Last revised October 14, 2017. Effective November 16, 2014.

I care a lot about my own personal online privacy, and you should too. And I 100%, without a doubt care about yours.

In light of that, I want to earn your trust and ensure the safety of your information while you use this website (the ‘Service’). This page lays out how I do that.

Please read this privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how I collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in accordance with this website. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context.

Here’s my attempt to make this as concise as possible:

By using the Service, you agree to become bound by all the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you shouldn’t use the Service – in fact, unless you agree, I won’t even permit you to be here on this website (sorry). By being here, you consent to this Agreement. Otherwise, you’re free to leave and browse another website instead.

I may change any aspect of the service I want, or even stop it, at any time without giving you notice. I also reserve the right to terminate or restrict access to it at any time, in my sole discretion. Termination of your access to and use of the Service shall not relieve you of any obligations arising or accruing before the termination.

This website collects PII from you when you register, download or sign up to receive content, make a purchase, sign up for my newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, or browse certain sections of the website.

Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

I implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.

This website uses cookies. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we use cookies to determine if you’re a new visitor, or if you’ve already been to this website before. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services or personalized content. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

If you turn cookies off, zome of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.

I do not and will never sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your PII unless we provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. An example of a required third party is MailChimp. When you sign up to receive emails which are sent via MailChimp, I transfer MailChimp your email address securely via an API connection. I may also release information when it’s release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect my or others’ rights, property or safety.

Occasionally, at my discretion, I may include or offer third party products or services on our website, or link out to third party websites. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. I have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, I’m always looking to preserve your trust and provide you with the best experience possible, so I welcome any of your feedback about the content of this site and your experience on it.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. To learn more, click here.

According to CalOPPA, I agree to the following:

  • You and other users can visit my site anonymously.
  • Once this privacy policy is created, I will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.
  • My Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’ and can easily be found on the page specified above.

You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes.

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.

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur, I will notify you via email within 7 business days. I also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

At the end of the day, I only collect information on this website in order to understand who’s visiting, who’s engaging with my content, who would like me to share content with them, and how I can make the site experience better. I don’t collect data for any other reasons, and I intend things to stay that way.

I will always take reasonable, best effort precautions to protect your private information and honor your privacy. I unfortunately cannot, however, guarantee the security of any and all information gathered by the Service. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time. It’s important for you to prevent unauthorized access to your accounts and personal information by choosing and protecting a strong third party service password and by limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished using the Service.

If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy policy or my other website terms of use, please email me directly.