Privacy Policy

I want to keep my personal information private, so I expect that you do, too. As a result, I have tried to design my website to use as little data from you as possible and still produce an enjoyable product. You can enjoy virtually all aspects of this website without providing any information to me beyond what is technically required to operate a website.

It is my policy to respect your privacy regarding any information I may collect from you or which you may provide to me, in the circumstances set out below. Accordingly, I have developed this privacy policy in order for you to understand how I collect, use, communicate, disclose, safeguard and otherwise make use of your personally identifiable information.

The best way to maintain your own privacy is to review the privacy settings of your chosen browser and to minimize the personal data you volunteer.

Data I Collect When You Visit My Website

Visiting any website transfers some data to the host server. My server collects the following information upon your visit.

Computer Log FilesThe website is hosted on a USA based Virtual Private Server that I control. As a part of the operation, that server tracks basic information about visitors, including, but not limited to, IP addresses, browser details, timestamps and pages visited. The information is tracked for routine administration, maintenance and security purposes. The computer logs are deleted on a routine basis, so no permanent record of user usage is maintained.

CookiesLike most websites, this website utilizes cookies to enhance the visitor experience.  If you prefer, you can disable cookies in your web browser if you do not wish us to collect this information. Disabling cookies for all sites is not recommended as it may interfere with your use of some sites. The best option is to disable or enable cookies on a per-site basis. Consult your browser documentation for instructions on how to block cookies and other tracking mechanisms. Please also review our cookie policy.

Like my most websites, I use a third party to host my website - a Virtual Private Server physically located inside the United States and operated by DigitalOcean. Per their privacy statement, "DigitalOcean adheres to the highest standards when it comes to privacy and data security. Our services comply with stringent EU privacy directives, and we regularly conduct security audits and assessments meeting those requirements." Additional information can be found at https://www.digitalocean.com/help/privacy/ .

Personal Data You Volunteer

Through three optional features on my website, you may volunteer additional personal data:

Email Newsletter - While many readers follow my social media pages, they are often frustrated that the social media companies filter what they see. With a newsletter, the information is sent straight to your emailbox and you decide whether or not to read it. As part of my philosophy of requesting a minimum of personal data, I request only your email address.

Unlike a lot of websites, I do not utilize a off-site third-party email company, so I do not store your email address outside of my server. Instead, I use a newsletter software product that stores all data on my server. Your information remains for as long as you are a subscriber. Periodically, I delete all data related to people who no longer receive my emails.

To maximize delivery of email, I utilize one of the best, most secure transactional email services (a company that specializes in getting email part various spam filters and into your email box) in the world, Mailgun. The newsletter and email addresses are communicated to them, they deliver the newsletter, and then they delete the information per their policy that can be found at https://www.mailgun.com/gdpr.

Comments - If you leave a comment on one of my posts, I collect your name, email address and, potentially, your website as well as the comment itself. Your name and a link to your website (if applicable) as well as your comment are posted for other visitors to read. Your email address is stored on my server but is not publicly visible. I utilize two external services in processing comments: Gravatar (produces the images that some people have visible beside their comment) and Akismet (spam filter to prevent inappropriate comments). Both are operated by Automattic whose privacy policy can be found at https://automattic.com/privacy/. Comments remain permanently in the system (unless you request them to be deleted).

Contact Form - If you contact me via my contact page, I collect your name, email address and comment. This information is NOT stored on my servers, but is emailed directly to me. After I read (and respond as appropriate), the email is deleted.

How I Use The Data

I will only use your Personal Data where the law allows. Most commonly, I use your Personal Data to:

  • process and manage your use of my website;
  • respond to your questions, comments and requests;
  • where you have opted-in to receive marketing from me, deliver communications that are relevant to your preferences / may be of interest to you;
  • develop targeting criteria and custom audience generation, primarily working with third parties such as Facebook and Google;
  • improve my services and Website through analysis of information.

