Privacy and cookie policy

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Your privacy matters: this is how we use personal data

While you are visiting Kawaii Gazette, you may be asked to insert your personal information, for example if you decide to leave a comment on our blog or if you use the contact form. The data that you decide to enter are only used to communicate with us and will not transmitted to third parties.

Comments

When you leave a comment on this site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, your IP address and the browser user agent string to help us detect spam. Kawaii Gazette uses Aksimet, a service for automatic detection of spam messages (privacy policy). An anonymized string created by your email address (also called a hash) can be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you’re using it and show your avatar next to the comment. The privacy policy of the Gravatar service is available at this address. If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are kept indefinitely. This is how we can automatically recognize and approve any follow-up comments instead of keeping them in a moderation queue.

If you have left comments, you can request to receive a file exported from the site with the personal data we have about you, including the data you have provided. You can also request that we delete all personal data concerning you. This does not include data that we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.

Contact form

If you want to get in touch with us, you can use the form you find on this page. The form does not store in our database your personal data your name and your email), but uses them exclusively to send an email to our email address. The personal data we receive will be used for the sole purpose of replying to your message. The contact form uses Google reCAPTCHA for spam protection (privacy policy).

Newsletter

Happy Mail is the newsletter of Kawaii Gazette. If you sign up, you will receive monthly emails with a summary of what happened in the blog in the previous month and email with our free printable and our online store updates. Occasionally, we will also write you about special events. To subscribe, you can use the form on the newsletter page. The newsletter is managed by MailChimp service. Your email address will be stored on MailChimp platform (full privacy policy). Your data will only be used to send you our emails and will never be distributed to third parties without your permission. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time, by clicking on the link at the bottom of each email that will be sent to you.

Giveaway

For the giveaways, Kawaii Gazette use the services offered by Rafflecopter  (privacy policy) and Gleam (privacy policy), that store your personal information. These data are only used for the giveaway and they cannot be visualized by others except the owners (Kawaii Gazette team or our sponsors). If your data is used for other purposes (e.g. subscription to the newsletter of the sponsor), this will be reported in the terms and conditions of the individual giveaway. We ask you, in respect of your own privacy, to not enter your full name or your email address in the body of the comment and to use exclusively the widget to enter our initiatives. For the complete regulation of our giveaways, please check the specific page.

Content embedded by other websites

The articles on this site may include embedded content (for example videos, links, etc.). The embedded content of other websites behave in the same way as the visitor has visited the other website. These websites can collect data about you, use cookies, integrate additional third-party tracking, and monitor interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with embedded content if you have an account and are connected to that website.

Social share buttons

If you want to share our articles on social networks, you can use the buttons at the bottom of each post. Personal information and usage data are subject to the privacy settings of each individual social network you are subscribed to. Kawaii Gazette uses the service provided by Shareaholic (privacy policy), which shows a widget for interaction with social networks. This service can show widgets belonging to third parties (eg social networks) that automatically collect usage data from the page in which they are installed.

Analytics

Our site uses Google Analytics (privacy policy) to track visits received. The service stores in anonymous form some personal data (partial IP address, browser user agent, etc.) and information about your visit to our site (clicked links, browsed pages, loading time, etc.) Also, it sends to your computer analysis cookies to remember your visit (read below for more details). This information will be automatically deleted from Google Analytics servers after 26 months. If you do not want your data to be tracked by Google Analytics, you can download an add-on for your browser to disable the Analytics code.

Kawaii Gazette also uses the statistics service integrated in the WordPress platform provided by Automattic (privacy policy). This service stores some personal data (IP address, WordPress.com username if you have one, browser user agent, etc.) and information about your visit to our site (clicked links, browsed pages, loading time, etc.). Your identification data (IP, user name, etc.) are not visible to us and are automatically deleted after 28 days. If you use the DNT (do not track) function on your browser, your visit will not be tracked.

Cookies

To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. Most big websites do this too.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

How do we use cookies?

Kawaii Gazette is using the following types of cookies:

  • Session cookies: they are saved on your computer during your visit and deleted once you finish the session. They are used to save some visualization preferences so you don’t have to enter them each time.
  • Persistent cookies: they are stored on your computer even after you ended your visit. On Kawaii Gazette, this kind of cookie is used to record your preferred language for reading the blog. If you leave a comment on our site, you can choose to save your name, email address and website in cookies. They are for your convenience so you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will remain for one year.
  • Analytic cookies: these cookies let us track the visits on our site, understand what are the most visited pages or the favourite browser of our readers. The service we use is Google Analytics, which provide some statistics that let us improve our site to offer you a visit – we hope – even more interesting and fun. More information about Google Analytics cookies.
  • dvertising cookies: on our site you will find some banners and posts (in particular, the ones on the Cute Shopping section) that will redirect you to our affiliates online stores. Clicking on the banners (only if you decide to), the external affiliation service will send a cookie to your computer to remember your visit. If in the future you decide to buy something from our affiliates, the cookie will allow to go back to our blog and let us earn some coins to use for the site management. This type of cookie has a duration of 6 or 12 months according to the affiliation service used. If you don’t want these cookies stored on your computer, just avoid clicking the banners or shopping links.

Also, on our blog we use links to other platforms, for example in the buttons you use to share our posts on social networks. This sites use cookies as well. You can take a look to the privacy policy of each platform to know how they use your data: Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, Pinterest.

How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

Disclaimers

This blog is not a journalistic one because it is updated without any periodicity. It can not therefore be considered an editorial product under Law no. 62 of 7 March 2001.

Privacy Notice (Art.13 Legislative Decree 196/2003): The data that Blog participants confer upon their registration are limited to the e-mail address and are mandatory in order to receive the notification of publication of a post. In order to post a comment instead, in addition to the email, it is required to enter a name (real or fictitious, you choose). The views and comments posted by the users and the information and data contained therein will not be intended for any purpose other than the publication or aggregation of the blogs in specific databases. Any treatment for statistical purposes that may be intended to run the site in the future will be conducted on an anonymous basis only. While the dissemination of the user’s personal data and those that can be detected by post comments should be directly attributed to the user’s own initiative, we guarantee that no other hypothesis for their transmission or dissemination is foreseen. In any case, the user has at all times the opportunity to exercise the rights set forth in art. 7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003. To enforce these rights, you may contact the Personal Data Holder directly (visit the Contacts page for more information).

Google Analytics. This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files that are stored on your computer to allow the website to analyze how users use the site. Information generated by the cookie on your site’s use of your website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and deposited with Google’s servers in the United States. Google will use this information to track and review your website usage, compile site activity reports for site operators, and provide other services related to website activities and the use of the Internet. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where this is required by law or where such third parties refer the above information to Google. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse to use cookies by selecting the appropriate setting on your browser, but this may prevent you from using all the features of this website. By using this web site, you consent to the processing of your data by Google for the above mentioned modalities and purposes.

How to contact us

For more information, please contact us at the email address kawaiigazette@gmail.com or use the form in the Contacts page.

Last update: 24 May 2018