At ChessSteps.com we are dedicated to protecting your data and privacy.
Who we are
Our website address is: http://www.chesssteps.com.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
We recognize that your privacy is important. This document outlines the types of personal information we receive and collect when you use www.ChessSteps.com, as well as some of the steps we take to safeguard information. We hope this will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with us.
www.ChessSteps.com strives to maintain the highest standards of decency, fairness and integrity in all our operations. Likewise, we are dedicated to protecting our customers’, consumers’ and online visitors’ privacy on our website.
www.ChessSteps.com may collect and use your personal information for the following purposes:
* To run and operate our site.
* To display content on the site correctly.
* To improve customer service.
* To help us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
* To personalize your user experience.
* To understand how our users as a group use the services and resources provided on our site.
* To improve our site.
* To improve our products and services.
* To run a promotion, contest, survey or other site feature.
* To send information to you that you agreed to receive about topics we think will be of interest to you.
* To send periodic emails, which may include electronic newsletters and/or autoresponder series of emails.
* To respond to your enquiries, questions, and/or other requests.
www.ChessSteps.com may collect personally identifiable information from you in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when you visit our site, or fill out a form, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our site.
If you contact us using the contact form the information collected is internally reviewed and used to respond to visitor inquiries.
Once information is reviewed, it is discarded or stored in our files. If we make material changes in the collection of personally identifiable information we will inform you by placing a notice on our site.
Personal information received from any visitor will be used only for internal purposes and will not be sold or provided to third parties.
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), enacted in 2018, creates new consumer rights relating to the access to, deletion of, and sharing of personal information that is collected by businesses.
We have not sold any personal information in the previous 12 months.
If you submit a guest post or article we may publish the authors name and the text and images that you submit into the guest post form or which you send to us via email. The authors name will be published in the guest post or article.
If the comments box is activated …
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 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.
I use a contact form plugin, which may capture personal data like name and email address when someone submits a contact form. I keep contact form submissions for a few days only for customer service purposes, but I do not use the information submitted through them for marketing purposes.
Cookies are identifiers that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page.
For example, if you personalize the sites pages, or register with any of our site’s services, a cookie enables www.ChessSteps.com to recall your specific information on subsequent visits.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying your Web browser; however, if you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the site.
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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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.
What are Cookies?
In reality, a cookie is a small text file which is stored by the user’s browser. The cookie only contains data, not code, so it can’t contain a virus or spyware. This doesn’t mean that all cookies are harmless in intent, but they can only ever store information.
A cookie remembers information about a specific website.
“PLEASE NOTE, not accepting the cookies will severely harm my affiliate sales, I will no longer be able to track sales of products and receive a commission. It will be like working for nothing and I might shut down the site, if that happens.”
A web beacon is a transparent image file used to monitor your journey around a single website or collection of sites. They are also referred to as web bugs and are commonly used by sites that hire third-party services to monitor traffic. They may be used in association with cookies to understand how visitors interact with the pages and content on the pages of a web site.
Browsers can be set to accept or reject cookies or notify you when a cookie is being sent. Privacy software can be used to override web beacons. Taking either of these actions shouldn’t cause a problem with our site, should you so choose.
You may opt out of personalized ads for over 125 different ad networks. Click here to do that.
This link from Google provides more information about how Google manages data in its ad products.
Many, but not necessarily all advertiser’s behavioral advertising programs can be opted out of at the above location. Some advertisers also have an option to opt out of their program at their own websites.
You can check the list of Google’s and their Network Partner’s advertisers and see if they have this option available for your use here: Google Certified Vendors and Ad Networks
Affiliate Products and Services
We receive an affiliate commission for some of the products/services sold on www.Expert-Chess-Strategies.com. The affiliate services platforms we use are Amazon, ShareASale.com, Chess-Teacher.com, Thechessworld.com.
You can set your browser to accept or refuse all cookies automatically, or notify you when a cookie is being requested. Taking this action should not cause a problem with the continued use of our site. Consult the Help section of your browser for guidance on how to refuse all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is requested.
If you choose to refuse www.ChessSteps.com’s cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the site.
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.
I use Google Analytics to track the performance of my website. I need to know how many visitors I get on a daily basis. You can object, just go to this opt-out extension made by Google. I have anonymized the IP addresses with Google Analytics.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
This website is directed to adults; it is not directed to children under the age of 13. We operate our site in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and will not knowingly collect or use personal information from anyone under 13 years of age.
In some cases, we may collect information about you that is not personally identifiable. We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. The information collected is used solely for internal review and not shared with other organizations for commercial purposes.
Release of Information
If www.ChessSteps.com is sold, the information we have obtained from you through your voluntary participation in our site may transfer to the new owner as a part of the sale in order that the service being provided to you may continue. In that event, you will receive notice through our website of that change in control and practices, and we will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honors any opt-out requests you might make of us.
How You Can Correct or Remove Information
All personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information is stored on our host’s servers. That host is Alfahosting.de, located at Alfahosting GmbH, Ankerstraße 3b, 06108 Halle (Saale), Germany.
Updates and Effective Date
Agreeing to Terms
This website and its activities is subject to German law. Disputes have to be settled in Germany under German law.