Heather Swanner photography Studio
Privacy Policy

1. Acknowledgment and acceptance of terms

We are committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Statement sets forth our current privacy practices with regard to the information we collect when you or your computer interact with our website. By accessing http://heatherswanner.com or http://heatherswanner.net, (each, a "Site"), you acknowledge and fully understand this Privacy Statement ("Statement"), agree to be bound by the terms contained in this Statement, and freely consent to the information collection and use practices described in this Statement. You further acknowledge and agree that you are at least 18 years old. If you are under 18 years old, you do not have permission to access this site.

If you do not agree to these terms, please do not access or use this site.

2. Participating Third Party Policies

The Site may contain links to related services and offerings, including vendor sites. These third parties may have their own privacy statements that can be viewed on their websites or by contacting these third parties directly. These third parties who participate in our services are encouraged to participate in industry privacy initiatives and to take a responsible attitude towards consumer privacy. However, since we do not have direct control over the policies or practices of third parties, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or contents of those sites. We recommend and encourage that you always review the privacy policies of these third parties before you provide any personal information or complete any transaction with such parties.

3. Information We Collect and How We Use It

We collect certain information from and about our users three ways: (1) directly from our web Server logs, (2) with Cookies, and (3) from you, the user. We do not collect information about the specifics of who you are ("Personally Identifiable Information") unless you specifically provide it to us.

a. Web Server Logs

When you visit our Site, we may track information to administer the Site and analyze its usage. None of this information is Personally Identifiable Information. Examples of information we may track include, but are not limited to:

  • Your Internet protocol address.
  • The kind of browser or computer you use.
  • Number of links you click within the site.
  • State or country from which you access the site.
  • Date and time of your visit.
  • Name of your Internet service provider.
  • Web pages from which you link to our site.
  • Web pages you go to from our site.
  • Pages you view on our site.

  • b. Use of Cookies

    We use cookies to personalize or enhance your user experience. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

    One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. For example, if you personalize a web page, or navigate within a site, a cookie helps the site to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. Hence, this simplifies the process of delivering relevant content and eases site navigation by providing and saving your preferences and login information as well as providing personalized functionality.

    The type of information that may be stored in a cookie includes non-Personally Identifiable Information about you, such as a randomly assigned user or session identification number, the country where you are located, and your first name to welcome you back to the site.

    We reserve the right to share aggregated site statistics with third parties, but will not allow other companies to place cookies on our website unless there is a temporary, overriding customer value (such as merging into our Site another site that relies on third-party cookies).

    You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you reject cookies by changing your browser settings then be aware that this will disable the functionality of our Site.

    c. Personal Information entered by users

    You provide certain Personally Identifiable Information to us when you register with us, send us e-mail messages, submit forms to us, or provide information to us by any means. When you register, we will request some personal information which may include your name, address, e-mail, telephone number or facsimile number, account number, and may include other relevant information. You may also be asked to disclose personal information to us so that we can provide assistance and information to you. For example, such data may be warranted in order to provide online technical support and troubleshooting.

    You may also provide certain Personally Identifiable Information to us regarding third parties. For instance, when you share your photos/videos with others, you provide and we collect the email addresses of the people with whom you want to share your photos/videos.

    We will not sell, trade, or rent Personally Identifiable Information to others. Furthermore, we will not disclose Personally Identifiable Information we collect from you to third parties without your permission, except to the extent necessary:

    • To fulfill your service request,
    • To protect ourselves from liability,
    • To respond to a court order or subpoena, to comply with an investigation, or to comply with applicable laws or rules, or
    • In connection with a merger, acquisition, or liquidation of the company.

    We reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we in good faith believe to be unlawful.

    We do not store your credit card information on our Site. Payments for membership services are made via credit card through our online transaction partner, Paypal.com. Please refer to Paypal.com’s privacy policy.

    We may, however, receive and store information from Paypal regarding a portion of your credit card number and/or other identifiers to identify your transaction through Paypal.

    4. Use of Web Beacons or GIF files

    We reserve the right to include on our Site electronic images known as web beacons sometimes also called single-pixel gifs that allow us to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. We reserve the right to include web beacons in promotional e-mail messages or newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.

    If included on our site, web beacons may be placed by third party service providers to help determine the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns or e-mail communications. You should visit those service provider’s web pages to review their privacy policies; see paragraph 2 above. We prohibit web beacons from being used by third parties to collect or access your Personally Identifiable Information.

    5. Accessing Web Account Information

    We will provide you with the means to ensure that Personally Identifiable Information that we have on file for you is correct and current. You must update your Personally Identifiable Information promptly after it changes. You may review this information by sending us an e-mail. You may ask to have the information on your account deleted or removed at any time. We will use reasonable efforts to delete your information; however, because we and our web hosting company have backup systems and keep track of past transactions and/or activities, it may be impossible to completely delete your information.

    6. User Communication

    We may, from time to time, send you e-mail regarding our services. In addition, if you indicate upon registration that you are interested in receiving offers or information from us, we may occasionally send you direct mail about products and services that may be of interest to you. Only Heather Swanner photography, Inc. will send you these direct mailings, and only if you indicated that you are interested in receiving these offers. If you do not want these mailings, you can tell us when you submit or edit your Personally Identifiable Information.

    7. Security of Information

    We will keep your Personally Identifiable Information secure consistent with current industry standards. Security of your Personally Identifiable Information is of utmost concern to us. Personally Identifiable Information, once transmitted to us, will be stored on computers that only selected personnel and contractors have access to via password, and/or on web hosting servers maintained by Glitter Hosting Services, which employs its own physical and network security measures. In addition, your photos/videos and/or content may be stored on Glitter Hosting Services servers. A copy of Glitter Hosting Services’ Privacy Policy may be obtained here.

    8. Changes to this Statement

    Heather Swanner Photography, Inc. has the discretion to update this Statement at any time. When we do, we will also revise the updated date at the bottom of this Privacy page. We encourage you to periodically review this Statement to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this Statement periodically and become aware of modifications. Your continued use of this site constitutes your agreement to this Statement and any updates.

    9. Contacting Us

    If you have questions regarding our Privacy Statement, its implementation, failure to adhere to this Privacy Statement and/or our general practices, please contact us at:

    Heather Swanner Photography, Inc.
    studio@heatherswanner.com
    1529 Aridith Court
    Cary, NC 27511

    We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly respond and resolve any problem or question.

    This document was last updated on June 14, 2010.