Who we are

Our website address is: https://smithsmallbusinessconsultants.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site 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. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Any information submitted via contact forms on the website is used as implied consent to use that information to contact you, either via phone, email or otherwise. Information submitted is considered personally identifiable information (PII) and treated as such. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

All contact forms utilize Google’s reCAPTCHA to prevent SPAM. Google’s Privacy Policy can be found here: https://policies.google.com/privacy.

Cookies

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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

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.

Analytics

We use third party analytics services on our website and apps to help us analyse how users interact with and use our services, compile reports regarding activity on our services, and provide other services. These analytics services use cookies and other tracking technologies to collect information about your use of our services, plus technical data such as your IP address, browser type and version, time of visit, whether you are a return visitor, or any referring website. The information generated by these analytics services will be transmitted to and stored by them and will be subject to their privacy policies.

Who we share your data with

We do not sell, lease, rent or otherwise disclose your personal data to third parties unless stated otherwise.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Smith Small Business Consultants can be reached via the following methods.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We take appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure that the information disclosed to us is kept secure, accurate and up to date and kept only for so long as is necessary for the purposes for which it is used.

You should be aware that the use of the Internet is not entirely secure and although we will do our best to protect your personal data we cannot guarantee the security or integrity of any personal information which is transferred from you or to you via the Internet. Any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features such as encryption to try to prevent unauthorized access.

What data breach procedures we have in place

As soon as a theft, data breach or exposure containing personal data is identified:

  1. The process of removing all access to that resource will begin.
  2. The website owner will be notified of the theft, breach or exposure.
  3. The website owner will work with the IT service provider to decide how to communicate the breach to customers.

What third parties we receive data from

The website does not receive data from third parties outside the third party services described above.

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