Privacy Policy

TL/DR

The only cookies I really love are the ones with Chocolate Chips. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this.

The thing is, to provide a great, user-friendly, interactive experience on my website (and most others on the internet), tracking cookies are used to ensure the site loads for you quickly, and other functions work. I have apps attached to this website which help me provide you with a better experience and improve my customer service game.

The nitty-gritty details as required by various legal entities are below.

Who I am

My website address is: https://thoughtsanddesigns.studio.

This website is home to Thoughts and Designs LLC, a single member LLC in rural Michigan owned by Designer Kimberly Eddy, providing web and graphic design services to small businesses and organizations in Michigan and the rest of the United States.

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. I primarily have comments turned off on this website as it caused more problems than it solved.

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.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

If you hire me to design a website or any graphic design work for you, I will ask for different media assets from you (Images, logos, etc.), depending on the job. I usually ask you upload these via my client management software, Honeybook, and not on this website, but the same holds true. Of you have embedded location data, that will be accessible to anyone with those images, so keep that in mind.

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.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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.

The primarly thing embedded on this website from another service are my contact forms, created in Honeybook Client Management Software, to make my communication with my clients run smoother. I also have subscription forms for subscribing to my newsletter via Mailchimp.

In particular, I host my videos via You Tube so all of You Tube’s policies apply here with regards to how they use tracking cookies to improve your user experience on their site (such as recommending videos to you).

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.

Who we share your data with

I kinda hate this question because I don’t just hand out your data to anyone. That’s not cool. But in using some embedded services like Honeybook and MailChimp, as well as embedding YouTube videos, they theoretically have access to your behavior on this website.

How long we retain your data

If you contact me via my contact form, I will keep your data for as long as our working relationship continues, so I will be able to refer back to past emails and interactions when you need future work, etc. Just like any other company would.

I do not allow visitors to create accounts directly on this website as that doesn’t serve the purpose of this website.

What rights you have over your data

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.

Where we send your data

When you send me a message via my contact form, I will respond via my email client and our correspondence is stored in a client management tool for future reference.

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