Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which British Columbia Mom collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from each user of the site:  https://www.bcmomca. This privacy policy applies to the site and all products and services offered by British Columbia Mom.

British Columbia Mom respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you as to what personally identifiable information we may collect and how it may be used. This statement only applies to this Website.

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOW IS IT COLLECTED?

Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: We may collect personal information from you such as your name or email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, sharing from within the website or entering a giveaway.

Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked and time spent on each page.

Cookies: We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.

HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED

We may use the information collected in the following ways:

  • To operate and maintain the Website;
  • To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will clearly provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings at your discretion;
  • To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries;
  • To provide you with user support;
  • To track and measure advertising on the Website;
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.

THIRD-PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information. This may be inclusive of sharing personal details for the purpose of fulfilling prizing on contests, or connecting you with brands and sponsors.

Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.

The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:

Google Analytics – this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.

Mailchimp – this service is used for delivery of email updates and newsletters. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications.  Please refer to Mailchimp’s privacy policy for further information.

At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion.

Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; however, we may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the Website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding brought by or against us.

ANONYMOUS DATA

From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.

PUBLICLY VISIBLE INFORMATION

If you leave a comment certain information may be publicly visible.

Users may see your username, avatar, profile description and website information.

COOKIES

The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, customize Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described herein.

Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.

ADVERTISING

Display Ads

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies, as noted above.

Retargeting Ads

From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website.

Affiliate Program Participation

The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions. Whenever a blog post contains affiliate links, this will be clearly stated at the beginning of the post. Please note that when you click on an affiliate link, I may a tiny percentage from that sale without any cost to you.

British Columbia Mom is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.  As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their website. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.

Newsletters

On the Website, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may be used for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties. All newsletters include a clear, concise opt-out option that you, the reader, may utilize at any time at your own discretion.

RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us at [email protected] to be removed from our mailing list.

Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to [email protected]

Amend – You may contact us at [email protected] to amend or update your personal information.

Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to [email protected]

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your social security number, social insurance number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

CHILDREN’S INFORMATION

The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at [email protected] and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

CONTACT INFORMATION

At any time, please contact us at [email protected] for questions related to this Privacy Policy.

GIVEAWAY POLICY

British Columbia Mom posts giveaways from time to time on this site.  Some of these giveaways are hosted locally by British Columbia Mom, some by brands we have partnered with, and some are hosted by others.  In each case, this is clearly indicated on the giveaway post.

Whenever possible, giveaways are open to both the US and Canada but again, this is always clearly disclosed. The following policies pertain to any giveaways hosted solely by British Columbia Mom – for all others, please consult the giveaway host directly if you have any questions about their policies.

Giveaways are generally run through Rafflecopter or Gleam and prize winners’ entries are verified before prizes are awarded. Because these services automatically pick a prize winner for me, your notification of winning will be sent to the email address you provided upon entry.

Please respond within 48 hours of being notified that you have won a prize or a new winner will be picked. If multiple entries are being made through the same IP address (ie shared internet of families, coworkers, or at schools), it is best to contact British Columbia Mom directly as it is up to our sole discretion as to whether entries from more than one name/email address at the same IP will be allowed. If you do not reply within 48 hours, another prize winner will be drawn.

Except in a few rare cases, British Columbia Mom is not responsible for shipping. Your prize should arrive in 8-10 weeks. If you do not receive it by then, please contact me at [email protected] so that I can follow up on it.  Since I live in Canada and often ship to the US or overseas, there can sometimes be substantial delays or prizes that get lost in the mail due to customs and crossing international borders.

DISCLOSURE POLICY

You will see a disclosure statement at the beginning of every post that has been sponsored by a brand so that you are fully aware that I have received some sort of compensation in the way of money or products.  Please know that I will never accept a sponsorship opportunity for a product or brand that I do not truly support and believe in. All opinions stated on this blog are my own unless otherwise indicated (for example, in the case of a guest blogger).