Privacy Policy

Who we are

Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne
Our website address is: https://www.fouracorns.ie

Website owner: Annette Vaucanson Kelly
Email: annette@fouracorns.ie

You are using fouracorns.ie of your own free will. If you do not accept the terms and conditions contained in this privacy policy, you should cease use of this website immediately.

We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This version and last update of this policy have been effective since the date listed at the end of this policy.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne uses and protects any information that you give while using https://www.fouracorns.ie (referred to herein as this “website” or “site”). 

This site only contacts individuals who specifically request that the website owner do so or in the event that they have signed up to receive my free email communications.

Contact forms

This website uses plugins to create contact forms. These contact forms capture your name and email address. This data is used so that the website owner can reply to your queries to the site. I will not use the information submitted through them for marketing purposes. I will never sell, barter, or rent your email address to any unauthorised third party.

Email list

Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne maintains an email mailing list of those who freely subscribe via a third-party server, in this case MailMunch/MailPoet. These emails are used by the website owner only to email blog newsletters, occasional updates, and promotional content. You are free to unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of your newsletter emails.

Your email will never be passed on to third parties by Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne.

Newsletter

If you have subscribed to our newsletter, there is a good chance you will receive emails from us.
We will only send you emails which you have signed up to receive, or which pertain to the services we provided to you. To send you emails, we use the name and email address you provide us. This site also logs the IP address you used when you signed up for the service to prevent abuse of the system.

This website can send emails through the MailPoet sending service. This service allows us to track opens and clicks on our emails. We use this information to improve the content of our newsletters.

No identifiable information is otherwise tracked outside this website except for the email address.

Competitions & giveaways

This site  may run regular competitions and giveaways. In order to facilitate these, competition entrants will be required to supply certain information. This includes but is not limited to: full name, email address, and full postal address.

Full postal addresses of winners will be shared with brands where necessary to ensure delivery of your prize. As such, supplying of full postal address is necessary to enter any competitions on this site. Your details will never be shared with anyone other than the brand supplying the prize for the giveaway or competition which you enter. I take steps to ensure that prize suppliers are GDPR compliant and do not use your details for any other reason than to provide your prize, but Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne is not responsible for your details held by the brand once they have been passed on.

Email addresses supplied during the entering of competitions and giveaways are used solely for the purposes of contacting winners. Your details are never added to mailing lists or shared with any third parties unless necessary.

The sharing of full name, email address, and full postal address is required in order to facilitate competitions and giveaways, and therefore the collection of this information is granted legally under the GDPR base of ‘contract’ As such, if you are not happy to share your full name, email address, and full postal address, I will be unable to continue with your competition or giveaway entrance.

In the event that the online software I use to facilitate competitions and giveaways (https://www.rafflecopter.com) incurs a security breach, I will notify the ICO within 72 hours of being aware of the breach. I will endeavour to notify all competition entrants for whom I have details as soon as is reasonably and safely practicable.

You may request to have your details removed from my database and competition software any time after the competition or giveaway has ended by contacting me at admin@fouracorns.ieYou may also request your details to be removed from the competition widget within the blog post which you entered through.

Pledge

We will not sell, lease or distribute your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting. But we will never sell or rent your email address or any other information to any third parties.

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 anonymous 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.

Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne allows comments to be added beneath all blog posts on this site. The information collected here, which may include names, email addresses and/or website URLs, will not be added to our mailing list, nor will it ever be passed on or shared with third parties.

The owner of this site reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to this blog without notice due to, but not limited to:

  1. Comments deemed to be spam or questionable spam
  2. Comments including profanity
  3. Comments containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive
  4. Comments that attack a person individually
  5. Comments which contain links that are questionable, such as broken links or invalid links.

Cookies

 How we use cookies:

  • A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to work more efficiently and to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
  • We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to each user’s needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
  • Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the information you choose to share with us.
  • You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent or limit you from taking full advantage of the website.

Analytics

This site uses a plugin called Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (https://www.monsterinsights.com/) to measure Google Anaytics. These analytics show the website owner exactly which pages and sections on the website are the most popular, and how users are finding the website, to better focus the marketing efforts.

This information is not provided in a personally-identifiable format. This means the website owner cannot identify what information is about you, and will never attempt to do so.

Affiliate links

This site also includes links to websites Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne  recommends or works with on a collaborative basis, and provides access to products and services offered by third parties, whose privacy policies I do not control. Some of the links I provide are “affiliate links”. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item connected to that link, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no cost you. When you access another website or purchase third-party products or services through this site, use of any information you provide is governed by the privacy policy of the operator of the site you are visiting, or the provider of such products or services.

I have no control over, and assume no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You further acknowledge and agree that this website and its owner shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services.

Republished content

Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne is not responsible for any republished content from this site on other blogs, websites, blog comments or other media.

How long we retain your data

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

We keep contact form entries for six months, analytics records for a year, and customer purchase records for ten years.

Opting out and managing your information with us

If you have signed up to 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.

You may choose to stop the collection or use of your personal information by opting out at any time as provided here. If at any time you would like to opt out, please contact us by email at admin@fouracorns.ie, including the words “opt out” in the subject line.

If at any time you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us by email at the email address above including the words “contact info correction” in the subject line.

If at any time you no longer want to receive emails similar to those you are receiving from us, you may unsubscribe using the “unsubscribe” link or button at the bottom of our email messages or, if you prefer, you may unsubscribe by contacting us by email at the email address above including the word “unsubscribe” in the subject line.

If you choose to unsubscribe, you will cease to receive our email messages and/or newsletters. You may re-subscribe at any time.

Communications and other privacy matters

You consent to communicating with us through email, including without limitation the exchanging of documents as attachments to email communications.  You understand that such communications may include information that we or you consider private, and that not all computer networks are necessarily secure. You agree to hold us harmless for any non-intentional loss of or access to electronically exchanged and stored information. We reserve the right to make changes to this policy at any time.

Some of the terms and conditions in our Terms & Conditions may affect your privacy, and so all of our Terms & Conditions are incorporated herein by reference, and vice-versa.

Terms & Conditions

All the information on this site is exclusively owned by Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne, and may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or shared in a way which suggests it belongs to anyone else. Quotes may be extracted from content on this site in the event that explicit permission is sought from me, and adequate credit is displayed.

All content provided on this website is for information purposes only. The owner of this site makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The owner will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information. We are not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other websites or media without our permission. All opinions are those of the author alone.

© 2018
This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 25th May, 2018. It is advised that you re-read this from time to time to make sure you are happy with the various policies.