Here at Kimberly C. Starr (https://kimberlycstarr.com) we value and protect your privacy.
As laws, time, and common sense dictate, changes to this policy may be made from time to time. Please be sure to check this page for updates, as well as to make sure that you’re happy with current practices. By using this website, you agree to be bound by this policy.
- Who is Kimberly C. Starr?
- What information we collect and how we collect it
- Leaving a comment on our sites
- Subscriber newsletter
- Internet cookies and how to opt out
- Embedded content
- Google Analytics information
- Making a Payment to Kimberly C. Starr
- Ads and Affiliate links
- When I may have to share or transfer your personal data
- If you’re under 18
- If you wish to be removed from our data
Who is Kimberly C. Starr?
Hey, y’all. I’m Kimberly C. Starr. I’m a ginger, nurse, mama, and writer who loves sharing stories. I’ve blogged for years but made the switch to writing under my actual name in 2017. I’m based in Utah, and you’re always welcome to read more about Kimberly C. Starr here.
I run this website, https://kimberlycstarr.com, under an LLC with my husband. It’s Protean Enterprises, LLC. Under that, I also run a designer sock business, CuteCompressionSocks.com. The same policies are used across all Protean Enterprise, LLC websites – because I like easy.
Protean Enterprises, LLC c/o Kimberly C. Starr
P.O. Box 522
Kaysville, UT 84037
What personal data I collect and why we collect it
We aren’t at the hospital, so I don’t keep a chart about you. But I do collect information on you so that I can make this website a better, more enjoyable reading resource for you. By tracking information about the number of visitors on this site, user’s behavior while on this site, and how you found this website, I’m able to provide better, more relevant content to the things that matter most to you.
The information that’s automatically collected
I use Google Analytics (GA) to automatically process most data. Google Analytics uses “cookies” to collect data. More on cookies in a bit. I collect data via log files, cookies, comments left on my website, any purchases you make via this or other websites I manage, or by subscribing to my newsletter. I may also collect names, email addresses, websites (if left in the comments), IP addresses, the pages you visit, when you visit them, how long you’re hanging out with me, links clicked, and other demographic information that you may publish in comments or allow Google to collect. There’s a whole section on Google coming up, so make sure you read that section for more details.
The information you voluntarily submit to the website
You may voluntarily submit information to this website by leaving a comment, subscribing to the newsletter, or submitting a contact form. In addition, you are able to create a user profile within our stores, which allows you to create a username and a password. Your password will not be visible in our records.
The information we collect from others
If you choose to link your social media accounts to your user profile, we will receive your name, email address, and profile picture associated with that social media account.
Leaving a comment
I love it when y’all leave me comments! They add so much more depth and insight to the discussion.
That being said, in order to leave a comment you are welcome to do so as anonymously as you desire. Or you are welcome to leave your name, email, website, or any combination of those that you are comfortable with. Should you choose to input your email address, that will never be published.
Your details and comment will remain in the database unless I delete it – or I remove the attached article from my website. If you would like your comment and details deleted from my website, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get that taken care of for you.
If you’re under 18, don’t be leaving comments unless your parents are okay with it and have given you express permission to do so.
IMPORTANT: There are trolls online, y’all. It’s always a good idea to avoid leaving too-personal information in a comment or anywhere online. Use caution everywhere online. Oh, and one more thing. DON’T FEED THE TROLLS.
Media and Contact Forms
At this time, you’re unable to upload any images to any of my websites. Should that change, though, please make sure you’re removing any geolocation tags from your images first. Why? Because the images on my website are all publically accessible. As such, website visitors could download an image and extract any location information that isn’t removed prior to upload. So please – don’t use geolocation on images. Or better yet – don’t be trying to upload images to my website.
Contact forms collect information. At this time, I don’t use them. Should that change, that information would only be used for customer service purposes. None of that information is used for marketing purposes nor will you be auto-subscribed to anything of mine. That’s shady, y’all.
Yeah, they aren’t edible. We can be sad together.
They’re pieces of code that track your usage of a website. That way, I can use that data to make your experience on my website even better.
- the commenting system – it helps autofill in your information to make leaving a comment easier and faster. In fact, cookies are built into the entire WordPress system. And since I use WordPress… well, there’s cookies, cookies everywhere. And not a one to eat.
- collecting data via Google Analytics.
- Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to KimberlyCStarr.com and other sites on the web.
IMPORTANT: disabling cookies can affect how you interact with this and other websites. It could include the ability to log in to programs, services, forums, or accounts.
