Cookies & Privacy

Cookies & Privacy Policies

Last updated: July 15, 2021

Scout is committed to protecting and respecting visitor privacy. At scoutatheart.com and scout2020.blog (the Site), cookies are used and personal data are collected automatically through the website platform used and directly from visitors through the tools and features enabled. The use of cookies, collection, processing, and storage of personal data, and the rights and options of visitors are addressed here. By continuing to use the Site, visitors agree to Scout’s Cookies & Privacy Policies, which were created in large part using Automattic‘s Privacy Policy.

Cookies

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on a visitor’s computer (or other device) whenever they visit a site. Cookies appear as text files on the visitor’s web browser and allow sites to “remember” them and their preferences to perform essential functions and provide a consistent, efficient, and personalized experience. Cookies also allow site owners — and the website platform and its partners — to recognize, collect, and track information about a visitor’s activity to analyze and understand site usage, improve services, and display relevant ads. Session cookies remember visitors from single visits, whereas persistent cookies remember them from repeat visits.

Categories of Cookies Used & Purposes

At scoutatheart.com and scout2020.blog, the following types of cookies may be used for the following purposes:

Cookie CategoryCookie Purpose
Strictly NecessaryAllow visitors to register, and registered users to perform essential functions, such as logging and staying logged in and carrying out account-related functions
SecurityHelp identify and block potential security threats
FunctionalityStore preferences set by registered users, e.g., account name, language, and time zone
Third Party/Embedded ContentFacebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest social sharing and profile buttons are used to enhance visitor experience. Cookies may be set by third parties such as these to track online activity.
Analytics and PerformanceCollect information about visitors’ and registered users’ activity to analyze and understand site usage. Collect number of views, visitors, likes, comments, posts and pages most visited, countries where visitors’ devices are from, and referring websites to help site owners and the website platform improve their services.
AdvertisingTrack information about a visitor’s activity to display relevant ads and analyze and understand ad usage. Track number of unique visitors, times ads have been displayed, and times ads have been clicked. Persistent cookies set by the website platform and its partners to build user profiles.

Controlling Cookies

With efforts made to protect and respect visitor privacy, no site is 100% secure. Visitors may control cookies by adjusting the privacy and security settings on their web browser before visiting the Site. Blocking cookies could affect browsing experience and cause certain features to malfunction. Through the pop-up cookie banner, they may see details about specific cookies used (i.e., name/ID, type, duration, and description). They may review and adjust the cookie settings and accept or reject. Through the privacy and security settings on their web browser, they may see cookies and site data, such as domain and expiration date & time, and remove certain cookies after visiting the Site. Return visitors may have to re-enter information that they saved because the Site does not remember them.

Privacy

Automatic Data Collection

Data made available by web browsers, web servers, and mobile devices, such as Internet Protocol (IP) address and mobile network information are collected automatically and used to help block spam and tally country where visitors’ devices are located. The Jetpack plug-in by Automattic and Google Analytics are used for analytics, performance, and site statistics. IP address is anonymized.

Contact Form

Visitors may get in touch with Scout for any questions, comments, concerns, or requests at scoutatheart.com and scout2020.blog via the Site contact form, as well as at innovatenshare@gmail.com. The email address and message they enter and submit are collected. If they enter a name and website, those will be collected. Visitors may also check out Scout’s social profiles by clicking on the Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest social profile buttons. Third parties, such as these, may set cookies and track online activity, so visitors are encouraged to review the cookies and privacy policies of third parties.

Subscription Form

Visitors may get new posts delivered directly to their inbox by subscribing to scoutatheart.com and scout2020.blog at the right side of the blog post page. on the categories page, or by clicking on the, “Notify me of new posts by email” box when commenting on a post. The email address they enter and submit is collected. Note: Subscribers may manage their email preferences by using the links provided at the bottom of new post emails.

Blog Post Activities

Comments – When visitors leave a reply, the comment is held for moderation. After it is manually approved, their web image or Globally Recognized Avatar (Gravatar), and the name and comment they enter and submit, are collected and displayed. The email address they enter and submit is collected but not displayed. If they enter a website address, it will be viewable when a cursor is hovered over their name. Comments are a way for visitors to interact with the Site and are included in statistics. Visitors may consent to having their information saved by clicking on the box provided. This is so they will not have to re-enter it upon return visits. The Akismet plug-in by Automattic is used to prevent malicious or irrelevant content from being published. The vast majority of data needed to carry out this function is kept between 2 weeks and 3 months before automatically being deleted. A very small subset of data is kept longer. Visitors may opt their email address out of all long-term tracking by clicking on the “Learn How Your Comment Data is Processed” and contact form links.

Links – Links to websites outside of scoutatheart.com and scout2020.blog may be included to indicate where sources can be found or to direct visitors to a product that Scout suggests through an affiliate marketing program. Cookies may be set by these sites. Affiliate links will be italicized, as well as underlined. Before clicking on a link, visitors may view the website address they will be taken to at the bottom-left corner of the screen by hovering a cursor over it.

Shares – When visitors share a blog post on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, these third parties may set cookies and track online activity.

Neither the Site nor the website platform have control over cookies being set by outside or third parties through external links or social sharing. Visitors are encouraged to review the cookies and privacy policies of outside and third parties.

Data Processing

Personal data is not sold to data brokers or sold to companies for email marketing. Personally identifiable information, such as name and email address, is not shared as part of the website platform’s advertising program. Ads are not enabled. Information made public by visitors (i.e., web images or Gravatars and accompanying public display names and website addresses, and entered and submitted comments, names, and website addresses) may be indexed by search engines or used by third parties. Companies and people who are interested in public blog content may subscribe to view and analyze it (subject to the platform’s terms of service) but not publicly display or re-publish it.

The website platform may share visitor information to its subsidiaries, employees, or independent contractors in order to provide services for the Site. All must follow a privacy notice or agree to privacy commitments. The website platform may disclose visitor information, as needed, for protection of rights, property, and others, any legal request, or any business transfer.

Data Storage

Visitor information is kept if legally required by the website platform and only as needed to provide services for the Site. Web server log data, such as IP address, browser type, and operating system, are kept for about 30 days to investigate any issues and calculate monthly statistics before being discarded. The Akismet plug-in keeps the vast majority of data needed to prevent malicious or irrelevant content from being published between 2 weeks and 3 months before automatically being deleted. A very small subset of data is kept longer. Visitors, who comment on a blog post may opt their email address out of all long-term tracking by clicking on the “Learn How Your Comment Data is Processed” and contact form links. They may also contact Scout to request erasure of personal data, using email.

Children

scoutatheart.com and scout2020.blog is intended for people 18 years of age or older. By continuing to use the Site, visitors attest that they meet this requirement. Scout does not intend to collect information from people under 18 years of age. If found to have been collected accidentally, it will be erased. If thought to have been collected accidentally, please contact Scout for erasure. Alternatively, parents or guardians may comment on blog posts, subscribe to scoutatheart.com and scout2020.blog, and contact Scout.

Questions, Comments, or Requests

For any questions, comments, concerns, or requests at scoutatheart.com and scout2020.blog, please contact Scout at innovatenshare@gmail.com or via the contact form. Scout would be happy to assist you, as able.