Privacy Policy

by Vanessa Anderson

Updated: 23rd May 2018

House Sitting Magazine is committed to protecting your privacy when you visit our website which can be viewed freely without ever disclosing any of your personal data. However, if you choose to interact with us by email or by subscribing to our magazine newsletter (via the popup administered by Sumome), we are collecting your name and email address.

This will always be a voluntary process and you will always be fully aware of the information you are providing. It will always be your choice whether to input any personal details. Please be assured that all personal information is kept confidential, secure and private. It is our intent to use personal information only for the purpose for which it was requested.

House Sitting Magazine is a secure site

We have upgraded to HTTPS SECURE which means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.

Why do we need a privacy policy?

Whenever you visit a website you leave a trail of information – a “digital footprint”. Sometimes this footprint is vague and preserves your anonymity, such as if you simply click and read pages. However, if you leave a comment, sign up for an offer or subscribe to a newsletter or magazine, the information captured is more specific. Almost all websites today collect data in this way and this website is no exception.

We believe you should know how any website handles your information, and this Privacy Policy is a disclosure on our behalf of that information. It also explains how we are complying to the GDPR rules that come into effect 25th May 2018.

Sharing of information

House Sitting Magazine does not sell, rent or lease any of its customer lists and/or names to any third parties.

Magazine app subscriptions

If you subscribe to our magazine through the website or any associated apps, it is currently free. Therefore we do not collect any payment information from you. Your free subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You can manage your subscriptions through your Account Settings after sign up.

Children’s Privacy

House Sitting Magazine will never knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of (13) without verifiable parental consent. If it is discovered that information has been inadvertently collected on anyone under the age of thirteen (13), we shall immediately take the necessary steps to ensure that such information is deleted from our system’s database. Anyone under the age of thirteen (13) must seek and obtain parent or guardian permission to use this website.

GDPR Regulations 25th May 2018

Nothing in this policy actually changes the principles and systems under which we have interacted with our users since our launch. Under new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) regulations, all websites that store any personal data must be more transparent about how that data is stored, and the purposes it is used for.

Read on for a more in-depth explanation of our policies regarding your data.

Who we are

This is the website for House Sitting Magazine

Our website address is: https://HouseSittingMagazine.com

This site is run by Ian Usher and Vanessa Anderson, who also operate https://Mapahub.com

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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 anonymised 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:

Privacy Policy

After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media Images

If you submit images to the website as part of a contributed article, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data included if this is of concern to you. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on websites where GPS locations are embedded.

Contact forms

If you contact us through the website contact form, the form sends us an email, including all information submitted in all fields of the form. We use this information only to answer the question asked, and to reply as appropriate. We keep contact form submissions indefinitely, but we do not use the information submitted through them for marketing or any other purposes. Your email address would never be added to an email list such as Mailchimp.

Signup Forms

When you signup for our news and magazine updates, we use MailChimp as our list and email marketing platform. When you give your name and email it will be transferred to MailChimp for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy and Terms.

Cookies

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.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Social Media Features

Our website include Social Media features, such as the Facebook Like button and Widgets and the Share This button. These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our sites, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Websites. This Privacy Policy does not apply to these features.  Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy and other policies of the companies providing them.

Analytics

The services contained in this section enable House Sitting Magazine to monitor and analyze web traffic. We use Google Analytics to track website traffic but we do not submit any personal information, therefore consent is not required. Please refer to the Google Privacy Policy below if you would like more information:

https://policies.google.com/privacy

External Websites & Social Media Groups or Forums

Our website provides links to other websites and public or private forums. We have no control and are not responsible for their content or privacy practices. This Privacy Policy does not apply to any other website or social media link.

How long we keep your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you leave comments or sign up for our newsletter or other information, 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.

Unsubscribe

All users and/or visitors to House Sitting Magazine website have the option to stop receiving any communication by way of subscription, email or newsletters. To discontinue or unsubscribe either use an appropriate link or alternatively please send an email via our contact page. If you wish to unsubscribe or opt-out from any third party websites, you must go to that specific website to unsubscribe and/or opt-out.

Website Hosting

Our website hosting provider is SiteGround. Ultimately, this is where all of the House Sitting Magazine website is stored.

You can view their Terms of Service here: SiteGround Terms

Contact information

If you have any questions relating to your privacy, please use the “Contact Us” page. You can find it in the menu at the bottom of every page. Our Data Protection Officer (DPO) is Ian Usher.

Changes to our privacy policy

Any future changes that we make to our privacy policy will be posted on this page and the date will be amended appropriately.

Copyright

Unless otherwise stated, Vanessa Anderson & Ian Ushser are the legal copyright holders of all the material on this website (HouseSittingMagazine.com) and it may not be used, reprinted, or published without our written consent. Copyright © House Sitting Magazine and House Sitting – The Ultimate Lifestyle Magazine. All rights reserved.

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