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Intellectual Property Notice

Unless otherwise noted, all images, text, designs, graphics, trademarks and service marks are owned by and property of This Big Wild World. It is a violation of federal law to use any of our intellectual property in whole or in part, and modification of any materials contained on this site is illegal and may be prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible should we choose to do so, including asking for financial penalties and/or an injunction forcing you to stop using our intellectual property immediately.

You may use our intellectual property with clear and obvious credit back to our site, as well as links back to the page where the materials, designs, images, text, quote or post is located when it is appropriate to do so.  However, you may never claim any of our intellectual property as your own or your unique creation, even with attribution.

Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting This Big Wild World! Your trust is important to us and we’re committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. The information that’s shared with us helps us to provide great content.

This Privacy Policy outlines what information we collect, why we collect it, how it is used, and what your legal rights are.

What personal data is collected and why

There are three types of personal data collected by This Big Wild World, which are:

Information you voluntarily submit to the Website: When you subscribe to our newsletter, submit a contact form, comment on our blog posts, or communicate with us in any way, you are voluntarily giving us information that we collect. This information may include your name, email address, IP address and other demographic information.

Information I collect automatically: When you interact with This Big Wild World, we may collect information about your visit. That information may include your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, 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.  Your information has been anonymized and only is viewed in aggregate.

Cookies: We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. This may include 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.

Cookies are used to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, customize website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics.

Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may permanently deny the setting of cookies. Also, cookies that have previously been accepted may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of the Website may be entirely usable.

While every effort is made to maintain the security of your data, should there be a security breach you will be notified within 72 hours.

Personal Information

If you leave a comment, certain information (such as the name you provide) may be publicly visible, however your email address will not be.  I will not contact you using your email provided in the comments as this goes against GDPR regulations. So, if you wish to be contacted by This Big Wild World, please contact me directly. 

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Email Newsletter Subscription

This Big Wild World collects your name and email address when you sign up to receive our newsletter. This allows us to contact you via email with travel tips, adventure inspiration and more.

We use ConvertKit to manage our email list and automate email campaigns. When you sign up for our email newsletter and you opt-in, which means you agree with my terms and privacy policy, you also understand and accept that your information will be sent to ConvertKit for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy and Terms. Unsubscribe at any time using the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each email.

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.

Third Party Links

We may include, offer or advertise third party links, products or services on the website. Once you click on a third party link and leave this website, you are no longer bound by our Privacy Policy. These third parties have their own privacy policies. Please contact them regarding questions on their privacy policy and access their websites at your own risk.

This Big Wild World is contracted with SHE Media Collective. SHE Media is a third party that also uses cookies to serve ads on the website for the purpose of providing a positive user experience. Third-party vendors such as SHE Media use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to the website. You can learn how to opt-out of these cookies by visiting their privacy policy.

This Big Wild World participates in affiliate marketing programs, such as the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Affiliate marketing is done using embedded tracking links. If you click on an affiliate link, then a cookie will be placed on your browser for a given period of time in order to track any sales for purposes of commissions. The ‘cookie’ allows the merchant to know what website that sale came from in order to provide payment. These programs provide me a small commission, at no extra cost to you, for purchases you make after clicking these links. You are under no obligation to click on any link or buy any products that are advertised.

Affiliate programs I am a part of:

Posts that include affiliate links will always be marked with a statement similar to this:

Affiliate link disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. We receive a small commission if you purchase through a link, but this will not increase the amount you pay. Read more in the Disclosure and Privacy Policy.“

Any links following such a statement may be affiliate links.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Privacy of Minors

The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately.  We will promptly remove such information from our records.

Who we share your data with

This Big Wild World shares information with and uses the following third party service providers.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to track our traffic and website statistics. They may receive anonymous aggregated information such as your location, how you landed on our site, links clicked, you long you stayed on our site and other statistics.

Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your website visits is subject to the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. You can choose to opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page or the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

We have activated the IP anonymization feature on this website. Your IP address will be shortened by Google within the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services regarding website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google.

This website uses Google Analytics’ demographic features. This allows reports to be generated containing statements about the age, gender, and interests of site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google and third-party visitor data. This collected data cannot be attributed to any specific individual person. You can disable this feature at any time by adjusting the ads settings in your Google account or you can forbid the collection of your data by Google Analytics as described in the section “Refusal of data collection”.

ConvertKit

Our newsletter emailing subscription is provided by a 3rd party company called ConvertKit. Unless you explicitly gave us permission to email you for our newsletter or marketing purposes we will not use your email address to contact you.

If you subscribed for our newsletter or marketing material we may contact you based on the information you signed up for. If you provided us with your name, it is used only to personalize and address our emails.

All our subscriptions meet GDPR requirements.

It is our goal to be transparent about what you are signing up for.

You will only receive my newsletter if you choose to subscribe. To unsubscribe at any time, just click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any newsletter email you receive from us or contact me directly. Once you opt out of the mailing list, you are permanently removed.

This service is used for delivery of email updates and newsletters. I store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications.  Please refer to ConvertKit’s privacy policy for further information.

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is our hosting platform. They may receive your IP address, cookie information and any data they need to ensure our website is visible and running to the public.

Hubbub

Hubbub (previously called Grow Social) is a product supplied by NerdPress which we use so that you can share articles and content from our website. They collect data on what social media platforms you share our content on.

WordPress

WordPress is the company we use to create our online website. They may receive analytics data from you, such as your IP address, your name, and email if you comment on our posts and other data.

The rights you have over your data

If you have interacted with this site, you the right to:

  • be informed regarding how the data is collected and used
  • have access to the data about you
  • ask me to change or delete the data about you
  • ask me to stop sending you newsletters

How Your Information May Be Used

Your information may be used for any of the following:

  • To operate and maintain the Website;
  • To send you newsletters;
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries;
  • To track and measure statistics/advertising on the Website;
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.

GDPR Compliance

As of the date of this page was most recently updated, these third-parties meet GDPR requirements. Please note that each of these 3rd parties may also have 3rd party companies they share with. Each company should have a privacy policy detailing more information about how they share your data. It is your responsibility to know and understand each company’s privacy policy and how it relates to you.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns about this Disclosure and/ or Privacy Policy, please contact us.

Privacy Policy last updated April 18, 2023.