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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read my privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how I collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with my website.


What personal information is collected from people that visit this blog or website?

When ordering or registering on this site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address or other details to help you with your experience.


When is this information collected?

This information is collected from you when you subscribe to a newsletter or enter information on this site, or when you provide feedback on products or services.


How is your information used?

The information collected from you when you register, sign up for the newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features may be used in the following ways:

  • To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
  • To ask for ratings and reviews of services or products.
  • To improve the website in order to better serve you.
  • To better service you in responding to your customer service requests.
  • To personalize your experience and to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested.

How is your information protected?

Since this website only provides articles and information and never asks for credit card numbers, there is no need for vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards. This website uses regular Malware Scanning and SSL certification.


Does this website use 'cookies’?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

For instance, cookies are used to help understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity. Cookies also help me compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that I can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

This website uses cookies to:

  • Understand and save user’s preferences for future visits.
  • Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. I may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on my behalf.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since each browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you turn cookies off, it won’t affect your user experience.


Third-party Disclosure

I will never sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your Personally Identifiable Information to outside parties. That would be gross.


Third-party Links

Occasionally, at my discretion, I may include or offer third-party products or services on this website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. I therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, I seek to protect the integrity of my site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.


Google AdSense

Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en

I have not enabled Google AdSense on this site but may do so in the future.


California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

According to CalOPPA, I agree to the following:

  • Users can visit this site anonymously.
  • Once this privacy policy is created, I will add a link to it on the home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering this website.
  • My Privacy Policy link includes the word 'Privacy’ and can easily be found on the page specified above.

You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes on my Privacy Policy Page.

You can change your personal information by emailing me.


How does this site handle Do Not Track signals?

This site honors Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.


Does this site allow third-party behavioral tracking?

Yes, this site allows third-party behavioral tracking.


COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 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.

I do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.


Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices I will take the following responsive action: Should a data breach occur, I will notify you via email within 1 business day and via on-site notification within 7 business days.

I also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.


CAN SPAM Act

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

I collect your email address in order to:

  • Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
  • Market to my mailing list or continue to send emails to clients after the original transaction has occurred.

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, I agree to the following:

  • Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
  • Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
  • Include the physical address of my business or site headquarters.
  • Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
  • Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
  • Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email and you will promptly be removed from ALL correspondence.


Contacting Me

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact me using the information below.

Cherita Smith | Author
PO Box 18381
Los Angeles, CA 90018 United States
hello (at) cheritasmith (dot) com
cheritasmith.com

Last edited on 12-11-2017.

 

How to Add My Email to Your Contacts

If you don't see an email from Cherita Smith in your Inbox, it may have been sent to your spam folder by mistake. Please check your spam folder and if you find an email from me, open it and mark it as “Not spam”.

To ensure you get all three of your free books in the Starter Library, please see how to add my email to your Contacts, Safe Senders or Whitelist in the app or email service you use:

Is your email client or spam filter not listed? If email from Cherita Smith is being filtered, try adding hello@cheritasmith.com to your Address Book or Contact list. If messages continue to be sent to your junk folder, contact support for your ISP or spam filter application and ask how to whitelist hello@cheritasmith.com.

Gmail

To make sure my emails get delivered to your Inbox, you must add Cherita Smith to your contacts list. If you do not find an email from me, please check your Spam folder. If you do find my email in Spam:

  1. Open the email

  2. Click the button on the top toolbar labeled “Not spam”

  3. Next, add Cherita Smith to your Contacts list:

    1. Open the email

    2. Click the “More” drop down arrow (located next to “Reply” in the upper right corner of the email)

    3. Click the “Add Cherita Smith to Contacts List” option from the list that appears. If Cherita Smith does not appear in the dropdown list, then you probably have already added me to your Contacts

Gmail Mobile App

If you use tabs such as “Promotions,” please open your Promotions tab in the Gmail Mobile App. If you do not find an email from Cherita Smith there, please check your Spam folder. When you do find the email from me:

  1. Tap the “Menu” icon in the red bar (three vertical dots in the top right corner)
  2. Select “Move to”
  3. Select “Primary” from the list. This way you will always see Cherita Smith in your Primary inbox tab!

Gmail Tabs

If you use Gmail tabs such as “Promotions”, please open your Promotions tab. If you find an email from Cherita Smith in your Gmail Promotions tab:

  1. Grab and drag the email to the “Primary” inbox tab
  2. After doing so, you will receive an alert like this at the top of your Gmail toolbar: The conversation has been moved to “Primary”.  Do this for future messages from hello@cheritasmith.com? Yes
  3. Click Yes in the yellow alert box. This way you will always see Cherita Smith in your Primary inbox tab!