I have implemented security policies and technical measures to safeguard the Personal Data I collect. I maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with applicable law, including the GDPR, to safeguard Personal Data from accidental loss, destruction or damage and unauthorized access, use and disclosure.

I will use and store your Personal Data only for as long as necessary, bearing in mind the uses of your Personal Data as described in this privacy policy and otherwise as communicated to you. I review the Personal Data I hold at regular intervals and delete permanently or anonymize any Personal Data which is no longer necessary.

Other Disclosure of Information

Outside of the above, your personal information will not be disclosed to any other party except in the circumstances detailed below:

  1. In the event that I sell any or all of my business to the buyer
  2. Where I am legally required by law to disclose your personal information
  3. To help with fraud protection and reduce the risk of fraud

Special Note For Children

This Website and my services are aimed at adults. I do not knowingly market to nor collect any Personal Data relating to children aged under 18 years old. If you are under the age of 18, please do not provide me with any of your Personal Data, including your email address.

Access to and control over your Personal Data

You have legal rights under applicable law in relation to your Personal Data. You can ask the following questions, or take the following actions, at any time by contacting us:

  • see what Personal Data we hold about you (if any), including why we are holding it and who it could be disclosed to;
  • ask us to change/correct your Personal Data;
  • ask us to delete your Personal Data;
  • object to the processing of your Personal Data;
  • ask us to restrict the processing of your Personal Data;
  • withdraw any consents you have given us to the processing of your Personal Data; and
  • express any concerns you have about third parties’ use of your Personal Data.

Third Party Data Collection

I utilize a handful of third-parties that collect data. I have no access to that raw data and any requests for information need to be directed to them.

Tracking - I use the following tools to provide analytics about who visits my website. I can not see individuals, but receive aggregated information about what articles are visited, where the visitors come from, and demographic information. This information is helpful for me in both developing new material for the website and in attracting new visitors.

Google Analytics - Google Analytics is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping to understand how you use the site and ways that I  can improve your experience.For more information about how they use and secure your data, please visit https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245. Note Google offers a download for your browser that will block the use of Google Analytics on all websites.

AddThis - The social media sharing buttons you see throughout the website are provided by AddThis, the largest provider of social media buttons. They provide analytical information about the sharing of posts from my website. You may opt-out of tracking everywhere AddThis is used by visiting http://www.addthis.com/privacy.

Marketing - Two companies pay me to generate advertisements on my website. Both track your interactions with their ads in order to target future ads to you (and target the ads you see on my website based on their previous knowledge). I do not receive any details about ads presented to you, your interaction with those ads, or your eventual purchases.

Google Adsense - Google Adsense is the largest advertiser on the internet. Their effectiveness is their ability to target specific ads to specific users which is accomplished via the use of cookies that track your web usage. You may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Ads Settings (see the bottom of that page for links for opt-out). I receive compensation based on overall views and clicks, but receive no information on individual users or advertisers.

Amazon - I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. The specific products featured in amazon advertisement are based on the key topics on the webpage plus your previous interactions on Amazon. I will also periodically mention a specific product and link to their website, clearly labeled as an"affiliate link." I am paid a commission based on sales generated, but receive no details about individual purchasers. Also note that your prices are not impacted by utilizing the affiliate links. Amazon's privacy notice can be found here.

Who We Are

This website (dkwall.com) and all of my creative efforts operate under the legal umbrella of Conjuring Reality, LLC - a North Carolina (USA) Limited Liability Company. The use of "I," Me," "My," "We," "Us," or "Our" all refer to Conjuring Reality, LLC. For the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”), Conjuring Reality LLC is the “data controller”.

To contact me, you can either email me or send paper mail to:

D.K. Wall
c/o Conjuring Reality, LLC
PO Box 1835
Maggie Valley, NC 28751-1835

Changes To The Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is reviewed and revised from time to time. Changes are indicated by a notice on your screen during your first visit after a change.

Consent

Your use of this site, in any and all forms, constitutes an acceptance of this Privacy Policy.

Last updated May 29, 2018