Privacy Policy and Disclaimer

Traveling Spud found at https://www.travelingspud.com/ (“Website”) is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).

DISCLAIMER.

Most travel, products and any associated costs are completely at the expense of Traveling Spud. If there is a sponsored trip, product, or post, it will be stated in the blog post or social media content itself. This is my personal promise to my readers.

Any financial transaction for marketing services provided is compensation for work, time and site resources. These financial transactions in no way influence the integrity, or honesty of any opinion you see on Traveling Spud.

AFFILIATE LINKS.

Traveling Spud contains affiliate links. Many of these links are use sporadically and where they are used I will earn a small commission from purchases made by you. This is at no extra cost to you and helps me keep the costs of running the Traveling Spud down.

Prices are EXACTLY the same whether you purchase through an affiliate link or a non-affiliate link. You will NOT pay more by clicking through our affiliate links.

LEGAL.

In no event will Traveling Spud be liable for any loss or damages including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Comments are published at the discretion of the site owner. Comments used with the intention of financial gain are prohibited, as are affiliate-based comments, comments designed for SEO purposes, and hurtful, harmful or abusive comments.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly as much as is reasonably possible. Traveling Spud takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

Traveling Spud is owned and copyrighted by Katie Williams 2014 – 2018. Unless otherwise stated, all blog and website content, including but not exclusive to text, images, and video is owned and copyrighted by Katie Williams 2014-2018. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Katie Williams is strictly prohibited. Short excerpts and links may be used in accordance with fair use legislation, provided that full and clear credit is given to Katie Williams and Traveling Spud with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

PRIVACY POLICY.

This privacy policy explains how Traveling Spud uses and protects any information that you give Traveling Spud when you use this website.

Traveling Spud is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected and that we are fully compliant as far as is reasonably possible with current GDPR legislation. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement and GDPR legislation.

Traveling Spud may change this policy from time to time by updating this page as required. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 05/31/2018.

You as an individual using Traveling Spud have full and complete rights to:

  • Be informed as to how your data is being collected and used.
  • Have full access to the data about you.
  • Ask Traveling Spud to change or delete the information about you.
  • Ask Traveling Spud to cease and desist sending newsletters.

WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU.

Traveling Spud may collect the following information:

Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: Traveling Spud may collect personal information such as your name and email address when you voluntarily sign up to receive email alerts or our newsletter or leave a comment. Email sign ups will have a clearly identified double opt-in and comments will have a clearly identified tick box if you do not wish to leave your personal data.

Automatically-Collected Information: Traveling Spud will automatically collect certain information about you for use with third-party statistical analysis with Google Analytics, including your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, links clicked and the dates/times when you accessed Traveling Spud. It is important to note that there is no personal information attached to this data, it is completely anonymous and has only been collected for aggregate and statistical purposes.

Cookies: Traveling Spud may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website and are used only to improve your user experience. Traveling Spud may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website. You can decline or delete these at any time.

WHAT WE DO WITH THE INFORMATION WE GATHER.

Traveling Spud requires this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • To operate and maintain Traveling Spud.
  • To send you newsletters or updates for new posts. This information is given entirely voluntarily and at your own request. Each email will provide a double opt-in to ensure you want the information provided and an easy and clear opt-out button if you no longer wish to receive them.
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries via the contact forms.
  • To track and measure statistics/advertising on Traveling Spud.
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.

At no point will Traveling Spud ever sell any information you provide nor provide it to anyone else unless required to do so by law.

SECURITY.

Traveling Spud is strongly committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. However no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

HOW WE USE COOKIES.

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes, and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

Traveling Spud uses traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES.

Traveling Spud may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

PERSONAL AND SENSITIVE INFORMATION. 

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to Traveling Spud in either email, contact form or blog comment. This includes any personally identifying information including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, political opinions or any other sensitive information.

If you leave a comment then your name or handle (as you provide it) will be publicly visible but your email or no other identifying information will be. The details you provide via the comment box will never be held or used in any other way by Traveling Spud, and there will be a clearly identifiable tick box for you to state explicitly that you do not want your information to be kept as well.

Traveling Spud does not knowingly or willingly collect any personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that anyone under the age of 16 has accessed the site and given any information such as names or emails then please get in touch with us immediately. Traveling Spud will make every reasonable effort to remove any details as requested as quickly and professionally as possible.

CONTROLLING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.

Traveling Spud holds your information in the strictest confidence and will never sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we are required by law to do so.

If you believe that any information Traveling Spud is holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

If you wish Traveling Spud to amend or delete your information, please email us travelingspud<at>gmail<dot>com

If you have any questions at all about this privacy policy or any other matter relating to your personal data or how it is used, please get in touch.

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising

The Website uses Mediavine to manage all third-party advertising 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. The cookie may collect information relating to your use of the Website, information about your device such as the device’s IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at the Website via a link from a third-party site, the URL of the linking page.

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 www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-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.

