Privacy Policy

Effective Date: October 1, 2014          Last Updated: October 1, 2014

This Privacy Policy explains how Melissa Donovan [website] collects, uses, and discloses personal information about its users, visitors, and subscribers. This Privacy Policy applies to and all subdomains contained therein.

Within this Privacy Policy, “personal information” indicates information that would allow any party to identify another party. This may include names, addresses, locations, telephone numbers, and/or email addresses. Also within this Policy, “users” indicates any persons who access this site or its published content, including its RSS feed and other output channels, including material linked to or otherwise published or shared via social media websites and web-based applications.

As a user of this website, you accept the practices outlined in this Privacy Policy.

Principles and Philosophy

Melissa Donovan [website] is committed to protecting the personal information of its users and handling that information in a responsible manner. User data is collected on this site and may include personal information or impersonal browsing and site usage information.

Third parties may have access to information collected on this website. These parties are trusted entities and organizations. Melissa Donovan [website] does not sell, publish, or distribute personal information about any of its users.

Personal Information That is Collected

Personal information may be collected in any of the following manners:

  • If you send an email, fill out any forms on the site, or sign up as a subscriber, your personal information will be collected and stored.

How Your Personal Information is Used

When you sign up as a subscriber or initiate contact, your email address and other personal information will be used so that we can respond to your request (for example, we will email your subscription to the address you supplied). Your email address, name, and other contact information is never shared with or distributed to third parties with the exception of third-party technical services that are used to manage data (for example: Google Analytics or Feedburner).

Should you choose to participate on the site by submitting an article for publication or by submitting a comment to be published in response to an article, some of your personal information may be publicly displayed on the site. The form you fill out when leaving a comment will indicate which fields are published and which are kept private.

Third parties may collect other personal information and usage data. Jointly with Melissa Donovan [website], such entities use that information to improve your experience on this website.

Any other personal information that we may collect which is not described specifically in this Privacy Policy will only be collected and used in accordance with our Principles and Philosophy.

Disclosures of Personal Information

It is not the general practice of Melissa Donovan [website] to disclose personal information about its users to third parties. However, we may disclose personal information for the following reasons:

  • Melissa Donovan [website] may share personal information with employees, contractors, partners, and service providers in order to develop, maintain, enhance, or add to the functionality of our website, products, or services or to directly provide those products and services to our customers.
  • Melissa Donovan [website] may disclose your personal information to third parties if we believe that such disclosure is necessary or required under law.

Browsing and Site Usage Information

The servers on which this site is stored may automatically collect information about your activities while visiting Melissa Donovan [website]. This would be nonpersonal information, such as the type of browser you are using. Your activities on this site may also be logged and tracked, though these are in no way connected or tied to any personal information that you have provided.

Melissa Donovan [website] may use a third party provider, which helps collect and analyze nonpersonal information and statistics about site visitors and usage.

Any other nonpersonal information that we collect which is not described specifically in this Privacy Policy will only be collected and used in accordance with our Principles and Philosophy.


Melissa Donovan [website] may transfer some or all of your personal information (and nonpersonal information) to a third party as a result of a reorganization, expansion, or other such transaction. If Melissa Donovan [website] falls into the hands of new ownership, the acquirer’s privacy policy will apply.


Consistent with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), Melissa Donovan [website] never knowingly or intentionally requests personal information from anyone under the age of 13 without requiring parental consent. Any person who provides personal information through this site represents that they are 13 years of age or older.

Third-Party Sites

Melissa Donovan [website] may publish and make available links to other websites. Consult the respective privacy policies of third party sites as this Privacy Policy does not apply once you leave our site.

Special Note to International Users

Melissa Donovan [website] is hosted in the United States. If you access this site from any other country or region, do note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States, which may not have the same data protection laws as your (or other) regions. When you provide any of your personal data, you consent to the following:

  • Use of your personal data as described throughout this Privacy Policy, and
  • Transfer of your personal data to the United States.

Advertising on This Site

Melissa Donovan [website] may use ads throughout the site as a means of monetization and to enhance the user experience. This site may publish reviews and recommendations that contain affiliate links through which this site earns revenue as a commission based on a sale made to you as a result of using this site and clicking on a link contained herein. In other words, some of the links you click on and products you purchase as a result of visiting and using this site may result in Melissa Donovan [website] collecting affiliate, commission, or other revenues.

Additionally, the advertisers on Melissa Donovan [website] may collect personal information as well as nonpersonal information, which is separate from the the data that Melissa Donovan [website] collects.

  • Third party vendors may use cookies to serve ads on this site.
  • DART cookie may enable third parties to serve ads to users based on their visit to this site and other sites on the Internet.
  • Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Privacy Policy Updates

When this Privacy Policy is updated, the Last Updated date at the top is changed to reflect the date that the most recent amendments were made. Melissa Donovan [website] encourages visitors to review this Policy periodically. Your continued use of this website constitutes your agreement to our Privacy Policy and any updates.

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