This is the official affiliate disclosure and privacy notice for Lous Designs.com.
All products, services and advertising offered on this site are there due to an agreement between the website owner, Louanne Cox aka lousdesigns.com, and these programs: Google AdSense, Commission Junction, eBay, Zazzle, Share-a-Sale, Shopstyle, LinkShare, and the Amazon Affiliate Program.
Regarding all sites you reach through advertising links found on this site: You are responsible for a due-diligence investigation of products or services you choose to spend your money on.
Amazon: Louanne Cox, owner of this website, is 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.
Always perform your own due-diligence search when purchasing products from Amazon or from any other advertiser you may reach through links on this website. I cannot guarantee products or services.
Cookies, information gathering by advertisers: Advertisers on this site may collect information about people who click on their ads. For example, they may leave a cookie on your computer to track what other ads you click on. If this bothers you then delete your cookies using the options function in your browser. For more information on how that is done, go to: How to delete cookies. Advertisers may also use a web beacon to track the number of times their ads are displayed. A web beacon is simply a transparent image file. By the way, this is done on every site with Google or Amazon advertising, not just this one.
Google: Google is now using something called a DoubleClick DART cookie. This tracks your interests by tracking what pages you visit on the internet. The intent is to display advertising that matches your interests. More information and opt-out here.
No Guarantees: The website is provided ‘as is’ whenever available – there’s no guarantee that the site will be up and running at all times.
Copyright: All content on this site is copyright protected. It is owned by Louanne Cox unless attributed to someone else. Do not reuse it without permission from the owner of this website. If you believe your copyright has been violated please notify the site owner explaining your claim and providing the URL of the page your intellectual property is found on in the comments on this page (the comments are set not to publish on this page and allow the owner and/or admin to deal with them in a timely fashion)
Limits of Use: Your use of this website is limited in that not all comments will be posted.
Risk: You assume all risk for use of this website, comments you make, and information you impart. I cannot guarantee accuracy or completeness of information and am not responsible for loss resulting in your reliance on my information or your comments on my site.
Internet Privacy and Cookies Policy – Updated 6th May 2018
This policy will explain:
- areas of this website that may affect your privacy and personal details
- how we process, collect, manage and store those details
- how we adhere to your rights under the GDPR, DPA & PECR
Additionally it will explain the use of:
- Cookies or software
- advertising or commercial sponsorship from third parties
- the download of any documents, files or software made available to you on this website
Further explanations may be provided for specific pages or features of this website in order to help you understand how we, lousdesigns.com and its third parties interact with you and your computer/device in order to serve it to you.
If you have any questions, please fill in the comment form below and we will get back to you with the answers.
This policy will be updated, as necessary, after the completion of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computer’s hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server, to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.
Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computer’s hard drive, or any other electronic devised used to view this website, they should take necessary steps within their web browser’s security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors or use the cookie control system, if available, upon their first visit.
Visiting and surfing on our website is possible without cookies. Most browsers accept cookies automatically.
Please note, however, that these settings may have negative effects on the usability and user guidance of websites and other online services. You may delete cookies stored in your browser at any time. Information stored in such cookies will be removed from your device.
Website Visitor Tracking
This website uses tracking software, including Google Analytics, to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. The software will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information.
Consult your device’s help files if you wish to disable or delete these Cookies from your device.
We do not record any personal data (not your name, address, telephone number or email address) other than that voluntarily provided by you, e.g. as part of commenting on articles, a survey or when attempting to enter into a contractual relationship, such as if we introduce a membership scheme.
Adverts and Sponsored Links
This website contains sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, who may have their own detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.
These advertising partners include, but are not limited to, Amazon and Google Adsense.
Users should therefore note that they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.
Online Behavioural Advertising (OBA) & Targeted Advertising
Online Behavioural Advertising (also known as OBA or targeted advertising), is a technology that allows the display of advertising, which is tailored to your preferences , with the aim of making the adverts more relevant and interesting to you.
They are based on the previous anonymous surfing behaviour of Internet users. Some providers are using cookies for this.
lousdesigns.com does not directly conduct OBA. However, it is conducted by our third party partners, including (but not limited to) Google Adsense.
More information on online behavioural advertising can be found on the websites of the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA).
Downloads & Media Files
Any downloadable documents, files or media made available on this website are provided to users at their own risk. While all precautions have been undertaken to ensure only genuine downloads are available, users are advised to verify their authenticity using third party anti-virus software or similar applications.
We accept no responsibility for third party downloads and downloads provided by external third party websites and advise users to verify their authenticity using third party anti-virus software or similar applications.
Contact & Communication With Us
Users contacting this us through this website do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use.
Where we have clearly stated and made you aware of the fact, and where you have given your express permission, we may use your details to send you products/services information through a mailing list system. This is done in accordance with the regulations named in ‘The policy’ above.
Email Mailing List & Marketing Messages
We currently do not operate an email mailing list program, used to inform subscribers about products, services and/or news we supply/publish.
Subscribers to this Website
Users can subscribe to receive notifications of new posts through an online automated process where they have given their explicit permission. Subscriber personal details are collected, processed, managed and stored in accordance with the regulations named in ‘The policy’ above.
Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time through an automated online service, which provides a link to unsubscribe in the email notifications that they receive.
Should this system fail to work, then Subscribers should contact us on the form below.
We endeavor to include quality, safe and relevant external links. However, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website.
External links are clickable text / banner / image links to other websites.
We cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website, despite our best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.
URL shortening is a technique used on the web to shorten URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) to something substantially shorter.
This technique is especially used in social media and looks similar to this (example: http://bit.ly/zzGGvwp). Users should use sensible caution before clicking on shortened URL links and verify their authenticity before proceeding.
Social Media Policy & Usage
We adopt a Social Media Policy to ensure our business and our staff conduct themselves accordingly online. While we may have official profiles on social media platforms, users are advised to verify authenticity of such profiles before engaging with, or sharing information with such profiles.
We will never ask for user passwords or personal details on social media platforms. Users are advised to conduct themselves appropriately when engaging with us on social media.
Our website features social sharing buttons, which help share web content directly from web pages to the respective social media platforms. Users use these social sharing buttons at your own discretion and accept that doing so may publish content to your social media profile feed or page.
You can find further information about some social media privacy and usage policies in the resources section below.
Resources & Further Information
Overview of the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation
Data Protection Act 1998
Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003
The Guide to the PECR 2003
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