The Pilgrimage Traveler Privacy Policy and Advertising Disclosure Policy

We recognize that your privacy is important. This document outlines the types of personal information we receive and collect when you use pilgrimagetraveler.com, as well as some of the steps we take to safeguard information. We hope this will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with us.

pilgrimagetraveler.com strives to maintain the highest standards of decency, fairness and integrity in all our operations. Likewise, we are dedicated to protecting our customers', consumers' and online visitors' privacy on our website.

Personal Information

Pilgrimagetraveler.com collects personally identifiable information from the visitors to our website only on a voluntary basis. Personal information collected on a voluntary basis may include name, postal address, email address, company name and telephone number.

This information is collected if you request information from us, participate in a contest or sweepstakes, and sign up to join our email list or request some other service or information from us. The information collected is internally reviewed, and used to improve the content of our website, notify our visitors of updates, and respond to visitor inquiries.

Once information is reviewed, we discard it or store it in our files. If we make material changes in the collection of personally identifiable information, we will inform you by placing a notice on our site. Personal information received from any visitor will be used only for internal purposes and will not be sold or provided to third parties.

Use of Cookies and Web Beacons

We use cookies to help you personalize your online experience. Cookies are identifiers that are transferred to your computer's hard drive through your web browser to enable our system to recognize your browser.

The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have come to the site for the first time, or have returned to a specific page. If you personalize the site's pages, or register with any of our site's services, a cookie enables pilgrimagetraveler.com to recall your specific information on subsequent visits.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying settings in your browser; however, if you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the site.

A web beacon is a transparent image file used to monitor your journey around a single website or collection of sites. Beacons are also referred to as web bugs. They are commonly used by sites that use third-party services to monitor traffic. They may be used in association with cookies to understand how visitors interact with the pages and content on the pages of a website.

As you browse this website, Google Analytics and advertising cookies will be placed on your computer to collect demographic and interest information, but we do not tie the cookie to any personal information that you provide to us. If you do not wish your data to be collected via Google Analytics, you may use their opt-out tool... https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our website. These companies use cookies and web beacons in their ads to ascertain how many times you've seen an advertisement. No personally identifiable information you give us is provided to them for cookie or web beacon use, so they cannot personally identify you with that information from our website.

Some third-party advertisements may be provided by Google, which uses the DoubleClick cookie to serve ads. This cookie enables Google to serve ads to users based on their visits to other sites on the Web. You may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Browsers can be set to accept or reject cookies automatically, or notify you when a cookie is being requested. Privacy software can be used to override web beacons. Taking either of these actions should not cause a problem with our site, should you so choose.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

This website is directed to adults; it is not directed to children under the age of 13. We operate our site in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, and will not knowingly collect or use personal information from anyone under 13 years of age.

Non-Personal Information

In some cases, we may collect information about you that is not personally identifiable. We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users' movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. The information collected is used solely for internal review and not shared with other organizations for commercial purposes.

Release of Information

If pilgrimagetraveler.com is sold, the information we have obtained from you through your voluntary participation in our site may transfer to the new owner as a part of the sale in order that the service being provided to you may continue. In that event, you will receive notice through our website of that change in control and practices, and we will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honors any opt-out requests you might make of us.

How You Can Correct or Remove Information

We provide this privacy policy as a statement to you of our commitment to protect your personal information. If you have submitted personal information through our website and would like that information deleted from our records, or would like to update or correct that information, please use our Contact Us page.

Federal Trade Commission Guidelines and Consumer Protection

This website is created entirely by me, Elle Bieling and is my life's passion. I may and/or do accept advertising if I believe in a product and have evaluated it personally. You have my pledge that any product I recommend will be totally honest and as a result of my belief and experience. Any compensation that I receive as a result does not affect the information on this website. 

As of 11/20/2015 I have not accepted sponsorships for any goods or services, and use only affiliate links such as Amazon to recommend products. 

In the future, I may accept sponsorships from providers of high-quality goods or services, if I deem them appropriate and they do not compete with my products or services. (I would appreciate any and all recognition and support of my website from sponsors.)

If I choose to add sponsored pages in the future the content will be independent of the sponsorship or affiliate relationship. I will always clearly identify any sponsored content, in my obligation to you, for full disclosure. 

I do provide affiliate links to products that I love and believe may be useful for you in your own journeys. Please support my efforts by purchasing through the links on my website, if you were going to purchase a similar product anyway. Supporting my sponsors and affiliate associations is a WIN-WIN-WIN for everyone involved. It is a WIN for you as you desire a useful product or service for your pilgrimage, a WIN for me as it allows a way to support my efforts so I may continue to provide you with FREE information, and a WIN for those who supply the product, as everyone  needs to make a living. Thank you so very much!

Amazon, my primary affiliate on this website, requires that I give you the following disclosure: The Pilgrimage Traveler 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.

Updates and Effective Date

pilgrimagetraveler.com reserves the right to make changes in this policy. If there is a material change in our privacy practices, we will indicate on our site that our privacy practices have changed and provide a link to the updated privacy policy. We encourage you to periodically review this policy so that you will know what information we collect and how we use it.

Agreeing to Terms

If you do not agree to pilgrimagetraveler.com's privacy policy as posted here on this website, please do not use this site or any services offered by this site.

Your use of this site indicates acceptance of this privacy policy.

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