DISCLOSURE & PRIVACY POLICY

Policy updated on 6th June 2020

Hi There, I’m Sophie Pearce, welcome to your full disclosure policy! 

As you’re here, I’m sure you’re curious to know a few things about my website;

  1. How I make money and what financial relationships I have with third parties
  2. How I store your data by visiting my website 

All valid questions which you have a right to know about and I will aim to answer below.

I believe that honesty is the best policy, always.

So, keep reading to find out how this site makes an income, stores your data and how this does (or does not) affect you.

As the owner, publisher, photographer, admin and jack of all trades of this website, I’m also the Data Protection Officer. So, if you have any questions you feel I haven’t answered, feel free to contact me here; [email protected]. 

Disclosure Policy

This part will explain my financial relationships with third parties and how you will be kept informed.

ASA, CAP & CMA Disclosure

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) would like me to inform you about any financial relationships I have with companies, tourism boards or brands. i.e. when these guys pay me!

They would also like me to inform you when I am gifted a product in exchange for a review and when I am sponsored by a tourism board/hotel for travel. This is because you, as a consumer of my blog, have a right to know. Fairs, Fair right?!

Below are a variety of ways that my blog makes money;

Affiliate Marketing

You should be aware that most of my articles contain affiliate links. What this means is, if you click on an affiliate link on my website, it will come with a tracking code. If you purchase a product after clicking on my affiliate link, I will earn a small commission at no further cost to you. 

Above every blog post on my site I put a disclaimer that my post may contain affiliate links (with a link to this very disclosure policy). 

What companies do I have affiliates with (i.e. who pays me)?

Amazon Affiliates: I am part of the Amazon affiliate programme. Sometimes, I create packing lists and advertise travel products I think my followers will love. If you buy any product through this link. I will earn a small commission from Amazon. Cue, corporate paragraph…

Third Eye Traveller is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Keepgo: I am part of an affiliate programme with Keepgo, a WiFi hotspot company that keeps me online. If you purchase a Keepgo product I earn a small commission at no further cost to you. This used to be gifted as extra data and now it’s commission sales based on my referral link.

Booking. com: I recommend hotels/hostels that I believe are a great option for accommodation for your travels. If you book a hotel after clicking on my affiliate links, I earn a small commission.

Reward Style: I sometimes create packing lists or articles about what to wear in certain countries. If you buy any of the clothes I’ve linked into the Reward Style widget, I gain a small commission.

World Nomads: Travel Insurance is a necessity when you travel, I am a proud ambassador of World Nomad’s and when you open a policy with them from my links or widgets, I gain a commission. 

Bluehost: I sometimes put together articles for aspiring bloggers, Bluehost offers great entry level hosting. When you sign up with them, I gain a small commission. 

CJ Affiliates: Skyscanner, Tripadvisor and some other companies all have affiliate links under the umbrella company CJ. Clicking on any of those links and purchasing a flight/hotel will result in a small commission. 

Get Your Guide: I often recommend guided tours on my blog for certain destinations i.e Outlander tours in Scotland. You’ll see a ‘Get Your Guide Widget’ or link when this is the case. If you book a tour by clicking on this widget, I will gain a small commission. 

ShareASale: I use the Tailwind App for Pinterest and sometimes I recommend them on my site. Signing up to Tailwind and purchasing their subscriptions through my affiliate link will result in a commission. 

Liability

Once you have purchased a product from my affiliate links, I, Sophie Pearce or the website Third Eye Traveller, is not liable or responsible for the product quality or satisfaction. The support, review or return of that product must be progressed with the company in question. 

How will I know when you’ve been sponsored or gifted a product? 

As a travel blogger, it’s my job to travel a lot.

Sometimes my trip will be fully sponsored (paid for) by a tourism board or brand and I will receive no extra payment. But, in some cases, I will also be paid for this trip too.

This is usually in exchange for deliverables like blog post reviews, photos, social media posts etc. 

From time to time, I may only be sponsored for part of a trip;

Hotels: I may be gifted a stay in a hotel in exchange for a review/social media photos

Restaurants: I may be invited to eat at a restaurant in exchange for a review and social media shout outs 

Entrance fees: Sometimes the entrance fee to an attraction may be gifted in exchange for deliverables

Trips: I often go on food tours, day trips, sightseeing, or walking tours which may be sponsored (paid for) by the company in exchange for a review.

