Privacy Policy/ Disclosures/ Terms Of Service

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Refund Policy

Digital Download PDF Products

Because of the nature of the digital download, I typically do not refund these. Please contact us at hello@stepbysteppainting.net to address your concern with the product.  

 

Club Membership 

If within 24 hours you are not satisfied with your club membership purchase, I would be glad to issue you a refund. However, this will only be taken into consideration if you did not download any PDF tutorials. If you did download PDF products, you can cancel your membership but cannot be refunded for the first month.

 

 

Privacy Policy

Your Privacy & Security Is Important to Me!

Step By Step Painting With Tracie Kiernan which is located at https://stepbysteppainting.net (“Website”) is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).

The purpose of this privacy policy is to inform you of what information we may collect and how it may be used.  This statement applies to this Website.

Voluntary Collection Of Information: 

Although completely optional, I may collect information from you such as your name and email address. This information is collected ONLY if you subscribe to my monthly newsletter, leave a comment or use the contact me form.

If you send a message via the contact me form, I do not store or distribute your email address. You will not be opted into future mailings. The email address you submit will only be used as a means to reply to your message.

Information entered via the “subscribe to my mailing list” form is stored by me via my in a third party mailing list platform called “MailChimp”. The information that is stored with Mail Chimp is not sold or shared with anyone and it is kept strictly private. Information on how to opt out of my subscription emails is located at the bottom of any of the emails that I send to you. If you are unable to locate the “unsubscribe”, please contact me and I can manually unsubscribe you.  Mailchimp’s Privacy Policy can be found here. 

If you enter information via comments, I will not distribute your email address or use it to opt you into my newsletter. Your IP address is stored privately if you submit a comment. I do not use or distribute your IP address. At anytime that you wish to have your comment removed along with any data associated with it, contact me right away.

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.

I reserve the right to delete comments and/or messages that go against any of my policies.

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.

Automatically-Collected Information:

We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked. Please note that although an IP address is recorded, there is no name or other personal information attached to that address. We look at this information as a whole and use it as data to better optimize the user experience of this website.

Google Analytics:

This service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.

Cookies:

We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website. For information about how to clear your cookies, click here. 

The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, customize Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described herein.

Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.

HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED

We may use the information collected in the following ways:

  • To operate and maintain the Website
  • To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
  • To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries;
  • To provide you with user support;
  • To track and measure advertising on the Website;
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.

Social Media:

We link to third-party Social Media or Search Engine sites such as Pinterest, Facebook, Youtube, Etsy, Instagram and Twitter. These third-party sites have separate privacy policies that are independent from this website. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our website and we monitor activity as much as possible and welcome feedback from our users regarding experiences with third party sites linked from this website.

Any interaction on Social Media that may include personal information such as name, location, etc. is not directly stored by this website. For example: if you comment on a link, like a page, follow my profile, etc., I do not store any information regarding your name, profile or interaction. The Social Media sites have their own privacy policies and store that information in their platform.

If you have questions or concerns about your experience on a third party site linked from this site, please contact me.

Children and COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act):  

This website is intended for adults but may have tutorials that are “kid friendly” with the guidance of an adult. I do encourage you to paint and create art with your child but please exercise caution. If your child is doing art from this website, adult supervision is required.  

Sharing your child’s art is not required or requested. Please do not disclose any personal information about your child like name, location, etc. I  do not recommend sharing your child’s art on Pinterest pins “upload photo” section as those are not monitored by me. If you have any concerns or questions about this, please contact me.

If your child subscribed to my newsletter, please unsubscribe him or her or contact me.

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 18 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

We do NOT collect information from children under 18. If you feel I may have collected information from your child such as a name and email address or something else please contact me immediately so that I can have that information removed. 

Sensitive Information: 

Although it is never requested, at no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships.

Newsletters: 

On the Website, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may be used to advertise all my new content and any special announcements. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.

Giveaways

Occasionally I may use a third party application called “Gleam” to run a giveaway campaign. These campaigns are optional and you may opt in to these by choice. You may have to disclose your name and location in order to opt into the giveaway. At any time you wish to remove your information from the giveaway, contact me. Winners are selected based on a computerized randomization based on the requested tasks of the giveaway. The giveaway apps have their own separate privacy policy. See Gleam’s privacy policy here. 

Affiliate Program Participation

The Website engages in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.

Step By Step Painting is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to Amazon.com.

As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their website. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.

ADVERTISING

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising

The Website uses Mediavine to manage all third-party advertising on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website. The cookie may collect information relating to your use of the Website, information about your device such as the device’s IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at the Website via a link from a third-party site, the URL of the linking page.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.

Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site.

