Dalmatian DIY Dog Blog Privacy Policy

Like your privacy? We completely understand. We do, too. Even though we have this (super cool) blog and enjoy doing lots of different things online, we also like to be private about our personal stuff. Well, except perhaps for Humphrey. He has a few very private things that he likes doing for an audience. Haha! This Privacy Policy describes how Dalmatian DIY uses and protects any information that you share with us. It also provides additional information on third party relationships and tools. We are committed to being respectful and transparent with our readers. 

Important: By accessing or using this blog, you agree to be bound by our Terms of Use, including the Privacy Policy. If you do not accept these Terms, you should cease to use this website immediately.

Who We Are

Dalmatian DIY is a New Zealand based personal pet blog, focused on dog related DIYs, recipes, and general pet-friendly living.  Our website address is https://www.dalmatiandiy.com. In the early years before we transferred to our own domain, we were located at Google’s blogspot. You can read more on our About page.

Governance

Dalmatian DIY is New Zealand based and operates under New Zealand regulations and requirements. As per our Terms of Use, all activities on this blog are governed and construed in accordance with the laws of New Zealand, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law.

Under New Zealand law, the collection and disclosure of personal data is governed by The Privacy Act. You can read more about The Privacy Act via the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. Consumer has also created an easy to understand overview of New Zealand Privacy Law.  The online world is always evolving and we endeavour to adopt better practices, where feasible, above and beyond the requirements of the Act. 

Access to the Dalmatian DIY Blog and Resources

Unlike many websites, Dalmatian DIY is completely free access. No login or membership is required. Unless you choose to interact with us in a more personal way, such as sending an email, the data you share here is collected via third-party tools and applications that are being used to create, deliver, support, and improve our website. See below for details on third-party data.

Some of the third-party website elements here on the Dalmatian DIY blog provide an opportunity for us the earn a small revenue, such as providing site space for advertisements.  These rely on data, but they’re vital component of keeping this blog free access. See below for additional details. 

Website Visitor Data

Data makes the site more user-friendly. Data (including cookies) helps with navigation, sharing, and other use of our blog. It also supports simple functions such as stopping our privacy/consent notification from plaguing your visits after you’ve already clicked to dismiss. Yay for cookies! Although let’s be honest, treat cookies are way more delicious than internet cookies!

Data helps us understand our audience and improve the blog. A key part of our data use is helping to understand our traffic. Analytics (website statistics) allow us to review aggregated information, such as page/post view numbers, referring sources, and a basic breakdown of page views by country. We use these analytics to help understand things like popular topics or incoming links (search terms, inbound links from other public sites, etc.) so that we can improve the content that we share with you. They also help identify issues with the delivery of our site to help improve the construct of our blog.

Data helps us to keep the blog open access and completely free! Advertising and affiliate programs are what helps us offset the cost of running a free access website. Advertising and affiliate programs use data in the form of unique referrer codes and cookie/tag tracking to credit the referring sites.  See below for additional information. We also have a detailed Disclosure Policy.

Opting Out of Cookies (and More)

Cookies support many important functions here on the blog, including the advertising relationships that are keeping this blog (and others) sharing for free, but if you’re hardcore anti-cookie, there are a number of options available. These include customisation with individual third-parties, adjusting settings or cleansing the cookies in your browser, using private or incognito browsing, or using an opt-out or blocker service. Readers who do not wish to have cookies set should activate these settings prior to visiting our website. Be advised that opting out may affect your user experience on our website as some functions may not work correctly and/or appearance may be adversely affected.

Personal Data - Direct

We do not directly collect or store personal data. 

Readers are welcome to visit the Dalmatian DIY website anonymously. No log-in, subscription, or other personal access control is applied to our blog. It is openly and freely shared. We do not directly sell any products or services. We just share our content for free. We hope you enjoy it, furfriends!

We do not use email newsletters, direct marketing, or other forms of email promotion. If you are using a service or application to subscribe to feed updates from here (and/or other favourite websites), these are independent of the source websites and you should review your chosen provider’s privacy policies for their details.

Although we don’t directly collect data, there may be interactions through which you provide data, such as blog comments, email, or social media.

  • If you comment on our blog (comments are currently disabled), voluntary provision and/or third-party data may apply. Comments may also be checked through an automated third-party spam detection service. If you would like to delete a comment that you have made and are unable to do so yourself, please contact us for assistance.
  • If you contact us via email, any personal and/or contact information provided will be kept private. You will not be added to a mailing list (we don’t use one) and we will not directly disclose your information to other parties, with the exception of the unlikely event that provision to a lawful authority is necessary. If you would like your email(s) deleted from our system, please contact us.
  • If you engage with us on social media, there may be information publicly available (e.g. your user profile) or gathered by the social media application. Refer to the individual social media platforms that you use for additional information about their privacy policies. See more below.

Personal Data - Third Party

We use third party systems and services which may collect data and/or set cookies when you browse the blog and/or use data collected elsewhere to customise advertisements served to you.

As noted above, some elements of this website that require data to function correctly. Data (including cookies) helps with site function, provides information for continuous improvement, and enables the advertising and affiliate relationships that help support free visitor access.

Website Platforms, Tools, and Services

Third party services and external associates operate under different individual privacy policies. We do our best to ensure that we use reputable service providers and supporting services. If you have a concern about one of the service providers or affiliate programs, please get in touch. Here are our key services, programs, tools, and associations, along with their individual privacy links: 

Note: During the construction phase of our new website, not all of these listed tools and functions are active on the website. The bulleted services below are placeholders and will be updated after site completion and transition.

We also use a variety of social media. Some media we use directly, posting, sharing, and commenting under the Dalmatian DIY profile. We also offering readers buttons on the blog for social sharing (as noted above) with which they can easily share content. Sharing is a user initiated interaction with the social media, email, or messaging platform of their personal choice. Corresponding privacy policies are available within each individual social media site/app.  

Aggregated Statistics

Within the various dashboards of our hosting service, webmaster tools, and other website analytics, we see aggregated statistical data about our visitors and website traffic. These include non-personally identifying information such as visitor numbers, page/post views, incoming search terms, and referring external public links. This information helps us understand our traffic patterns and reader preferences to continuously improve our website and content for our readers.

Embedded Content

Posts may include embedded content (e.g. social media, videos, images, etc.). Embedded content from other websites may behave in the exact same way as if the viewer visited the other website (see external links below). These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

External Links

This blog includes a variety of different links (internal and external), including references, resources, special interest links, comment links, social media links, affiliate links, and advertising banners. Once you leave our blog by clicking through on a link, the site you enter will have its own privacy policy (and in some cases, notifications and/or opt-ins). We are not responsible for these policies or practices; however, if you are ever directed to a site of concern please let us know – especially if the link is a corruption/error in our content or undetected spam in a comment.

Advertising and affiliate programs offset the cost of running this as a free access website, and they require data to function correctly. Most programs use unique referrer codes and cookie/tag tracking to credit the referring source. These are applied and controlled by the receiving site. Advertisers may also use their own data to customise the advertising content that is served in designated positions on our site. See our detailed Disclosure Policy for more information on these programs and how they work. 

Questions, Requests, and Feedback

This page was last updated on 24 August 2020
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