Last updated: 09.01.2020

You are viewing the Privacy and Cookies Policy of www.TEALsustainably.com

No one likes spam. Me neither.

I, as the author of  TEAL sustainably, care about the protection of your personal information and will take the protection of it very seriously. I will treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the legal European data protection regulations and as laid out in this privacy policy.

In general you can use my website even without entering any personal information. When the entering of personal information such as your name or email address is required, this will always be done on a voluntary basis on your side.  Selling personal data to third parties is creepy and I will never do that!

As the transfer of information using the internet (for example, when communicating by email) may have security vulnerabilities, I have to  point out that I can not guarantee a complete protection of your data from access by third parties.

Cookies

TEAL sustainably partly uses so-called cookies. Cookies will not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. They serve me to offer you a more user-friendly, more effective and safer usuage of my blog.

Cookies are small text files that will be saved on your computer or mobile device and that your browser stores.

On TEAL sustainably I mainly use so-called “session cookies”. These will get deleted automatically at the end of your visit (when you close your browser!). Other cookies will remain stored on your device until you delete them. (Check your browsers settings or help pages to learn how to do this.) These cookies allow my analytics software to recognize your browser the next time you visit my blog.

You can change your browser settings: 
  • to inform you when cookies are being saved
  • to ask you if you want cookies to be saved on specific websites
  • or to exclude certain cases
  • if no cookies shall be saved at all
  • to automatically delete all data when you close your browser

When you deactivate cookies, the functionality of TEAL sustainably might be limited.

To learn more about how to change your browser settings, check these tutorials: Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari.

Server Log Files

TEAL sustainably’s server provider (Green Geeks) collects and automatically stores information in Server Log Files. The information that  automatically gets send by your browser includes:

  • Browser type and version
  • Your operating system
  • An referrer URL (meaning through which website or search engine you came to my website)
  • The host name of your computer
  • Time of the server request (meaning at which time you visited my website)

The above information is not enough to identify you as a specific person. TEAL sustainably will not combine this information with
other data sources. But  TEAL sustainably will reserve the right to do so retrospectively in order to check an user when there is reason to believe or concrete indications of unlawful use.

Contact by email

If you decide to contact me via email, your details, including those that you provided voluntarily, will be taken from your inquiry for the purpose of processing your request. My email server is located on my server but I am using a third party service, which might store your information, to check my emails. Teal sustainably will not be responsible of the usage of your data by this third party. By contacting me directly by email you agree that you understand this and accept that the owner of TEAL sustainably is not responsible for possible third party leakages or hack attemps on those.

It goes without questioning that I will keep any of your information private and shall only use it to follow up on your inquieries. I will never give this data to anyone without your expressed consent, unless I am required to do so by a higher force (law).

Newsletter Data

If you want to receive the newsletter I am going to offer on TEAL Sustainably, I need your email address and name. After signing up you will receive a confirmation request email to verify you as the owner of the given email address and your consent to receiving my newsletters. This procedure is called a double opt-in and will be the new standart in the EU with the GDPR enforcement.

I am using the third party newsletter provider mailerlite for TEAL sustainably, so your data will also be susceptible to their privacy policy you will find more about what data they collect under “3. What information we process”. When sending out newsletters so called web beacons will track your interactions with my newsletters and collect the following data: your IP address, browser or email client type, and other similar details.

By signing up to my newsletter you agree that you understand this and accept that the owner of TEAL Sustainably is not responsible for possible third party leakages or hack attemps on third party websites and services.

If you don’t want to receive my newsletter anymore, you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link which will be included at the bottom of the each email. Unsubscribing will have no effect on receiving regular emails from me if you should decide to contact me.

Third Party Privacy Policys

As education plays a huge role on my blog, you will often find links to other websites, blogs, forums, etc for further reading. TEAL sustainably is not responsible for any of the content pressented on such websites and also has no influence over the usuage of your private information by such websites. While I will never knowingly send you to a website that uses your information in a bad way and will do my best to prevent directing you to such a website, I can not guarantee for those websites not getting hacked, virusus, etc. 

