Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy sets out how Mad About Macarons uses and protects any information that you give while using https://www.MadAboutMacarons.com (“Website”). This statement only applies to this Website.

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it.  The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you what personally identifiable information we may collect and how it may be used.

WHAT INFORMATION WE MAY COLLECT AND HOW IT IS USED

Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: We may collect personal information from you such as your name and email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, submitting a contact form, subscribing to an email alert, or a newsletter.

Information We Collect from Others: We may receive information about you from other sources. You may link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile.  If you choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile, we will receive your name, email address and profile picture associated with that account.

Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the website.  We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.

Cookies: We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website.  We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalised experience on the Website.

WHAT WE MAY DO WITH THE INFORMATION

We may use the information collected in the following ways to ensure a better experience to readers and for our own internal record keeping:

  • To operate and maintain the Website;
  • To create your account, identify you as a user of the Website, and customise the Website for your account;
  • To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt out of future mailings;
  • To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries;
  • To provide you with user support;
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorised or illegal activity.

The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers – at the current time no advertising runs on the Website:

Google Analytics: this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website.  Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured.

MailChimp: this service is used solely for the delivery of email updates and newsletters.  We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications.  Please refer to MailChimp’s Privacy Policy for further information.

We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps and external Video providers (YouTube). Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them by updating your privacy settings. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Changes will take effect once you reload the page.

OVH: all the data from the Website is saved on the OVH server.  The server access is secure and with limited access.

SECURITY

Our Website uses an SSL certificate and a firewall to protect the Website from attacks and intrusion.  Much that we would like to confirm its full security, we cannot guarantee we can protect it 100%, nor can we guarantee that a visitor’s computer has no malware.  We use Akismet to protect the Website from spam.

COOKIES

The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, and record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described herein.

Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

MAILING LIST

On the Website, you may subscribe to our e-mailing list for blog post updates and for our newsletter. All mailings sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future mailings or newsletters to the interests of the user. This behaviour will not be passed on to third parties and is strictly for internal purposes only to understand what you prefer to see.

RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

We do not share your personally identifiable information to any third party. At this current time, the Website does not have any advertising or sponsorship from other parties.

Opt-Out: you may opt out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in any of our emails.

PUBLICLY VISIBLE INFORMATION

If you leave a comment on the Website, certain information may be publicly visible.  Your email address will never be available publicly. Users will see your username, avatar and website information.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

The web site contains links to other websites of interest not owned by the owner of this website. We will not, and cannot, control how your personal information is used on these other websites. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information that you provide whilst visiting such sites which and are not governed by this Privacy Policy. Consult the privacy policies of the linked websites to see how they use your information.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions related to this Privacy Policy, please contact jill@madaboutmacarons.com

Updated: 25 May 2018

User Privacy Settings – Change Preferences

How we use cookies:

We may request cookies to be set on your device. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website.

You can also change some of your preferences. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer.

Essential Website Cookies:

These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features.

Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, you cannot refuse them without impacting how our site functions. You can block or delete them by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this Website.

Google Analytics Cookies

These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customise our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. If you do not want us to track your visit to our Website you can disable tracking in your browser here:

Other External Services

We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps and external Video providers. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Changes will take effect once you reload the page.

Google Webfont Settings:

Google Map Settings:

Vimeo and Youtube video embeds:

To see our PRIVACY POLICY, please scroll to the top of this page for more details.

Legal Notice

All written content and photographs on the Mad About Macarons website are created and managed by Jill Colonna, and are copyright © Jill Colonna 2010-2018 unless otherwise indicated.

If you wish to use any text excerpts or photographs from this site, please contact Jill Colonna via the Contact form, or by email to jill@madaboutmacarons.com if you have any specific questions related to this Privacy Policy.