Updated: 7 September 2021
Even a Cowboy Likes His Privacy!
Privacy is a beautiful thing to be respected, but sometimes the web makes it difficult. So imagine my hero, my web designer, standing in front of your information ready to defend you. Nothing gets past this hunky, muscular cowboy.
Because it’s beautiful, I want you to know I value your privacy. No one likes getting emails they didn’t actually sign up for, no matter how handsome the content, and I won’t use any information you give me in any way except how it was intended.
Here’s the thing about websites – they do store SOME data. But I’m going to tell you what I store (not much) and what you can do about it if you don’t like that.
First off, know that most of the information I store is information you give me freely. My site is protected by SSL which ensures that everything sent to or from my server is encrypted. In addition, I use very powerful security software to maintain security on my site to the best of my ability.
Sadly, there are many people who would love to fill any website with spam comments. My site is no exception. I use Akismet to provide anti-spam services. You can read more about it below. If you are concerned with their processing of your data, I urge you not to leave comments.
Now…about what I collect (that you give me):
I use MailerLite for my newsletters. MailerLite has certified to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. When you subscribe, I collect your first name, IP address (the address of your computer), and email address so that I can send you infrequent updates about what is going on in my world. Want to be removed from this list? Click unsubscribe at the bottom of any newsletter or send me an email.
In addition, my newsletters do send a message back to MailerLite when they are opened. This helps me to better design my future content. I view and store the statistics about whether you’ve opened the newsletters or not.
I love it when people comment. I love a good discussion, too! So to allow for discussion, you have the opportunity to post comments on this website. The information collected includes your name, email address, IP address, and your comments. If you ever wish to have your comments removed, send me an email and I’ll remove them.
While I love comments, I don’t like spam (no, not Spam…that yucky stuff my mother used to serve when I was a kid…I’m talking about unsolicited junk comments sent by bots to thousands of people). To protect my site from spam, your information is compared with a list of known spam senders by Akismet, an Automattic company (the same company that makes WordPress). The information Akismet collects includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address…oh, and the comment itself, of course). Akismet doesn’t do anything with the data and they purge it in a few days…however, I keep the data (um, it’s your comments) and store it in my database.
Website Activity Tracking
Keeping track of seventy books, two weiner dogs, and a husband is enough, to say nothing about writing more cowboy stories. That’s why my hosting company provides me with basic data on those who access my site. The data stored in this manner is not traceable back to any individual and is deliberately generalized. It provides me with information related to the country of origin of site visitors, what browser they are using, and how long they stayed on the site. If you want to read about what I use, here is a good article.
In addition, Google and other search engines track website visitors. This is something that happens whenever you use the internet. If you do not want to be tracked, please consider using a private browser window. The information that these search engines store is not traceable to one individual and so is very generic in nature. I do not store this information, however I do occasionally look at it so that I can tell what people are searching for when they come to my site, hot hunky cowboys or those sweet mail order brides. This helps me provide more relevant content—please, more cowboys.
One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. For example, the cookie notice on this site will place a cookie on your computer when you accept it. Then it won’t ask you if you approve of cookies again for a month. This simplifies the process of delivering relevant content, eases site navigation, and so on. When you return to the Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the site’s features that you customized.
Web beacons, also known as clear gif technology, or action tags, may be used to assist in delivering the cookie. This technology is a tool used to compile aggregated statistics about web site usage, such as how many visitors clicked on key elements (such as links or graphics) on a Web page, blog or a newsletter. No private or personal information is transferred in this way.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Many Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of this or other Web sites you visit. And that’s half the fun, especially with rich, cinnamony snickerdoodles.
Changes to this Statement
If there’s one guarantee, it’s that change happens. I may occasionally update this privacy statement. When I do, I will also revise the “last updated” date at the top of the privacy statement. For material changes to this privacy statement, I will notify you by placing a prominent notice on the home page of my Web site. I encourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to stay informed about how I am helping to protect the personal information I collect. Remember my cowboy is defending your information 24/7. Your continued use of the service constitutes your agreement to this privacy statement and any updates.
A Note to International Users
If you had cowboys, I probably would have been born on another continent. But I was born in West Texas in the US, and that’s where this site is hosted. If you are accessing the Site from outside the United States, by providing your information to the Site, you are consenting to the transfer of your information to the United States for processing and maintenance in accordance with this Privacy Notice. You are also consenting to the application of United States law in all matters concerning the Site.
Site Content Owner
You can reach out to me via the contact page. All of the content on this site, SylviaMcDaniel.com, is owned by Virtual Bookseller, LLC, 539 W. Commerce St, Suite 589, Dallas, TX 75208. But that’s not where I keep the cowboys.