Privacy Policy - Bethany Lynne Makes

Privacy Policy

Last Updated: 12 March 2024

1. Overview

Welcome to “Bethany Lynne Makes,” an independently run hobby website dedicated to documenting my journey sewing and knitting clothing, sharing and educating about techniques, and selling digital patterns I create (more about me here).

Sewing is all about fun and creativity, and we do want you to enjoy your time on this site, however online privacy is a very serious matter and we want you to know what personal information is collected and how it is used.

This Privacy Policy outlines how we collect, use, disclose, and protect your personal information when you visit our website.

2. Information We Collect

  1. Information You Provide: When you visit our website, you may voluntarily provide us with personal information, such as your name, website, and email address when leaving comments or using our contact form.
  2. Automatically Collected Information: We may collect certain information automatically when you visit our website, such as your IP address, browser type, device information, and browsing patterns. This information is collected using cookies and similar technologies listed below.
  3. Payment Processing: If you use a credit or debit card to purchase products from our site, your name on the credit card, the credit card number, expiration date and billing address will be encrypted as it passes over the Internet. “Bethany Lynne Makes” does not keep your credit card information for online credit-card transactions, as this information is passed through one of our approved payment processing vendors (Your choice of Stripe, PayPal, Venmo, WooCommerce Payments, Apple Pay, or Google Pay during checkout).

3. How We Use Your Information

We may use your personal information for the following purposes:

  1. To Provide Services: We may use your information to respond to your inquiries, comments, or requests submitted through our contact form.
  2. To Deliver Purchased Products: Names and email addresses and other information (billing address for example) which is collected from customers at the time of a sale or account creation are used in order to complete the purchase or to create an account. We do not share any of this information with third parties.
  3. To Improve Our Website: We analyze aggregated, non-identifiable data to understand user behavior and preferences, allowing us to enhance our content and user experience.
  4. Advertising: We use Google AdSense to display advertisements on our website. Google AdSense may collect and use information about your visits to this and other websites to provide relevant ads. You can learn more about Google’s privacy practices by visiting their Privacy Policy.
  5. Affiliate Links: We may use affiliate links to products or services. Clicking on these links and purchasing products on partner websites may result in us earning a commission (at no extra cost to you). Affiliate programs may collect information to track referrals.

4. Third-Party Services

  1. Google AdSense: Our website uses Google AdSense for advertising. Please review Google’s Privacy Policy for information on how they handle your data.
  2. Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to analyze user behavior and gather insights into how visitors use our website. Google Analytics may collect information such as your IP address, browser type, device information, and interactions with our site. This anonymized information helps us improve our content and user experience. You can learn more about how Google Analytics collects and processes data in Google’s Privacy Policy. (Google’s own privacy policy prevents any data in Google Analytics reports from being personally identifiable).
  3. Affiliate Programs: Clicking on affiliate links on “Bethany Lynne Makes” may lead you to third-party websites. We adhere to and are compliant with all the policies of these 3rd party websites and their affiliate programs.

5. Comments and User-Generated Content

  • Interactive features (such as leaving comments) on our website are available only to individuals who are above the age of 13
  • Only registered users can leave comments

When you leave comments on our website, please be aware that the information you provide, including your name and email address, may be publicly visible to other users. We encourage you to avoid sharing sensitive personal information in your comments.

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. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here. After approval of your comment, your profile picture may be visible to the public in the context of your comment.

6. Security

We take reasonable measures to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, disclosure, or alteration. However, please be aware that no method of data transmission over the internet is completely secure, and we cannot guarantee the security of information transmitted to us.

7. Your Choices and Rights to Your Data

You can manage cookies by adjusting your browser settings. You can also opt-out of personalized ads through Google Ad Settings.

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.

8. 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.

9. Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy to reflect changes in our practices or for other operational, legal, or regulatory reasons. We will post the revised policy on this page, and the date of the last update will be indicated at the top.

10. Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or our data practices, please contact us using the information provided on our Contact page.

By using “Bethany Lynne Makes”, you consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

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