Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Allisonbarnhilldesigns.com is committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring the security of any information that you submit to us.

This policy explains the what, how, and why of the information that we collect when you use this website or communicate with us. It also explains the specific ways that we use and disclose that information.

Definitions

When we say “we”, “us”, “ABD”, “allisonbarnhilldesigns.com”, and “Allison Barnhill Designs” we’re referring to Allison Barnhill Designs, LLC, a state of Maryland limited liability company. When we say “you”, “user”, “visitor”,  “customer”, “client”, or “member,” we are referring to the person or entity that is interacting with: this site, our employees, or our company.

We provide products, services, and content (the “Products and Services”) via websites, email, telephone, and physical mail and shipping services. In the course of providing these Products and Services, we may collect Personal Information, which means information about the person or entity that is interacting with us.

Changes

If there are any changes to this Privacy Policy, we will post them on the Website and send them to the last email address you gave us. Any changes will be effective as of the date we post on the Website or send the email (or whichever date is later). You may object to any changes within 20 days after they’re posted on our Website or delivered to you, in which case none of the proposed changes will be effective with respect to information that we have already collected from you, but will apply only to information we collect in the future.

We won’t treat information of any open account differently from any other open account. If you object to changes in our Privacy Policy, we’ll have to terminate your relationship with us. That said, if we ever changed our Privacy Policy to expand our rights to use or disclose Personal Information for marketing purposes, you would be able to opt out without termination.

Questions

If you have any questions or comments, or if you want to update, delete, or change any Personal Information you have submitted to us, please use our contact form to get in touch. You may also contact us by postal mail at:

Allison Barnhill Designs
Privacy Department
298 Cedar Lane
Annapolis, MD 21403

Information We Collect

Information You Provide to Us: When you register to use the Services, communicate with our customer service team, send us an email, or post on our blog, you are giving us information that we collect. That information may include your IP address, name, physical address, email address, phone number, credit card information, and other details like gender, occupation, and other demographic information. By giving us this information, you consent to your information being collected, used, disclosed, and stored by us, only as described in our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Information from your Use of the Service: We may obtain information about how and when you use the Services. This information may include your IP address, time, date, browser used, and actions taken by you within the application.

Cookies: When you use our website we store “cookies,” which are strings of code, on your computer. We use those cookies to collect information about when you visit our Website, when you use the Services, your browser type and version, your operating system, and other similar information. You may turn off cookies that have been placed on your computer by following the instructions on your browser, but if you block our cookies, it may be more difficult (and maybe even impossible) to use the Services. When you play one of the videos on the Websites, the Flash player may use local shared objects, which are also called Flash cookies. We don’t use these Flash cookies for anything, but we can’t stop the player from using them.

MailChimp: When we send emails using MailChimp, we’ll sometimes track who opened the emails and who clicked the links. We do that to measure our Email Campaigns’ performance and to improve our features for specific segments of customers. To do this, we include single pixel gifs, also called web beacons, in emails we send. Web beacons allow us to collect information about when you open the email, your IP address, your browser or email client type, and other similar details.  We use the data from those Web Beacons to create the reports about who has or hasn’t opened emails or clicked links. Reports are also available to us when we send you email, so we may collect and review that information.

Google Analytics: This website uses Google Analytics to help analyze how users use the site. The tool uses cookies, to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity.

We will never (and will not knowingly allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information of visitors to our site. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither we nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any Personally Identifiable Information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form on our website.

Information from Other Sources: We may obtain more information about you, like name, age, and participation in social media websites, by searching the internet or querying third parties (we’ll refer to that information as Supplemental Member Information). We only collect data that’s publicly available or provided by a third party according to its terms of use.

Use and Disclosure of Your Personal Information

We may use and disclose your Personal Information only as follows:

To promote use of our Services. For example, if you leave your Personal Information when you visit our Website and don’t sign up for any of the Services, we may send you an email asking whether you want to sign up. And if you use any of our Services, and we think you might benefit from using another Service we offer, we may send you an email telling you about it.

