Privacy Policy

This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for Absolute Bookishness (www.absolutebookishness.wordpress.com). This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this website (“Site”). It will notify you (the Visitor or User) of the following:

  1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
  2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
  3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
  4. What to expect as far as Privacy Policy changes
  5. How your acceptance or refusal of these Privacy Policy terms are determined
  6. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

What Personal Information We Collect and Why

We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you (i.e. via the contact form or comment sections of post). We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to process a giveaway.

Comments

When users comment on this site, we collect the information displayed in the comment form, i.e. their name, email address, and website name/address.  If you opt for further communications, we may contact you via email in the future to provide notifications about responses to your comments.

We also use Gravatar Hovercard.  This feature will send a hash of the user’s email address (if logged in to the site or WordPress.com — or if they submitted a comment on the site using their email address that is attached to an active Gravatar profile) to the Gravatar service (owned by Automattic) in order to retrieve their profile image.

Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service (also owned by Automattic) are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Contact Forms

When visitors complete the contact form, we collect the information displayed in this form, i.e. their name, email address, website name/address, and message to offer an appropriate response.

Akismet collects the contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message —  for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the site on which it was submitted and is emailed directly to the owner of the form (i.e. the site author who published the page on which the contact form resides). This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message.

In addition to following by comment, visitors can follow via email or via social media applications/sites. Visitors who opt to follow by email, or subscribe to. Absolute Bookishness submit to the collection of their email address by WordPress.com to receive updates by email. Similarly, for those visitors who opt to follow via social media applications/sites, WordPress.com also collects data to render stats necessary for Absolute Bookishness to better understand how visitors interact with this site (e.g. to identify visitors and their website access preferences). We use this data to improve the site’s functions. Visitors maintain full control of all subscriptions and can unsubscribe at any time.

Cookies & Ads

If you access or use (i.e. click like or follow buttons) this site, our site host, WordPress.com (also owned by Automattic), may collect small bits of data stored on your computer/other devices when you access websites, which are called cookies. Your cookies may be used to personalize your experience (e.g.saving and auto-filling your name, email address, and website when necessary for your convenience so you do not have to do so repetitively).  Your cookies may also be used to permit targeted, third-party ads to display–at the host’s discretion. (As a WordPress.com hosted blog, Absolute Bookishness has no control over the ads you see.)

Some of your cookies may also be used (via site first-party/third-party applications) to collect analytical data. We use this data to understand how users interact with this site (e.g. to identify and track visitors, their usage of Absolute Bookishness’s website, and their website access preferences). We also use this data to improve the site’s functions.

Absolute Bookishness visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Absolute Bookishness’s website, with the drawback that certain features of Absolute Bookishness’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies. Find more details about WordPress.com’s cookie policy here. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Absolute Bookishness and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Giveaways

We occasionally offer giveaways, including those supplied during blog tours we participate in, often via rafflecopter. To conduct these giveaways, we or third-party sites or partners collect data displayed in the giveaway forms (such as name, email address, physical address, social media data, etc.) necessary to determine compliance with giveaway rules and distribute prizes. By participating in giveaways presented on Absolute Bookishness’s website, you consent to data collection by first-party/third-party sites or applications necessary to host and conduct giveaways, and distribute giveaway prizes. This Privacy Policy covers the use of data collected for giveaways by Absolute Bookishness and does not cover the use of such data by any partners or third-party sites/applications (e.g. blog tour creators/sites, publishing companies/authors, publicists/PR agents, rafflecopter, etc.)..

Security

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information, that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the Web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only those who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, presenting giveaway prizes) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address provided on our website:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Have us delete any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

Privacy Policy Changes

Absolute Bookishness may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Absolute Bookishness’s sole discretion. Absolute Bookishness encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. By using this site, you acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Your Acceptance of These Terms

By using this site, you signify your acceptance of this Privacy Policy, and any changes to this policy that follow. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our site.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, or if you feel that we are not abiding by this Privacy Policy, please contact us immediately at absolutebookishness@gmail.com.

This document was last updated on May 27, 2018.

For even greater details about the personal and non-personal information Absolute Bookishness (and Automattic/the enabled plugins) collects and uses, and how that data is used, click here.

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