Privacy Policy

by hikaholics

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.

We use your data to provide and improve our service. By using our service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

Who are we

Our website address is: https://hikaholics.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

While using our service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Website URL
  • Cookies and Usage Data

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.

Contact forms

To assist with sending you requested information, we use Wordpress Contact Forms and MailChimp to collect and store your email address. You may opt out of the collection of your data by unsubscribing (we will remove your data).

We may use the following third-party service providers named below to process and store your data:

  • Mailchimp (The rocket Science Group, LLC), which we use to manage email marketing subscriber lists and send emails to our subscribers. Read their privacy policy.

Cookies​​

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and hold certain information.

Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. 

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

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. 

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. 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. 

Analytics

We use Google analytics to record information about the pages a user has seen, for example the URL of the page, time of day, device used, etc. The information that we collect anonymized and sent to Google Analytics for analysis.

Google Analytics mainly uses first-party cookies to report on visitor interactions on this website. Users may disable cookies or delete any individual cookie. Learn more

In addition, Google Analytics supports an optional browser add-on that – once installed and enabled – disables measurement by Google Analytics for any site a user visits. Note that this add-on only disables Google Analytics measurement.

Google Analytics also collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to provide and protect the security of the service, and to give website owners a sense of which country, state, or city in the world their users come from (also known as “IP geolocation”).

See this page for Google Analytics security and usage of data.

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.

Usage of Data

We may collect information:

  • To operate and maintain Hikaholics.com;
  • To send you promotional information that you have signed up for previously, such as newsletters. Each email newsletter will provide information on how to easily opt-out of future mailings;
  • To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, newsletter confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
  • To respond to your comments if you have selected the subscribe to comments option. Each comment email will provide information on how to unsubscribe or opt-out of future comment subscription emails;
  • To respond to your inquiries submitted through the comment form on Hikaholics.com;
  • To provide you with adequate user support;
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity;
  • In some instances, to create your account, identify you as a user of Hikaholics.com, and customize Hikaholics.com for your account;

Children's privacy

Hikaholics.com does not address anyone under the age of 18 (“Children”).

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Sensitive information

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to Hikaholics.com (or any blogsite). This includes your social security number or personal identification number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, private photos, personal documentation, bank account information or any other sensitive information. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

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.

If you subscribe to our newsletter, the information given and its metadata are retained indefinitely, until you opt-out. You may opt out of the collection of your data by unsubscribing (we will remove your data).

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. 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.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Additional information

How we protect your data

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Third Parties

We consider your privacy as important and we therefore handle personal information with care. We will never sell this to third parties.

Links to Third Party Websites

This website may contain links to other sites that are not controlled in any way by us. Please be aware when you click on any such links; we are not responsible for the privacy practices and/or policies of any website other than our own. Consequently, we stronlgly suggest that you review the privacy practices and/or policies of every website you visit, whether or not they are linked to by our site.

Social media

On Hikaholics.com you will find social media buttons, with them you can share blogposts or vlogs or any sort of content directly on your own social media channels. These channels have their own cookies, over with Hikaholics has no influence.

We may receive information about you from other website and sources. You may link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile. If you choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile, we may in some instances receive your name, email address and profile picture associated with that account.

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.

Affiliate Program Participation

Hikaholics.com engages in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding affiliate tracking links into Hikaholics.com. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of calculating commissions for the Website.

Hikaholics.com is a participant in the affiliate programs run by AvantLink, Tradetracker as well as other third party direct affiliate programs. These all are affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for websites to earn commissions and advertising fees by advertising and links through and to the corresponding affiliate programs. As part of these programs, Hikaholics.com will post customized links, provided by the appropriate affiliate programs, to track the referrals to their websites and/or to their corresponding partner or client websites. These programs utilize cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales. You do not have to pay extra for this, but your click behaviour via our website is tracked this way.

Other Affiliate Programs Hikaholics.com participates in are:

    • Bergfreunde.de
    • DJI
    • Pepperjam
    • TubeBuddy
    • Bol.com
    • SiteGround

 

Amazon Associates Disclosure

Hikaholics.com is a participant in the Amazon Services Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com .

Disclaimer

Hikaholics.com is not obliger to justify itself for inaccuracies or incorrect information. If you encounter an error on the website, please feel free to send us an email to hello@hikaholics.com and we will respond to it as soon as possible.

Hikaholics.com is not responsible for (in)direct damage from the use of the website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy, please contact us.

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