Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://billheiser.photo.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we 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.

Contact forms

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our 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. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

Who we share your data with

We advertise on Facebook, and as a result, use a Facebook “pixel” on our site. This pixel enables tracking of visitor behavior on our website to enable us to ensure the effectiveness of our advertising.

We also use Google Analytics to measure traffic to our website. This means user behavior on the site is shared with Google for use in their analytics reporting.

If you enter the “Buy Prints” section of the website (shop.billheiser.photo) you leave our primary website and enter a website operated by Zenfolio.  They handle the process of product purchases and fulfillment of customer ordered photo products. Use of their website, as well as making any purchase from their website, implies your consent to their specific privacy policy located here: https://zenfolio.com/privacypolicy

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

Customers that purchase our products (via the Zenfolio website as described above) may use a guest checkout or register for an account. In either case, personal information such as name, address, phone number, and email address are stored indefinitely. We do not, and will not in the future, sell your data to any third party.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

In case of questions, please contact bill@billheiser.photo.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Our website is protected using HTTPS / TLS according to industry standard practices for website encryption. Our primary website (https://billheiser.photo) is hosted in a PCI-compliant US-based data center operated by Siteground.