Your privacy is as important to me as it is to you. Here's how I deal with it.
We recognize that your privacy is important. This document outlines the types of personal information we receive and collect when you use Hummingbird-guide.com, as well as some of the steps we take to safeguard information. We hope this will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with us. Hummingbird-guide.com strives to maintain the highest standards of decency, fairness and integrity in all our operations. Likewise, we are dedicated to protecting our customers', consumers' and online visitors' privacy on our website.
We are Jim and Ruth White and We're the owners of this website, “The Hummingbird Guide”.
Our own privacy is important to us when we visit other people's websites, so we understand how important privacy is. The information you share with us is as important to us as it is to you.
We’ve taken steps under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to make sure any information you give us is secure, only seen by people who need to see it, and within your control.
We maintain the highest standards of honesty and fairness in everything we write for this website, and we apply exactly the same standards when we deal with the information you trust us with.
Some of the reasons we need to collect information are to:
We never collect personally identifiable information (that is, information which may identify you such as your name or email address) without your knowledge. If we ask for personal information it's because you have volunteered to give it to us, for example if you sign up for our online newsletter or get in touch through our ‘contact’ page.
We only collect your personal information when we need
it. We need it for these reasons:
If you give us personal information, we give you a 100% promise in return that the information will be used only for the reason you’ve shared it.
We hate spam. We will never send you any information you have not requested. Even if you opt to receive information (like the newsletter) when you sign up, you will always be able to unsubscribe from it.
We will make clear exactly how you can stop receiving it both in newsletters and in any correspondence we may have.
We will never share your personal information to anyone for commercial or any other use. It will be used only for the purpose you provided it on this website.
Sometimes, though, for specific reasons, we need to share your information with someone else.
We make sure we only use other individuals and companies we know and trust. We have also been careful to make sure they are also compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation, so we are confident they will also keep your data safe.
The companies who may hold your information are:
• When you sign up for our newsletter, a well-respected company called ConvertKit stores your name and email address securely, so that we can contact you.
• If you submit your photo to my “Share Hummingbird Pictures", SiteSell, the company which hosts our website, stores your information securely on their servers.
Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced specifically to protect the data of individuals. Although at present it only protects people in Europe, our view is that its extremely high standards should be a protrection for everyone, worldwide.
We value everyone who visits this website, wherever you may come from. Which is why all our policies and practices, not just those which impact on Europeans, follow GDPR's requirements.
If you think your personal information is not being used properly and you want to make a complaint, you should firstly contact us and ask me to put right whatever is wrong, explaining the problem as clearly as you can.
If you’re not satisfied with our response, you have every right to lodge a formal complaint. The best way to do this is to contact a lawyer and say you want to complain under the terms of the GDPR.
If you have submitted personal information through our website and would like that information deleted from our records or would like to update or correct that information, or if you have any further questions, please be sure to use our contact page to talk to me.
Personal information, such as your name and email address, is never collected automatically. We only have it when you choose to give it us.
However, when you visit The Hummingbird Guide, some statistical information is collected automatically. The reason we collect it is so that we can constantly improve your experience of visiting our site.
This type of information includes the name of your Internet Service Provider, your Internet Protocol address, the name of your internet browser, and other numerical data such as which pages you visited, how many pages you looked at and how long you stayed on the site.
This information helps us to know which parts of our site you’re most interested in. That means we can make sure we write articles which focus on the subjects you’re most likely to want to read.
That information is collected by means of “cookies”. A cookie is a tiny bit of code placed by this website on your computer. Each time you come here, your browser gives my computer that code so we know that you've come back. That helps us know the kinds of articles that are most helpful to you.
Google Analytics Cookies: We use a service called Google Analytics to analyse how you use this website. It collects demographic data and information about your interests, for example, by means of cookies. The cookies are kept on your computer. the information is shared with Google, which stores the information on its servers and then gives me statistical reports.
The Hummingbird Guide uses the information from Google Analytics to track the number of visits to the site and operating systems. No personally identifiable information is obtained from these cookies.
If you would rather your data is not collected via Google analytics, you can install its opt-out browser extension by clicking here.
If you want to, you can turn cookies off by disabling them in your browser. You can learn how to do this at the About Cookies website.
You can set your browser to accept or reject all cookies automatically, or they can notify you when a cookie is being requested so you can decide what to do.
Web beacons are similar. They track your journey around a website, or a collection of websites. They’re most often used to monitor traffic to a site.
Disabling either cookies or web beacons should not cause a problem with the continued use of this website, but it may prevent some of its interactive features.
We do not provide them with any personally identifiable information for cookie or web beacon use, so they cannot personally identify you with that information from this website.
Google uses the “DoubleClick” cookie to serve ads. This cookie enables Google to serve ads based on your visits to other sites on the Web.
And you can opt out of personalized ads from up to 125 different ad networks by clicking on this link.
We recommend some products we love and we think you might, too, from affiliate companies on this website. You can find our affiliate provider's separate policy about affiliates, including who they are and where you can find out how they use data, at this link.
You’ll notice on this website there are links to Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube. When you click on them or leave a comment, your browser connects directly with that site and sends information such as your IP address, the date and time of your visit and information about how you use the social site.
Should you wish to prevent those platforms from collecting data, please view their individual policies by using the following links:
Facebook: to prevent Facebook collecting your data, you should log out of your Facebook account while using this site.
WE work hard to make sure that Hummingbird-guide.com is a family-friendly site.
However, it is not intended for use by children without parental supervision, particularly children under sixteen years of age.
We operate in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and Article 8 of the GDPR.
We will never knowingly collect or use personal information from anyone under 16 years of age. Children under that age must have permission from a parent or legal guardian before asking questions, sharing stories or buying anything from this site.
If you're worried about your children's activities or their privacy on this site, please e-mail me through my “Contact” page.
Personally and non-personally identifiable information collected by this site is stored on our host's servers. That host is SiteSell, and they are located at 1000, Sant-Jean Boulevard, Suite 702, Pointe-Claire, Quebec QC H9R 5P1, Canada.
If you would like to review your information stored on the SiteSell servers, then please click on this link. You'll also be able to edit, download or delete any of your information from the servers when you click on that link.
If you have submitted personally identifiable information through this website, and you'd like to update it or have it deleted entirely from my records, please click on this link.
If we ever sell Hummingbird-guide.com, information you have given us voluntarily may transfer to the new owner. Should that happen, you will receive notice through our website of the change and we will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honours any opt-out requests you might make.
We would encourage you to review this policy from time to time so that you will always know what information we collect and how it’s used.
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