Disclosure and Privacy Policy

Please read below my disclosure and privacy policies and affiliate disclaimer, all of which have been updated as of May 17th, 2018.

Affiliate Links Disclaimer

I’ve always believed in transparency on the web and so I am disclosing that I’ve included certain products and links to those products on this site that I will earn an affiliate commission for any purchases you make – and at no additional cost to you!  My goal with the blog is to help you discover new products, services or tools that will better your life in some way.

In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links and posts on this site: Any/all of the links at decorhint.com are affiliate links of which I receive a small compensation from sales of certain items.  

There are millions of products and services on the web that relate to home decor and DIY.  I only promote those products or services that I have investigated and truly feel will deliver value to you.  

What are affiliate links?

Purchases are made on external affiliate company websites: When a reader clicks on an affiliate link located on decorhint.com to purchase an item, the reader buys the item from the seller directly (not from decorhint.com). Amazon and/or other companies pay decorhint.com a small commission or other compensation for promoting their website or products through their affiliate program.

Prices are exactly the same for you if your purchase is through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link. 

I use two main types of affiliate links on this site:

1. Amazon affiliate links.
I am 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 linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com. Amazon offers a small commission on products sold through their affiliate links. Each of your purchases via our Amazon affiliation links supports our cause at no additional cost to you.

2. Product affiliate links. 
These affiliate links work the same way: if you click the link and buy the product, then the blogger gets a percentage of the sale or some other type of compensation. Things like e-book bundles, e-courses, and online packages are usually affiliate links, as well. Again, prices are not different if you use these affiliate links. You will not pay more by clicking through to the link. These links are not “pay per click” unless otherwise denoted.

Privacy Policy

This privacy notice provides you with details of how we collect and process personal data through your use of my site:  http://decorhint.com.

Who I Am

At Decorhint.com, I am committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of all visitors to my web site.  In particular, I want you to know that decorhint.com is not in the business of selling, renting or trading email lists with other companies and businesses for marketing purposes.

In this Privacy Policy, I’ve provided detailed information on when and why I collect personal information, how I use it, the limited conditions under which I may disclose it to others, and how I keep it secure.

Information is collected using the following technologies:

  • “Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
  • “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
  • “Web beacons,” “tags,” and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.

I take your privacy seriously and take measures to provide all visitors and users of decorhint.com with a safe and secure environment.

You can contact me, Karen, at decorhint@gmail.com for questions or concerns.

Why I collect Information

I may use it to deliver content and products that you are most interested in.  I use it to serve you better, communicate with you and send you e-mail newsletters.  I do not use your personal information for purposes other than those for which it was originally collected unless I first obtain your consent to do so.  

Cookies

Decorhint.com may set and access cookies on your computer.  Cookies are used to provide our system with the basic information to provide the services you are requesting.  Cookies can be cleared at any time from your internet browser settings.

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

When someone visits decorhint.com, I use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behavior patterns. I do this to track things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site and interactions with the site. This information is processed in a way which does not identify anyone. I do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of visitors to my website.

Website Comments

When someone visits decorhint.com, there may be an ability to submit comments on particular articles or pages.  When comments are submitted, you are entitled to use aliases or information that completely hides your identity. When a comment is submitted, the relevant details (name, email, website) that you provide are stored.  If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely.  This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. I do not verify information entered nor do I require verification.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service (spam detection company is Akismet).  Typically the information collected by Akismet 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).

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.

Mailing Lists

As part of the registration process for my e-newsletter, I collect personal information (your email address). I use that information for a couple of reasons: to tell you about stuff you’ve asked me to tell you about; to contact you if I need to obtain or provide additional information; to check my records are right and to check every now and then that you’re happy and satisfied. I do not rent or trade email lists with other organisations, businesses or individuals.

I use a third-party provider, Mailchimp, to deliver my e-newsletter. I gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help me monitor and improve my e-newsletter. For more information, please see Mailchimp’s privacy notice.

You can unsubscribe to general mailings at any time of the day or night by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of my emails.

Third Parties

There may be some circumstances where your IP address, geographic location, and other browser related details may be shared with third party companies.  I may share your above mentioned data with following third party companies from time to time (please see third party advertising).

Really Simple SSL and Really Simple SSL add-ons do not process any personal identifiable information, so the GDPR does not apply to these plugins or usage of these plugins on your website. You can find our privacy policy here.

How long I retain your data

Only for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected, as outlined in this Website Privacy Policy.

Access to Your Personal Information

If you have left comments, 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.  Email your request to me, Karen, at decorhint@gmail.com,  and I will work with you to remove any of your personal data I may have.

Third Party Advertising

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you.  

These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org.

Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies that enable Google and its partners to serve ads based on your prior visits to Decor Hint and other sites on the Internet. You can opt out of the use of Google’s DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting Ads Settings.

You can also opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies for interest based advertising by visiting aboutads.info.

How I protect your data

I do my best to protect your information for any unauthorized access, misuse, or disclosure and use a variety of security measures to keep it safe, including secure networks and limited access to your information.  However, you acknowledge that personal information you voluntarily share online, on any website, could be accessed or tampered with by a third party. You agree that we are not responsible for any intercepted information shared through our Site without our knowledge or permission.  Additionally, you release us from any and all claims arising out of or related to the use of such intercepted information in any unauthorized manner.

Changes to My Privacy Policy

I may make changes to my Privacy Policy in the future, however, the most current version of the policy will govern my processing of your personal data and will always be available HERE at this URL.

If I make a change to this policy that, in my sole discretion, is material, I will notify you by an update or email, where possible.  By continuing to access or use my services, you agree to be bound to the terms of my Privacy Policy.

Disclosure Policy

‘Decor hint’ (http://decorhint.com) is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact me (Karen): decorhint@gmail.com.

  • I may sometimes accept forms of cash advertising, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.
  • This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received will never influence the content, opinions or posts made in this blog.
  • I may be compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics.
  • Even though I may receive compensation for posts or advertisements, I will always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products.  
  • The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

I am not responsible for the quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability or any other aspect of these products and services.  These websites have separate privacy policies so please be aware and review the privacy policy of any other site you visit. You acknowledge and accept that I am not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third parties.  For more information regarding a merchant, its online store, its privacy policies, and/or any additional terms and conditions that may apply, visit that merchant’s website and click on its information links or contact the merchant directly.

Thank you for supporting me and the blog! I really appreciate it!

And thank you for taking the time to read these policies!

Xo Karen

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