Privacy Policy

What personal data we collect & why we collect it

Date orginally published: 7/7/2020

Version:  1.1

Who we are: Our website address is: https://www.italian-americans.com.

Comments: We permit readers to leave commentary.on articles. We reserve the right to decide whether or not we will post your comment. We base this decision on a multitude of factors, including relevancy, shareability, suitability and legal standards. The decision is ours alone. We keep comments, and all associated metadata, indefinitely. This is to fulfill administrative and legal obligations. Once submitted, you cannot retract your comment.

Media: We do not permit users to upload any kind of digital file to our servers.

Contact forms: We provide a contact form for your use. We collect and save all anonymized and personal Information, sent to us through our online contact form, directly by email, and gathered through metadata. This is used in the course of business, analytics, legal  issues and communication with the public.

Cookies: We set cookies on your computer to help us deliver content and to track anonymized visitor metrics as captured by Google Analytics.

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. The user needs to be aware of the privacy notices of those websites that house the embedded media. 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.

SEO & Analytics: We use Google Search Console & Google Analytics to monitor the health of our website, and to review and study user traffic. This is governed by Google’s Privacy Policy found at https://policies.google.com/privacy, and Google’s Terms of Service, found at https://policies.google.com/terms

Who we share data with: Our hosting company and our Google Analytics platform collects user data on our behalf. These two fims have their own privacy policy that protects your data. We do not collect presonally identifiable data from users, unless they send it to us in an email.

How long we retain your messages, personal data, and meta-data: All Information, including personal information, sent to us through our online contact form, directly by email, and gathered through metadata is retained indefinitely. Please note that website administrators can also view that information. At this time, we do not allow users to register on our website. 

What rights you have over your data: Data you share with us is kept indefinitely, and we retain it to meet administrative, legal, or security obligations. However, if you sent us a file in error that we should not have received, please alert us. We will research and if necessary refer to counsel for a decision on whether or not we are obliged to keep the data. Regardless of the outcome, you will receive a notification of our decision in a timely manner.

Where we send your data: Your data is collected by Google through a tracking pixel. Google uses this data to measure site optimization and  performance, and to segment visitor traffic. Google’s Privacy Policy found at https://policies.google.com/privacy, and Google’s Terms of Service, found at https://policies.google.com/terms.

How we protect your data: Our website utilizes Secure Socket Layers encryption (an SSL Certificate), to provide a reasonable amount of safety when you browse our website or utilize our contact form.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data: The extent of our use of automated decision making software is limited to the responsiveness of our website. Our code detects what kind of device and browser you are using, and makes adjustments accordingly. It also checks cookies to determine if you are a prior visitor. 

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