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Privacy Policy

Who I am:

My website address is: https://benkaminski.com.
Benjamin Kaminski Consulting is committed to protecting your privacy. I value my visitors and strive to create an enjoyable and safe browsing experience when you’re visiting this website. This privacy policy sets out how I use and protect any information that you give when you use this website. I am committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should I ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. I may change this policy from time to time by updating this page.

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Information collected by this website

  • What is collected

    The only user information collected other than those set forth in cookies (see below) are email addresses and correspondence between myself and someone choosing to fill out my contact or comment forms contained within this website. This information is held in the strictest of confidence and is not sold, traded, leaked, or given to any third party for any reason other than being required by law to do so. There is no user registration allowed on this website, therefore no users are voluntarily or involuntarily signing up and or submitting any personal information to this website by being a “member”. Membership does not exist here.

  • What I do with the information collected

    I use the information collected (mostly via cookies as seen below) to be able to provide website visitors with a better browsing experience by being able to understand how users interact with my website. This includes but is not limited to, pages visited, time of day, geographical information, devices and operating systems used, etc. This information is confidential to myself and is only used in helping myself better understand how users interact with my website when they visit.

Controlling your personal information

I will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless I have your permission or are required by law to do so. I may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which I think you may find interesting if you tell me that you wish this to happen. You may request details of personal information which I hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee may be charged for processing of information. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to or email me.

If you believe that any information I am holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, write to or email me as soon as possible. I will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Security

  • Website Security

    I am committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, I have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information collected online.

  • External Links

    This website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have clicked these links to leave this site, you should note that I do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, I cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

An introduction to cookies

A cookie is a small data file that is automatically placed onto your computer’s hard drive. Cookie files are created by this website and placed onto your device in order to analyze and influence your preferences or behavior. Analytical cookies are designed to track your journey and experience on this website so that I can customize your experience and gather data. Overall, cookies help me provide you with a better website, by enabling me to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives me access to your computer or any personal information about you, other than the data you choose to share with me.

The majority of modern web browsers will automatically allow cookies to be placed onto your device. However you can usually modify your browser’s settings in order to prevent any cookies from being placed onto your device. Setting your browser to block cookies will most likely prevent you from taking full advantage of this website and many others.

Cookies deployed by this website:

  • ensure that functionality operates as intended
  • remember your choices and preferences during and between visits
  • allow you to share pages via popular social media networks including Facebook and Twitter
  • track your visit for statistical analysis, allowing me to improve the usability, speed and security of this website

Cookies are not deployed to:

  • collect any personal identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • pay sales commissions

Your consent for cookie deployment by my website.

This website operates on an “Implied Consent” basis. This means that I have assumed that you have “opted-in” for my website to deploy cookies until you choose to deactivate them within your browser settings or via the instructions below. Below you can learn more about the specific cookies deployed by our website, and how they can be disabled.

Cookies used by this website

  • Social Network Sharing

    I encourage users to share my content and/or like my profile on the popular Social Media websites Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn. In order to make ‘Social Sharing’ accessible, this website utilizes widgets either provided directly from the Social Networks and/or via widgets from third parties such as AddThis. Cookies and privacy implications from the social networks vary and will be dependent on your nominated privacy settings within each respective Social Network. Social Sharing buttons will only deploy cookies if you are signed in or logged in to that respective Social Network at the time of visiting this website.

  • Analytical Tracking

    This website has Google Analytics installed which allows me to track and compile anonymous visitor statistics. The information collected ranges from simple traffic volume to the type of browser you are viewing this website with. This information is valuable to me not just for marketing analysis and quantification, but to improve the usability, security and page load times of my website content. Google Analytics is a popular, secure, industry standard webmaster product from Google. The privacy and security of Google Analytics data is a high priority at Google that you can read more about on Google’s Analytics Data Safeguarding page. Google also offers a Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on that will allow you to automatically Opt-out of all websites that track your activity via Google Analytics. No personal information is collected by Google Analytics.