To bill and collect money owed to us. This includes sending you emails, invoices, receipts, notices of delinquency, and alerting you if we need a different credit card number. We use third parties for secure credit card transaction processing, and we send billing information to those third parties to process your orders and credit card payments.

To send you System Alert Messages. For example, we may let you know about temporary or permanent changes to our Services, like planned outages, new features, version updates, releases, abuse warnings, and changes to our Privacy Policy.

To enforce compliance with our Terms of Use and applicable law. This may include developing tools and algorithms that help us prevent violations.

To provide customer support.

To protect the rights and safety of our Members and third parties, as well as our own.

To meet legal requirements like complying with court orders and valid subpoenas.

To provide information to representatives and advisors, like attorneys and accountants, to help us comply with legal, accounting, or security requirements.

To prosecute and defend a court, arbitration, or similar proceeding.

To support and improve the Services we offer.

To communicate with you about your account for informational, not promotional, reasons.

To transfer your information in the case of a sale, merger, consolidation, or acquisition. In that event, any acquirer will be subject to our obligations under this Privacy Policy, including your rights to access and choice. We will notify you of the change either by sending you an email or posting a notice on our Web site.

To send you informational and promotional content that you may choose (or “opt in”) to receive. You can stop receiving our promotional emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in every email.

Public Information and Third Parties

Blog. We have public blogs on our Websites. Any information you include in a comment on our blog may be read, collected, and used by anyone. If your Personal Information appears on our blogs and you’d like it to be removed, contact us here. If we’re not able to remove your information, we’ll let you know why.

Social Media Widgets. Our Websites include social media features, like the Facebook Like button. These features may collect information about your IP address and which page you’re visiting on our site, and they may set a cookie to make sure the feature functions properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our site. Your interactions with those features are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide them.

Links to Third-Party Sites. Our Websites include links to other websites, whose privacy practices may be different from ours. If you submit Personal Information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any Website you visit.

Service Providers. If it is necessary to provide you a service you’ve requested, then we may provide your personal information to a service provider. We will restrict any service provider’s use of your personal information. We will tell you whenever reasonably possible and you may request at any time the name of our service providers.

Notice of Breach of Security. Nobody’s safe from hackers. If a security breach causes an unauthorized intrusion into our system that materially affects you, then we will notify you as soon as possible and later report the action we took in response.

Safeguarding Your Information. To protect your information, our credit card processing vendor uses the latest 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology for secure transactions. Our vendor is certified as compliant with card association security initiatives, like the Visa Cardholder Information Security and Compliance (CISP), MasterCard® (SDP), and Discovery Information Security and Compliance (DISC).
Website accounts. All accounts require a username and password to log in. You must keep your username and password secure, and never disclose it to a third party. Because your account may contain private information, account passwords are encrypted – this means we can’t see your passwords. We can’t resend forgotten passwords either, we’ll only reset them.

Compliance

Accuracy of Data, Transparency, and Choice.  We do our best to keep your data accurate and up to date, to the extent that you provide us with the information we need to do that. If your data changes (like a new email address), then you’re responsible for notifying us of those changes.

We only store data about you for as long as it’s reasonably required to fulfill the purposes that gave us the right to access it in the first place. We keep some data indefinitely, relating to order history and user preferences.

We’ll give you access to any Personal Information about you that we hold within 30 days of any request for that information you make by emailing info@allisonbarnhilldesigns.com. Unless it’s prohibited by law, we’ll remove any Personal Information about you from our servers at your request.

Further Information about Cookies

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is an industry body that develops standards and guidelines to support online business processes. It has produced a series of web pages that explain how cookies work and how they can be managed at www.allaboutcookies.org.

Summary

In summary, your anonymity is safe. That is my personal commitment to you as a valued reader and potential client. If you have any questions concerning our privacy policy, please don’t hesitate to contact me about them.

~ Allison Barnhill

This policy was last updated on March 8, 2015.