PRIVACY and YOUR DATA: A NOVEL by Beth
WHO WE ARE
We are Beth Ciesco EI. Our website address is: https://divinemetime.com. This entertaining reading discloses the privacy practices for DivineMeTime.com (Beth Ciesco EI) and pertains to information collected by me to serve you including:
- What kind of personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
- What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
- The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
- How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
- Other GDPR stuff.
DivineMeTime.com (Beth Ciesco EI) may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. This particular Pulitzer-worthy version is effective from January 11, 2023.
WHAT WE COLLECT
CONTACT PAGE You are free to use the contact page to contact me. By using the contact form, provided by theFormidable plugin, you are consenting to have the information you relay transmitted, processed, and stored on my servers and/or in the email client(s). In fact, it says so right on the page when you submit. It collects only your name and email for this purpose and uses it for no other purpose than responding to your comments or questions.
MAILING LIST Likewise, subscription to my mailing list(s) is completely voluntary and by consent and managed through our GDPR compliant partner, MailerLite. We do not store the information collected by MailerLite on our website or locally. Learn more about MailerLite’s privacy policies. My registration partner, Momence, also keeps a list of anyone who has purchased an event. For more information, please visit Momence.
EMAIL Incoming email is processed through our domain server (see Data Retention below for more info) and the Post SMPT plugin which logs and records only the last 20 emails in our database and makes it easy for me to delete everything. Replies and ongoing communication is processed via my web server. Most emails are disposed of on a monthly basis.
OTHER PLUGINS Other WordPress plugins that affect user data are related to security or GDPR compliance. For example, I use a backup plugin to save my website from time to time, intermittently, for example before any big changes are made to the website. This would freeze certain information within the database onto the backup that would otherwise be purged (see Data Retention below for more info.). I also use a security plugin to protect this site from attacks which monitors IP addresses in real-time and logs them. These logs are set to be automatically deleted after 30 days.
PAPERWORK Local client intake forms and/or sign-in sheets are not stored online. Client intakes sent electronically are stored on computer. All are maintained locally.
PAYMENTS Any payments made via this website or through Momence are managed either via Stripe which is GDPR compliant. I do not store the information collected by Stripe on either the website or locally. You should refer to Stripe’s policies regarding your data.
What I do with the information gathered… Any information gathered is the bare minimum I need to provide you the service you’ve requested and in order to comply with the various governments around the world that want to make sure I’m not swindling you or them which includes:
- Internal record keeping.
- Servicing your membership, if applicable.
- I may need to contact you by email, phone, or mail (for example, to resolve technical issues, to provide customer service, or to notify you of any data breaches in compliance with GDPR).
What’s a cookie? Cookies are teeny text files placed on your machine when you visit this site. Those from this site serve one of three purposes:
- Strictly Necessary – the site won’t work without them
- Performance – helps us understand how visitors use the site and/or helps us improve it
- Functionality- improves how the site works and/or adds personalized glitz for service
If you visit our login page, 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. Additional Cookies _stripe_sid (Stripe) _stripe_mid (Stipe) NID (Google recaptcha) googtrans (Google translator) GPS (youtube) PREF (youtube) VISITOR_INFO1 (youtube) VSC (youtube)
About 3rd Party Cookies 3rd party services such as MailerLite, Google, Youtube, and Stripe employ their own cookies as a result of this site using their services. So when you subscribe to our newsletter or watch any of our videos, for example, you’re accepting those cookies. That seems fair. We don’t have much say in that matter. However, we’ve done away with using Google Analytics as a performance and target cookie. Bad! Bad cookie! That doesn’t mean that other third parties aren’t planting cookies on your machine. If you click a link on this website that takes you to an outside site, that site may employ 3rd party cookies. This site has no control over another site’s cookie usage.
About 4th Party Cookies There are no Type 4 cookies used on this site. When it comes to this scale of consumerism, we prefer an actual cookie.
Refusing Cookies As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better, as things will work as they should. However, you may prefer to disable cookies altogether via your browser options. (I do!) May I suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers? Of course, you can also choose not to use this site, but then you’d miss out on all the cool stuff that’s here. Now then, you’ve earned yourself the kind of cookie you can eat!
SHARING I don’t share anything with anybody unless required by law. I’m selfish that way. I like to keep you to myself. As previously mentioned, Stripe processes all our payments. They are GDPR compliant and don’t retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes beyond filling your order. Likewise, when I partner with other parties to provide specific services to you, say, a newsletter through Mailerlite, I may share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide those services. Those parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.
COMMENTS, FORUMS, GROUPS & PAGES Comments are disabled here. But please remember that comments you may post to blogs, on forums, on groups or pages that are hosted by DivineMeTime.com (Beth Ciesco EI) or supplementary sites will be visible to others. Some such platforms may be public and viewable by anyone, such as posts to outside blogs and on Facebook pages (and we’re all aware now of our unbelievable treasure trove of personal histories making money for Facebook!) Others will be only be viewable by other members of our closed Facebook groups. DivineMeTime.com (Beth Ciesco EI) cannot control who does or doesn’t see information (such as your identity) that you may share under these circumstances.
If and when visitors can 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.
DATE RETENTION Nobody likes retaining water. Thanks to GDPR, nobody likes retaining data either. Basically, I only keep what I have to. Emails that come through my hosting service are stored on InMotion servers which are purged regularly. Site backups are created intermittently and the two most recent backups made are stored in house. Paperwork (factures, invoices, sign-in sheets) are kept for 10 years in accordance with taxation requirements. Lapsed memberships are archived and then deleted at regular intervals. Intake forms and other client documents will be purged if you have relocated or stopped taking classes in the last 12 months. (Was it something I said?) If you have an account 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 RIGHTS TO ACCESS & CONTROL If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information. Can you feel the power? You have a right to inquire about your personal data that may be stored with me. You also have a right to request that information be updated and/or vaporized…I mean, deleted. You may also opt out of any future contacts from me at any time, tho’ I can’t imagine why you’d want to! You can exercise these rights by contacting me via email or by phone at 1-571-494-1967 in the USA or +33 (0)783611432 in France…or just call and we’ll have a nice chat.
SECURITY This site is accessible via HTTPS. Please ensure use of the HTTPS for your own sake! Precautions to protect stored information are managed with recommended WordPress security measures and various password protections. I also protect your information offline. If I had an employee other than myself, he’d only have access to the information needed to do his job (for example, billing or customer service). Actually, my accountant might see your invoices. The computers/servers and paperwork on which I store your personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment. Passwords that I store are encrypted. In compliance with GDPR, you will be notified within 72 hours in the event of a data breach of the website and/or storage systems including my email clients which may result in the vulnerability of your name and email address. Obviously, this only applies to those who have shared personal data that would still be stored in our database at the time of breach.
LINKS This web site contains links to other sites such as Youtube and Facebook. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements (such interesting reading and the obvious “go to first” page of any website!) of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.
FINALLY… I will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless I have your permission or are required by law. You have my word.
Updated January 11, 2023