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Privacy Policy and Cookie Use

Use of Cookies


Under new privacy regulations, websites must make it clear to visitors what information is being stored about them. When you visit the majority of websites, small text files are downloaded onto your computer called “cookies”. These files remain on your computer for a period of time, depending on the cookie. The cookies vary in importance, some track the pages you have visited, some remember your preferences and some help advertisers display adverts which is relevant to your interests.


The new privacy legislation essentially requires websites to obtain consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer or web connected device. This is where the cookies become relevant. Certain cookies, which are deemed to be “strictly necessary”, are exempt from the change in the law, i.e. shopping carts or wordpress which requires cookies for the websites to work.


THEMULCHMAN.COM - The use of cookies


By law we must inform you that we use Google Analytics, StatCounter, Serif Web Resources and other cookies to monitor traffic flow and to deliver certain features to the website . If you do not want these cookies to be downloaded to your device you should exit this website. To learn how to remove cookies please visit aboutcookies.org. By browsing or using our services you accept that the use of cookies will be used.

Privacy Policy


Your privacy is critically important to us. At The Mulch Man we have a few fundamental principles:



Like most website operators, The Mulch Man collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The Mulch Man’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how The Mulch Man’s visitors use its website.


The Mulch Man also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. The Mulch Man does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.


Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information


Certain visitors to The Mulch Man’s websites choose to interact with The Mulch Man in ways that require The Mulch Man to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that The Mulch Man gathers depends on the nature of the interaction.


For example, we ask people who wish to opt into our newsletter to provide an email address. In each case, The Mulch Man collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the interaction with The Mulch Man.


The Mulch Man does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.


Aggregated Statistics


The Mulch Man may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, The Mulch Man may monitor the spam screened by our anti-spam service to help identify spam. The Mulch Man may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, The Mulch Man does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.


Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information


The Mulch Man discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on The Mulch Man’s behalf or to provide services available at The Mulch Man’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using The Mulch Man’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The Mulch Man will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, The Mulch Man discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when The Mulch Man believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of The Mulch Man, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an The Mulch Man website and have supplied your email address, The Mulch Man may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with The Mulch Man and our services.


The Mulch Man takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


Cookies


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. The Mulch Man uses cookies to help The Mulch Man identify and track visitors, their usage of The Mulch Man website, and their website access preferences. The Mulch Man visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using The Mulch Man’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of The Mulch Man’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.


I’ve identified a cookie that I did not know you used.


As our website uses a content management system and added third-party plugins it can sometimes be difficult for us to notice every single cookie being used, especially after software updates. If you do notice a cookie that slips past us or have a question about cookies then please contact us. There are also some essential cookies which are required for the website to work; these can only be blocked by changing your browser settings.


How can I disable or block cookies?


We recommend visiting your browser help section to find out how.


Firefox: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Enabling%20and%20disabling%20cookies

Internet Explorer: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/196955

Chrome: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647

Safari: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677


Third party cookies opt-out


Some cookies are used and provided by third-party sources. While we might not use all of them, here are the main links you can use to opt-out should you wish.


Google Analytics: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Google Ads: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/html/opt-out.html and https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/#display_optout

Add This: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out

Share This: http://www.sharethis.com/privacy

Facebook Ads: http://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads.

YouTube cookies


We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.


Do not track me!


Do not track is an up and coming feature in web browsers which allows you to tell websites that you do not want to be tracked. While not all websites currently use this you can find out more how to set it up on your browser from the following websites.


Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-turn-do-not-track-feature

Internet Explorer: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Browser/DoNotTrack/Default.html

Business Transfers


If The Mulch Man, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that The Mulch Man goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of The Mulch Man may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Ads


Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by The Mulch Man and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.


Comments


Comments and other content submitted to our anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.


Privacy Policy Changes


Although most changes are likely to be minor, The Mulch Man may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in The Mulch Man’s sole discretion. The Mulch Man encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a WordPress.com account, you should also check your blog’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.