Privacy Policy

Tiawritesbooks.com is committed to protecting the privacy of our users. This Privacy Policy is designed to help you understand what information we gather, how we use it, what we do to protect it, and to assist you in making informed decisions when using our site.  Unless otherwise indicated below, this Privacy Policy applies to any website that references this Privacy Policy.

For purposes of this Agreement, “Site” refers to the website of Tia Giacalone, hosted by squarespace.com. The terms “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to the "Site". “You” refers to you, as a user of the "Site".

1. WHEN WE COLLECT INFORMATION AND CONSENT

By accessing our Site, you accept our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, and you consent to our collection, storage, use and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy. In addition, by using our Site, or services across partnered and unaffiliated sites, you are accepting the policies and practices described in this Privacy Policy. Each time you visit our website, or use the Site, and any time you voluntarily provide us with information, you agree that you are consenting to our collection, use and disclosure of the information that you provide, and you are consenting to receive emails or otherwise be contacted, as described in this Privacy Policy.

2. INFORMATION WE COLLECT

We may collect both “Non-Personal Information” and “Personal Information” about you. “Non-Personal Information” includes information that cannot be used to personally identify you, such as anonymous usage data, general demographic information we may collect, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, preferences you submit and preferences that are generated based on the data you submit and number of clicks. “Personal Information” includes information that can be used to personally identify you, such as your name, address and email address.

In addition, we may also track information provided to us by your browser when you view or use the Site, such as the website you came from (known as the “referring URL”), the type of browser you use, the device from which you connected to the Service, the time and date of access, and other information that does not personally identify you.  We use this information for, among other things, the operation of the Site, to maintain the quality of the Site, to provide general statistics regarding use of the Site and for other business purposes. We track this information using cookies, or small text files which include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to a user’s browser from our servers and are stored on the user’s computer hard drive. Sending a cookie to a user’s browser enables us to collect Non-Personal Information about that user and keep a record of the user’s preferences when utilizing our services, both on an individual and aggregate basis. The Site may use both persistent and session cookies; persistent cookies remain on your computer after you close your session and until you delete them, while session cookies expire when you close your browser. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your Internet browser help file directions. If you choose to disable cookies, some areas of the Site may not work properly. 

3. HOW WE USE AND SHARE INFORMATION

Personal Information - We do not sell, trade, rent or otherwise share your Personal Information with third parties without your consent, with the following exceptions: We may share your Personal Information with vendors and other third- party providers who are performing services for the Site. In general, the vendors and third-party providers used by us will only collect, use and disclose your information to the extent necessary to allow them to perform the services they provide for the Site.  For example:  If you purchase a signed book, PayPal will receive personal information and our shipper will receive personal information about you as those are necessary to complete the transaction. You should review PayPal's privacy policy to determine how they use, disclose, and protect your data. Their privacy policy can be found here https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full.

Certain third-party service providers, such as payment processors if and when that becomes a feature of our Site, have their own privacy policies in respect of the information that we are required to provide to them in order to use their services.  For these third-party service providers, we recommend that you read their privacy policies so that you can understand the manner in which your Personal Information will be handled by such providers.

In addition, we may disclose your Personal Information if required to do so by law.

Non-personal information - In general, we use Non-Personal Information to help us improve the Site and customize the user experience. We also aggregate Non-Personal Information in order to track trends and analyze use patterns of the Site. This Privacy Policy does not limit in any way our use or disclosure of Non-Personal Information and we reserve the right to use and disclose such Non-Personal Information to our partners, advertisers and other third parties at our sole discretion.

4. HOW WE PROTECT INFORMATION

We implement reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices in order to protect your Personal Information and ensure that such Personal Information is not accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.  However, these measures do not guarantee that your information will not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of such precautions. By using our Site, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to assume these risks.

5. YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

You have the right, at any time, to prevent us from contacting you for marketing purposes. When we send a promotional communication to you via MailChimp, you can opt out of further promotional communications by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in each promotional e-mail. You can review how MailChimp's privacy policy to determine how they use, protect, and disclose your data. Their privacy policy can be found here https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/.

6. SQUARESPACE

Our Site is hosted by Squarespace.

Your data is stored through Squarespace’s data storage, databases and the general Squarespace application.

For more insight, you may also want to read the Squarespace Terms of Service here or Privacy Statement here:

http://www.squarespace.com/terms-of-service/
http://www.squarespace.com/privacy/

7. SOCIAL MEDIA

The website provides users the opportunity to interact through various social media sites including, but not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Your interactions with such tools, and any information you provide in connection with these interactions are publicly viewable outside of the Website domain. Each social media site has its own privacy policies which may be more or less protective than this Policy. If you do not wish for this information to be disclosed, then you should not use these tools. We are not responsible for information you choose to post in this forum.

Our Site also includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook button and Widgets, such as the Share this button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

8. BLOG COMMENTS POSTED TO THE WEBSITE

If you post any comments on the Site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you choose to provide there may be read, collected, or used by other users of the website, as well as other third parties. We are not responsible for the information you choose to submit in these forums. We cannot guarantee that other users have not made copies of and/or will not use such information outside of the website. We are not responsible for information you choose to post in this forum.

9. LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

As part of the Site, we may provide links to or compatibility with other websites or applications. However, we are not responsible for the privacy practices employed by those websites or the information or content they contain. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by us through the Site. Therefore, this Privacy Policy does not apply to your use of a third-party website accessed by selecting a link via our Site. To the extent that you access or use the Site through or on another website or application, then the privacy policy of that other website or application will apply to your access or use of that site or application. We encourage our users to read the privacy statements of other websites before proceeding to use them.

10. AGE OF CONSENT

 By using the Site, you represent that you are at least 18 years of age.


11. CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the Site. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it If you do not agree to any changes, if and when such changes may be made to this Privacy Policy, you must cease access to this Site. If you have provided your email address to us, you give us permission to email you for the purpose of notification as described in this Privacy Policy.


12. CONTACT US & WITHDRAWING CONSENT

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy or the practices of this Site, or wish to withdraw your consent for the continued collection, use, or disclosure of your Personal Information, please contact us by sending an email to tia@tiawritesbooks.com.

Last Updated: This Privacy Policy was last updated May 2018.