Disclaimer

Opinions

All opinions and views mentioned on Luxury Backpack are my own (Emily Bloor) or the featured author of the post (named in the specific post) and they are mentioned for information, enjoyment and reviewing purposes only. Every destination is brought to you from my or a featured writers opinion.

Reliability

I will never be paid or incentivised to speak positively about a product or destination if I do not agree. I want my readers to feel as though they can trust what I say, and that they are not being sold products for the sake of it. If I have been sent a product or on a trip in exchange for a review, this will be stated in the post. However, I will only review a product or destination with utter honesty. In some cases, if I really dislike them, I will sometimes choose not to feature them entirely. When it comes to safety in a destination I will always bring this to the attention of my readers and will not gloss over the truth. I only feature items and destinations that I feel deserve to be featured in some way or form.

Affiliates

I utilise a number of affiliate commission services including RewardStyle, booking.com, CJ affiliates, and Amazon Services LLC Associates Program to earn a percentage of commission on product sales, alike to the majority of bloggers. This site therefore uses cookies. The links or products don’t cost the buyer any more than they normally would – the commission is taken from the retailer via the commission platform, and therefore is a little thank you from the retailer for me showing you the product. This simply helps towards covering the costs of hosting the blog and other fees that go towards running it, and is greatly appreciated!

Image Credits

The images are included in relevant posts to better the viewers experience and belong to this blog and author. Any external images are credited from their sources. Please do not use any of the imagery for professional purposes or material. If you would like to use any of the images on Luxury Backpack for your blog post or social media, please credit in the caption and link back to this blog. Incase of any discrepancy, please use the contact information above to report the findings. I will immediately take the necessary actions. All contact information can be found here.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is extremely important to me, Emily Bloor. As the the owner and operator of LuxuryBackpack.com (the “Site”) and as an internet-based business, I respect and recognise the importance of your privacy rights.

This privacy policy describes the types of personal information collected and recorded and how it is used. Your use of this blog is based on the assumption of your acceptance of how the Site operates.

Please note that the Site contains links to other third party websites that are not operated by us. Please refer to the specific website or blogs own privacy policy. By clicking the link you agree to the terms of that particular website.

The following gives a detailed breakdown of how your data is stored when using the Site and what we do with it. 

Collection Of Data

This site uses Google Analytics and WordPress JetPack to collect and analyse your data. This is so we know how many readers the blog receives and general information about them, such as demographics. This helps me in providing appropriate content for the blog. You can opt out of having your data collected by emailing emily@luxurybackpack.com.

The Site uses log files to track statistics on visitors—a standard procedure for any blog or website. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, internet service provider (ISP), browser type, date/time stamp, referring/exit pages and the number of clicks.

Log file information is used to analyse trends, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

In addition, we may also collect search queries that are typed into the Site’s search engine and retain them in anonymous form.

You Email Address

We typically collect your Personal Information when you subscribe to our newsletter. If you are one of our business partners, we may also obtain Personal Information about you from other sources, e.g., from your business partners or other individuals within your company, or third party representatives or government agencies.

We may use your Personal Information to send you our newsletters; to conduct or administer contests or other promotions in which you have participated; respond to inquiries that you make; to receive feedback and make improvements to the Site; and to maintain a database of client information. In accordance with applicable anti-spam laws, we will only use your Personal Information for marketing purposes with your prior consent. If you subscribed to one of the Site’s newsletters and no longer wish to receive it, you may unsubscribe at any time by following the “unsubscribe” instructions in our emails. If you have any questions or concerns about your unsubscribe request, please contact us here. 

Contact forms

This Site uses Sumo to collect data via contact forms (where you choose to give your email address) and MailChimp to manage our email subscribers list. Please refer to the ‘Your Email Address’ section above about what we do with your email address, and refer to the Sumo Privacy Policy and MailChimp Privacy Policy about how your data is stored with them.

Cookies

Cookies are packages of data containing information about your web usage that are stored on your computer. Luxury Backpack uses cookies to store information about visitors’ preferences, to record user-specific information regarding which pages the site visitor accesses or visits and to personalise or customise web page content based upon visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends to their browser. Luxury Backpack does not have control over cookies sent and accessed by third-party sites, such as Google and Amazon Affiliates, and each advertiser’s unique privacy policy applies to their use. If you wish to block cookies, you can do so using your browser’s privacy settings. You can also use your browser’s privacy settings to delete cookies at any time.