Gifted Products

Many brands/companies get in touch with me to collaborate. This usually includes gifting me a product (i.e. a travel pillow/backpacks) or allowing me to trial their product to advertise to my readers.

My promise to you

So you are fully aware, I will always disclose when I am sponsored in the following ways;

Social media: I will disclose ‘Ad’, ‘Invite’, ‘Sponsored’, or ‘Gifted’ on my content and tag the company I am working with. 

On my blog: I will always disclose at the bottom of my post what company I have worked with and whether they have sponsored the trip, just part of it, or gifted me a product.

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising

The Website uses Mediavine to manage all third-party advertising 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. The cookie may collect information relating to your use of the Website, information about your device such as the device’s IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at the Website via a link from a third-party site, the URL of the linking page.

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 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.

The Website may collect IP addresses and location information to serve personalized ads and pass it to Mediavine. 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 https://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp. You may also visit https://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and https://optout.networkadvertising.org/# to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at https://www.aboutads.info/appchoices to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

Mediavine partners with the following data processors:

  1. Pubmatic. You may find Pubmatic’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Pubmatic and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Statistical information and other non-cookie technologies (such as eTags and web or browser cache) may be used by third parties on this Website. Browser settings that block cookies may have no effect on these technologies, but you may clear your cache to delete such trackers. Data collected from a particular browser or device may be used with another computer or device that is linked to the browser or device on which such data was collected.
  2. Criteo. You may find Criteo’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Criteo and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Criteo may collect, access, and use non-identifying data to improve the Criteo Technology and other Criteo products, programs, and/or services. This non-identifying data may include on-site user behavior and user/page content data, URLs, statistics, or internal search queries. The non-identifying data are collected through the ad call and stored with a Criteo cookie for a maximum period of 13 months.
  3. Pulsepoint. You may find Pulsepoint’s privacy policy through this link.
  4. LiveRamp. You may find LiveRamp’s privacy policy through this link. When you use the Website, we share information that we may collect from you, such as your email (in hashed, de-identified form), IP address or information about your browser or operating system, with LiveRamp Inc, and its group companies (‘LiveRamp’). LiveRamp may use a cookie on your browser and match your shared information to their on- and offline marketing databases and those of its advertising partners to create a link between your browser and information in those other databases. This link may be shared by our partners globally for the purpose of enabling interest-based content or advertising throughout your online experience (e.g. cross device, web, email, in-app, etc.) by third parties unaffiliated with our website. These third parties may in turn link further demographic or interest-based information to your browser. To opt out of LiveRamp’s targeted advertising, please go here: https://liveramp.com/opt_out/
  5. RhythmOne. You may view RhythmOne’s privacy policy through this link. RhythmOne uses cookies and similar tracking technologies (such as mobile device identifiers and digital fingerprinting) to provide its services. RhythmOne may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please visit the following webpage: https://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
  6. District M. You may find District M’s privacy policy through this link.
  7. YieldMo. You may find YieldMo’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Yieldmo or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link.
  8. The Rubicon Project. You may find Rubicon’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Rubicon or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page.
  9. Amazon Publisher Services. You may find Amazon Publisher Services’ privacy policy through this link.
  10. AppNexus. You may find the AppNexus privacy policy through this link.
  11. OpenX. You may find OpenX’s privacy policy through this link.
  12. Verizon Media formerly known as Oath. You may find Verizon Media’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  13. TripleLift. You may find TripleLift’s privacy policy through this link. To opt out of receiving interest-based advertising (including retargeting) from TripleLift’s services through the use of cookies in your current browser and for more information on what it means to opt-out, please go to www.triplelift.com/consumer-opt-out.
  14. Index Exchange. You may find Index Exchange’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  15. Sovrn. You may find Sovrn’s privacy policy through this link.
  16. GumGum. You may find GumGum’s privacy policy through this link. GumGum may (i) use place and use cookies on end users’ browsers or use web beacons to collect information about end users who visit such Publisher Websites and (ii) link such collected end user information to other end user information provided by third parties in order to deliver targeted Advertisements to such end users.
  17. Digital Remedy. You may find Digital Remedy’s privacy policy through this link.
  18. MediaGrid. You may find MediaGrid’s privacy policy through this link. MediaGrid may collect and store information about end-user interactions with this website through cookies, advertising IDS, pixels and server-to-server connections. MediaGrid was receive the following information: the page an End-User has requested and the referring/exit pages; Timestamp information (i.e., the date and time the End-User has visited the page); IP address; mobile device identifier; device model; device operating system; browser type; carrier; gender; age; geolocation (including GPS coordinates); clickstream data; cookie information; first-party identifiers’; and hashed email addresses; demographic and inferred interest information; and post-conversion data (from both online and offline behaviour). Some of this data is gathered from this website and others is gathered from advertisers. MediaGrid uses this data to provide its services. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising or review their privacy policy for more information.
  19. RevContent – You may find RevContent’s privacy policy through this link. RevContent may collect information about your browser or device, including browser type, IP Address, device type, user agent string, and operating system. RevContent also collects information about the websites you visit through their services, such as date and time of access and specific pages accessed and the content and ads you click on. You may opt-out of any personalization track by opting-out of RevContent’s data collection.
  20. Centro, Inc. – You may find Centro’s privacy policy through this link. You may find opt-out information for Centro’s services through the privacy policy link.
  21. 33Across, Inc. – You may find 33Across’s privacy policy through this link. To opt-out of personalized advertising, please visit https://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1.
  22. Conversant. LLC – You may find Conversant’s privacy policy through this link. Conversant uses information that does not directly identify you, such as information about your browser type, time and date of visit, your browsing or transaction activity, the subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, and a unique identifier (such as a cookie string, or a unique advertising identifier provided by your mobile device) during your visits to this and other websites and apps in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Conversant may use technologies such as cookies and other tracking technologies to collect this information. To learn more about interest-based advertising, or to opt-out, you can visit www.youronlinechoices.eu or https://www.networkadvertising.org/.

