Privacy

Policy for My Website

Last updated: August 2024

I am committed to safeguarding the integrity of your data privacy. My privacy policy outlines the guidelines and steps I follow for gathering, utilizing, and sharing your information when you engage with my website. It also informs you about your privacy rights and the legal protections in place.

Your personal data is utilized to enhance and manage your website experience. Your use of my website implies consent to the collection and utilization of information as outlined in this privacy policy.

Interpretations & Definitions

The words of which are indicated in italic in this privacy policy have meanings defined under the following conditions. The following definitions shall have the same meaning regardless of whether they appear in singular or in plural.

Definitions

For the purposes of this Privacy Policy:

  • Account means a unique account created for you to access my website or parts of my website.
  • Affiliate means an entity that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with a party, where "control" means ownership of 50% or more of the shares, equity interest or other securities entitled to vote for election of directors or other managing authority.
  • Company (referred to as either "the Company", "We", "I", "Us" or "Our" in this Agreement) refers to www.melissanicholson.com
  • Cookies are small files that are placed on your computer, mobile device or any other device by a website, containing the details of your browsing history on that website among its many uses.
  • Country refers to: South Africa.
  • Device means any device that can access our website such as a computer, a cellphone or a digital tablet.
  • Personal Data is any information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual.
  • Service Provider means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the company. It refers to third-party companies or individuals employed by the company to facilitate the website, to provide services to the website on behalf of the company, to perform services related to the website or to assist the company in analyzing how the website is used.
  • Usage Data refers to data collected automatically, either generated by the use of the website or from the website infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).
  • Website refers to www.melissanicholson.com, accessible from www.melissanicholson.com .
  • You means the individual accessing or using the website, or the company, or other legal entity on behalf of which such individual is accessing or using the website, as applicable.

Types of Data Collected:

Personal Data

  • When using my website, I may request certain personally identifiable information to help me contact or identify you. This information may include, but is not limited to:
    • Email address
    • First and last name
    • Phone number
    • Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City
    • Usage Data

Usage Data

  • Automatically collected while you use my website.
  • Includes details like your device's Internet Protocol address (IP address), browser type, browser version, pages visited on my site, visit time and date, duration on pages, unique device identifiers, and other diagnostic data.
  • When accessing my website through a mobile device, specific information is gathered automatically, such as the type of mobile device, unique ID of your device, mobile device's IP address, mobile operating system, mobile Internet browser type, unique device identifiers, and other diagnostic data.
  • Information may also be received that your browser sends each time you visit my site or access it via a mobile device.

Tracking Technologies and Cookies

  • I utilize cookies and similar tracking technologies to monitor website activity and store specific information.
  • Tracking technologies include beacons, tags, and scripts for data collection, tracking, and website enhancement and analysis.
  • Technologies used may comprise:
    1. Cookies or Browser Cookies: Small files placed on your device. You can set your browser to reject cookies or notify you when they are sent. Not accepting cookies may limit website functionality.
    2. Web Beacons: Small electronic files like clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs in certain website sections and emails for user tracking and website statistics.

Types of Cookies

  • Cookies can be categorized as "Persistent" or "Session" cookies. Persistent remain post browsing, while session cookies are deleted after closing the browser.
  • I employ both Session and Persistent Cookies for the following purposes:

Necessary / Essential Cookies

  • Type: Session cookies
  • Administered by: Me
  • Purpose: Essential for website services and features, user authentication, and prevention of account misuse. Without these cookies, requested services cannot be provided.

Cookies Policy / Notice Acceptance Cookies

  • Type: Persistent cookies
  • Administered by: Us
  • Purpose: Identifying user acceptance of cookie usage on the website.

Functionality Cookies

  • Type: Persistent cookies
  • Administered by: Me
  • Purpose: Remembering user choices on the website, like login details or language preference, to enhance user experience and avoid repeated entries.

For further details on the cookies I use and your cookie preferences, please refer to our cookies policy or privacy policy's cookies section.