The Website may collect IP addresses and location information to serve personalized ads and pass it to Mediavine. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp. You may also visit http://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and http://optout.networkadvertising.org/# to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at http://www.aboutads.info/appchoices to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

Mediavine partners with the following data processors:

  1. Pubmatic. You may find Pubmatic’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Pubmatic and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Statistical information and other non-cookie technologies (such as eTags and web or browser cache) may be used by third parties on this Website. Browser settings that block cookies may have no effect on these technologies, but you may clear your cache to delete such trackers. Data collected from a particular browser or device may be used with another computer or device that is linked to the browser or device on which such data was collected.
  2. Criteo. You may find Criteo’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Criteo and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Criteo may collect, access, and use non-identifying data to improve the Criteo Technology and other Criteo products, programs, and/or services. This non-identifying data may include on-site user behavior and user/page content data, URLs, statistics, or internal search queries. The non-identifying data are collected through the ad call and stored with a Criteo cookie for a maximum period of 13 months.
  3. Pulsepoint. You may find Pulsepoint’s privacy policy through this link.
  4. LiveRamp. You may find LiveRamp’s privacy policy through this link. When you use the Website, we share information that we may collect from you, such as your email (in hashed, de-identified form), IP address or information about your browser or operating system, with LiveRamp Inc, and its group companies (‘LiveRamp’). LiveRamp may use a cookie on your browser and match your shared information to their on- and offline marketing databases and those of its advertising partners to create a link between your browser and information in those other databases. This link may be shared by our partners globally for the purpose of enabling interest-based content or advertising throughout your online experience (e.g. cross device, web, email, in-app, etc.) by third parties unaffiliated with our website. These third parties may in turn link further demographic or interest-based information to your browser. To opt out of LiveRamp’s targeted advertising, please go here: https://liveramp.com/opt_out/
  5. RhythmOne. You may view RhythmOne’s privacy policy through this link. RhythmOne uses cookies and similar tracking technologies (such as mobile device identifiers and digital fingerprinting) to provide its services. RhythmOne may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please visit the following webpage: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
  6. District M. You may find District M’s privacy policy through this link.
  7. YieldMo. You may find YieldMo’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Yieldmo or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link.
  8. The Rubicon Project. You may find Rubicon’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Rubicon or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page.
  9. Amazon Publisher Services. You may find Amazon Publisher Services’ privacy policy through this link.
  10. AppNexus. You may find the AppNexus privacy policy through this link.
  11. OpenX. You may find OpenX’s privacy policy through this link.
  12. Verizon Media formerly known as Oath. You may find Verizon Media’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  13. TripleLift. You may find TripleLift’s privacy policy through this link. To opt out of receiving interest-based advertising (including retargeting) from TripleLift’s services through the use of cookies in your current browser and for more information on what it means to opt-out, please go to www.triplelift.com/consumer-opt-out.
  14. Index Exchange. You may find Index Exchange’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  15. Sovrn. You may find Sovrn’s privacy policy through this link.
  16. GumGum. You may find GumGum’s privacy policy through this link. GumGum may (i) use place and use cookies on end users’ browsers or use web beacons to collect information about end users who visit such Publisher Websites and (ii) link such collected end user information to other end user information provided by third parties in order to deliver targeted Advertisements to such end users.
  17. Digital Remedy. You may find Digital Remedy’s privacy policy through this link.
  18. MediaGrid. You may find MediaGrid’s privacy policy through this link. MediaGrid may collect and store information about end-user interactions with this website through cookies, advertising IDS, pixels and server-to-server connections. MediaGrid was receive the following information: the page an End-User has requested and the referring/exit pages; Timestamp information (i.e., the date and time the End-User has visited the page); IP address; mobile device identifier; device model; device operating system; browser type; carrier; gender; age; geolocation (including GPS coordinates); clickstream data; cookie information; first-party identifiers’; and hashed email addresses; demographic and inferred interest information; and post-conversion data (from both online and offline behaviour). Some of this data is gathered from this website and others is gathered from advertisers. MediaGrid uses this data to provide its services. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising or review their privacy policy for more information.
  19. RevContent – You may find RevContent’s privacy policy through this link. RevContent may collect information about your browser or device, including browser type, IP Address, device type, user agent string, and operating system. RevContent also collects information about the websites you visit through their services, such as date and time of access and specific pages accessed and the content and ads you click on. You may opt-out of any personalization track by opting-out of RevContent’s data collection.
  20. Centro, Inc. – You may find Centro’s privacy policy through this link. You may find opt-out information for Centro’s services through the privacy policy link.
  21. 33Across, Inc. – You may find 33Across’s privacy policy through this link. To opt-out of personalized advertising, please visit https://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1.
  22. Conversant. LLC – You may find Conversant’s privacy policy through this link. Conversant uses information that does not directly identify you, such as information about your browser type, time and date of visit, your browsing or transaction activity, the subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, and a unique identifier (such as a cookie string, or a unique advertising identifier provided by your mobile device) during your visits to this and other websites and apps in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Conversant may use technologies such as cookies and other tracking technologies to collect this information. To learn more about interest-based advertising, or to opt-out, you can visit www.youronlinechoices.eu or https://www.networkadvertising.org/.