  • Google Advertising Cookies

    Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to your website or other websites. This website; https://benkaminski.com uses only AdSense (A product of Google) advertisements provided using Google Advertising Cookies as well as cookies deployed by third party advertising companies that Google chooses do do business with and provide services to. Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to users of this website based on their visit to this site and/or other sites on the Internet. I have no control over Google’s decision making process nor do I have any influence on what advertisements they choose to show based on your browsing history. Here is Google’s privacy policy regarding advertising cookies deployed and what their functions are.

    Opt out of Google Advertising Cookies

    You may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Google Ads Settings. There are also other great browser based add-ons — such as Ad Block Plus — that will completely block advertisements from view. Please contact me for more information on Google Advertising Cookies. Please see this websites policy on consent for cookie deployment above for more information.

  • WordPress

    This website, either in full or in part, is built on the popular open-source CMS framework – WordPress. WordPress utilizes cookies to allow visitors to register, login and comment on this website’s content. If you do not wish to participate in commenting on this website, WordPress will not deploy any cookies onto your device. Cookies will only be created by WordPress if you comment or contact me via the input fields on my website because I do not allow registration for this website, and commenting does not require registration here. This is subject to change over time.

Actual cookies deployed

Below is a table of information which lists all cookies deployed and used on this website.

Category Cookie Name Cookie Description
Google Analytics (gtag.js) _ga, _gat_gtag_UA_19450400_1, _gid Google Analytics is a simple, easy-to-use tool that helps website owners measure how users interact with website content. As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics provides website owners JavaScript tags (libraries) to record information about the page a user has seen, for example the URL of the page. The Google Analytics JavaScript libraries use HTTP Cookies to “remember” what a user has done on previous pages / interactions with the website. More information on these specific cookies here.
benkaminski.com (AddThis Sharing) PHPSESSID, __atssc, __atuvc, __atuvs These AddThis cookies associated with my domain exist to provide ability to connect multiple requests made in a single session, manage the share count until the sharing cache is updated, also, an updated share count for an article, if you yourself share the article on a social network via AddThis, and return to page later, but before the sharing cache was updated. No info from this cookie is sent back to AddThis. It is created and used only by the client.
AddThis bku, cw_id, loc, mus, na_id, na_tc, ouid, ssc, ssh, sshs, uid, uvc, xtc Allows users to share content via Social Networking websites and email
apis.google.com OTZ A functionality cookie used to allow the website to remember choices you make. This is being used as a part of the Google Analytics tracking and provides anonymous user data.
doubleclick.net DISD, IDE Allows me to utilize Google AdSense advertisements to help maintain overhead costs associated with maintaining, contributing, and programming involved in keeping this website live on the internet.
google.com 1P_JAR, AID, APISID, HSID, NID, OGPC, SAPISID, SID, SIDCC, SSID, TAID Allows me to utilize Google AdSense advertisements to help maintain overhead costs associated with maintaining, contributing, and programming involved in keeping this website live on the internet.
WordPress
comment_author
comment_author_email
comment_author_url
*Not Collected
If you choose to submit a discussion/comment to our website, you will be asked to provide certain information about yourself including your name, email and website address.
devicePixelRatio This cookie records your device’s pixel ratio. If your screen resolution is a retina or Hi DPI screen, then the website may choose to serve you higher resolution graphics.

How to disable cookies

Most modern browsers allow you to control your cookie settings for all websites that you browse. You can disable cookie deployment completely by editing your browser settings, however in doing this you will most likely be limiting the functionality that is displayed on this website. To learn how to disable cookies on your preferred browser I recommend reading this advice posted by Google.

If you are concerned about cookies tracking your movements on the Internet then you may be concerned about spyware. Spyware is the name given to a particular band of cookies that track personal information about you. There are many anti-spyware programs that you can use to prevent this from happening.


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