Privacy Policy



This policy was last updated [17th may 2018].


The privacy of visitors to Messy Little Monster is important to us. The policy below outlines how your personal information is collected and how it is used when you use our website.

You agree to the terms of this policy when you use this website. This privacy policy may change from time to time. If any changes are made, then you will be notified by revising the date at the top of this policy.



About Messy little Monster

Founded in 2013 and based in the UK, Messy Little Monster is an independently operated blog run by Louise McMullen. This website shares art, craft and activity ideas for children as well as a variety of free printables, colouring pages and reviews.


How Information is Collected

Here is how your information is collected on Messy Little Monster:

  • if you subscribe to the newsletter
  • if you leave a comment on the blog
  • if you purchase a product via our gumroad store
  • through website cookies and log files
  • through Google Analytics


Newsletter


If you decide to join the newsletter via any of the many sign up forms located throughout this website, then your first name and email address are required. We require your email address in order to send you the emails and we require your first name so that my emails to you will include a friendly personalized note.

At the bottom of every email I send, you will find a link to unsubscribe. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. If you are having trouble unsubscribing or would like to be removed from the newsletter, then simply send me an email at louise@messylittlemonster.com asking to be removed.

I currently use convertkit as my email service provider (read their privacy policy here). Your data is collected and then passed to them. Tags are used within convertkit to track your actions and page visits so that future emails can be better tailored to meet your needs.

I send out emails containing activity ideas, printables, colouring pages and reviews. I will also occasionally email you about products and other promotions that may be relevant to your interests.

We have lots of free printables available to email subscribers. When you add your email address to recieve a free printable you will be added to our email list. If you are in the EU you will be sent an email asking you to confirm that you want to continue receiving emails. If you do not respond to this email you will be removed from our email list. Printables are sent directly to your email with a download link via a third party application called Gumroad (read their privacy policy here).

Your email and name are never sold or given away to a third party.

All emails you receive are CAN-SPAM compliant. At the bottom of every email, you will find information on how to contact the sender, as well as information on how to unsubscribe.



Blog Comments


Love something you read on my blog? Then leaving a comment is a great way to do that! I personally love hearing your feedback. If you choose to leave a comment on a blog post, then please be aware that the comment is then public and visible to anyone who reads the comment section. Your email address is never shared or disclosed, but your name and comment will be visible to others.

It is highly recommended that you avoid leaving detailed personal information in your comments.

I reserve the right to remove comments deemed as inappropriate, threatening, profane, or spammy without notice.



Store Purchases


Products in the Messy Little Monster store are sold via gumroad. Your name, email address, and country are required during the checkout process. This information is required in order to send you the purchased product and to determine whether or not the EU VAT tax should be applied to your purchase.

The details you enter are stored by the third party applications. All payments are made through PayPal, which does not store your financial information once the transaction has been processed.

I also sell products via affiliate programs. Each program collects and retains their own data. I do not have access to the personal information that is collected by these affiliate programs. It is best to read their individual privacy policies for more information on how your data is collected and used.



Cookies

Cookies store user-specific information into a log. I use the following cookies on Messy Little Monster:

  • Google Analytics (for tracking website traffic and user behavior): Read how their cookies work
  • Amazon (for advertising)
  • Convertkit (for email tracking) 
  • Share buttons (for social sharing)


Google Analytics

Messy Little Monster uses Google Analytics to track website performance and user behavior. It provides information on pageviews, referral sources, and other valuable information that helps me adapt the content I write for this website. Google Analytics does capture anonymous data about location, age, gender, and interests, but I have no way to connect that information and specifically identify you. Google Analytics may also capture your IP address as you make your way around this website. User and event data is retained for 26 months and then is automatically deleted. You can read more about that here.



Advertisements on Messy Little Monster

To support this website, third party advertisements are used. Messy Little Monster currently runs advertisements via adthrive. They may use cookies or web beacons when they advertise here on Messy Little Monster in order to show you tailored ads to you. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.



Social Media Privacy


Messy Little Monster uses various social media platforms. Messy Little Monster is not responsible for what you post on Messy Little Monster's social media channels.



Parental Consent

If you are under 16 years old, you must first have parental permission before using our website or entering personal information.



Final Notes on this Privacy Policy

You have the right to access your personal data and know how it is being processed. Hopefully, the policy above adequately explains how your data is used.

Personal information will not be transferred unless we are legally obligated to do so. If you would like your information to be removed from our systems, please contact louise@messylittlemonster.com. You can request to be removed at any time.

Messy Little Monster contains links to other websites. As such, Messy Little Monster is not responsible for the privacy policies of other websites or the third party applications it uses.

If you have questions or concerns about this privacy policy, please feel free to contact us at louise@messylittlemonster.com.
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