I may use your personal data for the following purposes:

  1. To Provide and Maintain My Website

    • To monitor and analyze the usage of my website and ensure its proper functionality.
  2. To Manage Your Account

    • To manage your registration as a user of the website, allowing you access to various functionalities available to registered users.
  3. For Contract Performance

    • To develop, comply with, and undertake any purchase contract for products, items, or services you have purchased through the website, or any other contract with me.
  4. To Contact You

    • To communicate with you via email, telephone calls, text messages, or other equivalent forms of electronic communication (such as mobile app push notifications) regarding updates or informative communications related to functionalities, products, or contracted services, including security updates when necessary or reasonable.
  5. To Provide Information

    • To inform you about news, special offers, and general information about other goods, services, and events that I offer and are similar to those you have already purchased or inquired about, unless you have opted out of receiving such information.
  6. To Manage Your Requests

    • To attend to and manage any requests or inquiries you submit to me.
  7. For Business Transfers

    • To evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of my assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceedings, in which personal data held by me about my service users is among the assets transferred.
  8. For Other Purposes

    • To use your information for other purposes, such as data analysis, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of my promotional campaigns, and to evaluate and improve my services, products, marketing efforts, and overall user experience.

Sharing Your Personal Information

We may share your personal information in the following situations:

  1. With Service Providers

    • To monitor and analyze the use of my services and to contact you.
  2. With Affiliates

    • I may share your information with my affiliates, requiring them to honor this privacy policy. Affiliates include my parent company, subsidiaries, joint venture partners, or other companies that I control.
  3. With Business Partners

    • To offer you certain products, services, or promotions, I may share your information with my business partners.
  4. With Other Users

    • When you share personal information or interact in public areas with other users, such information may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside.
  5. With Your Consent

    • I may disclose your personal information for any other purpose with your explicit consent.

Personal Data Retention

We will retain your personal data only for as long as is necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this privacy policy. Your personal data will be retained and used to the extent necessary to comply with my legal obligations (for instance, if I am required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce my legal agreements and policies.

Usage Data Retention Usage data is retained for internal analysis purposes. This data is generally kept for a shorter period, except when it is used to enhance the security or functionality of my website, or when I am legally obligated to retain it for longer periods.

Your information, including personal data, is processed at the company's operating offices and any other locations where the parties involved in the processing are based. This means your information may be transferred to—and maintained on—computers located outside of your state, province, country, or other governmental jurisdiction where data protection laws may differ from those in your jurisdiction.

By consenting to this privacy policy and submitting your information, you agree to such transfers.

I will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy. No transfer of your personal data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place, including the security of your data and other personal information.

You have the right to delete or request assistance in deleting the personal data I have collected about you.

My website may provide you with the capability to delete certain information directly within the website.

You can update, amend, or delete your information at any time by signing in to your account, if you have one, and visiting the account settings section to manage your personal information. You may also contact me to request access to, correct, or delete any personal information you have provided to me.

Please note that I may need to retain certain information when I have a legal obligation or other lawful basis to do so.

Business Transactions

In the event of a merger, acquisition, or asset sale, your personal data may be transferred to the new entity. I will notify you before your personal data is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Law Enforcement

The company may be required to disclose your personal data if mandated by law or in response to legitimate requests by public authorities (e.g., a court or government agency).

Disclosure of Personal Data

The company may disclose your personal data in good faith if it believes such action is necessary to:

  • Comply with a legal obligation.
  • Protect and defend the rights or property of the company.
  • Prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with my services or products.
  • Protect the personal safety of users of the service or the public.
  • Protect against legal liability.

The security of your personal data is important to me. However, please be aware that no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is completely secure. While I strive to use commercially acceptable measures to protect your personal data, I cannot guarantee its absolute security.

 
 

My website is not intended for individuals under the age of 18. I do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you become aware that your child has provided me with personal data, please contact me. If I discover that I have collected personal data from anyone under 18 without verified parental consent, I will take steps to delete that information from my servers.

If I rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your information and your country requires parental consent, I may need to obtain your parent's consent before I collect and use that information.

My website may contain links to external websites that are not operated by me. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. I strongly recommend that you review the privacy policy of every site you visit.

I have no control over and am not responsible for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

I may update my privacy policy periodically. Any changes will be posted on this page.

I will notify you of significant changes via email and/or a prominent notice on my website before the changes take effect. The "last updated" date at the top of this privacy policy will also be revised.

I encourage you to review this privacy policy periodically to stay informed about any updates. Changes to this privacy policy become effective upon being posted on this page.

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, you can contact me:

By email: webdesign@melissanicholson.com .

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