Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected.

We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement.

Contact forms

When you use our contact form, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name and/or email address. Your IP address is also recorded. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

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.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Cookies

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

Analytics

DiscerningMind uses several third-party services that may set cookies in your browsers such as (but not limited to): Google Analytics, Google AdSense, StatCounter, AddThis, and Affiliate program vendors. These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on DiscerningMind sent directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and/or to personalize the advertising content that you see. As such, DiscerningMind has neither access nor control over these cookies. Visitors should consult the respective privacy policies of all the involved third parties for more information on their practices as well as how to opt-out of certain practices. DiscerningMind’s privacy policy does not apply to the activities of the third parties.

Cookies are used by Google Analytics and Google AdSense to keep track of advertisements and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. The cookies stored are for analytics and stats purposes. The services give information such as which pages are visited the most, the length of stay in the page, and referral to the page. While IP addresses, countries and systems are logged, there is no other information that can be used that can be personally identifiable to the web visitors.

We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business. If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.

Log Files

Like most blogging sites, DiscerningMind makes use of log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring, exit pages and visited pages, platform used. This information is used to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can 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.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Affiliate Vendors

Usborne Books & More

If you choose to order products from our Usborne Books & More affiliate websites, some of your personal information collected from their site may be Name, Address, Email Address, Phone Number, Credit/Debit Card Information.

While we have the visibility of the orders, only Name, Address, and Email Address are visible to us from their affiliate website. No data transfer happens between Usborne Books & More website and DiscerningMind. We do not have access nor do we store your credit card information from your orders whether from Usborne Books & More or DiscerningMind.

Please refer to Usborne Books & More Privacy Policy for more details.

Currently, we do not have any plans to build an email distribution list based on the available information provided to Usborne Books & More.

Amazon Associates Program

DiscerningMind has neither visibility nor access to any personally identifiable information for orders made via our Amazon affiliate links.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Children’s Online Privacy

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Online Privacy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, and/or update the Privacy Policy modification date below. This policy was last modified on March 2020.

Contacting Us

Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are any questions regarding this privacy policy.