2. Privacy policy

write-out-loud.com's privacy policy

I, Susan Dugdale, the owner and operator of write-out-loud.com  am dedicated to protecting your data and privacy.

I recognize that your privacy is important. This document outlines the types of personal information I receive and collect when you use write-out-loud.com, as well as some of the steps I take to safeguard information. This will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with me.

About write-out-loud.com cookies

A cookie is a string of information that write-out-loud.com stores on your computer, which your browser provides to write-out-loud.com each time you return to the site. I use cookies to help me identify and track visitors, their use of my website, and their website access preferences.

Google analytics and Stat Counter cookies

write-out-loud.com uses Google Analytics and Stat Counter to analyze the use of this website. Google Analytics and Stat Counter collect demographic and interest data, and generate statistical and other information about website use, by means of cookies. These cookies are kept on your computer. I share this information with Google and Stat Counter, who will store and use this information on their servers.

Google's privacy policy is available at: https://policies.google.com/privacy

Stat Counter’s privacy policy is available at: http://statcounter.com/about/legal/.

Please note: No personally identifiable information is obtained from these cookies.

The information from Google Analytics and Stat Counter is used to track the number of visits to the website, browsers and operating systems. From it, I create reports about the use of the site. They allow me to update the site and improve your usage of it.

Opt-out of Google or Statcounter data collection

If you do not wish your data to be collected via Google Analytics you can install its opt-out browser extension or add-on. Click the link to find out more: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/

Likewise, if you do not wish your data to be collected via Stat Counter you can install an opt-out or refusal cookie. Click the link to find out more:  http://statcounter.com/about/set-refusal-cookie/

Microsoft Clarity - website usage data

I also partner with Microsoft Clarity to capture how you use and interact with my website through behavioral metrics, heatmaps, and session replay to improve and market my products/services.

Website usage data is captured using first and third-party cookies and other tracking technologies to determine the popularity of products/services and online activity.

Additionally, I use this information for site optimization, and fraud/security purposes.

For more information about how Microsoft collects and uses your data, visit the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

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Advertising and Mediavine

I am an official partner with Mediavine who provide the ads on this website.

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)

The Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The "help" feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at All About Cookies.

Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.

The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:

  • IP Address
  • Operating System type
  • Operating System version
  • Device Type
  • Language of the website
  • Web browser type
  • Email (in hashed form)

Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.

If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit National Advertising Initiative opt out page. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance website and Network Advertising Initiative website to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at Digital Advertising Alliance’s AppChoices app to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

For specific information about Mediavine Partners, the data each collects and their data collection and privacy policies, please visit Mediavine Partners.

Affiliate products and services

I receive an affiliate commission for some of the products/services sold on write-out-loud.com.

The affiliate services I use are Site Sell and Uncommon Knowledge (Hypnosis Downloads).

By clicking on a product or service link, you consent to that platform's use of cookies, as outlined in the links below.

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Search box

The search box on this web site ("Search Box") is powered by DuckDuckGo. They do NOT collect or share your personal  data. For more please see their privacy policy:  https://duckduckgo.com/privacy

Refusing cookies

You can set your browser to accept or refuse all cookies automatically, or notify you when a cookie is being requested. Taking this action should not cause a problem with the continued use of my site. Consult the Help section of your browser for guidance on how to refuse all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is requested.

If you choose to refuse write-out-loud.com's cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the site.

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Your personal information

write-out-loud.com may collect and use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • To run and operate my site.
  • To display content on the site correctly.
  • To improve customer service.
  • To understand how my users as a group use the services and resources provided on our site.
  • To improve my site.
  • To improve my products and services.

write-out-loud.com may also collect personally identifiable information from you in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when you visit my site, register on the site, or fill out a form, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources I make available on my site.

If you complete a form, I will require your name and your email address, and will ask for information relevant to the purpose of the form.

For instance, if you want speech writing help I will ask for information about the speech you want. If you require coaching, I will want information about why and what for. If you sign up for my newsletter I'll need your email address to send it to, and if at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, I include unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email I send.

If you submit content to write-out-loud.com, I will ask for your name and email address. Photos you include with your submission, or details in your submission, may personally identify you.

If you request to be notified about comments on any content you submit to us, or request to be notified when others submit content, I will require your first name and your email address.

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), enacted in 2018, creates new consumer rights relating to the access to, deletion of, and sharing of personal information that is collected by businesses.

I have not sold any personal information in the previous 12 months.

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Payment processor

If you purchase a product or service from me, I will collect your name, email address, and billing address through PayPal - the payment processor I use on my site. You may review their privacy policy here: PayPal privacy policy.

Anonymous use, changes & IP addresses

You can always refuse to supply personally identifiable information and visit our site anonymously. However, it may prevent you from engaging in certain site-related activities.

If I make material changes in the collection of personally identifiable information, I will inform you by placing a notice on my site. You can be assured I will use personal information received from you for internal purposes only and will not sell it or provide it to third parties.

I also collect each visitor's IP address, which helps me combat spam and fraud. I do not use IP addresses for any other purpose.

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Social media

write-out-loud.com provides convenient links to our social media account on Pinterest. When you click on these links  your browser connects directly with that site and sends information such as your IP address, the date and time of your visit and information about how you use the social site.

Should you wish to prevent Pinterest from collecting data, please view their policy by using the following link: 

  • Pinterest
  • Non-personally identifiable information

    I may collect non-personally identifiable information about you whenever you interact with our site. Non-personally identifiable information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about your method of connecting to our site, such as the operating system and the Internet service provider you used, and other similar information.

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    Children's privacy protection

    This website is directed to adults. It is not directed to children under the age of 16. I operate my site in compliance with current regulations. Anyone under the age of 16 must provide parental consent to use this site. We do not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from anyone under 16 years of age.

    Release of information

    If I sell write-out-loud.com, the information I have obtained from you through your voluntary participation in my site may transfer to the new owner as a part of the sale so that the service provided to you may continue. In that event, you will receive notice through my website of that change in control and practices, and I will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honors any opt-out requests you might make.

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    Data storage

    Personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information collected by this site  is stored on my host's servers. That host is SiteSell Inc., located at 1000 Saint-Jean Boulevard, Suite 702, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5P1 Canada.

    How you can correct or remove information

    I provide this privacy policy as a statement to you of my commitment to protect your personally identifiable information. If you have submitted personally identifiable information through my website and would like to update that information or have it deleted from my records, please contact me.

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    Updates and effective date

    write-out-loud.com reserves the right to make changes in this policy. If there is a material change in my cookie and privacy practices, I will indicate on my site that those practices have changed and provide a link to the updated privacy policy. I encourage you to periodically review this policy so that you will know what information I collect and how I use it.

    Agreeing to terms

    If you do not agree to write-out-loud.com's privacy policy as posted here on this website, please do not consent to the setting of cookies and the collection and storage of your personally identifiable information.

    Your explicit consent indicates acceptance of this privacy policy in its entirety.

    Last updated: 05 September 2023

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