Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

New legislation requires me to put up a privacy policy so that you know how your data is collected and used by me and my website, melissalcolon.com

About This Site

This website and blog was created and is managed via the website WordPress.com. All data collected is done so through the WordPress site and their plugins. I do not personally collect, store, process, or use any of that data outside of WordPress and its functions.  WordPress is run by a company called Automattic. Their privacy policy can be found here.

What Data is collected

As far as I know, your data is collected via my WordPress site/blog the following ways:

  • cookies/web cache if you visit my site
  • name/e-mail/website if you input those when commenting on my posts
  • your WordPress blog if you choose to use that to comment on my blog posts
  • your WordPress blog if you choose to follow my blog via WordPress
  • your name/e-mail address if you choose to follow my blog via e-mail

Because of the above, I can potentially know the following things about you:

  • your name
  • your country
  • your WordPress blog
  • your website
  • your e-mail address

Accessibility of this Data

I am able to access the above data via the “my site” > “stats” area of my WordPress dashboard, powered by a site called JetPack, via WordPress. Here I can see the following information:

  • how often my site and its pages were viewed within a certain time period
  • how many visitors I had to my site within a certain time period
  • how many likes/comments my posts received within a certain time period
  • which posts and pages were viewed
  • what search terms were used to find things on my site
  • what videos were played
  • what referrers brought people to my site
  • which countries page visitors are from
  • what elements of my site were clicked on
  • authors of comments on my posts
  • followers via WordPress.com

JetPack’s privacy policy can be found here.

I am also able to access the above data via the “my site” > “people” area of my WordPress dashboard. Here I can see the following information:

  • the names and blogs of people who follow my blog via WordPress
  • the names and e-mail addresses of people who follow my blog via e-mail

This information is accessible to me only through WordPress.com and its plugins.

How This Data is Stored

I do not personally collect, store, or process any of this data. It is collected, stored, and processed via WordPress and its affiliates associated with the management and function of WordPress.com and the blogging platforms it provides.

How This Data is Used

If you comment on one of my blog posts via your own WordPress blog, your name and blog name may be displayed so as to identify you as the person leaving a comment.

If you comment on one of my posts using your name (and/or e-mail address, and/or web site), these may be displayed so as to identify you as the person leaving the comment.

Other statistical information collected (number of page visits, where page visitors are from, referrers that brought people to my site, etc.) are anonymous and not connected to a particular user. I can use this information to see where my blog readers are located, how popular my posts are, whether or not certain elements were clicked on, and what other blogs/websites/pages people may have found my site through (such as a link on another person’s blog or a Google search.)

I do not personally use any of this information outside of the applications provided by WordPress.com for the management and statistical analysis of my website. I will never use your name, e-mail address, website, or blog to find you or contact you outside of WordPress.

E-mail Contact

If you choose to send me an e-mail via the e-mail contact form provided on my “about” page, I will potentially have your name and e-mail address in my personal e-mail inbox, and it would potentially be stored on my e-mail server as a contact. I would only use this information to respond to your e-mail, and would not use it in any other way.

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or how your information is used/collected, please feel free to contact me via the e-mail address in my about section.

Social Media & Third Party Links

You will see links leading to my author pages on the following sites:

  • Facebook
  • Goodreads
  • Instagram
  • YouTube.

As these are all separate websites independent of my website and author blog, and independent of one another, it is up to you to know and understand each site’s individual privacy policies. As with melissalcolon.com, I do not knowingly personally collect, store, or process any personal data on these sites. All data collected via these sites and the tools and applications available to me on the site/page/profile management interfaces available to me through my accounts. Any data would be used through the tools and applications provided, such as to reply to a comment, send a private message, tag you in a post or photo, mention you in a comment/post/photo, or through analytical tools provided by the website for the purpose of understanding who follows my page, where they are generally located, and how they interact with my page/posts.

With the exception of Instagram (see below), I do not personally use any third-party analytical tools or plugins to analyze or process your data, nor would I ask for your personal information beyond what you choose to provide to me for whatever reason.

