Introduction to Data Privacy
In order to operate our website, it is sometimes necessary for us to collect or process information about you. Generally speaking, this information takes one or more of the following forms:
- Information that you provide to us directly, such as when you sign up for our newsletter and free downloadable gifts via our website;
- Information that is automatically sent to us by your computer’s internet browser when you visit our website, such as your computer’s technical address (or ‘IP address’) or information about which particular internet browser you are using and so on;
- Information about how you use our website, such as which pages you visit, how frequently you visit the site and so forth.
Who we are
In terms of your use of this website, we, Croatia Honestly and its creator Andrea Pisac, act in the capacity of Data Controller. Our website address is https://travelhonestly.com.
Our commitment to data privacy
We are fully committed to maintaining the privacy of any personal data that you provide to us. We commit to ensuring that such data is held securely, used appropriately and only retained for as long as is necessary.
We will only ever ask you for the minimum amount of information required to provide our services efficiently; we have no desire to retain (and therefore maintain) any more information than is necessary. We aspire to comply to the fullest extent possible with applicable data protection regulations, in particular, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
What personal data we collect
By personal data we mean any information that allows us to identify you personally. For example, when you sign up for our newsletter, we collect your name and email address. We will always ask for your explicit consent before we collect it from you and we will only use it for this explicit purpose: to email you our newsletter.
Personal data is also generated from technical processes such as contact forms, comments, cookies, analytics, and third-party embeds.
When visitors leave comments on our website, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving 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.
When you submit a query through the contact form on our website, we keep your email address only for customer service purposes and only until the query has been resolved.
Cookies and how they benefit you
Our cookies help us:
- Make our website work as you would expect
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
- Continuously improve our website for you
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
More about our Cookies
- Remembering your search settings
- Allowing you to add comments to our site
- There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.
Third party functions
Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties
Social Website Cookies
They allow the liking or sharing of our content on social media websites via buttons on our site.
The privacy implications of this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
Analytics and Visitor Statistics Cookies
We use Google Analytics to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site is not working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc.
The data contains information about anyone who uses our website from your computer, and there is no way to identify individuals from the data. As analytics information is not personal data, we do not specifically ask for your prior consent.
Turning Cookies Off
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so, however, will likely limit the functionality of ours and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.
It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called ‘spyware’. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.
Who we share your data with
All our 3rd party technology suppliers are GDRP compliant and ensure adequate protection of personal data. These are:
- our web hosting technology supplier (currently Siteground which provides the physical server infrastructure that our website operates on;
- our email newsletter supplier (currently ConvertKit which provides the physical server infrastructure for our subscribers’ database)
- Sucuri security software which protects our website. Only limited, technical data (such as device IP address, browser type/version, language etc) are transmitted.
How we protect your data
We take the security of all personal data very seriously. Access to personal data is strictly limited in line with our policy detailed in the ‘who we share your data with’ section on this page. We also have a dedicated security software and operate security scanning on our website.
What rights you have over your data
If you have directly provided personal information to us (such as by signing up for our newsletter or contacting us for further information), you have a number of rights regarding the personal data that we hold:
- You have the right to obtain from us confirmation about whether any such data is being held;
- You have the right to require that we provide you with whatever data we are holding/processing about you;
- Even if you have consented to us processing your personal data, you have the right to withdraw that permission at any time;
- You have the right to require us to rectify any incomplete or incorrect information held about you;
- You have the right to require us to erase the data held about you (the ‘right to be forgotten’);
Thank you for reading our website disclaimer. If you have any questions about these terms, you can contact us at any time.