Comments

This Site uses the Disqus plugin to manage comments. Please refer to their privacy policy for information about how your data is stored with Disqus.

Sharing Posts via Social Media

The Site uses the Shareaholic plugin to manage the way you share the posts via social media. This plugin stores data about how many times each post has been shared. You can view Shareaholic’s privacy policy here. 

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Advertisement

Luxury Backpack sometimes uses third-party advertising companies to serve ads and collect information. If you occasionally see ads in the footer of blog posts, these are operated by Disqus (see the ‘comments’ section for a link to their privacy policy). Other advertisements on Luxury Backpack are selected personally by the owner, from particular brands only, and link through to retailers to which the advertisement is associated. Luxury Backpack contains links to other websites, primarily utilising affiliate links, and therefore trackable cookies. This site and its owner are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites. Please refer to those sites privacy policies for their information.

Google Analytics

This Site uses Google Analytics to analyse data for traffic collection purposes via the Monster Insights Plugin. This means that, as mentioned above, we collect data in order to analyse reader numbers, country information, and post clicks to help me build an understanding of the Site’s traffic. The Site sends this data over to Google Analytics for consumption, and it is also stored in the MonsterInsights Plugin for me to  view. Please refer to this Google Analytics documentation for the specific type of data it collects.

Mobile Theme

If you view this Site on a mobile, a cookie (akm_mobile) is stored for 3.5 days to remember whether or not you (the visitor of the Site) wish to view its mobile version.

Security & Firewall

This site uses Wordfence in order to prevent fraudulent login attempts. This PlugIn stores IP information in order to prevent security breeches.

Data Used: In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.

Activity Tracked: Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent). We also set a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human.

Data Synced: Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

WordPress.com Stats via Jetpack

In addition to using Google Analytics for tracking website performance, we also occasionally use the information generated by WordPress. WordPress records the same kind of data as Google analytics in order to know how many views the website is getting. These are: Post and page views, video plays (if videos are hosted by WordPress.com), outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country.

Please note, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the Javascript file used for tracking stats. This is exclusively for performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that their plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, Javascript files, CSS files, etc.).

Hosting

This site is hosted by Bluehost. Please refer to Bluehost’s privacy policy for information about how they store and use data.

Who we share your data with

I do not share or sell your information with third parties.

However, the Site uses third-party service providers for various aspects as mentioned throughout this Privacy Policy. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies (I have linked to most of these throughout for your referral). In summary, these providers include:

Bluehost – our hosting provider

MailChimp – our email list manager

Sumo – the provider used to collect your email addresses

WordPress – the platform we use for this blog.

Google Analytics – via the Plugin MonterInsights, for analytic purposes

Shareholic – the way you share posts

Disqus – the way you comment on blog posts and pages

How long we retain your data

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

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

All other data (as mentioned above) is retained indefinitely for analytic purposes.

What rights you have over your data

Opt-out: You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify me via emily@luxurybackpack.com to be removed from our mailing list.

Access: You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to emily@luxurybackpack.com.

Amend: You may contact us at emily@luxurybackpack.com to amend or update your personal information.

Forget: In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to emily@luxurybackpack.com.

Please note, that we may need to retain certain information for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

I, the Site owner, do not send your data to any third party. However, as previously mentioned, your data may be transferred to outside the European Union through the providers mentioned in this policy. I will always protect your data to European data protection standards, but please see each individual providers privacy policy to see how they do the same.

Privacy of Minors

The Site recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy interests of children and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests. The Site is not intended for children under the age of majority in their province or territory of residence and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from minors.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it. If the Site is acquired or merged with another company, your information may be transferred to the new owners so that we may continue to sell products to you.

By using this website, you hereby consent to the privacy policy and agree to its terms. Luxury Backpack reserve the right to change this privacy policy at any time. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to this policy, or want further information, please get in touch.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 24th May, 2018.