Privacy Policy

At the beginnersreef.com, I recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information I receive and collect when you use and visit thebeginnersreef.com, and how I safeguard your information. I never sell your personal information to third parties.

Who am I

My website address is: https://thebeginnersreef.com. This site is owned an operated wholly by myself.  I can be reached at richard@thebeginnersreef.com

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

Contact forms

When you fill out a contact form on thebeginnersreef.com I only collect the information you enter into the contact form. If the form asks for your name, email address, or any other personal information, then that information is sent to me via email. I only retain that information—including your email address—for as long as necessary to address your purpose in contacting me.

Email addresses provided in contact forms are not ever used by myself for any purpose other than to reply to you in regards to your reason for contacting me.  I never sell information from contact forms to any third parties for any purpose.

Log Files

As with most other websites, I collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit my site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited my site and which pages you visited throughout my site.

Cookies and Web Beacons

I use third party advertisements on thebeginnersreef.com to support my site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on my site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit my site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. 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 choose 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 my site as well as other websites.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

As you use this Website, I use automatic data collection technology (Google Analytics) to collect certain information about your device, browsing actions, and patterns. This generally includes information about where you are, how you use my website, and any communications between your computer and this site. Among other things, I will collect data about the type of computer you use, your Internet connection, your IP address, your operating system, and your browser type.

I collect this data for statistical purposes and I don’t collect personal information. The purpose of this data is to improve my Website and offerings.

If you wish to opt out of Google Analytics so that none of your personal information is collected and stored by Google Analytics, you can download and install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on here.  For more information on how Google collects and uses your data, you can access the Google Privacy Policy here.

Who I share your data with

I don’t sell or share your data with anyone.  I do use a 3rd party email provider to store your email address if you voluntarily signed up for my email newsletter.  The privacy policy for Mailchimp can be found here.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on my website (if any), I also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

My contact information

For questions regarding your data and how I use it, you can reach me at richard@thebeginnersreef.com.  You can also email me here if you would like an extract of all of your personal information stored on my website or to request that I delete all of your information stored my website.

Additional information

How I protect your data

No financial data is collected or stored by thebeginnersreef.com