Privacy and Copyright Policies

Section I :

Copyright and
use of images policy

Both the content and the graphics on this site are protected by UK copyright laws and international treaties, and may not be copied or reproduced without our express written permission as the copyright owners.

Wherever possible, the images we have used on our website are our own.  However, some are used with the knowledge and permission of the copyright owner and others have been purchased under licence.

We have no objection to our own images (not content) being used by other people, as long as we are given credit and there is a clear link back to this website.

It will not be clear to you as our readers which images belong to us and which do not. If you download and use either content or images from this site without contacting us, you will therefore be in breach of either our own or someone else's copyright. This constitutes an illegal act.

How to use images from this website

We are proud of our images and will be delighted if you wish to use one, as long as we receive due credit.

If you wish to use one of our images please do the following :

Use our 'Get in touch' page to write to us, detailing which image you would like to use and the name of the page it appears on. Please be as precise as you can so that we can help you quickly. 

If it is an image to which we do not hold the copyright, we will let you know where to find the image and how you can legally use it.

If it is one of our own images, we will send you a large, high
resolution version of the image which you will be able to change to meet your own needs. We do not require any payment for this service but we do ask that you provide an acknowledgement of your use in the following words :

"Image by kind permission of Cath and Mike Andrews at www.explore-italian-culture.com"

and a link back to this website.

Linking to this website

You are welcome to link to this site from your own website or blog without our permission.

Section II  :
Privacy policy

We recognize that your privacy is important

This document outlines the types of personal information we receive and collect when you use this website, 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.

Explore-italian-culture.com strives to maintain the highest standards of decency, fairness, equality and integrity in all our operations. Likewise, we are dedicated to protecting our customers', consumers' and online visitors' privacy on our website.

This policy does not cover information collected on sites linked to or from our website, over which we have no control.

Personal Information

It is the goal of our website to bring you information tailored to your individual needs and, at the same time, we wish to protect your privacy.  The following is a summary of the various ways we treat the information you provide while using this site.

Explore-italian-culture.com will never collect personal information without your knowledge. Furthermore, personal information received from any visitor will be used only for internal purposes and will not be sold or provided to third parties.

We collect personally identifiable  information from visitors to our website only on a voluntary basis. The information collected on a  voluntary basis may include name, postal address, email  address, company name and telephone number. This information is collected if you request information from us, participate in a contest or sweepstakes, sign up to join our email list or blog, or request some other service or piece of information from us.  

The information collected is only looked at by us and we only use it  to improve the content of our website, notify our visitors of updates, and respond to visitor enquiries. Once we have done that we either discard the information or store it in  our files. If we make any material changes in the collection of personally identifiable information we will inform you by  placing a notice on our site.

Use of cookies and web beacons

We may use cookies to help personalize your  experience on our site.  Cookies are like nuggets of information which are transferred to your computer's hard drive through your web browser. They  enable our systems to recognize your browser. The purpose of a cookie is to tell us that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize the site's  pages, or register with any of our site's services, a cookie enables explore-italian-culture.com to recall your specific information on subsequent visits.

A web beacon is used to monitor  your journey around the website or collection of sites. We use beacons to monitor traffic and use them together with cookies to understand how visitors use the pages and content on our site.

This helps us understand what visitors are interested in so that we can alter our content accordingly. We may have third-party advertisements that use cookies and web beacons to tell us how many times you've seen an advertisement. We do not have control over cookies placed by advertisers.

No personally identifiable information you give us is provided to them so they cannot personally identify you with the information available to them on our site.  The kind of information they collect would be your browser type, operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, advertisements viewed, and other "clickstream" data.

The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these advertising service vendors is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours and for that reason we disclaim all liability in connection therewith.

If you don't want cookies, your web  browser or privacy software will include an option that allows you to reject them.  However, if you set your browser to refuse cookies, some portions of  the website may not function properly.

Additional Note: Google Adsense

If you elect to click on an ad generated by Google AdSense, a cookie may be dropped on that end user's browser. The data gathered from these cookies will be used to help AdSense publishers better serve and manage the ads on their site(s) and across the web. To learn more about the Google Adsense policy and / or to opt out of the use of the DART cookie, please follow this link to the Google privacy policy.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

Although there is not, and never will be, anything which is intentionally offensive on this site, it is not intended for use by children, particularly those under the age of 13. We operate 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.

Minors between the ages of thirteen and seventeen must get permission from a parent or guardian before making any purchase or asking questions on this site.

If you're worried about your children's activities or their privacy on our site, please e-mail us through our 'Get in touch' page.

Non-personal information

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.

We only use information you supply through the website to provide you with the service you have requested. For example, if you make a purchase from our website, we may use your e-mail address to send you a confirmation notice and your mailing address to send you the product order.  We do not sell or in any way share users' e-mail addresses or other information with any affiliates or companies.

The only time you receive an e-mail from us is when you ask a question, place an order or request to be put on a web newsletter. We may need to allow access to the database by third parties that provide us with services, such as technical maintenance, but only for the purpose of and to the extent necessary to provide those services.

If you choose to purchase items through features on the site, we may forward your information to third parties for services such as credit card processing and order fulfillment.

There are also times when you provide information about yourself in areas of the site that are managed or participated in by third parties, such as Google Ads or shopping areas (links that take you to another website selling goods). In such cases, the information may be used by us and by such third parties, each pursuant to its own policies.

We may also provide your information to our advertisers (such as Google AdSense), so that they can serve ads to you that meet your needs or match your interests. While we will seek to require such third parties to follow appropriate privacy policies and will not authorize them to use this information except for the express purpose for which it is provided, we cannot bear any responsibility for any actions or policies of third parties.

In the unlikely event of explore-italian-culture.com being 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 continues. 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 honours any opt-out requests you might make of us.

How you can correct or remove information

We provide this privacy policy as a statement to you of our  commitment to protect your personal information. If you have submitted personal information through our website and would like that information deleted from our records or would like to update or correct that information, please use our 'Get in touch' page.

Updates and effective date

Explore-italian-culture.com reserves the right to make changes in this policy. If there is a material change in our privacy practices, we will indicate on our site that they have changed and will provide a link to the new privacy policy. We encourage you to review this policy periodically so that you will know what information we collect and how we use it.

Agreeing to terms

If you do not agree to explore-italian-culture.com's privacy policy as posted here, please do not use this site or any services offered by this site. Your continued use of this site indicates acceptance of this privacy policy.

If you have any particular worries, questions or comments about this policy, please use our 'Get in touch' page to let us know
and we will do our best to reassure you.

Thank you.

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