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.
Google Analytics, Search Console, and Demographics
Within Google, I use both Analytics and Search Console. I have also activated the demographics and interests features. These three aspects of Google track website usage and user actions to help me focus my content so that it’s more helpful, more relevant, and more streamlined.
Google collects your data and strips it of identifying features so that I only get anonymized data. For example, while GA may record and track your IP address, I am not privy to that data. I am, however, able to see things like: what town you’re in, the type of device you’re using, your operating system, how you found my website, and how long you spend on my website.
In that way, it reminds me of HIPAA: while I was a student nurse, I could learn about and learn from specific cases. But I did not get personally identifying factors, nor could I ever share those if I was presenting an educational case on one of my patients while at school. Just as I never tried to dig up a patient’s identifying information within the hospital charting system, I’ll never use GA to try to find yours.
How long we retain your data
I won’t share your data without your consent unless I’m legally obligated to, y’all.
That being said, there are a few instances where I will be sharing your data with third-party providers at your request:
- Purchases are handled by PayPal. This is more involved, so it’s got its own section below.
- Certain purchases are shipped directly from my partners abroad. In those instances, I will share only your delivery (location) data with those partners so that you can receive your order. None of your financial data will be shared.
- Subscribing for my newsletter uses two third-party providers: OptinMonster, ActiveCampaign, and MailChimp. You can read more about this further down the page.
That being said, we protect the data we do collect. And, we do that by protecting our website. That’s why we use encryption, two-factor authorization, and other fancy security features that send us regular internal reports to make sure that your data (and mine, too!) is safe. I don’t want my websites hacked, y’all. I want both of us kept safe.
If you decide to join one of my newsletters, first off that’s awesome. In that case, an email address is required, as all of my newsletters are delivered by email. You’re welcome to enter your name, too, so that I can personalize your newsletter. They are not, however, required.
That data is collected and used by my forms service provider, OptinMonster, and my email service providers, MailChimp and ActiveCampaign. You can read their respective privacy policies here, here, and here.
Newsletters and emails are sent 1-3 times per week. Within the email service provider, I use tags to track clicks, pages you visit, and the actions you take within those emails. That way, I can provide you a better email and newsletter experience. From time to time, I may include information on a relevant promotion or product.
Should you ever wish to unsubscribe from my newsletter, you’re welcome to do so. You can click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any of my newsletters to do so. Or, shoot me an email at email@example.com and I’ll delete your information for you.
Please be sure to either email me using the email you subscribed with – or comment within the email which email needs to be unsubscribed so that I can successfully help you in keeping your data both private and secure.
Your data (including name and email addresses) is never sold nor passed on to any other third-party. That’s shady, y’all.
Making a purchase from Kimberly C. Starr
If you’re making a purchase from this website, I’m impressed. Mostly because there isn’t a store right now. Why am I including this then? Because some of my other websites use this same policy, and they have stores.
For purchases, I’ll need 3 pieces of information: your name, your email address, and your location. Payments are processed by PayPal, which retains only the minimal amounts of data to be compliant with relevant legal and tax laws. On my end, that means I’ll need to keep a copy of the invoice, your name, email, and transaction data on hand. For physical products, I may also need to keep your location data on hand, too, for taxation reporting.
Products sold via affiliates or other platforms each collect and retain their own data. I do not have access to that data, so you’ll need to refer to their privacy policies.
Ads (advertisements) on Kimberly C. Starr
I use third party advertisements to support this website and my chocolate addition:
- Google AdSense
From time to time, we may use a stack of combined, anonymous data (which doesn’t identify you or anyone else) for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this may include information collected from cookies or analytics.
Our websites use affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing uses embedded links and cookies to track your web browsing and purchases. Purchases made using our affiliate links may result in our being paid a commission.
Your rights, your data, and your right to have your data removed
If you have an account on one of our websites, have left comments, or think you may have data on our websites, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us.
You can contact me at any time to amend or update your personal information.
You may opt-out of future communications, including email or newsletter, by clicking the “unsubscribe” links contained within each email or newsletter. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be removed from our email lists. I will comply with your request within a month.
At any point, you may ask that we remove your information from our systems. Please contact Kimberly C. Starr at email@example.com with your request. I will comply within a month.
This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
If you’re under 18
Please get your parent’s permission before you enter any personal data on this website. Y’all deserve to have your privacy protected just as much as an adult does.
If you have any questions about these policies, feel free to contact me.