Privacy Policy & Disclosures

Privacy Policy

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Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us here at Hidden Springs Homestead.

Hidden Springs Homestead (“Website’) is governed by the following privacy policy.

WHAT LINKS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

From time to time we may mention a product or service on our website, and usually, we provide a link directly to that product!  If you click on one of those links and then buy a product you are interested in, we may receive a commission for that sale at no additional cost to you.  That’s it!

ABOUT AFFILIATE PROGRAMS

“As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.”

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Though we do link to many items on Amazon out of convenience to our readers, we do also participate in other affiliate programs that also pay us a commission for any purchases you might make through our links (at no additional cost to you!).

OTHER SPONSORSHIP FORMS

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions, and other forms of compensation. The compensation received may influence the content selected to publish and the timing of that post. Compensated content, advertising space, or posts will be identified via the guidelines set forth in FTC disclosure rules.

PRIVACY POLICY

This privacy policy outlines how Hidden Springs Homestead uses and protects any information that you disclose while using this site. Any identifying information you provide when using this website will only be used in accordance with the ways outlined in this policy.

This policy may occasionally change, and any changes will be reflected in updates to this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are up to date with any changes. This policy is effective from February 2, 2016.

WHAT WE COLLECT

Hidden Springs Homestead may collect the following information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service: contact information including email address, demographic information such as postal code, preferences, and interests, your computers IP address and browser information, and other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers.

WHAT WE DO WITH THE INFORMATION

Hidden Springs Homestead collects user data for the following reasons:

  • To improve our products and services and/or customize the website according to user interests.
  • To periodically send email newsletter or other information we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.

Security

Hidden Springs Homestead is committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How We Use Cookies

Cookies (small files which ask permission to be placed on your hard drive) help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to identify which pages you find useful and which you do not.  A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

We use traffic log cookies to analyze web page traffic and improve our website. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then remove the data.

Advertising

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)

The Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at All About Cookies.

Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.

The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:

  • IP Address
  • Operating System type
  • Operating System version
  • Device Type
  • Language of the website
  • Web browser type
  • Email (in hashed form)

Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.

If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit National Advertising Initiative opt out page. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance website and Network Advertising Initiative website to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at Digital Advertising Alliance’s AppChoices app to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

For specific information about Mediavine Partners, the data each collects and their data collection and privacy policies, please visit Mediavine Partners.

Some of our advertisers occasionally serve you cookies as well. We do not have control over cookies placed by advertisers. This Site is affiliated with Mediavine, LLC for the purposes of placing advertising on the Site. Mediavine uses standard and widely-available tools for the placement and serving of ads, including those provided by Google, Inc. and its affiliates. We publish interest-based advertisements on the Site; that is, ads that are tailored to reflect your interests. To help understand your interests, Mediavine, Google, and our other advertising partners will track your behavior on our website and on other websites across the Internet using cookies.

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

By using this Site, you consent to the use of such cookies and the sharing of data captured by such cookies with Mediavine, Google, and our other third-party partners. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: https://adssettings.google.com. You can also opt-out of the network cookie using those settings or using the Network Advertising Initiative’s multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at: http://optout.networkadvertising.org. However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained.

This website may provide personal information to an applicable third party in order to provide services. Currently, this website uses the services of Flodesk for the delivery of email updates and newsletters. Flodesk’s use of your personal information is subject to Flodesk’s privacy policy.

For European Economic Area Residents

If you reside in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), then under the GDPR and applicable data protection laws you have the right, among other things, to access your personal data, have us erase it, and/or restrict its further processing. If you wish to access or delete your personal data (if any) maintained by us or Mediavine related to advertising on the Site, you can contact us at Dianne@hshomestead.com and contact Mediavine at publishers@mediavine.com. If you wish to see a list of the advertising partners we work with or change which of those partners track your behavior using cookies, click the ad preferences link at the bottom of the site. (Available in the EU.)

For California Residents

California law gives residents the right to opt-out of the “sale” of their personal information to third parties, including for advertising purposes. Under California law, the sharing of your information with a service provider for advertising purposes could be considered a “sale.” To opt out of the sharing of your information for advertising information, click the opt-out link provided on the left side of the page. You also have the right to request from us the categories of personal information that we have shared and the categories of third parties to whom the information was provided. To make such a request, please contact publishers@mediavine.com. To be clear we do not share your name, contact information, or any other sensitive information with third parties, and the categories of third parties that we share information with for advertising purposes are supply-side platforms, programmatic advertising exchanges, and demand-side platforms.

Opt-Out

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us.

Other third-party advertising companies serve ads on this site as well. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites to provide advertisements about goods and services which interest you.

For more information about this practice and your choices about not having this information used by advertising companies, you can visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions regarding this policy or this blog, please email contact: Dianne@hshomestead.com

This document was last updated on May 21, 2022

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