Who we are

Our website address is: https://paulamcnulty.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Accounts

Hugs Beads will retain information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this policy, for as long as your account is active.  If you no longer want me to use your information to provide services to you, you may close your account.  I will retain your account information as necessary to comply with applicable tax laws, to resolve disputes, enforce our agreements, and as otherwise described in this policy.

Orders & Contact Forms

To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of jewelry, for example), if you contact me directly using a contact form. I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including: as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support; when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list; if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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

Analytics

We keep track with an analytics provider, Google Analytics, to help us understand how  our  customers use our site. Here is a link to their privacy policy for further information: https://policies.google.com/privacy

Who we share your data with

Information about our customers is important to our business. We share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

We use trusted third party service providers. Such as:

Our website hosting service, Siteground, whereby back-ups are routinely performed: https://www.Siteground.com/privacy 

Our shipping provider, Pirate Ship. Please refer to their privacy policy for more details https://ship.pirateship.com/privacy.

Our mailing list provider when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list. Please refer to Mailer Lite’s privacy policy https://www.mailerlite.com/legal/privacy-policy.

Third party financial services are provided to enable payments to Hugs Beads. Please refer to Paypal’s privacy policy https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full and Venmo’s privacy policy www.venmo.com/privacy

Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.

Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

How we store your data

Hugs Beads securely stores your data on this website using Siteground hosting service for routine back-ups which is protected with SSL encryption and WAF (web application Firewall).  Other software we use to process orders are backed up securely using Google Cloud which uses encryption to protect data in transit and at rest. Data in transit to G Suite is protected using HTTPS, which is activated by default for all users. G Suite and Google Cloud Platform services encrypt customer content stored at rest, without any action required from customers, using one or more encryption mechanisms.  Additional information on Google Cloud data storage can be found here: https://cloud.google.com/security/gdpr/?tab=tab4

How long we retain your data

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

For users that register an account on our website, we 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. This information is retained for as long as the account is active. 

We retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in our Privacy Policy. However, we may also be required to retain this information to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce our agreements. 

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 we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

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

We may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, We may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If we are deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, We rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

Our contact information

If you wish to contact us about your information and privicy-specific concerns please contact us at: email: Paula@paulamcnulty.com, or write: 1035 Denton Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040