Privacy policy

Privacy policy effective from: 01/11/2018

Introduction

This Privacy policy sets out how the owner of the Veg Coast Cook website (https://vegcoastcook.com also referred to as the ‘Site’ and ‘website’) uses and protects any information that you may provide while using our Site.

Veg Coast Cook may update this policy at any time. The ‘effective from’ date at the top of this Privacy policy is the date when the policy was last updated.
Any updates to this policy become effective when it is published online.

Who we are

Veg Coast Cook is a vegetarian food blog.

Our website address is https://vegcoastcook.com

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors voluntarily leave comments on the Site, we may 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.

Media

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.

Contact form

We may collect personal information such as your name and email address when you voluntarily contact us via our contact form. We will use your email address for the purposes for which you provided it to us. We will not share your email address that you submit through our contact form with any third parties or use it for marketing purposes.

Subscribing to email updates

We may collect personal information such as your email address when you voluntarily subscribe to email updates via our Site. We will use your email address for the purposes for which you provided it to us. When you sign up for email updates you will receive notification of new blog posts, special updates and news about other blog related products or services that we believe may be of interest to you.

You can choose to opt-out from receiving email updates at any time by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the email.

If you sign up for email updates, your email address may be shared with Mailchimp who we use to deliver our updates. Sign up information that is provided to us is transferred to Mailchimp for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy: https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/ and Terms of Use: https://mailchimp.com/legal/terms/

Cookies

Cookies are small files that allow the web server to store its own data about a user on the user’s computer. Cookies are generally used to improve a user’s experience of a website.
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.

You may opt-out of the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, this may affect your usability of the website.

WP Recipe Maker comment ratings cookies

When a user rates a recipe, we store a cookie that contains the rating this user has given to a particular recipe and the IP address. This is used as (one of the) measures to prevent rating spam. These cookies are stored for 30 days.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to help us gain insights into our website and improve the functionality of our Site. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. If you do not want your data to be used by Google Analytics you can install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Google’s Privacy Policy is available here: https://policies.google.com/privacy

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically if needed instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments on this site, 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.

Additional Rights of EEA (European Economic Area) Residents

If you are a resident of a country in the EEA, you have the rights, among others, to:

  • access your personal data
  • ensure the accuracy of your personal data
  • the right to have us delete your personal data
  • the right to restrict further processing of your personal data, and
  • the right to complain to a supervisory authority in your country of residence in the event that data is misused

If you believe that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.
You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to us via our Contact page.

Sensitive personal information

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the website. This includes information regarding your 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.

Children’s information

This 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 via our contact page and we will endeavour to promptly remove such information from our records.

Where we send your data

Akismet

Visitor comments are checked through an automated anti-spam service provided by Akismet. The information that Akismet collects typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself). Akismet’s privacy notice is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy-notice/

Contact us

If you have any questions about this Privacy policy, please submit your enquiry via our Contact page.