Terms & Conditions, Disclosures, and Privacy Policy

Terms and Conditions

1. Terms

Last Updated on by Jeremy

Disclaimer: This Week in Blogging uses demographic data, email opt-ins, and affiliate links to operate this site. Please review our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

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2. Use License

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    1. modify the materials;
    2. use the materials for any commercial purpose;
    3. use the materials in a non-commercial setting without a back link to the original source;
    4. attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on This Week in Blogging's web site;
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    6. transfer the materials to another person or “mirror” the materials on any other server.
  2. For commercial image use, please email us at [email protected]
  3. This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by This Week in Blogging at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

3. Disclaimer

  1. The materials on This Week in Blogging's web site are provided “as is”. This Week in Blogging makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, This Week in Blogging does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

4. Limitations

In no event shall This Week in Blogging or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on This Week in Blogging's web site, even if This Week in Blogging or a This Week in Blogging authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on This Week in Blogging's web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. This Week in Blogging does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. This Week in Blogging may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. This Week in Blogging does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links

This Week in Blogging has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by This Week in Blogging of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user's own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications

This Week in Blogging may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

8. Governing Law

Any claim relating to This Week in Blogging's web site shall be governed by the laws of the United States without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

9. Affiliates

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.

We are also a participant in other similar affiliate programs. By purchasing through our links we may receive a small commission for all sales.

Advertising Disclosure

This website and newsletter accepts forms of advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. This website and newsletter abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog.

The owner(s) of this website and newsletter is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this website and newsletter receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this website and newsletter are purely our own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.

Data Policy and Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
  • Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
  • We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

Recent changes to European privacy laws require us to share how we use data in operation of our sites. Although we are US based and receive primarily US based traffic, we believe in full disclosure for data usage all the same.

We use data rather minimally through 3rd party services such as in our analytics software, social media pages/profiles, and through our mailing list. Through these services, our personal access to your data is quite minimal, but these services may use your data via your profiles, cookies, location, etc. in order to operate- most all of which is transmitted automatically purely because you are on this site (this would be true just about everywhere online).

Likewise, we may conduct periodic surveys where we ask you to submit data on your own choosing. The terms of use for this data will be clearly outlined in each request and will be aggregated and shared in future newsletters to highlight specific topics based on our readership at large.

But as we believe in full disclosure, we want to dive into greater detail on how data from these services are used on our sites.

Use of Personal Data

You are free to use our site without submitting any data to us such as your name, email, or other details. However, in order to access our newsletter, you will be required to submit this information (which may include name and email at a minimum).

An outline of uses of personal data is as follows:

1) We use analytics software to monitor our site performance on thisweekinblogging.com, and we do have access to ancillary data about each visitor (Examples: Google Analytics and StatCounter).

The data we have access to here can generally be read roughly as follows:

“Someone from [IP hosted by Company A] in [City/State] came to our site from [a Pinterest pin] on [date]. They viewed article X, then Y, and then Z. They were on an iPad and spent 15 minutes on our site. On article Z they clicked a link to [Amazon Product] and left our website. This user has visited our site before.”

or

“X% of our readers are female, Y% of our readers live in the USA, and Z% are over the age 55.”

In most cases, we do not know your name, address, email, phone number, or other comparable information from the above. For blogging service affiliates, we may receive additional information such as the business name that made a purchase.

If you comment on an article or reply to a newsletter, we will see the information submitted (name, email) as well as your IP address. We do not use this data beyond having access to it. You will not be signed up for further notifications unless you check the boxes below the comment area to opt-in for further emails.

We only share broad demographic data when speaking to partners, and only personally use the data to provide a better user experience for you over time.

2) We use 3rd party social media networks and a mailing list service (Mailerlite).

To use these features of our site you must explicitly opt-in by liking a social media profile or submitting your email address. Links and sign up forms for these are available on our site, but they are not required for use.

By opting in, we may have access to your name, email address, and other associated data based on the individual site's policies.

We do not use personal data (name, email, mailing address, phone number) in any capacity beyond its intended use (i.e. delivering newsletters to subscribers).

3) We participate in 3rd party affiliate programs (Amazon, blogging services, etc) that may track referral data once you leave our site.

Much like how we can see that someone clicked a link to Amazon from our site (noted in #1 above), these sites can see that we referred you to them and may track this based on their own specific data policies.

Through the affiliate relationship, these sites may send some data back to us over time (such as how many total clicks we've sent, what pages/links have resulted in sales, products sold, product cost, timestamp, etc.). We keep this data separate from our general analytics (in #1) at this time. To put it simply, we can see when users leave our site, and we can see when we've made sales, but we do not attempt to connect the two on the user level at this time.

4) If you take part in any surveys via our newsletter, you will be explicitly giving us data to use for aggregation purposes.

Questions like “what is your site speed?”, “how much traffic do you get?”, “did you see any search traffic changes as the result of the recent algorithm update?” are example questions. Data will be aggregated and shared in later newsletters. These questions may be asked anonymously (no name or email) or be explicitly tied to your site. This will be clearly listed in all inquiries. Any data collected specifically tied to a given website will be kept anonymously.

Right to Be Forgotten

You have the right to be forgotten on the sites you visit.

If following This Week in Blogging on social media or via our newsletter, you can unsubscribe or unfollow at any time, for any reason. You can remove cookies by clearing your browser history at any time.

Apart from select surveys, we do not use your names/emails or data associated with any specific individual outside of their designated 3rd party services as noted above.

If you would like us to remove any further data, please email us and we'll be happy to discuss our data policies further and see if we have any further data that can be removed.

But please note that by emailing us to discuss this, you have to tell us more data about yourself than we typically have access to in the first place. Weird, we know, but unfortunately we have to state this in order to be compliant.

If you have any questions regarding how we use data on our sites, please email us at [email protected]

For all other questions, please email [email protected] or write to us at Jeremy Jones, PO Box 100106, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.