Yahoo! Mail

If you have not received an email from Cherita Smith, please check your Spam folder. If you find my email in Spam:

  1. Open the email

  2. Click the “Not Spam” button on the top toolbar

 

To ensure delivery of future emails, create a filter to automatically send email from Cherita Smith to your Inbox:

  1. Move your mouse over or tap the Gear icon in the top right navigation bar

  2. Select “Settings” from the list that drops down

  3. Choose “Filters” located on the left side of the page

  4. Click the “Add” button on the Filters page

  5. Create a name in the Filter name field (such as Safe Senders)

  6. In the “From” field leave the default contains selected

  7. Enter my email address hello@cheritasmith.com in the text box next to Contains…

  8. Choose the destination folder to which you would like the message delivered. For example: Inbox.

  9. Click or tap “Save”

  10. On the next screen you will see: “Deliver to Inbox if From contains Cherita Smith

  11. Click or tap “Save” on this screen. You will be returned to your Yahoo! Inbox.

GMX.com

To add my email address or domain to your whitelist:

  1. Click on “Settings”
  2. Select “Whitelist”
  3. Enter my e-mail address, hello@cheritasmith.com 
  4. Click on “Save”

iPhone Mail App

iPhone Mail identifies most junk mail (spam) sent to your @icloud.com address or aliases, but it can mistakenly move email to your Junk mail folder. Periodically check the Junk folder for email messages that were marked as junk mistakenly. To indicate that an email message from Cherita Smith isn’t junk:

  1. Open your Mail app and go to the Mailboxes screen
  2. Scroll down to the folders area
  3. Select the Junk folder
  4. Find the email from Cherita Smith and slide it left to see options
  5. Tap the “More” button
  6. Tap the “Mark” button
  7. Tap the “Mark as Not Junk” button

The message is moved to your Inbox. Future email messages from Cherita Smith will no longer be marked as junk. By default, messages in the Junk folder are deleted after 30 days, so be sure to check it often to whitelist relevant email.

Outlook Mobile App

To add Cherita Smith to your Focused Inbox on the Outlook App, open the email and:

  1. Click the drop down menu at the top right of your Inbox (three vertical dots)
  2. On the menu displayed, tap “Move to Focused Inbox”
  3. Select the “Move this and all future messages” option
  4. Tap “Move”. Now all future messages from Cherita Smith will appear in your Focused Inbox. You can also remove unwanted emails from your Focused Inbox as well by repeating this process in your Focused tab.

Outlook 2003, Outlook 2016 and Outlook Office 365

To add Cherita Smith to you list of “Safe senders” in Outlook:

  1. Right click my email in your Inbox email list pane

  2. On the menu displayed, move your mouse over or tap “Junk”

  3. Click or tap on “Never block sender” in the menu that rolls out

  4. The resulting popup will say: “The sender of the selected message has been added to your Safe Senders List.”

  5. Click “OK”

 

To add Cherita Smith to your address book:

  1. Open the email

  2. Right click on the From address (hello@cheritasmith.com)

  3. Choose the “Add to contacts” option

Outlook.com

Previously “Hotmail”, “Live”, “Windows Live” and “MSN”… In the new Outlook.com you must click the Wait, it’s safe link if you find emails incorrectly identified as spam. Entering the email contact in the address book or contacts no longer whitelists the sender. To ensure messages from specific email addresses are not sent to your Junk Email folder, you can do one of two things:

1. Check the Junk folder. If you see email from me in your Inbox, open the email and click the “Wait, it’s safe” link

OR

2. Manually add Cherita Smith to your safe list:

  1. Click the gear icon on the top right

  2. Select Options from the drop down list

  3. On the Options page under “Preventing junk email”, click “Safe and Blocked Senders”

  4. Click the “Safe Senders” link on the next page

  5. Enter hello@cheritasmith.com in the text box

  6. Click “Add to list”. Cherita Smith will now be added to your list of Safe Senders. Emails added to your Safe Senders will not be delivered by mistake to your Junk folder.

AOL Webmail

To make sure my email gets delivered to your AOL Inbox, please complete these two steps…

1. If you find Cherita Smith in your spam folder:

  1. Right click the email.

  2. Click “Not spam” in the resulting list.

 

2. Add hello@cheritasmith.com to your Address Book:

  1. Open the email from Cherita Smith.

  2. Click the show details link next to Cherita Smith in the From field.

  3. Move your mouse over or tap hello@cheritasmith.com to show the menu.

  4. Click or tap Add contact in the menu displayed.

  5. Add Cherita Smith to the name fields.

  6. Click Add contact. Email from that domain will now be delivered straight to your Inbox.

Comcast

Please log into your Xfinity account and select your Comcast webmail. Should you find an email from Cherita Smith in your spam folder:

  1. Open the email.

  2. Click the Spam (not spam) icon on the top toolbar

 

Next, add Cherita Smith to your address book:

  1. Open the email from Cherita Smith
  2. Click on the button at the top left of the email that says: + Add to Address Book
  3. That will open your edit contact screen
  4. Click Save and you’re all done.

Mozilla Thunderbird

Please open your Thunderbird email client. If an email from me appears in your Junk folder, mark that message as “Not Junk”. Next, please add Cherita Smith to your Address Book:

  1. Click the “Address Book” button

  2. Make sure the “Personal Address Book” is highlighted

  3. Click the “New Contact” button

  4. Under the Contact tab, copy and paste the “From” address, hello@cheritasmith.com, into the email text box

  5. Click “OK”