Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to illinoisfreelancewriter.net choose to interact with me (Misti Sandefur) in ways that require me to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that I gather depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, I ask visitors who fill out the form on my contact page to provide their name and email address. For those who wish to receive news in regards to my writing services via email, I collect their emails. In each case, I collect such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with me. I do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
All personal information that you provide to me must be true, complete, and accurate, and you must notify me of any changes to such personal information.
Information Automatically Collected
I automatically collect certain information when you visit, use, or navigate illinoisfreelancewriter.net. This information does not reveal your specific identity (like your name or contact information) but may include device and usage information, such as your IP address, browser, and device characteristics, operating system, language preferences, referring URLs, device name, country, location, information about how and when you use illinoisfreelancewriter.net, and other technical information. This information is primarily needed to maintain the security and operation of illinoisfreelancewriter.net, and for my internal analytics and reporting purposes.
Like many businesses, I also collect information through cookies and similar technologies.
The information I collect includes:
Log and Usage Data. Log and usage data is service-related, diagnostic, usage, and performance information my servers automatically collect when you access or use illinoisfreelancewriter.net and which I record in log files. Depending on how you interact with me, this log data may include your IP address, device information, browser type and settings, and information about your activity on the website (such as the date/time stamps associated with your usage, pages and files viewed, searches and other actions you take such as which features you use), device event information (such as system activity, error reports (sometimes called ‘crash dumps’) and hardware settings).
Device Data. I collect device data such as information about your computer, phone, tablet, or other device you use to access illinoisfreelancewriter.net. Depending on the device used, this device data may include information such as your IP address (or proxy server), device and application identification numbers, location, browser type, hardware model internet service provider and/or mobile carrier, operating system, and system configuration information.
Location Data. I collect location data such as information about your device’s location, which can be either precise or imprecise. How much information I collect depends on the type and settings of the device you use to access the website. For example, I may use GPS and other technologies to collect geolocation data that tells me your current location (based on your IP address). You can opt-out of allowing me to collect this information either by refusing access to the information or by disabling your location setting on your device. Note, however, if you choose to opt-out, you may not be able to use certain aspects of the services.
Embedded Content From Other Websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Use of Your Information
I use personal information collected via my website for a variety of business purposes described below. I process your personal information for these purposes in reliance on my legitimate business interests, in order to enter into or perform a contract with you, with your consent, and/or for compliance with legal obligations. I indicate the specific processing grounds I rely on next to each purpose listed below.
I use the information I collect or receive:
To post testimonials. I post testimonials on illinoisfreelancewriter.net that may contain your name and occupation title (e.g. affiliate marketer, blogger, web designer, etc.). Prior to posting a testimonial, I will obtain your consent to use your name and the content of the testimonial.
Request feedback. I may use your information to request feedback and/or to contact you about your use of my website.
To send administrative information to you. I may use your personal information to send you information about changes to my terms, conditions, and policies.
To protect my services. I may use your information as part of my efforts to keep my website safe and secure (for example, for fraud monitoring and prevention).
To enforce my terms, conditions, and policies for business purposes, to comply with legal and regulatory requirements, or in connection with our contract.
To respond to legal requests and prevent harm. If I receive a subpoena or other legal request, I may need to inspect the data I hold to determine how to respond.
Fulfill and manage your orders. I may use your information to fulfill and manage your orders and payments made through the website.
To deliver and facilitate delivery of services to the user. I may use your information to provide you with the requested service.
To respond to user inquiries/offer support to users. I may use your information to respond to your inquiries and solve any potential issues you might have with the use of my services.
For other business purposes. I may use your information for other business purposes, such as data analysis, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of my promotional campaigns, and to evaluate and improve my website, products, services, marketing, and your experience. I may use and store this information in aggregated and anonymized form so that it is not associated with individual end users and does not include personal information. I will not use identifiable personal information without your consent.
Sharing of Your Information
Unless you have given me specific consent, I do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. The only time I may release your information is when I believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce my site policies, or protect my or others’ rights, property, or safety.
In regards to non-personally identifiable visitor information, I may allow third parties to use tracking technology on the website, which will enable them to collect data on my behalf about how you interact with my website over time. This information may be used to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, pages, or features, and better understand online activity.
Is Your Information Transferred Internationally?
My servers are located in the United States. If you are accessing my website from outside the United States, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed by me in my office and by those third parties with whom I may share your personal information (see “Sharing of Your Information” above), in the United States, and other countries.
If you are a resident in the European Economic Area, then these countries may not necessarily have data protection laws or other similar laws as comprehensive as those in your country. I will, however, take all necessary measures to protect your personal information in accordance with this privacy notice and applicable law.
Occasionally, at my discretion, I may include or offer third-party products or services on my website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. I, therefore, have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, I seek to protect the integrity of my site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
How Long I Keep Your Information
I will only keep your personal information for as long as it is necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy notice, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law (such as tax, accounting, or other legal requirements).
When I have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, I will either delete or anonymize such information, or if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then I will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.
How I Keep Your Information Safe
I have implemented appropriate technical and organizational security measures designed to protect the security of any personal information I process. However, despite my safeguards and efforts to secure your information, no electronic transmission over the internet or information storage technology can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, so I cannot promise or guarantee that hackers, cybercriminals, or other unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat my security, and improperly collect, access, steal, or modify your information. Although I will do my best to protect your personal information, transmission of personal information to and from illinoisfreelancewriter.net is at your own risk. You should only access the website within a secure environment.
Information From Minors
I do not knowingly solicit data from or market to children under 18 years of age. By using illinoisfreelancewriter.net, you represent that you are at least 18 or that you are the parent or guardian of such a minor and consent to such minor dependent’s use of the website. If I learn that personal information from users less than 18 years of age has been collected, I will take reasonable measures to promptly delete such data from my records. If you become aware of any data I may have collected from children under age 18, please contact me.
What Rights You Have Over Your Data
Based on the applicable laws of your country, you may have the right to request access to the personal information I collect from you, change that information, or delete it in some circumstances. This does not include any data I’m obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
To request to review, update, or delete your personal information, please fill out the form at the bottom of my contact page. I will respond to your request within 30 days.