Last updated 19-Nov-2019
Welcome to SavvySalt.com’s disclosures page; created to be one stop shopping where SavvySalt visitors and subscribers can understand how this site uses visitor and subscriber information. We will also strive to be up front about how SavvySalt LLC, including SavvySalt.com, earns revenue online.
SavvySalt LLC runs our mailing lists as a way to keep sailors who subscribe abreast of new content, updated content, sailing opportunities and as a way to provide exclusive offers to subscribers.
SavvySalt LLC will never sell information from our mailing list to a 3rd party.
You can unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time for any reason. An unsubscribe link is included in every email we send.
If you have any questions or concerns about our mailing list, including help unsubscribing, please contact us using this form.
We at SavvySalt LLC pledge to keep our reviews and recommendations independent and unbiased.
All the recommendations published at SavvySalt.com are arrived at independently. SavvySalt LLC has never received consideration for recommending any specific product.
If you follow the affiliate links on SavvySalt.com, SavvySalt LLC earns from qualifying purchases.
Wherever suitable SavvySalt LLC will use affiliate programs to acquire discounts for our visitors.
We do our best to ensure following the affiliate links on this site will not cost you anything; regardless of whether or not you ultimately make a purchase. If you suspect following any of our affiliate links incurs additional cost to our visitors please bring the suspect link to our attention immediately using this form.
SavvySalt LLC’s participation in affiliate programs does not alter the independence of our recommendations. We always determine our recommendations before figuring out if the product we recommend is covered by a qualifying affiliate program.
SavvySalt LLC 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.
As an Amazon Associate SavvySalt LLC earns from qualifying purchases.
Cookies and Analytics
Analytics are used for measuring the performance of our articles, videos and other content; determining which articles are the most popular, for example.
Although we at SavvySalt LLC find analytics to be valuable for creating content our visitors and subscribers find valuable we believe it’s more important to respect the privacy wishes of our visitors. SavvySalt.com only uses analytics in ways that respect the Do Not Track (DNT) header:
DNT is a web browser setting that requests that a web application disable its tracking of an individual user. When you choose to turn on the DNT setting in your browser, your browser sends a special signal to websites, analytics companies, ad networks, plug in providers, and other web services you encounter while browsing to stop tracking your activity.https://allaboutdnt.com/
To enable DNT you can find instructions at allaboutdnt.com or hotjar.com on how to enable DNT for a multitude of browsers.
Automattic, Jetpack’s developer, provides this great explanation of the cookies Jetpack uses.
WordPress.com Stats (Jetpack Analytics)
WordPress.com Stats is Jetpack’s analytics component.
WordPress.com Stats supports honoring Do Not Track (DNT):
As a site owner, you can force the WordPress.com Stats feature to honor any visitors with DNT enabled and not track their activity (i.e. post and page views)
SavvySalt.com has WordPress.com Stats setup to honor DNT if a visitor has DNT set.
Jetpack Contact Form
When visitors fill in the contact form on the site we collect the data shown in the contact form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to aid spam and bot detection.
Jetpack Cookie & Consent Banner
SavvySalt LLC uses Google Analytics to provide industry leading analytics for SavvySalt.com.
At SavvySalt.com we completely disable Google Analytics for users with the DNT header set (hat tip Paul Furley).
Google Analytics will also honor the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On. You don’t need this Add-On for SavvySalt.com, instead set DNT on any major browser and our site will respect that setting, but it’s an option available to you for other sites.
SavvySalt.com also enables IP Anonymization in Google Analytics for every session. In short IP Anonymization means that the IP addresses stored in Google Analytics are not personally identifiable information.
Embedded content from other websites
Pages 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.
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.
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.
SavvySalt.com is free of third party advertisements.
Videos on the SavvySalt YouTube channel may display advertisements. SavvySalt LLC earns revenue from these advertisements as a member of the YouTube Partner Program.
SavvySalt LLC also receives a part of a YouTube Premium subscriber’s subscription fee when they watch some videos on the SavvySalt YouTube channel.
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 send us information via our contact form it sends an email to one of our mailboxes. We keep our messages indefinitely. But if you request we delete the message/thread we’d be happy to do so (see your rights, the next section).
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, have left comments, or have contacted us using our form 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.
Please contact us using this form for these requests.
Who we share your data with
SavvySalt LLC will never sell information from SavvySalt.com or our mailing list to a 3rd party.
SavvySalt.com only shares Personally Identifiable information (PII) with companies we employ to provide functionality to our site, our visitors and our subscribers.
Visitor comments and form submissions are checked through automated spam detection services.
MailChimp hosts SavvySalt LLC’s mailing lists. In order to host this mailing list we we share the data shown in the subscription form with MailChimp (including name and email address) along with the IP address you sign up from and some other information about the connection used to subscribe to the list in order to aid bot and spam detection.
Jetpack provides some analytics from SavvySalt.com to SavvySalt LLC. In order facilitate these analytics we share visitor’s IP addresses with Jetpack.
SavvySalt.com honors the Do Not Track (DNT) web header; if you have that header set we do not send any information about your usage of SavvySalt.com to Jetpack.
Google Analytics provides analytics from SavvySalt.com to SavvySalt LLC. For all visitors to SavvySalt.com we have enabled IP Anonymization in Google Analytics so no Personally Identifiable Information is shared with Google Analytics for any SavvySalt.com visitor.
SavvySalt.com honors the Do Not Track (DNT) web header; if you have that header set we do not send any information about your usage of SavvySalt.com to Google Analytics.
Questions or Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us using this form.