google’s Ads Settings. If you want to opt out of cookies from Google’s third-party advertisers, go here and here to visit the advertisers websites and opt out.

Offensive or objectionable ads

I don’t have any direct control over each ad that Google displays, but I can block offensive advertisers. If you encounter an ad that you feel is offensive, contrary to the philosophy of this website, or is otherwise problematic, please let me know and I’ll make sure it doesn’t appear anymore to site visitors.

3. Other

Users may choose to receive email blog updates via FeedBurner by submitting an email address to the email subscription form. I use a secure opt-in subscription system and I reserve the right to contact subscribers with information related to this website and blog. Subscribers may unsubscribe anytime and every email delivered will contain an “Unsubscribe” link.

When leaving a comment, users must submit a name and email address. To combat spam, the WordPress blogging platform also records the IP address of anyone submitting a comment.

Again, none of this information will be shared with anyone without your direct permission.

4. Children

TheHobbyBlogger.com does not knowingly collect or solicit Personally Identifiable Information from or about children under 13 except as permitted by law. If I discover I have received any information from a child under 13 in violation of this policy, I will delete that information immediately. If you believe TheHobbyBlogger.com has any information from or about anyone under 13, please contact me.

5. Consent

Your use of this site, in any and all forms, constitutes an acceptance of this Privacy Policy.

6. Changes to this policy

This Privacy Policy is reviewed and revised from time to time. You will want to revisit it regularly. When it does change, I’ll also change the “Last Updated” date at the bottom of the page.

Last Updated: February 2, 2016