The Website may collect IP addresses and location information to serve personalized ads and pass it to Mediavine. 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 https://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp. You may also visit https://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and https://optout.networkadvertising.org/# to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at https://www.aboutads.info/appchoices to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

Mediavine partners with the following data processors:

  1. Pubmatic. You may find Pubmatic’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Pubmatic and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Statistical information and other non-cookie technologies (such as eTags and web or browser cache) may be used by third parties on this Website. Browser settings that block cookies may have no effect on these technologies, but you may clear your cache to delete such trackers. Data collected from a particular browser or device may be used with another computer or device that is linked to the browser or device on which such data was collected.
  2. Criteo. You may find Criteo’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Criteo and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Criteo may collect, access, and use non-identifying data to improve the Criteo Technology and other Criteo products, programs, and/or services. This non-identifying data may include on-site user behavior and user/page content data, URLs, statistics, or internal search queries. The non-identifying data are collected through the ad call and stored with a Criteo cookie for a maximum period of 13 months.
  3. Pulsepoint. You may find Pulsepoint’s privacy policy through this link.
  4. LiveRamp. You may find LiveRamp’s privacy policy through this link. When you use the Website, we share information that we may collect from you, such as your email (in hashed, de-identified form), IP address or information about your browser or operating system, with LiveRamp Inc, and its group companies (‘LiveRamp’). LiveRamp may use a cookie on your browser and match your shared information to their on- and offline marketing databases and those of its advertising partners to create a link between your browser and information in those other databases. This link may be shared by our partners globally for the purpose of enabling interest-based content or advertising throughout your online experience (e.g. cross device, web, email, in-app, etc.) by third parties unaffiliated with our website. These third parties may in turn link further demographic or interest-based information to your browser. To opt out of LiveRamp’s targeted advertising, please go here: https://liveramp.com/opt_out/
  5. RhythmOne. You may view RhythmOne’s privacy policy through this link. RhythmOne uses cookies and similar tracking technologies (such as mobile device identifiers and digital fingerprinting) to provide its services. RhythmOne may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please visit the following webpage: https://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
  6. District M. You may find District M’s privacy policy through this link.
  7. YieldMo. You may find YieldMo’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Yieldmo or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link.
  8. The Rubicon Project. You may find Rubicon’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Rubicon or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page.
  9. Amazon Publisher Services. You may find Amazon Publisher Services’ privacy policy through this link.
  10. AppNexus. You may find the AppNexus privacy policy through this link.
  11. OpenX. You may find OpenX’s privacy policy through this link.
  12. Verizon Media formerly known as Oath. You may find Verizon Media’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  13. TripleLift. You may find TripleLift’s privacy policy through this link. To opt out of receiving interest-based advertising (including retargeting) from TripleLift’s services through the use of cookies in your current browser and for more information on what it means to opt-out, please go to www.triplelift.com/consumer-opt-out.
  14. Index Exchange. You may find Index Exchange’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  15. Sovrn. You may find Sovrn’s privacy policy through this link.
  16. GumGum. You may find GumGum’s privacy policy through this link. GumGum may (i) use place and use cookies on end users’ browsers or use web beacons to collect information about end users who visit such Publisher Websites and (ii) link such collected end user information to other end user information provided by third parties in order to deliver targeted Advertisements to such end users.
  17. Digital Remedy. You may find Digital Remedy’s privacy policy through this link.
  18. MediaGrid. You may find MediaGrid’s privacy policy through this link. MediaGrid may collect and store information about end-user interactions with this website through cookies, advertising IDS, pixels and server-to-server connections. MediaGrid was receive the following information: the page an End-User has requested and the referring/exit pages; Timestamp information (i.e., the date and time the End-User has visited the page); IP address; mobile device identifier; device model; device operating system; browser type; carrier; gender; age; geolocation (including GPS coordinates); clickstream data; cookie information; first-party identifiers’; and hashed email addresses; demographic and inferred interest information; and post-conversion data (from both online and offline behaviour). Some of this data is gathered from this website and others is gathered from advertisers. MediaGrid uses this data to provide its services. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising or review their privacy policy for more information.
  19. RevContent – You may find RevContent’s privacy policy through this link. RevContent may collect information about your browser or device, including browser type, IP Address, device type, user agent string, and operating system. RevContent also collects information about the websites you visit through their services, such as date and time of access and specific pages accessed and the content and ads you click on. You may opt-out of any personalization track by opting-out of RevContent’s data collection.
  20. Centro, Inc. – You may find Centro’s privacy policy through this link. You may find opt-out information for Centro’s services through the privacy policy link.
  21. 33Across, Inc. – You may find 33Across’s privacy policy through this link. To opt-out of personalized advertising, please visit https://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1.
  22. Conversant. LLC – You may find Conversant’s privacy policy through this link. Conversant uses information that does not directly identify you, such as information about your browser type, time and date of visit, your browsing or transaction activity, the subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, and a unique identifier (such as a cookie string, or a unique advertising identifier provided by your mobile device) during your visits to this and other websites and apps in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Conversant may use technologies such as cookies and other tracking technologies to collect this information. To learn more about interest-based advertising, or to opt-out, you can visit www.youronlinechoices.eu or https://www.networkadvertising.org/.