Privacy Policy

Hey, I’m Rani from You Totally Got This. The good news? When you use of my website www.youtotallygotthis.com (the YTGT website), I totally got your privacy!

If you’re keen to know more. Keep reading. This policy explains what personal information I may collect on the YTGT website, how I use it and your privacy rights.

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What personal information do I collect and how do I use it?

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual (you) from which you can be identified.

On the YTGT website, I collect personal information like your name and email address when you sign up for the YTGT newsletter, leave a comment on a blog post or contact me. The YTGT website also collects information automatically for analytics. This includes, traffic data, location data, operating system, browser usage, and information about the pages and posts that you view. I use this information for a range of different purposes, including:

  • to operate and maintain the YTGT website.
  • to send you the latest YTGT recipes in a monthly newsletter or let you know about special offers or big news in one-off emails.
  • to send administrative emails, such as confirmation emails, updates on policies or security
  • to answer your questions and respond to your comments.
  • to measure the performance of the YTGT website including individual recipes or blog posts, so I can provide you with more of the stuff you like best.
  • To track and measure advertising on the YTGT website.
  • To comply with laws or regulations or to comply with any directions given by regulators or authorities.

If you’re a details person (like me) you might want to know a bit more. So here’s all the deets.

When you sign up for the YTGT Newsletter…

On the YTGT website, you can sign up to emails from YTGT, this includes all our latest recipes, giveaways and other special offers. When you sign up for the newsletter, I collect your first name and email address.This information is stored securely on the YTGT website and with our email marketing provider, Mail Chimp. Mail Chimp includes a tracking pixel in all emails, that tells me if and when you open an email and which links in the email you click on. That way, I know whether you like the stuff I’m sending you. You can read about Mail Chimp’s privacy policy here.

If you change your mind about receiving emails. Don’t worry. You can always opt out by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of all YTGT emails. If you have any trouble unsubscribing, just reply to the email and I’ll take you off the list.

When you leave a comment on a recipe or blog post…

When you leave a comment on the YTGT website, your name, email address and website are stored in the comments form. And because spam sucks, I also collect your IP address and browser user agent string, which is checked through an automated spam detection service called Aksimet. You should also keep in mind that if you leave a comment, certain information may be publicly visible such as your name and profile photo. But, don’t worry. Your email address will never be made public.

Have you ever wondered how your profile picture appears when you comment on a blog post? An anonymised string is created from your email address (also called a hash) and is provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here.

When you contact YTGT….

When you contact YTGT by email or using the form on the YTGT website, the personal information that you send including your name, email address and message will be automatically stored for the purposes of  responding to your question or providing you with the information or advice that you have asked for. This information will not be used to send you marketing emails, unless you have agreed to receive them by signing up to the YTGT newsletter.

 Google Analytics

I use Google Analytics to understand how the YTGT website is being used and make it even better. Google Analytics collects certain information about you and the device with which you access the YTGT website. For example, when you use the Website, it will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. I may also collect information about what you do when you use the YTGT website, including which links you click on.  Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics, it does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Social Media Sites

The YTGT website allows you to share my blog posts and recipes  using social media, such as Facebook, Instagram and Pintrest. These social media applications may collect and use information regarding your use of the YTGT website. Any personal information that you provide via such social media applications may be collected and used by other members of that social media application and such interactions are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide the application. Just so you know, I don’t have control over, or responsibility for, those companies or their use of your information.

Cookies & Other Technologies

To make your experience with the YTGT website as awesome as possible I use ‘cookies’ and ‘pixel tags’. A cookie is a small text file that YTGT places on on your computer, to help remember your preferences or track how you interact with the YTGT website. Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are small blocks of code placed on the YTGT website and in emails. The YTGT website uses cookies and pixels in four ways to:

  • Remember what you have seen, that means you only receive the YTGT newsletter pop up once every time you visit the website. Plus, it helps me ensure you are not seeing the same ads every time  you visit and allows me to customise what you see on YTGT based on your browser and device.
  • Recall information you have provided before, so you don’t have to type it in again. For example, if you leave a comment on the YTGT website you can opt-in to saving your name, email address and website, so you don’t need to enter it again next time you leave a comment .
  • Track and measure how the YTGT is being used, so I can make it even more awesome.
  • Help target ads over the Google Content Network, ShareThis and via social networks, like Facebook. That means, you may see an ad for YTGT (or similar websites) as a result of visiting the YTGT website. It’s called interest based advertising. It also helps me target YTGT ads and measure whether my ad campaigns are working.

Cookies and pixels by themselves do not tell us your email address or otherwise identify you personally. In our analytical reports, we may be able to see your public IP addresses, but this is for the purpose of identifying the number of unique visitors to the YTGT website and what country or region you are from, and not to identify individual visitors.

Don’t like the sound of cookies? That’s okay. You may refuse the use of cookies, or delete existing cookies, by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser.

