Disclaimer & Privacy Policy

Last updated May 25th, 2018.

I’ve Been Bit! :: A Travel Blog (https://ivebeenbit.ca) and its creator, Lindsay Davies, believe strongly in keeping private information, well, private. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of its visitors and users. This website does not share personal information with third parties and we do not store any information regarding your visit to the site other than to make your reading experience better through the use of cookies. This will be outlined below.

However, we are not responsible for content that is republished to other blogs from I’ve Been Bit! A Travel Blog without our knowledge or consent.

Affiliates

I’ve Been Bit! A Travel Blog & Lindsay Davies are participants in the following affiliate programs:
•  Amazon Services LLC Associates Program
•  Booking.com
•  CJ Affiliate including Skyscanner and TripAdvisor
These are affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites like IBB to earn advertising fees by placing advertising links on the site. In no way will you be charged extra by clicking on these, we will just earn a small percentage which helps to offset the time and resources spent to bring you the best content possible on https://ivebeenbit.ca.

This does not mean you are obligated to click on any of these links, nor purchase anything advertised. Something to note as well is that the companies selling these products are from a third party. Therefore, the products themselves along with availability, sales, organization and all transactions conducted with the third parties are not associated nor conducted by I’ve Been Bit! A Travel Blog.

Sponsorships & Campaigns

From time to time, I’ve Been Bit! A Travel Blog will work with businesses and organizations in order to help promote destinations while receiving compensation. This compensation can be in the form of a monetary value or complimentary services such as experiences, hotel stays or merchandise. These relationships are disclosed within the article itself and if a monetary value was received, it will be included in the Sponsored category.

That being said, all thoughts and opinions published on https://ivebeenbit.ca are always our own and never influenced by the businesses and organizations we work with.

Information Collected

Personal information such as your name and email address may be collected if you submit them yourself. This may occur by leaving a comment, subscribing to email updates (or in the future, a newsletter) or by submitting a contact form. Information won’t be collected unless voluntarily submitted by you, I’ve Been Bit! A Travel Blog’s readers.

Certain information may be automatically collected about you and the device you’re accessing the website with. Our site may log your IP address, referring site, which pages you’ve viewed along with the dates/times you accessed this website. Actions, such as links clicked, may be collected as well. However, your information has been made anonymous and is only viewed on a cumulative basis like monthly page views, etc.

Cookies are another element of I’ve Been Bit! A Travel Blog which can store data. These files are stored on your browser by this website. Sessions cookies (expire once your browser closes) and persistent cookies (stay in your browser until deleted) may both be used in order to optimize the site’s performance for your viewing pleasure. These are the same cookies you were notified of as soon as you arrived on I’ve Been Bit! A Travel Blog.

These cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described above. These third party services are listed below. If you wish to prevent the usage of cookies by this website, you can do so by using your internet browser’s settings to select the permanent removal of cookies. If a viewer deactivates cookies, some functions of the site may not be entirely usable.

Sensitive Personal Data

When choosing to leave a comment, some of the information you submitted may be publicly visible – except your email address. The email submitted in association with your comment will never be used to contact you. If you’re looking to be contacted, please use our contact page. Requests to be contacted left in the comments will be ignored.

If you choose to submit personal details such as social security numbers, health details, criminal records, financial information or other similarly important information (which we at I’ve Been Bit! A Travel Blog never recommend doing), they will be subject to this privacy policy. This also includes political views which could be seen as offensive or abrasive to others.

This website does not knowingly collect any personal information from minors 16 years of age or under. If a parent/guardian is under the impression I’ve Been Bit! A Travel Blog has personally identifiable information of a minor, please contact us without delay in order to remove this information as quickly as possible.

Personal Data Usage by Third Parties

I’ve Been Bit! A Travel Blog uses third-party services for certain aspects of the website. The third parties listed below use your information as per their written privacy policices which can be found on their respective websites.

Google Analytics – service used to track website usage and traffic, providing information regarding referring websites and a visitor’s actions on the website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, however the data is anonymous and no other personal information, nor non-aggregated data, will be obtained or observed.

Shareaholic Social Media Sharing – service used to make social media sharing quick and painless. These are the social media icons at the top and bottom of each blog post. Any personal data that is collected by this plugin is for the singular purpose of sharing the article to the appropriate social media account you’ve chosen. You can read their privacy and disclosure policy in regards to data collection on their website. In no way are you obligated to share articles using these methods.

Jetpack – a plug-in from the creators of WordPress, it can collect cookie data. However, I have made all settings anonymous or non-collecting of information to the best of my knowledge.

Spreadshirt – the shop where you may purchase merchandise designed by Lindsay Davies is managed by Spreadshirt who upholds their own disclaimer and privacy policies to ensure your data (and transactions) are safe and secure.

Mailing List – while I’ve Been Bit! A Travel Blog does not currently have a mailing list, there is the possibility for one in the future. When this occurs, it will be GDPR compliant. In the meantime, if you have subscribed to receive an email when a new blog post is published and wish to be removed, please visit your WordPress.com settings or contact Lindsay to be removed.

This privacy policy is subject to change without notice. If you have any questions feel free to contact us directly.