Privacy policy

This is my personal website, blog & place to share with like-minded people experiences on living a healthy & fulfilling life. When you interact with the any website, your browser sends some information, and sometimes you might volunteer some. As an independent publisher, I believe your personal data belongs to you, our reader, and I have implemented controls that can help you stay in charge. I don’t sell your data to others: we are friends here, not creeps. I am not a registered corporation and do not work for profit. The website also collects data through automated means, such as cookies and analytics systems that you have not blocked, in the legitimate interest of operating and promoting the website.

By using this site (for instance, opening it in a browser, reading articles or creating an account), you agree to this policy and agree to be bound by its terms. This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller; in other words, where we determine the purposes and means of the processing of that personal data.

What data do we collect?

We collect data you provide voluntarily, for instance when you create an account on the website, save your favourite recipes or create shopping lists. You can delete your account at any time, and your personal data will also be deleted (up to 60 days, data can still be found in automated website backups). Controls to subscribe and unsubscribe to our newsletter can be found in your account; you can also unsubscribe using the link in every email you receive.

To control the data as stored on this website, please use the dedicated page for privacy controls.

We collect data that allows us to operate this website. This is done automatically through cookies, by our service providers, such as the WordPress platform & plugins, Facebook integration through the Platform and Pixel functionalities and the Google Analytics and AdWords networks. These measures allow us to analyse the traffic we receive, recognize your visits and serve the best content, according to your specific preferences. For instance, if we analyse the most read page on the site, we can make sure popular content is also easy to find. By understanding who visits our website, we can find people with similar preferences on social network – such data does not allow third-party publishers to personally identify you, though they might use anonymous, but unique identifiers which you can reset using controls they provide.

Third-party providers (such as Selz) are involved when you purchase a product from BoomBloom. Personal data you offer to our providers for the transaction are only used by us to allow the transaction to take place, and to measure the effectiveness of our campaigns, and are archived according to our legal obligations regarding fiscal transactions. We also make note of your purchase in your communications profile – this helps us not be irritating by continuously advertising to existing customers, and to present the most relevant information and offers.

We do not collect sensitive information or information in categories with special protection, such as state of health, biometric indicators, gender identity and political or spiritual beliefs. We discourage readers from posting such information on the site through any means, for the protection of their own privacy.

Using GDPR terminology, we collect data based on your consent, our legitimate interest to publish this website and offer the best possible experience, as well as to spread the word about BoomBloom, and in order to fulfil legal or contractual obligations, such as those in case of a sale.

Data collected by the website

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. 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. Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

If you contact us through forms provided on our website, we will use the data you offer to communicate with you directly, without including that data in marketing campaigns.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our 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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

  • https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);
  • https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);
  • http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);
  • https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);
  • https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari); and
  • https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

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.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Your data sent directly to BoomBloom is only ever seen by the website operators, who have been entrusted due to their skill and have agreed to confidentiality. Data collected automatically by analytics & measurements tools are shared by the respective companies; all the providers of such services that we use comply with privacy regulations, including GDPR.

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google’s privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

We use Google Analytics and Google Adwords. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the web using cookies. This behaviour tracking allows Google to tailor the advertisements that you see on other websites to reflect your interests (but we don’t publish interest-based advertisements on our website). You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: https://adssettings.google.com. Also, you can always opt out of the AdSense partner network cookie using those settings or using the Network Advertising Initiative’s multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at: http://optout.networkadvertising.org. However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained. To ensure that an opt-out is maintained in respect of a particular browser, you may wish to consider using the Google browser plug-ins available at: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996.

We use Mailchimp to send out newsletters for people who choose to subscribe. The use of the service is subject to Mailchimp’s privacy policy. Every email we send includes a one-click unsubscribe option.

How long 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.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, 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 may contact us at any time, without any fees, at dataprotection@boombloom.net, in order to exercise your rights, which include:

  • Access: you may ask us for a copy of your information as stored by WordPress, our CMS; and to ask for updates or corrections to your data.
  • Restrict: you can restrict the processing of your data and choose in which way we use the data.
  • Object: you can oppose the continuing processing of your data, with the intent of stopping the processing.
  • Changing your mind: you may ask us to stop processing or to delete your data at any time.
  • To submit a complaint at your national Data Protection authority when you feel we’ve been misusing your data, if we fail to answer your request.

If you live in the EU, the Union has provided this handy guide to your rights under the GDPR.

Supervisory and regulatory authorities

You can find your national authority in charge of data protection in this list provided by the European Union. While we cannot provide links to the authority in every country, a search using “data protection authority” + country name usually yields the desired result.