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Privacy Policy

What Is This Site?
This site is a personal blog of Fernando Gros and an online store and professional presence for his artistic work. The site exists to reflect on the lived experience of the artist’s work and to provide access to his products and services.

When Does fernandogros.com Collect My Personal Information?
This site gathers information from followers and visitors via online purchases, voluntary registration on our website for comments, contact or email newsletters, cookie technology, and IP address and browser user agent string.

General Policy
I’ve never sold visitor data to third parties and never will. I’ve also never sold advertising space on this site, or reviewed or promoted products or services on this site for remuneration and never will. I believe creatives should be valued for their work and the contributions visitors make to this site via contact and comments are made for the purpose of furthering the conversation as it appears on this site. The transactions made via the online store are between the customer and the fernandogros.com business, registered as Hidden Forrest LLC in Japan. Any disclosure to third parties in the process of transactions happens via the processing of Stripe, PayPal, and WooCommerce and the process is visible to customers during the transaction, using the secure standards. Personal information is also used as needed to fulfil deliveries according to customer requests. Aggregated visitor statistics are generated and occasionally shared with prospective partners and collaborators in order to be able to describe and explain the project of fernandogros.com. Any such aggregate data is broad in nature and cannot be used to identify individual visitors.

Email Newsletter
With your permission email newsletters are sent using the MailChimp service. There are three tiers of email newsletters, weekly with every blogpost, monthly with updates about new products and highlights from the blog and semi-annually with only major product launches. You can change your preferences or unsubscribe at any time by following the links at the bottom of any email or by contacting this site directly with your request.

Embedded Content
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos). 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.

Some books mentioned on the site will contain links to Amazon using their associates programme which might provide a small commission if you choose to make a purchase following the use of that link. This is governed by the terms of Amazon’s privacy policies. [Amazon.com Associates Central – Associates Program Operating Agreement](https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/help/operating/agreement)

Once you leave fernandogros.com following any link you are governed by the terms and privacy agreements of that site. The content at the end of a link may change over time and may not reflect the originally linked material.

Cookies
Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make a user’s experience more efficient. You can set your browser preferences to reject all cookies, but this will prevent you from using most customised services and might interfere with store purchases and social media features. 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. Your browser may also store third-party cookies when visiting fernandogros.com related to website analytics services that monitor traffic and help identify issues with the site’s performance.

IP Addresses
An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer automatically when you use the Internet. When you leave a comment your IP address and browser user agent string are logged to help spam detection. An anonymised 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. our server logs your IP address.

What Are My Options To Control The Use Of My Personal Information?
Most browsers can be configured to reject cookies or alert you when cookies are being sent. You can change your preferences or unsubscribe from the mailing list by following the links at the bottom of any email or by contacting this site directly with your request. 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.

We reserve the right to maintain information on people who have had repeatedly had hateful comments rejected or sent other hateful communications, or have otherwise violated our terms and conditions, in order to detect repeat offenders.

Disclosure And Privacy Rights
Certain jurisdictions permit visitors to make an annual request for information regarding any disclosure of information to third parties for marketing purposes. As indicated, we do make such disclosures but if you have a specific request of this nature please make contact.

International Users
In a sense we are all international users! In accordance with our terms and conditions fernandogros.com sells products from Japan. Our web services and payment processing rely heavily on companies based in the USA. The development and design of the site is handled in Australia. These are the primary jurisdictions for transactions. The site is under review so as to comply with privacy standards for all visitors.

What Else Should I Know About My Privacy?
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you voluntarily disclose personal information in comments please be aware this is a public area and information might be collected and used by others. We do not control the actions of our visitors.

The first step to managing and protecting your privacy always rests with you. Take care where and with whom you share your information

How Do I Agree To This Privacy Policy?
By using fernandogros.com you signify your acceptance of this privacy policy. If you are not comfortable with any part of this privacy statement you are always free to stop visiting the fernandgros.com site. The right is reserved to modify and update this privacy policy as the site changes and also as privacy regulations evolve. It’s an exciting time to be alive. Thank you for taking the time to visit this site.