YOUR RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. Those links are always at the bottom of every email sent by this website. You may also notify us at hello@stepbysteppainting.net to be removed from our mailing list.

Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to hello@stepbysteppainting.net.

Amend – You may contact us at hello@stepbysteppainting.net to amend or update your personal information.

Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to hello@stepbysteppainting.net.

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

 

Promotional & Affiliate Disclosures

Amazon Affiliate

“Tracie Kiernan of Step By Step Painting” is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for publishers to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

Michaels Affiliate

If you click on any of the links that go to Michaels.com and if you end up purchasing an item, I may get a small commission. This is at no extra cost to you.

Hobby Lobby Affiliate

If you click on any of the links that go to HobbyLobby.com and if you end up purchasing an item, I may get a small commission. This is at no extra cost to you.

JoAnn Affiliate

If you click on any of the links that go to JoAnn.com and if you end up purchasing an item, I may get a small commission. This is at no extra cost to you.

Blick Affiliate

If you click on any links that go to Blick and you end up making a purchase, I may get a commission. This is at no extra cost to you. 

Rapid Resizer Affiliate

I am an affiliate for the Rapid Resizer online software. If you click on my affiliate link and purchase the software, I may get a commission. That is at no extra cost to you. 

Paid Advertising

Step By Step Painting with Tracie Kiernan accepts forms of cash advertising. Advertisements you see on this website are from a third party ad management company called Mediavine.

Please refer to my privacy policy regarding information that is collected in order to serve ads and record interactions with affiliate links.

Promotional Paid Content

This site accepts promotional content. Disclosures will be properly placed in a post that may be paid or posts that which I obtained a free product. All opinions are my own and no content is altered based on any form of payment. 

Terms Of Use

 

Step By Step Painting Terms of Service

1. Terms

By accessing the website at https://stepbysteppainting.net, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms of service, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this website are protected by applicable copyright and trademark law.

2. Intellectual Property

The Service and its original content, features and functionality are and will remain the exclusive property of Step By Step Painting and its licensors. The Service is protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of both the United States and foreign countries. Our trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service without the prior written consent of Step By Step Painting. 

3. Use License

Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on Step By Step Painting’s website for PERSONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may NOT:

  • sell, modify or copy the materials;
  • use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial) without prior consent;
  • attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Step By Step Painting’s website;
  • remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
  • transfer the materials to another person or “mirror” the materials on any other server.

This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Step By Step Painting at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

4. Disclaimer

  • Create at your own risk. The materials on Step By Step Painting’s website are provided on an ‘as is’ basis. Step By Step Painting makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties including, without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights.
  • Further, Step By Step Painting does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its website or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

5. Limitations

In no event shall Step By Step Painting or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Step By Step Painting’s website, even if Step By Step Painting or a Step By Step Painting authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

6. Accuracy of materials

The materials appearing on Step By Step Painting’s website could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Step By Step Painting does not warrant that any of the materials on its website are accurate, complete or current. Step By Step Painting may make changes to the materials contained on its website at any time without notice. However Step By Step Painting does not make any commitment to update the materials.

7. Links To Third Party Sites

Step By Step Painting has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its website and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Step By Step Painting of the site. Use of any such linked website is at the user’s own risk.

8. Modifications

Step By Step Painting may revise these terms of service for its website at any time without notice. By using this website you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these terms of service.

9. Governing Law

These terms and conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Arizona and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in that State or location.

 

Copyright Policy

 

© 2020 Step By Step Painting With Tracie Kiernan

The artwork, photographs, text and all content on Step By Step Painting with Tracie Kiernan, unless otherwise stated, is the property of Tracie Kiernan. It is intended for personal use. If you are intending on using the artwork for Paint Party For Profit use, please sign up for my Small Business Licensing Club Membership.

If you are a blogger, a link next to the photo is required.

You can sell your finished painting in a private sale. You can gift your painting! 

If you are a teacher, community volunteer, non-profit worker, etc. I allow the use of my tutorials without commercial licensing. If you are an in-school elementary or high school art teacher, you do not have to obtain special permission but please share the website if printing materials out.  

Pinning on Pinterest and sharing on any social media platform is encouraged! Please make sure you are sharing a link to the tutorial post so that others may enjoy too! I retain the rights to ask Pinterest or any social media platform to remove my image if it does not link back to its source.