Updated: May 25th 2018
These policy changes reflect our ongoing efforts to build ScottGroves.com on a foundation of respect for user privacy and our recent work to comply with Europe’s new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Nutshell Summary: We never share, sell or rent your data, in part or in whole to any 3rd party provider of any kind.
Who we are
Our website address is: http://scottgroves.com.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When visitors leave comments on the site we 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.
After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.
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.
Forms used throughout this site will send information directly through to one of our @scottgroves.com email addresses or be collected via a form and stored via our 3rd party mail service account, MailChimp.
MailChimp has built in GDPR-friendly forms where we obtain (and record) the consent required under the GDPR.
All data collection via Mailchimp stores IP address at time of signup to further verify users.
You can unsubscribe at any time from our newsletter / mailout services. We never share, sell or rent your data, in part or in whole to any 3rd party provider of any kind. Your data obtained through this site, is solely used for follow up contact for the purposes of products, services and free content provided in conjunction with Scott Groves and/or this site.
Cookies are files with small amounts of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier.
Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Like many sites, we use “cookies” to collect information. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of this Site.
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.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Every time someone visits our website, an “anonymous analytics cookie” is generated.
These cookies tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and, if you don’t, we generate new ones.
This allows us to track how many individual users we have, how often they visit the site, how our website is being used, and helps us customize our website for you and enhance your experience.
Without signing into ScottGroves.com, these cookies cannot be used to identify individuals, only devices. Logging in is what allows us to associate the data gathered by the “anonymous analytics cookie” to the specific user data tied to your ScottGroves.com website account, such as your username and email address.
ScottGroves.com uses various third-party tools and services to allow you to have a more personalized experience, and also enable features like social sharing. These third-party tools and services are primarily used for the following purposes:
- Social sharing
- Site Optimization and Customization
Please see the following section for more information about Advertising cookies.
These cookies are used to make targeted advertising messages more relevant to you and your interests. They also prevent the same ad from continuously reappearing, ensure that ads are properly displayed, and may select ads based on your interests. These cookies are anonymous — they store information about what you are looking at on our site, but not about who you are.
How Do I Turn Cookies Off?
When accessing our site, you have the right to accept or reject all cookies apart from those listed under the “Necessary Cookies” section, which are integral to proper site functionality. The full list has been copied below for your convenience:
- Necessary cookies
- LearnDash, MemberPress and WordPress User Settings Function, Stripe
- Analytics cookies
- Google Analytics, Jetpack, WP Engine
- Third-party cookies
- Jetpack and Stripe
- Third-party Advertising cookies
- Facebook, Google Adwords
If you are primarily concerned about third-party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to Your Ad Choices site. You can also use this site to control all third-party online advertising.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings, though disabling them means you may be unable to use our site or will experience issues when using our site. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. To understand and adjust these settings, the following links may be helpful:
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
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.
For testimonials and success stories
We may reveal your personal information as part of our testimonials and success stories. We will only ever do this with your explicit permission.
Who we share your data with
Customers data is shared with respective payment services as chosen by customer at time of purchase which include either PayPal or Stripe.
Data is encrypted for the transfer of payment information as per the compliance provided by respective provider.
On the site, we have a record of data entered by you for the strict purposes of completing a purchase on the site.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (i.e. courses or membership), we also store the personal information you provide in your user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except you cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account / user profile on this site, or 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.
Your contact information
Your contact information is stored in your user profile (as mentioned above) or via MailChimp.
How we protect your data
This site is backed up daily via a compliant third-party hosting service WP ENGINE that also constantly monitors this site for malware and virus breaches to further protect user data. You can read about WP ENGINE’s policy updates and full privacy statement here.
What data breach procedures we have in place
We use encrypted payment gateways such as PayPal and Stripe. The site is secured with SSL Certificate. Breaches, malware, viruses and security breaches are monitored 24/7 via WP ENGINE.
We believe in transparency, so in the event of a breach, we would work quickly to rectify any issue and notify all affected parties as soon as reasonably possible. Our first goal is to secure the data of people in circumstances of breaches. Follow up communications with outcomes would be communicated as a second priority in the event of a breach.
What third parties we receive data from
If you link, connect, or log in to your ScottGroves.com account / user profile with a third-party service (e.g. Google, Twitter, Facebook), the third-party service may send us information, such as: your email and profile information from that service. This information varies and is controlled by that service or, as authorised by you, via your privacy settings at that service.