Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At A Home Firmly Planted we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals: (Note, we’ve decided to adapt this policy according to a Creative Commons Sharealike license from Automattic Inc.

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact us at jcm@ahomfirmlyplanted.com.

It is our policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, A Home Firmly Planted collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. A Home Firmly Planted’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how A Home Firmly Planted’s visitors use its website. From time to time, A Home Firmly Planted may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

A Home Firmly Planted also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on the blog. A Home Firmly Planted only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to A Home Firmly Planted’s websites choose to interact with A Home Firmly Planted in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that we gather depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for our newsletter to provide an email address. Those who engage in transactions with A Home Firmly Planted – by purchasing a book, for example – may be asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. Typically, transactions are done through a third party service like Amazon. In each case, A Home Firmly Planted collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with A Home Firmly Planted. We do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

A Home Firmly Planted  may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, A Home Firmly Planted may monitor the most popular blog posts or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. A Home Firmly Planted may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, A Home Firmly Planted does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

A Home Firmly Planted discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on A Home Firmly Planted’s behalf or to provide services available at A Home Firmly Planted’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using A Home Firmly Planted’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. A Home Firmly Planted will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, A Home Firmly Planted discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when A Home Firmly Planted believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of A Home Firmly Planted, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of A Home Firmly Planted’s website and have supplied your email address, A Home Firmly Planted may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with us and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. A Home Firmly Planted takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. A Home Firmly Planted uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, usage of the website, and their website access preferences. A Home Firmly Planted visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using A Home Firmly Planted’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of A Home Firmly Planted’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by A Home Firmly Planted and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, A Home Firmly Planted may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in A Home Firmly Planted’s sole discretion. A Home Firmly Planted encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Change log:

  • April 4, 2016: Initial privacy policy added to site.
  • August 25, 2016: Minor grammatical changes made.