The GDPR May 2018
We and this website comply to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which came into effect May 25, 2018. Smart Choices for the Home is based in the US but respects the privacy and protects any data that we receive from all users. We will update this policy accordingly when needed.
What are cookies? Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.
Visiting and surfing on our website is possible without cookies. Most browsers accept cookies automatically. Please note, however, that blocking these settings may have negative effects on the usability and user guidance of websites and other online services. You may delete cookies stored in your browser at any time. Information stored in such cookies will be removed from your device.
Should you decide to remove your prior consent you may do so and delete your data here.
Website Visitor Tracking
This website uses tracking software, including Google Analytics and StatCounter, to monitor its visitors engagement and usage of the website. This enables us to measure trends for marketing effectiveness. The software will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor unique or repeat visits.
Information that we automatically collect from these cookies includes log files such as your IP address, your operating system type, your browser type, a referring website, pages that you view and the dates/times when you accessed the website.
We may also collect information about actions you take when using the website such as links clicked and where the links are on the page. We use this information to analyze trends, administer the website and gather demographic information. IP addresses and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.
How We May Use This Information
We may use the information collected in the following ways:
- To operate and maintain the Website;
- To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
- To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
- To respond to your comments or inquiries;
- To provide you with user support;
- To track and measure advertising on the Website;
- To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.
Contact & Communication With us
Users contacting us through this website do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use.
You may at your choosing download your data or erase it from this site. Click here for The Privacy Tools page which enables you to do that.
Where we have clearly stated and made you aware of the fact, and where you have given your express permission, we may use your details to send you products/services information through a mailing list system. This is done in accordance with the regulations named in ‘The policy’ above.
Publicly Visible Information
If you leave a comment, certain information may be publicly visible. Your email address will never be available publicly. At your option, you may also add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website.
Adverts and Sponsored Links
This website may contain sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, to whom may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve. Smart Choices for the Home has no control or authority over third party sites.
Downloads & Media Files
Any downloadable documents, files or media made available on this website are provided to users at their own risk. While all precautions have been undertaken to ensure only genuine downloads are available users are advised to verify their authenticity using third party anti virus software or similar applications.
We accept no responsibility for third party downloads and downloads provided by external third party websites and advise users to verify their authenticity using third party anti virus software or similar applications.
Email Mailing List & Marketing Messages
If you subscribe to our email list it will be used to inform subscribers about new posts, products, services and/or news we supply/publish. Users can subscribe through an online automated process where they have given their explicit permission. Subscriber personal details are collected, processed, managed and stored in accordance with the regulations named in ‘The policy’ above. Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time through an automated online service, or if not available, other means as detailed in the footer of sent marketing messages. The type and content of marketing messages subscribers receive, and if it may contain third party content, is clearly outlined at the point of subscription.
Email marketing messages may contain tracking beacons / tracked clickable links or similar server technologies in order to track subscriber activity within email marketing messages. Where used, such marketing messages may record a range of subscriber data relating to engagement, geographic, demographics and already stored subscriber data.
We use MailerLite to manage our email marketing subscriber list and to send emails to our subscribers. MailerLite is a third-party provider, which may process your data using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our newsletter.
You can unsubscribe from our newsletter by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided at the end of each newsletter.
External Website Links & Third Parties
Although we only look to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website or any other website. External links include clickable text, banner or image links to other websites.
Shortened URL’s; URL shortening is a technique used on the web to shorten URL’s (Uniform Resource Locators) to something substantially shorter. This technique is used on this site when linking to Amazon.com. It starts with this (https://amzn.to/), has a few more letters or numbers and alerts you that the link goes to Amazon. Example: . A text link simply uses plain words such as this dummy link: CLICK HERE. On this or any other site you can clearly see where the link is going to by hovering your mouse above the link and a popup will appear on the bottom left corner.
Other link shortening URLs include Bit.ly and many others. Users should take caution before clicking on shortened URL links and verify their authenticity before proceeding on any website.
We cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite our best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.
Social Media Policy & Usage
Our website features social sharing buttons, which help share web content directly from web pages to the respective social media platforms. You use social sharing buttons at your own discretion and accept that doing so may publish content to your social media profile feed or page.
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You can find further information about some social media privacy and usage policies in the resources section below.
Resources & Further Information
- Overview of the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003
- The Guide to the PECR 2003