If it’s not your thing, you can also opt out of interest based or targeted advertising here:

Who do I share data with?

Let’s get one thing straight. I will NEVER, I mean NEVER EVER on-sell or share personal information like your name or email address, to third parties for use of advertising or further promotions of any kind.

But, like most other websites, I use service providers to help me maintain and operate the YTGT webiste. This means, those service providers may have access (directly or indirectly) to the personal information you have shared with YTGT. This includes:

  • My website host, Siteground. You can read Siteground’s Data Processing Agreement here. My website is also backed up on Microsoft One Drive. You can read the Microsoft Privacy Policy here.
  • My email service provider Mail Chimp. You can read their privacy policy here.
  • My spam detection service Akismet. You can read their privacy policy here.

As explained in the section-Cookies and Other Technologies-I may share information with Google, Facebook and ShareThis through cookies and pixels to assist me with marketing (identifying target groups for ads and improving my marketing campaigns) and helping me understand and improve YTGT (like Google Analytics). The only data I share, which may be considered personal  information under some laws, is your public IP address. Your IP address is available publicly and gives a rough location of where your computer or router is connected to the Internet. It is not linked to your name, home address or other personal information.

I may also need to disclose your personal information if it is required to or authorised to do so by law, or, if it is reasonably necessary in my opinion to protect the rights or property of YTGT, or to avoid injury to any person.

Anonymous Data

I may share anonymous data, such as analytics or information collected from cookies with other parties. For example, if I create a sponsored post for a product owned by another company, I may provide them with information so they can see how effective the post was. It is not possible to identify a single person from this data.

Advertising

Display Ads

I may use third-party advertising companies to display content and advertisements when you visit the YTGT website, which may use cookies.

Retargeting Ads

I may engage in re-marketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, ShareThis, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market YTGT. These companies use cookies to place ads based on someone’s past visits to the YTGT website.

Affiliate Program Participation

The YTGT website may engage in affiliate marketing. This means if you click on a link for products or services I mention in a recipe or blog post then buy it, I may receive a small commission.  Affiliate links are custom links that add a cookie to your browser to track any sales. That way, I can get paid if you buy something. If I use affiliate links, I always tell you in the blog post or recipe that they appear.

How I protect your personal information

I am committed to protecting your personal information against unauthorised access, use, alteration or destruction and take reasonable measures to do so, by using a firewall to help prevent hackers and real time monitoring to identify potential vulnerabilities and attacks.

The YTGT website is protected by Secure Socket Layer (“SSL”) encryption which encrypts any data sent through a secure area of the Website. In order for SSL to be effective. You must use an SSL compliant browser. A locked padlock will appear on the right of the address bar when SSL is in use.

How long will I retain your data

I generally discard information about you when I no longer need the information for the purposes I collect and use it, which are described in the section above on-what information I collect and how is it used-and I am not legally required to keep it.

What rights do you have over your data?

If you are located in certain countries, including Australia and those that fall under the scope of the European General Data Protection Regulation (AKA the “GDPR”), data protection laws give you rights with respect to your personal data, and give you the right to:

  • Request access to your personal data;
  • Request correction or deletion of your personal data;
  • Object to our use and processing of your personal data;
  • Request that we limit our use and processing of your personal data; and
  • Request portability of your personal data.

You have a right to complete access to the records we hold of you. You may ask us via email to provide you with all details of the personal information we hold on our system. At this time we will verify your identity by sending you a confirmation email. We will then process your request in a timely manner.

Sensitive Personal Information

I don’t need sensitive personal information to serve you up delicious recipes. I know you probably wouldn’t, but just in case, please don’t send sensitive information to me or the YTGT website. This includes your tax file 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, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Children’s Information

The YTGT website does not knowingly collect any personal identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes the YTGT website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact me immediately at info@youtotallygotthis.com and I will use my best efforts to promptly remove such information from my records.

Changes to the YTGT Privacy Policy

This Policy forms part of the Terms and Conditions for using the YTGT website. I may need to change or update the Privacy Policy, if the information I collect and how I use it changes, or there are changes to the law. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Privacy Policy on the YTGT website. If there are major changes, I may announce them on the YTGT website or by email if I have your email address. In any event, by continuing to use the YTGT website following any changes, you will be taken to have agreed to the changes. If you don’t agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy, including as it may be amended from time to time in full or in part, you must stop using the YTGT website.

Contact Information

Got any questions? Contact me at info@youtotallygotthis.com

Applicable Law

The YTGT website is controlled by me (Rani Hansen) in Melbourne, Australia. If you access the YTGT website from locations outside Australia you do so because you want to and are responsible for compliance with local laws. The Privacy Policy is governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Victoria. If any provision of this Privacy Policy is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of law, such invalidity or unenforceability will not effect the remainder of this Privacy Policy, which will continue in full force.

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