Privacy Policy

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII 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.

Please read February Stars’ privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

February Stars found at https://www.februarystars.co.uk/ (“Website”) is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you subscribe to our newsletter, respond to a survey, fill out a form or enter information on our site. Additionally, information is collected via cookies when you surf this website as detailed in the “Do We Use ‘Cookies’?” section below.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog?

Information You Voluntarily Submit:

Blog Comments

If you comment on a blog post by filling out the ‘write a comment’ form, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. The comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Visitor comments are also checked through an automated spam detection service Akismet. Learn how your data is processed here: https://akismet.com/privacy/

An anonymised 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.

Your name, URL and comment are published in the comments section of the blog post but your email and IP address remain private and are not publicly displayed.

There is also an option to opt-in to subscribe and receive email notifications when someone replies to your comments.

If you do not want this information to be collected you can refrain from commenting on this blog. If at any time, you would like your comment to be removed from the blog or subscription to comments to be removed you can request this by contacting donna@februarystars.co.uk.

Email Newsletter

If you decide to sign-up to our email newsletter your name and email address are collected by MailChimp who we use to send our newsletters.  You will be asked to consent to receiving these emails before you are added to our mailing list. MailChimp will hold this information for the duration that you are subscribed to our email list.

You can view and update the details held by clicking the “update your preferences” link found at the bottom of all newsletters. You are also welcome to unsubscribe at any time by clicking the “unsubscribe” link located at the bottom of all emails.

You can also email donna@februarystars.co.uk to ask to see what details are being held or to ask for your information to be deleted.

Surveys

If you respond to any surveys posted on this blog, the information you submit will be collected via Google Forms or Survey Monkey. The data collected is used for information purposes only and is never passed onto third parties. You are welcome to view or remove your submission at any time by contacting donna@februarystars.co.uk.

Giveaways

Occasionally, giveaways are held on this blog where you can enter into a raffle to be in with a chance of winning a prize donated by a sponsor. Entry information is collected by Rafflecopter and used in connection with the giveaway only. Data collected includes your name, email address and social media handles (if applicable).

Rafflecopter also collects IP addresses to ensure there are no duplicate entries. This is to prevent multiple entries from the same person, ensuring the giveaway is fair.

Information is held for the duration of the giveaway and until a winner is confirmed. It is then deleted. You may contact donna@februarystars.co.uk at any time during the duration of a giveaway to ask for your entry to be revoked and for your information to be deleted.

Do we use ‘cookies’?:

Yes. 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 recognise your browser and capture and remember certain information.

We use cookies to:
• Understand and save user’s preferences for future visits.
• Keep track of advertisements.
• Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

On your first visit to this website, you will be asked to consent to the use of cookies via a pop-up.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since every browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you turn cookies off, some features will be disabled and may not function properly.

Comments Cookies:

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save 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.

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 commissions.

February Stars is a 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.

February Stars also participates in the following affiliate programs: Amazon Affiliates, Link Connector, Refersion, Tapfiliate and ShareASale. Please refer to each company’s privacy policy for more information on how they collect, use and store user data.

Google Analytics:

We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction via Google Analytics so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Display Ads:

As a member of Mediavine, we may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies, as noted above. If you are in the EU, you will be asked to consent to personalised advertisements on your first visit to the Website. If, at any time, you would like to change your preferences you can click on the ‘Update Privacy Settings’ link located in the footer (bottom) of the Website.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

• To personalise your experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested.
• To improve our website in order to better serve you.
• To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
• To ask for ratings and reviews of services or products
• To follow up with you after correspondence

How do we protect your information?

This site uses SSL to better protect your information.

Third-party disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.

Third-party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We, therefore, have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Age of consent

By using this site you represent that you are at least the age of majority and you have given consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site.

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 Policy.

RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

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

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

Amend – You may contact us at donna@februarystars.co.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 donna@februarystars.co.uk.

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

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Please review this privacy policy frequently as we reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time. Any changes or clarifications made will take immediate effect from the time they were posted on the website.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us via email at donna@februarystars.co.uk.

Last Edited on 28/05/2018