By visiting and using the Dalmatian DIY blog or its resources, you agree to be bound by our Terms of Use, including our Privacy, Disclosure, and Copyright Policies. You must not continue access if you do not wish to be bound by these Terms, which outline the rules and requirements for the use of the Dalmatian DIY website, resources, and social media. 

Privacy Principles

Dalmatian DIY is committed to being respectful and transparent with our readers. This detailed site Privacy Policy provides important information to support that aim. The Privacy Policy describes how Dalmatian DIY uses and protects any shared information. It also provides additional information on third-party website tools, how they may affect your privacy, and where to find more information. Note that this Privacy Policy should be read in conjunction with our Disclosure Policy on advertising and affiliate programs.

Who We Are

Dalmatian DIY is a New Zealand based personal pet blog, specialising in dog-related DIYs, recipes, and general pet-friendly living. Our website address is https://www.dalmatiandiy.com. Before we moved to our own domain, Dalmatian DIY was located on Google’s blogspot. Old links and pins from there will redirect visitors here. You can read more about Dalmatian DIY on our About page.

Legal Framework

The Privacy Act 2020 is the legal framework that governs the collection, handling, and disclosure of personal data for Dalmatian DIY. The Act was recently revised (2020), but the online world is always evolving and we’ll continue to endeavour to adopt better practices, where feasible. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has good resources for understanding the principals of The Privacy Act and Consumer has also created an easy to understand overview of New Zealand Privacy Law. 

Accessing Dalmatian DIY

Dalmatian DIY is completely free access. Unlike many websites, no login or membership is required. We don’t directly collect any information. Unless you choose to interact with Dalmatian DIY in a more personal way, any data you share or impart is collected via third-party tools and applications. Many of these are being used to create, deliver, support, and improve our website. In addition to functional 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 to function, but are vital components of keeping this blog free access.

You can choose to access Dalmatian DIY using blocking and/or opt-outs. On a data diet? Want to skip the cookies? 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 for greater personal privacy. 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 accessing our website. Be advised that opting out may affect your user experience as some functions may not work correctly and/or appearance may be adversely affected.

Website Visitor Data Functions

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. Tasty treats are way more doggone delicious than internet cookies! 

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

Data helps us to keep the blog open access and completely free. Advertising and affiliate programs are what helps us offset the cost of creating and running Dalmatian DIY as 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.

Personal Data - Direct

We do not directly collect or store any personal data. Readers can visit Dalmatian DIY anonymously. No paywalls, log-ins, subscriptions, or other personal access control (other than standard security features) are applied to our blog. Everything we do at Dalmatian DIY is openly and freely shared. We don’t directly sell any form of products or services. We don’t use email newsletters, direct marketing, or other forms of email promotion for Dalmatian DIY. 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.

Contact with Dalmatian DIY may involve some forms of data. Although we don’t directly collect data, there may be optional interactions with Dalmatian DIY through which you voluntarily provide data, such as blog comments, email, or social media.

  • If you comment on a blog post, voluntary provision of information in your profile, comment text, and/or third-party data may apply. If you would like to delete a comment and are unable to do so yourself, please contact us for assistance. We’ve retained this privacy note for legacy purposes, but opted not to enable comments in our new website format.
  • If you email Dalmatian DIY, any personal and/or contact information provided will be kept private unless you invite us to share something you’ve sent. We won’t directly disclose your information to other parties, other than 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 to us and other people, such as your user profile. Information may also be gathered by the social media application. You should refer to the individual social media platforms that you use for additional information about their privacy policies. It’s also good practice to review your privacy settings on a regular basis. 

Personal Data - Third-Party

Website Platforms, Tools, and Services

We use third party systems and services which may collect data and/or set cookies when you browse the Dalmatian DIY blog and/or use data collected elsewhere to customise third-party advertisements that may be served to you while visiting Dalmatian DIY. Dalmatian DIY does not have access to or control of any associated personally identifiable data as part of these functions.

Third-party services and external associations operate under different individual privacy policies. If you have a concern about one of the service providers or affiliate programs, please get in touch. Here are our main services, programs, tools, and associations, along with their individual privacy links. Note that not all of these listed services may be active on the website at any given time. 

We also use social media. Some forms of social media we use directly, posting, sharing, and commenting under the Dalmatian DIY profile. We also offering readers buttons on the blog for social sharing with which they can easily share content. Sharing is a user-initiated interaction with the social media, email, or messaging platform of their choice. Corresponding privacy policies are available within each individual social media site or app.  Most also offer a variety of privacy settings that users can customise to suit personal preferences.

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 or post views, incoming search terms, and referring external public links. This information helps us understand Dalmatian DIY’s traffic patterns and reader preferences to continuously improve our website and content for our readers.

Embedded Content

The website may also include embedded content (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

Dalmatian DIY includes a variety of different links (internal and external), including references, resources, special interest links, social media links, affiliate links, and advertising banners. Once you leave our blog by clicking through 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 the policies or practices of externally linked sites; however, if you are ever directed to a site of concern please let us know so that we can follow up on the issue for corrections.

Advertising and affiliate programs offset the cost of running Dalmatian DIY 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. 

Changes and Modifications

This page was last updated on 10 February 2022
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Please review this page periodically for changes. Dalmatian DIY reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace Policy terms or content by posting updated information. Your continued use constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Use, including this Policy.