Privacy Policy

This section aims to let you know how we collect and protect your information and what rights you have. If you feel something hasn’t been explained, please contact [email protected].

Remember: at any time, you have the right to disable cookies on your browser and Unsubscribe to my mailing list by selecting ‘Unsubscribe’ in the emails from me.

How this website stores and collects your information

Cookies (unfortunately, not the yummy kind!)

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience.

In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.

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. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers

You willingly provide the information in sign up forms (Mailchimp)

On this website there are various sign up forms that are connected with Mailchimp.

Mailchimp is a email collector service that allows me to store an email list. I collect these emails in one place so that I can send newsletters at the touch of a button and make sure no one is left out, including you!

These forms allow you to subscribe to my newsletter or access certain areas of my site. This information only includes your name and email address.

As part of this sign up process you are required to acknowledge how my site collects your information and that you are protected by GDPR.

This also means I am not allowed to share your information with any third parties. Even if there wasn’t a policy, I would never do this!

You will provide your name and email address in the sign up form and this information is stored in Mailchimp’s system.

You have a right to opt-out at any point. Please use the ‘Unsubscribe’ link in the email sent to you.

Facebook

I use an app called Revive Old Posts that shares content from my website to my social page on Facebook. This app does not store your information but is a means to provide a way for me to share my content with you!

But, Facebook wants me to also let you know this just in case;

Facebook permissions asked by this Application

This Application may ask for some Facebook permissions allowing it to perform actions with the User’s Facebook account and to retrieve information, including Personal Data, from it. This service allows this Application to connect with the User’s account on the Facebook social network, provided by Facebook Inc.

For more information about the following permissions, refer to the Facebook permissions documentation and to the Facebook privacy policy.

The permissions asked are the following:

Basic information

By default, this includes certain User’s Data such as id, name, picture, gender, and their locale. Certain connections of the User, such as the Friends, are also available. If the User has made more of their Data public, more information will be available.

See the full Facebook App Policy here.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics tracks how you use my website. It provides information such as referring websites (where you found my page) and user actions you take on my Website (if you leave or click on another page). Google Analytics may capture your IP address with location, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.

Sensitive Personal Information

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website.

This includes political opinions, information regarding race or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, your health, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Children’s Information

The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at thirdeyetraveller.com and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

Need any more information?

Congrats if you made it this far! I hope that all made sense and you feel a little more informed about how I get paid on this blog and how it stores your information.

Remember, you always have control of your data and whether you choose to purchase a product via my links!

If you feel that something hasn’t been covered or you’re not quite sure about something, feel free to drop me a note at [email protected].