If you wish to unfollow or unfriend me at any of these sites, you can typically do so by clicking on my profile and clicking on the unfriend/unfollow/unsubscribe button. If you wish to delete any posts, comments, likes, or other interactions, you will have to do that on a post-by-post basis. You can generally find instructions via the help section of the website in question.

Instagram

Giveaways

From time-to-time, I may host a giveaway on Instagram. I will ask potential entrants to follow my author Instagram, like a particular photo post, and either re-post the photo or tag friends in the comments. Completing these tasks will qualify the person as an entrant into the giveaway. When the entry period closes, the names of applicable entrants will be copied off Instagram and pasted into a third-party application so that winners may be randomly chosen. The winners will then be notified privately via Instagram’s direct message feature and will be asked to provide either an e-mail address or a physical home address so that I can send their prize to them. This information will not be stored in my personal system, nor will it be given to or sold to a third-party. Once that information is sent over Instagram’s direct message feature, I do not know if there is a way to erase it so it may be stored there for some period of time. You may review Instagram’s privacy policy to find out more about privacy within their direct messages feature.

You may also see links on my page, blog posts, or blog comments that lead to other blogs or third-party websites, social media pages, etc. These sites have their own privacy policies, independent of mine, which you must be sure to read if you follow any links away from my blog/website. I am not responsible for data collected or used by third-party websites, nor do I have access to that data.

Third-Party Analytics

For Instagram, I do use a third-party application called Followers Track for Instagram. This application integrates with my Instagram account to tell me who I follow, who follows me, who I follow but who doesn’t follow me back, who follows me but I don’t follow back, mutual followers (I follow them, they follow me), unfollowers (who has recently unfollowed me), and also shows me how often people are or are not liking/commenting on my posts. I use this data to help me streamline my Instagram interaction. It allows me to limit the time I spend on those who aren’t reciprocating. It alerts me to followers I may have missed and may want to follow back, and it allows me to realize which of my Instagram friends I may have forgotten or unintentionally neglected. I do not knowingly personally collect, store, or process any of this data and only use it within the parameters of the application.

Amazon.com

My book is available via Amazon.com. They have their own independent privacy policy which you may view here. I do not knowingly personally collect any data about who buys my books or who reads them via Kindle Unlimited, however author-related applications within the Amazon platform do allow me to see when sales were made, whether they were print or e-book sales, and how many pages were read on KU. I cannot, however, see information about who purchased or read my book.

If you choose to leave a review on my book at Amazon.com, your review will be posted on the Amazon.com website on my book’s sale page, and anyone may see or read your review, including me. I do not respond to reviews or personally use your data in any way.

Minors

My website, blog, and social media pages are not intended for use by those under the age of 16. As all data collection is handled for me via WordPress.com, I am unable to know the age of a person viewing or interacting with my blog or website, and I am unable to prevent anyone from doing so according to their age. I can only ask that you please not view or interact with my site or social media pages if you are under the age of 16.

Data Breaches

Although I do not personally collect, store, or process your data, I do use strong passwords for my accounts and I am the only person who can access them. If there is ever any sort of a breach in that respect, I will notify everyone through an announcement on my blog and social media.

How to Delete Your Data

If you commented on any of my blog posts, you may be able to delete those comments yourself. If not, let me know and I will delete them for you.

If you liked any of my blog posts, you can simply click on the star and unlike them.

If you would like to stop receiving my blog posts via your WordPress blog, you can unfollow by going to my blog, click on “following Melissa L. Colon” in the right-hand column, and it should then say “follow Melissa L. Colon” meaning you have unfollowed me. You can also unfollow via the “reader” section of your WordPress dashboard by clicking on “followed sites” and “manage,” then click on the green “following” button until it turns blue and says “follow.”

If you would like to stop receiving my blog posts via e-mail, you can follow the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the blog post e-mail.

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or how your information is used/collected, please feel free to contact me via the contact form in my “about” section.