Privacy Policy

The privacy of our visitors to is important to us. This policy is valid from May 23, 2018.

We recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use and visit our site, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.

Who we are

The name of the website is Maps & Merlot, reachable at http://www.mapsandmerlot.com. For any questions on the site, reach out to the owner (Melissa) at hello@mapsandmerlot.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

This is a free content site. We do not require any information from you (not even a user name or password). We do not sell any information from our site to any outside party. If you choose to opt-in to updates, we collect your email address; first and last name are optional.  The only e-mail sent from our websites is in response to an inquiry that you may send us or as a result of joining our e-mail list. If anything comes to your attention which could potentially be a violation of this policy, please let us know immediately so that we can investigate it and try to correct 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.

Cookies

We also use third party advertisements to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited.

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics to analyze user data. For Google’s Privacy Policy, please click here.

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.

Visitors have the choice to opt-in to email updates. Each email sent from the site contains a link to unsubscribe. Additionally, the visitor may email the owner (Melissa) at hello@mapsandmerlot.com anytime to unsubscribe.

Compensation

The owner of this blog may be compensated to provide opinion on products, services, and various other topics. Even though the owner of this blog receives compensation for posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blogger’s own.

I am a participant 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.

Thank you! – Melissa