Privacy & Cookies Policy

Effective on: May 26, 2018
We (“us”, “we”, “our”, or “thelotusinthepond.com”) are committed to respecting the privacy rights of visitors and users of thelotusinthepond.com  (“Site”). It is towards this end that we have created this privacy policy document to outline the types of personal information received and collected by the Site and how they are used or processed by us and other entities not within our control. This policy therefore applies only to this Site and not any other sites you access through this Site.

Activity log

This Site makes use of log files to collect information to improve user experience. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to – analyse trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. The thing to note here is that IP addresses, and other such information in the activity log files are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Cookies and Web Beacons

Cookies are inevitable and the Site use cookies by default to store information about visitors preferences, record user-specific information on which pages the user access or visit, customise Web page content based on visitors browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser. With that said, you are in total control about accepting cookies or disabling them at your end. There is a banner visible at the bottom of the first page whenever you visit the Site. Please read and choose whether you wish to click your consent or not to accept cookies.

DoubleClick DART cookies

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on the Site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to the Site and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie at their end by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL – https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

3rd party Ad servers

Third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology on the advertisements and links that may appear on the Site to send directly to your browsers should you click on them. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see. We want to emphasise that the Site has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

Opting out at your end

What you can do is to consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. But the Site’s privacy policy does not apply to, nor can we control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites.

Disabling cookies at your end

You can also take control by disabling cookies at your end. You may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at your browser’s respective websites.

Contact form

We use an anti-spam provider to filter all messages submitted via the Contact form. Hence, all submission data – IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message – is submitted to our anti-spam provider for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the Site on which it was submitted and is emailed directly to the owner of the form i.e. the site author who published the page on which the contact form resides. This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message. The IP address and user agent originally submitted with the comment are synced, as well, as they are stored in post meta. These will be purged in time in accordance with duration parameters set by the Site.

Further enquiries

This policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on May 26, 2018. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions regarding this privacy policy or usage of the Site. You can do so via our Contact page.

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