Privacy policy

I take your privacy very seriously. I will never re-distribute or sell your personal information. This page explains how the personal information I collect through this website (brightspotstudio.com) will be treated.

Who we are

Bright Spot Studio is a creative design studio owned and operated by Tippi Thole in Saint-Constant, Quebec, Canada.

Information collected

Analytics data

I use Google Analytics to gain insights into how visitors use my website and to improve its functionality. In order to do this, Google Analytics collects the following types of data:

  • Internet Protocol (IP) address of computer being used
  • web pages requested
  • referring web page
  • browser used
  • date and time

Brightspotstudio.com does not associate this data to individual user identities. You can read the Google Analytics privacy policy here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites

Contact forms
These forms ask users to share contact information such as name, email address, project details etc. Personal information from these forms are used only for the purpose for which it was collected and will never be sold to another party.

Contracts
I send online work proposals and contracts via this website. These forms require personal information such as name, email address, project details and electronic signature. These forms are encrypted and are only accessible by the signers. Personal information from these forms are used only for the purpose for which it was collected and will never be sold to another party.

Comments

If you leave a comment on my 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.

What information I store

  • I store user input data sent through the contact forms, work proposals and contracts on this website, along with meta information about the submissions, including the time stamp, the origin IP address, and the user agent (browser).
  • When visitors leave comments on this site, I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Who I share your data with

I use MailChimp to send marketing emails. I share your name, email address and country of residence. You can read more about how MailChimp uses your personal information here: https://www.intuit.com/privacy/statement/

How long I retain your data

I don’t set a particular time limit on storing information because I might need it for future reference. If you want your personal information to be removed from my database, please contact me. I will remove it anytime there are concerns about your privacy.

If you leave a comment on a blog post, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

You can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments are checked through an automated spam detection service called Akismet. This includes the commenter's IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

How I protect your data

I have taken the following steps to protect your personal information:

  • I use complex passwords
  • I use two-factor authentication for login
  • I've installed an SSL certificate

How to contact me

If you have any privacy concerns, contact Tippi Thole at tippi@brightspotstudio.com.

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