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Privacy Policy

Your Privacy & Security Is Important to Me!

Step By Step Painting 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. However, your email address is stored privately. I will not distribute your email address or opt you into a mailing list. Your IP address is also 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.

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

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

Display Ads:

We use a third-party advertising company called Mediavine to serve advertisements when you visit the Website. Ads appearing on this site may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile non personal identification information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This privacy policy does not cover the use of cookies by any specific advertisers.

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 tracieannekiernan@gmail.com to be removed from our mailing list.

Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to tracieannekiernan@gmail.com.

Amend – You may contact us at tracieannekiernan@gmail.com 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 tracieannekiernan@gmail.com.

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

 

Advertising, 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.”

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.

Paid Advertising

Step By Step Painting accepts forms of cash advertising. Advertisements help pay for a bulk majority of this website and keep it free to all guests and fans. The 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 transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:

  • modify or copy the materials;
  • use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
  • 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.