Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://thebranchoflife.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

Our contact forms will only ask for your name and an email address. We will use this for future ways of reaching out to you with updates.

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 visit our login page, 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 Google Analytics (functional cookies), a web analysis service of Google, to improve the user experience. Google Analytics helps us determine the number of visitors to the Site and helps us understand how users find the Site. Google Analytics may record your geographical location, device, internet browser, operating system, and IP address. We are not provided with information allowing us to link an individual to an IP address. More information about Google Analytics can be found at https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/analytics/. We use Google Ads conversion tracking cookies to measure and optimize the performance and user experience related to our ads in Google Search or selected Google Display Network websites. More information about Google’s Privacy Policy can be found at https://policies.google.com/.

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.

Other Websites

This Privacy Policy only applies to The Branch of Life and any websites of our affiliates which may link to this Privacy Policy. The Site may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of those websites. When visiting other websites, you should read those websites’ privacy policies.

Affiliates

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website. One way of collecting personal information is through cookies, which can store the IP addresses, demographics and other personal details of users.

Children under 13

This site is not intended for children. No one under age 13 may provide any Personal Data on this site. We do not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information from the site. . If you believe we might have information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at breannemcbranch@gmail.com. Furthermore, if you are under 18 years of
age, then you (or your parent or legal guardian) may at any time request that we remove content or information about you that is posted on our site. Please submit any such request (“Request for Removal of Minor Information”) to breannemcbranch@gmail.com, with a subject line of “Removal of Minor Information”.

Social Plugins, Social Media Widgets, and Connecting via Social Networks

We may include different types of “social plugins” and social media widgets. These features may collect your IP address and information on which pages you are visiting on the Site, and they may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on the Site. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it. The Site may include social media widgets from Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest that use cookies that track users and advertise to them when they visit those platforms. If you do not want to be tracked by social media widgets, log out of all social networks that you’re logged in to before visiting our page.

Our Privacy and cookie policy was update July 2020.