I believe that your privacy is very important.

This privacy policy applies to all personal information given and received. I define personal information as anything that would personally identify you: your name, your phone & email contact information, your physical and/or mailing address, your preferences, and other information that is not generally available to the public. Of course, this policy applies to Natural Nerd and no other companies or entities.

NEWSLETTER & EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE

Natural Nerd gathers personal information about you (first name and email address) when you sign up for my newsletter. There will always be a link at the bottom of my bulk emails which gives you the option to unsubscribe from receiving my newsletters, or to change your email preferences.

COMMENTS

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

MEDIA

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

COOKIES

If you leave a comment on this website you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

EMBEDDED CONTENT FROM OTHER WEBSITES

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

ANALYTICS

Using Google Analytics, I am also able to see general information about how readers use my website, where they are located and what they are searching amongst other data. However, Google does not allow me to link that behaviour to a specific individual. So I may know that one person from Cape Town generally spends one minute on my blog, but I will never know that John Doe is the identity of that person from Cape Town. I cannot identify who you are using Google Analytics.

SPAM FILTERS

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

WHAT I DO WITH THIS INFORMATION:

This information allows me to talk to you, improve service to you, and provide strictly anonymous reporting to other clients. For example, a company which advertises on my blog may ask me how many newsletter subscribers or website visitors I have. I will tell them how many, but I will never give them your email address or identify who you are. So I may respond that I have 5000 visitors per month and 80% of them are women, but they will never know that Jane Doe from Jo’burg is one of my readers.

I ask for your first name when you sign up for my newsletter, merely so that I can personalise my correspondence with you. In my emails, I prefer to greet you by your name – that’s the only reason.

Children under 18 must have a parent or guardian approve registry with the Natural Nerd newsletter or forum. I will not contact children under 18 for personal information, sales promotions, or marketing purposes.

I don’t rent, sell, give or share any of your personal information unless it’s to provide a service or product you request, or is regulated by confidential requirements. I value my relationship with you and your privacy. Your information is never made available without your explicit consent.

You are always free to terminate your relationship with Natural Nerd and request that your information be removed from our system. 

From time to time, this policy may be modified, but I will always inform you of any changes by contacting you via the email address you have provided me.

Views expressed on this website are just that – views. Opinions and information presented on this site are not intended to replace the advice of your primary health care provider. Please enjoy responsibly!

Photographs, pictures, images and graphics: All graphics and images are property of Natural Nerd unless otherwise noted. I always try to give credit where credit is due. If you find a picture on the site and you’d rather it not be here, just let me know and I’ll remove it.

HOW LONG YOUR DATA IS RETAINED

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

WHAT RIGHTS YOU HAVE OVER YOUR DATA

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

You can also read my full disclaimer here, and my terms and conditions here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.