Hey, we’re the co-founders of Focus Squared LLC (the “Company”), which owns and operates grandmaflavors.com (the “Website”).
Just like you, we care about how our personal information is collected and used online. That’s why we want to explain to you the privacy practices we use on the Website and in the Company. Please make sure you read this entire policy to ensure you fully understand our practices.
What Information Do We Collect?
Most of the information that we collect is not personal to you at all (things like # of total website visitors). However, we also collect some information that is counted as “personal data.”
On one hand, this can include information that you give us directly – such as when you buy a product from us. That might include:
- Your name;
- email address;
- telephone number;
- your credit or debit card or other payment information;
- any information you give us when you contact our customer service representatives; and
- information you give us at other times when you contact us directly.
We treat our customers well, but when they want to leave, they have the option to opt-out or unsubscribe from your emails/newsletters.
When ordering or registering on our site (or filling out a survey, etc.), you may be asked to enter some of the information above, but you may also choose to visit our site anonymously.
We also collect some information indirectly. For example, we might collect your:
- Internet Protocol (IP) address or other device identifiers;
- Browser type and version;
- Browsing information, such as pages you view and the links you click, and whether you access our website via a social media site;
- Time zone setting;
- Operating system and platform; and
- Other portable device information.
In this second case, as we explain more below, we use this information on an anonymous basis – not to identify you in particular but rather to help us better understand how to optimize the experience for our readers and customers, as well as how to better advertise and market to new and existing customers.
This Website also uses “cookies” for a variety of purposes. This is explained more below.
When Do We Collect Information?
- When you visit our website
- When you purchase products or services from us
- When you contact our customer service representatives
- When you engage with us directly on social media
Ad Targeting Policy
This Ad Targeting Policy describes how we use and share data for online targeted marketing purposes.
We may share information about you and other customers collectively (but not specifically identifiable to you) with our parent company, our affiliated companies, and with third parties. This information includes:
- Demographic information (gender, estimated age, and general geographic location, and your estimated purchase ability);
- Summarized census information and other publicly available information (estimated education level, homeownership status, and estimated occupation type); and
- Your inferred and expressed interests, including transactional information and product interests we derive from your visits to some of the sites listed above.
The recipients of this information use it to develop and deliver targeted advertising on our websites and on the websites of third parties. The information is used only for marketing purposes. It is not used to make targeted offers that are priced differently based on estimated purchase ability.
The targeted advertising resulting from this information sharing is related to common product and service categories, such as magazines, subscriptions, weight-loss programs, supplements, books, events, online summits, and similar categories that you see advertised routinely. These advertisements are not based on data relating to adult content, individual or aggregate health information or records, or information relating to your financial accounts.
We may display various types of advertisements on the sites you visit (including sites such as Facebook and Google) for a variety of reasons. In the same way that we use information about you to customize or personalize the content or services we provide, we may also use information to make the ads you see more relevant for you, and more effective for advertisers. We may also use information from other companies or sites to assist in determining the effectiveness of advertising.
In some cases, the ads shown to you are based on your activity on our sites or on other sites or information appended from offline sources. This is often called targeted advertising, behavioral targeting, interest-based advertising, or customized ads. When you visit one of our sites, you may receive a “cookie” or other technology that helps us note, in an anonymized way, that you visited that site. This information is then used to help us display ads that are more relevant, both on our sites and on other sites (including the Google Ad Network, Facebook, Twitter, and other ad networks and social platforms). Note that the information shared with advertising networks is always with a unique identifier, and does not include personally identifiable information such as your name, email address, etc.
Your access to our websites should not be affected if you do not accept cookies served by third parties.
1. What Are Cookies?
A cookie is a small, electronic file that can be placed on a computer, phone, or other device. A cookie allows our Website to recognize and remember you for a variety of purposes – including to compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. Also, when you visit our sites, our Website may automatically collect information from you through cookies (or similar technology).
Some cookies come directly from our Website, while other cookies come from third parties which place cookies on our site. Some cookies are deleted from your computer, phone, or other device when you close your web browser, but other cookies might remain stored on your computer or device until deleted or until they reach their expiration date.
- Analyzing how you and other users use our site – which helps us troubleshoot problems and monitor performance.
- Giving you a unique browsing experience and serving you content which improves your site experience
- Understanding how you use our site
- Showing you articles, recipes, products, and advertisements that are relevant to you
- Working with partners to deliver relevant advertising to you
Certain third parties also collect information on our Website through cookies, tags and pixels. Tags and pixels are similar to cookies but are collected through embedded images. These third parties help us analyze our site performance and measure a number of things, like visitors and advertising performance.
3. The types of cookies we use
We use four main “types” of cookies:
- Essential Cookies: These cookies provide you with services that you request to access, such as making comments on the site. If you set your browser to block cookies, these services will stop working for you – including that we won’t be able to save your preferences about cookies.
- Performance Cookies: These cookies measure things like how often you visit this Website, and they help us to better understand how people use our Website.
- Functional Cookies: These cookies “recognize” and “remember” your computer or other device, so that – for example – we don’t show you the same offer too many times.
- Advertising Cookies: These cookies collect information about your visit to our Website, including what you read, what you click on, and other data like your IP address.
As you browse our Website, some of the cookies try to understand what you’re most interested in, so that they (or we) can show you ads based on those interests. For example, if you have been reading a lot of bacon recipes, you may be shown more ads for bacon (yay!).
5. How to manage advertising cookies
You can manage how cookies are used on your computer or other device, including disabling many of them. In some cases you can turn off advertising cookies on a cookie-by-cookie basis.
For further information please refer to: https://www.aboutcookies.org/how-to-delete-cookies/
Here are some of the third parties that have cookies on our site and how to manage those cookies: