Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is https://www.theroadtripexpert.com. I am an independent blogger and I this website as a small online business. I am relatively new to blogging and I doing everything I can to learn as quickly as possible and ensure I follow all of the guidelines to not only provide excellent content and value but also respect and enforce your privacy. Please Contact Us if you have any concerns as I want to do everything possible to create a great website experience for all our users.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We collect your name and email address through our email subscription box. We do this so we can send out great travel tips and content via email if you wish, but you can unsubscribe at any time. We are also registered with google analytics which means we collect data on how many people are visiting the website and a variety of other metrics. This helps us understand what content is doing well and what content may need improving. If you send us a message via the contact form then we keep it for 6 months to improve customer service but we would not use that information for marketing or distribute it to anyone. We also use plug-ins for this website and at the bottom of this policy, we have included their recommended text on privacy policy to be as transparent as possible on how this site functions.

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.

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.

Contact forms

We use a contact form on our website. We do not use any of the information we receive for marketing purposes. If you use the contact form then we receive an email that allows us to help you with any queries you may have. We use a plug-in called WP Forms Lite for this.

Cookies

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. These cookies will last for one year.

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. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. 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. It expires after 1 day.

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.

Analytics

By default, WordPress does not share any personal data with anyone. We use Google Analytics to track a variety of metrics on the website. We do not distribute or sell the data in any way. We are using various plug-ins to help us manage the website.

Who we share your data with

By default, WordPress does not share any personal data with anyone. We are not sharing your data with any third-party providers that we are aware of. We are using plugins and we have included their privacy policy snippets lower down on this page. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

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.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. 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.

We store contact form entries for 6 months and customer purchase records will be stored for ten years if we decide to incorporate an e-commerce function into the website.

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, including any data you have provided to us. 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.

Your contact information

If you have any concerns about your privacy then please do not hesitate to Contact Us. This is a new blog and we are doing everything we can to ensure that we follow all the rules. We are only using approved WordPress plugins and major services for the running of this blog. For example, we use Bluehost for our hosting and they are great at helping us with any issues.

Additional information

We are not engaged in the complex collection or processing of personal data at this time but if we do so in the future we will be sure to provide additional information as required.

How we protect your data

We use two-factor authentication and very strong passwords for all accounts related to the operation of this website. All users with access to the management of this site have become educated on how to have good online security.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We have not had any data breaches. If this was the case we would immediately seek professional advice.

What third parties we receive data from

We are not receiving any data from third parties at the moment that we are aware of. This is a new website and our focus is on writing great articles to help people with their travel plans.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We are not doing any automated decision-making and/or profiling that we are aware of. If you have any concerns please contact us immediately.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

There are no additional industry regulatory requirements that we are currently aware of.

Plug ins we are using

Here we have included information about plug-ins we are using. WordPress provides us with this text to input into the privacy policy so that you can better understand the website that you are engaging with.

MailPoet newsletter & emails

If you have subscribed to our newsletter or if you are a member of our website (you can log in) or if you have purchased on our website, there is a good chance you will receive emails from us.

We will only send you emails that you have signed up to receive, or which pertain to the services we provided to you.

To send you emails, we use the name and email address you provide us. Our site also logs the IP address you used when you signed up for the service to prevent abuse of the system.

No identifiable information is otherwise tracked outside this website except for the email address.

This website can send emails through the MailPoet sending service. This service allows us to track opens and clicks on our emails. We use this information to improve the content of our newsletters.

Hummingbird: Third parties

Hummingbird uses the Stackpath Content Delivery Network (CDN). Stackpath may store web log information of site visitors, including IPs, UA, referrer, Location and ISP info of site visitors for 7 days. Files and images served by the CDN may be stored and served from countries other than your own. Stackpath’s privacy policy can be found here.

Plugin: Smush

Smush sends images to the WPMU DEV servers to optimize them for web use. This includes the transfer of EXIF data. The EXIF data will either be stripped or returned as it is. It is not stored on the WPMU DEV servers.

Smush uses the Stackpath Content Delivery Network (CDN). Stackpath may store web log information of site visitors, including IPs, UA, referrer, Location and ISP info of site visitors for 7 days. Files and images served by the CDN may be stored and served from countries other than your own. Stackpath’s privacy policy can be found here.

Smush uses a third-party email service (Drip) to send informational emails to the site administrator. The administrator’s email address is sent to Drip and a cookie is set by the service. Only administrator information is collected by Drip.

Akismet

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

Consent

By using this website you are consenting to the terms outlined in this privacy policy. Thanks.

Amazon Affiliate

The Road Trip Expert 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.

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising

For information regarding data collection by Mediavine ad partners including how to opt out of data collection, please click here

Get In Touch

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy please do not hesitate to get in touch.

If you would like more information then please see the About Us page.