Privacy Policy

 
 
 
 

We designed this privacy policy to let you know that Micah Lynn Birth Stories does not do anything “sketchy” with your information. When you provide us with your name/email/address/phone number, we only use it to send you information related to our relationships with you as a client/subscriber and/or our monthly/random newsletter updates. Micah Lynn Birth Stories was created to provide with you personal, memory-making storytelling/photography services, simple as that.

Last Updated: September 30, 2016

Our website was created through Squarespace (Squarespace.com), you can find their Privacy Policy here: http://www.squarespace.com/privacy/

Our payment system is run through PayPal, you can find their privacy policy here: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their 'Personally identifiable information' (PII) is being used online. PII, as used in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

What Personal Information Do We Collect From the People that Visit our Blog, Website or App? When subscribing to our newsletter on our site, or filling out a client information form, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, or other details to help you with your experience. When paying invoices online, you will be asked through PayPal to provide credit card/account information by logging into your secure account.

When Do We Collect Information? We collect information from you when you subscribe to a newsletter, and/or fill out a client information form or enter information on our site.

How Do We Use Your Information? We may use the information we collect from you when sign up for our newsletter, fill out a client information form, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

  •  To correspond with you about your session, needs, invoice, etc.
  •  To send periodic emails regarding your session or other products and services.
  •  To send our monthly newsletter with blog updates/specials, etc.

How Do We Protect Visitor Information? All information collected on our website is stored through the 17 Hats Project Management Software. They follow industry protocols to protect information. Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to this system, and are required to keep the information confidential. Their privacy policy can be found here: https://www.17hats.com/version2/public/privacy/index.html

In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply through PayPal is protected by their security systems including 24/7 monitoring, secure technology, fraud prevention, dispute resolution, and global buyer protection. 

Do We Use 'Cookies'? Per Squarespace's Privacy Policy: We use these technologies to do things such as remember your preferences, keep you safe and improve and promote the Services. You can read more about how we use these technologies in our Cookie Policy, which is incorporated by reference into this Privacy Policy.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser's Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If Users Disable Cookies in Their Browser: If you disable cookies off, some features may be disabled.

Third Party Disclosure We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information unless we provide you with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third Party Links Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

 COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act) When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online. We do not specifically market to children under 13. Why would we? Thirteen year olds don’t typically book photography sessions on their own. 

Fair Information Practices The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In Order to be in Line with Fair Information Practices We Will Take the Following Responsive Action, Should a Data Breach Occur: We will notify the users via email within 7 business days. We will notify the users via in site notification within 7 business days. We also agree to the individual redress principle, which requires that individuals have a right to pursue legally enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or a government agency to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

CAN SPAM Act The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We Collect Your Email Address in Order to: Send you information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions; process quotes/invoices and to send information and updates pertaining to invoices; we may also send you additional information related to your product and/or service.

To Be in Accordance with CANSPAM We Agree to the Following:

  • NOT use false, or misleading subjects or email addresses
  • Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way
  • Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters
  • Monitor third party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
  • Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly
  • Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email

If at Any Time You Would Like to Unsubscribe from Receiving Future Emails Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Contacting Us: If there are any questions regarding our privacy policy you may contact us using the contact form on our website, or my emailing micahlynnbirthstories@gmail.com directly.