At WonderfulWanderings.com, I, Sofie Couwenbergh, recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Below you can find information on what types of personal information I receive and collect when you use WonderfulWanderings.com, and how I safeguard your information.
I never sell any kind of personal information to third parties or use this data for any illegal activities.
As with most other websites, WonderfulWanderings.com collects and uses the data contained in log files. The information in the log files includes your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited my site and which pages you visit.
Please note that this website uses IP Anonymization, which means that I am not able to link the information gathered while you are on this website to you as a person. I simply know that someone has visited the site, spent some time here and clicked around but I cannot identify that person as being you (or anyone else, for that matter).
The data gathered in log files are used to analyze how visitors, in general, use the website, to know if everything is working properly and to make improvements where needed.
To be able to offer pdf itineraries for sale on this website, WonderfulWanderings.com uses Woocommerce. Woocommerce tracks:
- Products you’ve viewed: this is used to, for example, show you products you’ve recently viewed
- Location, IP address, and browser type: this is used for purposes like estimating taxes and shipping
- Shipping address: this is to estimate shipping before you place an order, and send you the order
When you purchase something on this site, we’ll ask you to provide information including your name, billing address, shipping address (not always), email address, credit card/payment details and optional account information like username and password. We’ll use this information for purposes, such as, to:
- Send you information about your account and order
- Respond to your requests, including refunds and complaints
- Process payments and prevent fraud
- Set up your account for our store
- Comply with any legal obligations we have, such as calculating taxes
- Improve the store offerings
- Send you marketing messages, if you choose to receive them
If you create an account, we will store your name, address (not always), and email address, which will be used to populate the checkout for future orders.
We generally store information about you for as long as we need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it, and we are not legally required to continue to keep it. For example, we will store order information for 10 years for tax and accounting purposes. This includes your name, email address and billing and shipping addresses.
We will also store comments or reviews indefinitely, or until the page you left your comment/review on is removed from the website, if you choose to leave them.
This website accepts payments through PayPal, iDEAL, MasterCard, VISA, Cartes Bancaires, CartaSi, American Express, Bancontact, V Pay, Maestro, ING Home'Pay, Belfius, and KBC/CBC. When processing payments, some of your data will be passed to these payment processors, including information required to process or support the payment, such as the purchase total and billing information.
This website uses Mollie to process payments via the platforms mentioned above, except for PayPal.
Please see their respective privacy policies linked to above for more details.
Cookies and Web Beacons
In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like commenting forms, and provide anonymized tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. If you want to, you can opt out of being tracked through Google Analytics but please note that
- this will have a major negative effect on how I can analyze what people want from this site
- it's not necessary to do so if you want to visit this site anonymously. Your visit to this site is being tracked but you are not identified as the person paying the visit.
If you still want to opt-out of Google Analytics, click here to do so.
You can read how Google uses data here.
This website uses the third-party advertising company Mediavine to serve ads when you visit this website.
Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.0)
The Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.
First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at https://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.
Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.
The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:
- IP Address
- Operating System type
- Operating System version
- Device Type
- Language of the website
- Web browser type
- Email (in hashed form)
Mediavine Partners (see below) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.
If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit Opt Out – NAI: Network Advertising Initiative. You may also visit http://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and http://optout.networkadvertising.org/# to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at YourAdChoices.com | AppChoices to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.
For specific information about Mediavine Partners, the data each collects and their data collection and privacy policies, please click here.
As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. I suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.
The comment section
In order to post comments on this site, you are required to fill in your contact information (name and e-mail address). I will never sell or give away this information, nor will I ever sell or give away your e-mail address should you contact me.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save 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.
Should you choose to voluntarily disclose personal information on my site in the comments, please be aware that that information can be viewed publicly and can be collected and used by third parties without our knowledge and may result in unsolicited messages from other individuals or third parties. Such activities are beyond the control of this policy.
I use ConvertKit to send newsletters. If you have subscribed to my newsletter, your name, email address, and how often you read and interact with my newsletters is stored by ConvertKit. ConvertKit does not process “sensitive personal data” under the GDPR. I will only use your email address stores this way to send you the newsletters you subscribed to. I will not share it with any other third party.
If you have subscribed to the newsletter, you can unsubscribe at any point by clicking the “unsubscribe” link in any of the newsletters I've sent out. You can also email me to ask me to unsubscribe you.
If you have subscribed to the newsletter by entering your name and email address to a form on this site, that information is stored in my database. It is only ever used to subscribe you to my newsletter. It is never shared with a third party.
How long your data is retained
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. The only exception is when you have commented on an article that is deleted from the blog. In that case, your comment and information attached to that comment are deleted together with the article.
For users that register on the website (for example, when creating an account to buy an itinerary), the blog also stores 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.
Your right to view your data, download it, and/or have it deleted
As a user of this blog, you have the right to ask me for a list of the data I hold on you as well as a right to have that data removed. Please note that this does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
In regards to the newsletter, you can subscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in every newsletter. Please note that by doing so, you won't receive any more emails from me. Upon your request, I can also remove your email address and any data attached to it from ConvertKit.
In regards to the comment section of this blog, I can manually delete your entire comment if you don't want it there anymore.
This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that WonderfulWanderings.com does not claim any responsibility for the privacy practices of such other sites. I encourage users to be aware when they leave this site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.
This privacy statement applies solely to WonderfulWanderings.com.