It is therefore your sole responsibility to check the privacy policy of each website, blog or forums that I link to and decide if you agree to those third parties privacy policies. 

By clicking on outbound links on TEAL sustainably you agree that you have understood and agree to this and that TEAL sustainably holds no responsibility for possible damanges caused by visiting such sites.

Google Analytics

TEAL Sustainably is not using Google Analytics at this moment. If I shall do so later on, I of course will inform you about this.

Tracking and Visitor Statistics

TEAL sustainably uses the following plugins to analyze visitor traffic with accurate, real-time stats:

None of the data collected by these plugins enables me to create user profiles and no data collected will be shared with third parties.

Affiliate Programs

Update: 16/02/2019:

Amazon Affiliate Program

Tealsustainably.com is now a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. This is an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Following the rules of the programm these advertising links will be clearly labeled as such. You can find amazon’s privacy policy here.
In order to create and provide helpful recommendations in form of ‘sets’, tealsustainably will also be using the third party provider services of www.kit.com

Kit.com

Tealsustainably.com is now using the third party service www.kit.com to create ‘sets’ of recommended products, which will be sets of affiliate links through which tealsustainably.com will earn a small comsission in case you should purchase something. The links to these sets will be labeled as such. You can find kit.com’s privacy policy here

Green Geeks Affiliate Program

Tealsustainably.com is a participant iof the Green Geeks Affiliate Program. This affiliate advertising program will rewards me for advertising and linking to GreenGeeks.com. To create greater transparency these advertising links will be clearly labeled as such. You can find the GreenGeeks.com’s privacy policy here.

FacebookPlugins

TEAL sustainably is not using facebook plugins at this moment. As far as I understand these plugins are not in accordance with some German privacy regulations and I shall refrain from doing so for now. The information for this was provided by the website eRecht24.de (in german) .

Comments on this website

If you decide to comment to one of TEAL sustainably’s blog posts the following information will be saved and displayed:

  • your comment
  • when the comment was written
  • your email address
  • if you do not post anonymously, the username you chose.
Storage of the IP address

Besides that the comment function will also store the IP addresses of each user who writes comments. This information is important to identify and block spammers. I am using the Antispam Bee software, to reduce the risk of spam. As technology is not perfect, it is necessary to save this data so in the case of infringements such as insults or propaganda against me as the author, or any other useres commenting on my blog, I can act and block IPs. This will improve everyone’s user experience of my blog.

Blog Security

Login

TEAL sustainably uses the plugin Loginizer Security in order to protect the blog from bots and hack attemps. In order to do so efficiently I reserve myself the right to interpret data stored in the Server log file and to single out any individual IPs or IP ranges that I find directly visiting my blogs login page, assuming that they are trying to hack my account.

In order to block such IPs the information has to be stored by the third party ‘Loginizer Security‘. The IP will therefore be subject to the privacy policy of this third party.

If you find that you have been blocked unjustifiably you can contact me and prove that you are no bot and I will remove your IP from the list.

Email Address Encoder

TEAL sustainably is using a wordpress plugin that encodes emails in order to increase your safety and protect the information you enter from email harvesting bots.

Your Rights (Information, cancellation, blocking)

You have the right to get informed about the data about you that TEAL sustainably collects at any time.
This inlcudes:

  • stored personal data and their origin and recipients
  • the purpose of the data processing

In addition, you also have the right for correction, blockage or deletion of this information.

If you have questions, want to make changes, or simply learn more about how your personal data is being used by TEAL sustainably, please contact me at any time under the address given in the Impressium.

Advertising Emails

It is my obligation to publish my contact details in the impressum. By publishing my private information I do not agree to receiving unsolicited advertising and information materials.

Sending me such is hereby contradicted and I, as the operator of TEAL sustainably, reserve the right to pursue legal action against those who send me any unsolicited promotional information, including but not limited to emails, or spam mail.