Privacy Policy

Our Balanced Bowl Privacy Policy

Here at Our Balanced Bowl, user data privacy is of extreme importance to us. Below, you will find the data information collected by www.ourbalancedbowl.com and how we use it.

Disclaimer:

Our Balanced Bowl is a personal food blog written by Haylie Abele. I am not a trained nutritionist, registered dietician or chef. I am simply here to share delicious recipes and my opinions. Therefore, Our Balanced Bowl will not be held responsible for any loss or harm that may arise from the use of ourbalancedbowl.com.

I will always be up-front with my users on my opinions on certain items, whether or not I’m making commission or if it is a sponsored posts. Additionally, I vow to only work with brands that I truly believe and support based on my moral values when it comes to food.

AUTOMATICALLY COLLECTED INFORMATION:

We will collect certain information about you and the device with which you come across Our Balanced Bowl. For example, when you visit our website, your IP address, browser type, dates and times you accessed our site and if you used a referring website to get to us will be collected.  

USER SUBMITTED INFORMATION:

You may enter your name, website name and/or email address in the comment section on each recipe featured on Our Balanced Bowl. You may also voluntarily submit your name and email address on a contact form or for future newsletters or subscription based email services.

USE OF COOKIES:

Cookies 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.

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

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.

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 on our website (if any), 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).

USE OF COOKIES IN WP RECIPE MAKER:

WP Recipe Maker, the plugin used to make Our Balanced Bowl’s recipe cards, store the rating a user has given to a recipe along with the personal data WordPress core stores.

WP Recipe Maker stores a WPRM_User_Voted_%recipe% cookie (with %recipe% the ID of the recipe) that contains the rating the user has given to a particular recipe. This cookie is used as (one of the) measures to prevent rating spam.

WP Recipe Maker stores the IP address upon voting for user ratings. This is used as another measure to prevent rating spam.

Note: Users may, at any time, permanently prevent the setting of cookies, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser. By choosing to prevent cookies, you may not have access to all of the features here on Our Balanced Bowl.

THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS:

The main third party service provider that we use is Google Analytics. This allows us to know how many users are visiting our site per day, where they are being referred from and how long they stay on our site. Our Balanced Bowl also uses Google Analytics for Demographics, Location and Audience Overview. This allows us to see what our users are interested in, what country they are located in, if they were referred to us via another website. To disable this, please go to https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated or https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/

Our Balanced Bowl has enabled anonymizing IP addresses while tracking in Google Analytics.

Additionally, Our Balanced Bowl 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.

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

WHY DO WE COLLECT THIS INFORMATION?

We collect certain information from our users to improve the user experience. By using tools like Google Analytics and the commenting section, we are able to respond to inquiries, comments, answer questions about the recipes, etc.

PUBLIC USER DATA:

If you leave a comment on www.ourbalancedbowl.com, certain information may be publicly visible.  To create a user profile, you must choose a username and password and input your email address for profile confirmation.  Your email address will never be available publicly. At your option, you may also add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website. Other Our Balanced Bowl users may see your username, avatar, profile description and website information.

At any time you can contact us at ourbalancedbowl@gmail.com to update, modify or opt out of the collection of your personal information (email address, name, etc). You can also submit a request for what data collection we have stored anytime by contacting us at ourbalancedbowl@gmail.com

USER’S RIGHTS TO PERSONAL INFORMATION:

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.

Access – Wish to have access to the personal information we may have about you? Please submit a request to ourbalancedbowl@gmail.com.

Amend – You may contact us ourbalancedbowl@gmail.com to modify or update your personal information.

Forget – If you wish for us to erase any personal information or data, please submit a request to Haylie at ourbalancedbowl@gmail.com

Please note that this does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION:

At no time should you submit any sensitive personal information to Our Balanced Bowl. This includes things like your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, criminal background, heath issues etc. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

CHILDREN’S INFORMATION:

Lastly, Our Balanced Bowl does not knowingly collect any personal information or data from children under 16 years of age. If you are a parent or guardian and have questions or issues regarding this topic, please contact Haylie at ourbalancedbowl@gmail.com and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

USE OF PHOTOS AND RECIPES:

Please note that all recipes and photos from Our Balanced Bowl must be authorized for additional use aside from being on this website. This means that the recipes, blog posts and photos used on Our Balanced Bowl must not be reposted unless given prior approval. If re-posted anywhere else, you must directly link back to ourbalancedbowl.com.

NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?

If you require any additional information or have any questions regarding our privacy policy, please feel free to contact Haylie at ourbalancedbowl@gmail.com

CHANGES TO THE PRIVACY POLICY AND TERMS OF USE:
The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use were last updated on May 22, 2018. Our Balanced Bowl reserves the right to change these policies at anytime.  Please refer back to this page periodically for updates.