Personal Data We Collect
When visiting this website, we collect various personal data, such as your name and email address. We need this information if you wish to subscribe to the blog or additional content produced by this blog, submit blog comments, enter a giveaway raffle, or contact us with feedback or questions. We use this information to reply to your inquiries, to provide you with requested products and services, or to contact you regarding new products and services. We automatically receive information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information, and the page you requested. We use this information to improve our website, to customize advertising, and to refine your user experience. To protect your data, we use encryption and two-factor authentication.
When you leave comments on the website, we collect the data shown in the comments form, your IP address, and anonymized string created from your email address using Gravatar, our comments service provider, to help spam detection. If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This allows us to more easily recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in moderation. Once your comment is approved, your profile picture is visible to the public along with your comment.
If you upload images, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data because website visitors can download and extract location data from website images.
We use a contact form plugin to accept requests for book reviews and guest posts, for messages from visitors, and for newsletter and blog feed subscriptions. We keep information submitted through review and guest post requests for one year after submission for customer service purposes, but we do not use this information for marketing purposes. We keep information submitted for subscriptions until you unsubscribe, and we do not use this information outside of the stated purpose.
Cookies and Analytics
If you leave a comment on our website, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. This option is for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in the same details when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year or until you delete your browser history. We use Google Analytics as our analytics service provider to collect information about user activity on our website. Analytics records may be retained for the entire lifetime of this website.
Data and Information Sharing
We may disclose your personal information to third parties who work on our behalf to provide products and services requested by you. We will share personal information for these purposes only with third parties whose privacy policies are consistent with ours or who agree to abide by our policies with respect to personal information.
We may otherwise disclose your personal information when:
- We have your expressed consent to share the information for a specified purpose.
- We need to respond to a subpoena, court order, or other legal proceedings.
- We need to protect the personal safety of website users.
- We need to defend copyrights and intellectual property of KatishaSmith.com.
By using this website, you consent to the collection and use of your personal data and information in accordance with this policy. If you do not consent to the collection, use, or disclosure of your personal information, please discontinue use of this website immediately. If you no longer consent to the use or disclosure of your personal data, as outlined in this policy, you can request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. However, this does not include data we are obligated to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
We have the discretion to update this policy at any time. When policy changes occur, we will revise the date on the bottom of the page as indication. We encourage you to periodically review this policy. Your continued use of the site following policy changes signifies your acceptance of the amended policy.
This policy was last updated on July 1, 2021.