Data Privacy Policy

The Smart Spirit believes very strongly in keeping your personal information confidential.  The following policy describes what information we collect and how it is used and shared.

 

Cookies

A cookie is a small file containing information that certain websites place on internet users’ computers. The Smart Spirit uses cookies to uniquely identify users for the purpose of log files, posting comments, and voting on the site.

If you leave a comment on our site 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.

 

Embedded content

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.

 

How long we retain your data

If you contact us via the contact formular or our email address, your data will be saved for six months to handle your request and further questions.

Your data will not be shared with third party companies without your consent.

 

Newsletter

You have the option to subscribe to our newsletter via our website. For this process we need your e-mail address and a username.

After your subscription you will receive a verification e-mail with a link to confirm it.

You can unsubscribe at any point via the profile link in your verification e-mail or in every single newsletter. Your data will be deleted immediatly regarding the newsletter dispatch.

 

Privacy and data collection

Visitors can use the site without registering or revealing any personal information about them. As for most websites, our web server collects anonymous statistical data such as number of visits, pages viewed, browser used, keywords typed, etc. The visitor’s IP address is collected for this purpose.
In order to post a comment, visitors are required to provide their email address and name (or pseudonym). Users’ email addresses will never be shared or sold to any third party unless required by law. Security measures such as passwords, firewalls and antivirus programs are in place to prevent any unauthorized access to this information. While every effort is made to protect users’ personal information, I can not be held liable for any fraudulent access by an unauthorized third party. If you choose to disclose your personal information, you do so at your own risk. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages and I reserve the right to delete any message at our discretion.

 

Comments

It is up to the The Smart Spirit, to publish or delete any comments. If, in our opinion, comments are not appropriate to be published they will be deleted permanently without prior warning. Comments which purposely insult me as person, the website, The Smart Spirit, or third parties will also be deleted.

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.

 

Links

The Smart Spirit contains links to third-party websites. I have no control over the content or the availability of those sites and are in no way liable for them.

 

Google Analytics

This website (www.thesmartspirit.com) uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyse how visitors use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

 

Social Plugins (Facebook & Instagram &Youtube)

Our website uses social plugins (“plugins”) provided by the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo. When you visit a page of our website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Facebook directly transfers the plugin content to your browser which embeds the latter into the website, enabling Facebook to receive information about your having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus I have no influence on the data gathered by the plugin and inform you according to our state of knowledge: The embedded plugins provide Facebook with the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking “Like”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into Facebook, there is possibility that the plugins transmits your IP-address to Facebook. For the information on the purpose and scope of data collection and procession by Facebook, as well as your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy please visit Facebook’s privacy policy:http://www.facebook.com/policy.php. If you are a Facebook member and do not want Facebook to connect the data concerning your visit to our website with your member data already stored by Facebook, please log off Facebook before entering our website. The same applies for other Social Plugins, such as Youtube or Instagram.

 

PayPal
We accept payments through PayPal. When processing payments, some of your data will be passed to PayPal, including information required to process or support the payment, such as the purchase total and billing information.

Please see the PayPal Privacy Policy for more details

 

Social Media Plugin “Shariff Wrapper”

On our website we offer you the possibility to use so called “Social Media Buttons”. To protect your data, we use a solution called “Shariff”. Hereby the share buttons are implemented as static images, which contain a link to the corresponding social network site. If you click on such a button, you will be redirected to the respective social network site in the same way, as normal links would do as well. Only in that moment of time the provider of the social network site will get information about you, for example your IP address. If you do not click on such a share button, no data will be transmitted. Information about the collection and usage of your date on the social network sites can be found in the corresponding terms of use of the respective provider. More information about the plugin and the Shariff solution can be found here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/shariff/

On our website we offer share buttons for the following services / companies: Facebook

 

Rights Related To Your Personal Information
Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us info@thesmartspirit.com to be removed from our mailing list.

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.

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

 

Contact Information
At any time, please contact us at info@thesmartspirit.com for questions related to this Privacy Policy.

 

**This information may be changed or updated at any time without prior notice.