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Privacy Policy

Introduction

This blog is a personal blog owned, written and edited by me. The disclosure and content policy of this blog may be viewed here.

Disclaimer

I make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information.
The views expressed on this site are my own and are provided for informational purposes only. I make no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person, and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns. I will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of this information.
While I do not store or solicit information from readers, third-party vendors may use cookies to obtain information such as location and search terms. You can opt out of this by disabling cookies on your browser.

What is this Privacy Policy?

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which Cosmetopia Digest collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users (each, a "User") of the www.cosmetopiadigest.com website ("Site"). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by Cosmetopia Digest.

Who collects information?

Your information is collected by:
  • Third party services (Disqus and Bloglovin')
  • Email sign up forms (Mailchimp)
  • Giveaway form (Gleam or Rafflecopter) 
  • Traffic statistics plugins (Google Analytics) 
  • Share plugins (Shareaholic) 
  • Social Media Apps or Websites

What type of information is collected?

Your information is collected:
  • Through cookies
  • Through Google Analytics (Browsing patterns on this website alone)
  • If you enter giveaways or contests (Name, Email)
  • If you subscribe to the free email newsletter (Email)
  • If you leave a comment on this blog or on social media channels (Screen-name, Email, IP)
Personal identification information
The Site may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit the site, subscribe to the newsletter, fill out a form for a giveaway, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources made available on the Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, and email address. Users may, however, visit the Site anonymously. Personal identification information from Users will be collected only if they voluntarily submit such information to the Site. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site-related activities, such as participation in giveaways, or subscription to my weekly email newsletters.
Sensitive personal data, such as health information or information that reveals a person’s racial or  ethnic origin, will never be collected, required, or stored.

Non-personal identification information
Non-personal identification information about Users may be collected whenever they interact with the Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, IP address, log files, ISP, demographic details, the type of computer and technical information about Users' means of connection to the Site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers utilised and other similar information.

Web browser cookies
This Site and third party plugins may use "cookies" to enhance User experience. The User's web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. The User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert them when cookies are being sent. If they do so, some parts of the Site may not function properly.

How collected information may be used/For what purpose is the information collected?

Cosmetopia Digest may collect and use Users' personal information for the following purposes:
  • To improve the Site: The owner may use feedback you provide, as well as demographic and browsing patterns, to improve the Site's products and services.
  • To send giveaway prizes to winners: The owner will require email addresses to facilitate entries to giveaways and contests run on the Site and will need shipping information of the winners in order to deliver the prizes to them. Email and shipping addresses thus collected will never be sold or shared with outside parties, apart from those who are shipping out the prizes. 
  • For the weekly email newsletter: Readers are offered the option to subscribe to a weekly email newsletter, where they are sent information regarding the latest beauty news, once a week. For this purpose, email addresses may be required to receive the newsletter. This is an automated service, and the User's email address entered is directly collected by the automated service provider who then automatically emails the User once a week about latest posts. 
  • To deliver tailor-made advertising: Third-party advertisers may run advertising banners on Cosmetopia Digest. Please see the paragraph with the sub-heading "Advertising" further below.  

Free email newsletter
If you decide to subscribe to the free weekly email newsletter via any of the many sign up forms located throughout this Site, then your name and email address are required. Your email address is used to send you the emails, and your name is used to personalise the newsletter. This process is automatically done by MailChimp (view their privacy policy here).
If you wish to unsubscribe, you may do so through the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of every email newsletter. If you are unable to unsubscribe, please contact me using the contact tab above on this website, or using the email specified in my newsletter. All emails you receive are CAN-SPAM compliant. 
Your email and name will never be sold or given away to a third party.

Blog comments
In order to leave your feedback or opinion on a post, to ask or answer a question, to answer a survey, to spark or join in a debate, or just to contact me, readers may leave comments on my posts. I love receiving comments!
If you choose to leave a comment on a blog post, then the comment is public and visible to anyone who reads the comment section. Your email address is never shared or disclosed, but your screen-name and comment will be visible to others. It is highly recommended that you avoid leaving detailed personal information in your comments. I reserve the right to remove comments deemed as rude, inappropriate, threatening, profane, offensive, or spammy without notice.


Google Analytics  
This website uses Google Analytics to track website performance and user behavior. It provides information on pageviews, referral sources, and other information that helps me adapt the content I write for this website. Google Analytics captures anonymous data about location, age, gender, and interests, but I have no way to connect that information and specifically identify any User. User and event data is retained for 12 months and then is automatically deleted. You may read more here.
  • I will not facilitate the merging of personally-identifiable information with non-personally identifiable information previously collected from Display Advertising features that is based on the DoubleClick cookie unless I have robust notice of, and the user's prior affirmative (i.e., opt-in) consent to, that merger.
  • Google Analytics Demographics have been implemented on this site to monitor pageview information in order to improve content and services. 
  • Google Analytics Advertising features have been implemented on this site to collect data about traffic via Google advertising cookies and anonymous identifiers, in addition to data collected through a standard Google Analytics implementation. 
Advertising 
Ads appearing on this site 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 non-personal identification information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted, tailor-made advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to Users. This privacy policy does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers. To view RewardStyle's privacy policy, go here.
Some of the ads may be served by Google (AdSense). Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to Users based on their visit to the Site and other sites on the Internet. DART uses "non-personally identifiable information" and does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, etc. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html
  • Data from Google's Interest-based advertising or 3rd-party audience data (such as age, gender, and interests) with Google Analytics may be viewed from time to time in order to gather reader profile and improve the content and services.
  • Using the Ads Settings, or by adding an opt-out browser extension, visitors can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads.
  • Current opt-out information can be found here
  • This site and third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the Shareaholic cookies) together to report how ad impressions, other uses of ad services, and interactions with these ad impressions and ad services are related to visits to this site. 
Social Media Channels
This Site uses various social media platforms, and is not responsible for what Users post on Cosmetopia Digests's social media channels.


How your information is protected

This Site adopts appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on this Site.

Sharing your personal information

I do not sell, trade, or rent Users' personal identification information to others. The Site may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above. I may use third party service providers to help operate the business and the Site or administer activities on my behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. The Site may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given permission.
Users may find advertising, affiliate links, analytics compiler, or other content on this Site, which links to the sites and services of partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, affiliates, licensors, and other third parties. I do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and am not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from this Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to this Site, is subject to that website's own terms and policies.

Changes to this privacy policy

Cosmetopia Digest has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time by revising the updated date at the bottom of this page. Users are encouraged to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how this Site is helping to protect the personal information collected. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use this Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.
Users have the right to avoid entering giveaways, remove themselves from my email newsletter, manage cookie preferences, and remove all cookies from their computer in order to prevent any information from being collected through the use of this Site.
This Site contains links to other websites. As such, this Site is not responsible for the privacy policies of other websites or the third party applications it uses.

Contacting me

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact me (Renu).

This document was last updated on May 22, 2018.