Cookie & Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

This privacy statement sets out how Tin and Thyme (http://tinandthyme.uk) uses and stores visitor information and what personally identifiable information we may collect and how it may be used. This statement only applies to this Website.

Tin and Thyme is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should you be asked to provide certain information by which visitors can be identified when visiting this blog, it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

This privacy statement may be updated from time to time. It has been written in accordance with an EC Cookie Directive updated in May 2012 and with GDPR which comes into effect on May 25th 2018.

This updated statement is effective from 25/5/2018

What Information do We Collect?

When someone visits Tin and Thyme, standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns is collected. This is done to find out such things as the number of visitors and which posts and pages are visited.

Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website

We may collect personal information from you such as your name or email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, or submitting a contact form. In addition, you are able to create a user profile, which allows you to create a username and password. We will store the username, but your password will not be visible in our records.

Information We Collect from Others

We may receive information about you from other sources.  You may link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile.  If you choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile, we will receive your name, email address and profile picture associated with that account.  The Website utilises gravatars, so if you choose to comment on a Website post and have a gravatar profile, your profile picture will appear.

Automatically-Collected Information

We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.

Cookies

We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. Cookies provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted.

How Your Information May Be Used

We may use the information collected in the following ways:

  • To operate and maintain the Website;
  • To create your account, identify you as a user of the Website and customise the Website for your account;
  • To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
  • To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries;
  • To provide you with user support;
  • To track and measure advertising on the Website;
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.

Third Party Use of Personal Information

We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information.

Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.

The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:

Google Analytics – this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.

Gleam – this service is used for the collection of giveaway entries. Email addresses are only accessed by the Website for the winner, who will then be contacted and asked for their postal details for the purpose of sending their prize. Please refer to Gleam’s privacy policy for further information.

Akismet – this service is used for detecting spam comments. Please refer to Akismet’s privacy policy for further information.

At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time at the Website’s sole discretion.

Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; however, we may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the Website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding brought by or against us.

Anonymous Data

From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.

Publicly Visible Information

If you create a user profile on the Website or leave a comment, certain information may be publicly visible.  To create a user profile, you must choose a username and password and input your email address for profile confirmation.  Your email address will never be available publicly.  At your option, you may also add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website which can be viewed publicly.

You may also choose to link your Facebook, Instagram and Google Account. Your username, avatar, profile description and website information may also be viewed publicly.

Cookies

The EU Cookie Law requires every site in Europe to let their visitors know they are using cookies and to give them the chance to opt out. They are widely used in order to make websites work more efficiently and provide a better user experience. They are used to retain user preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, customise Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications such as Google Analytics, as described herein.

This site uses cookies as do the majority of websites you visit. You may, at any time, disable cookies, both on this site and on others. The most effective way of doing so is to disable cookies in your browser. If you need guidance on how to do this, you could consult the Help section of your browser or take a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software program. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.

Advertising

Display Ads
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website. They may use cookies, as noted above.
Affiliate Program Participation
The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commission.
 
Tin and Thyme is an occasional participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to Amazon.com.  As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their website. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.
Subscribing to receive post by email

On the Website, you may subscribe to receive new posts by email. If you do so, you will only receive new posts by email and your contact details will not be used for any other purpose.

Rights Related to Your Personal Information

Any information collected, such as your name or contact information, is used solely for the purposes of maintaining the activities of this blog and to contact you if necessary. If requested, Tin and Thyme may contact you from time to time with information relevant to this blog. No information will be passed on to third parties unless permission has been given or there is a legal obligation to do so.

Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us at choclette@tinandthyme.uk to be removed from the subscription list.

Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to choclette@tinandthyme.uk.

Amend – You may contact us at choclette@tinandthyme.uk to amend or update your personal information.

Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to choclette@tinandthyme.uk.

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

Sensitive Personal Information

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Statement.

Children’s Information

The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at choclette@tinandthyme.uk and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

Links to other websites

Tin and Thyme may contain links to other websites related to its content. Once visitors have used these links and left Tin and Thyme, protection and privacy of any information provided is the responsibility of the site visited and is not governed by this privacy statement.

Contact Information

At any time, please contact us at choclette@tinandthyme.uk for questions related to this Privacy Policy.

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