Here at Kimberly C. Starr 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.
For any questions about this policy, our privacy practices, or other disclosure-related questions, please email starrkimberlyc (at) gmail (dot) com.
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.
How I collect information about you
We aren’t at the hospital, so I don’t keep a chart about you. But I do collect information 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.
What information I’m collecting
Again, there’s no chart. But I do 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, 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.
Why (and how) I track your visit
I use Google Analytics (GA) to process this kind of data. Google Analytics uses “cookies” to collect data. More on cookies in a bit.
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.
Google Analytics and Demographics
Within Google Analytics, I have activated the demographics and interests features. As I said above, this helps 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.
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 starrkimberlyc (at) gmail (dot) com 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.
Joining my subscriber newsletter
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 email service provider, MailChimp.
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 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 starrkimberlyc (at) gmail (dot) 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) are never passed on to a third party.
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 a store is in the plans – someday.
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
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.
You can disable or turn off some cookies in your browser settings. The exact steps are different for each browser system but can usually be found by managing your preferences.
- 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.
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.
Transferring your personal data
I won’t do it unless I’m legally obligated to, y’all.
Your right to have your data removed
At any point, you may ask that we remove your information from our systems. Please contact Kimberly C. Starr at starrkimberlyc (at) gmail (dot) com with your request. I will comply within a month.
If you have any questions about these policies, feel free to contact me.