Who we are

Our website address is: https://turquoiseandgems.com.

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.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Your information is submitted by you in Contact forms to us.  We also gather your IP Address and Location to protect against spamming.

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

Who we share your data with

Your information is shared with Paypal.com to fill out the buyer forms with your details you provide to complete a purchase.  All of our transactions go through Paypal.com.  We do not store any credit card or debit card information on this website.

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.

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

When you register as a buyer, your IP address as well as your location is stored.  You input your billing and shipping details in order to simplify purchasing from us again in the future and shortening the procedure.   Registering is NOT required.  It is offered as a convenience for repeat clients so one doesnt have to continue to enter in their billing and shipping address as a repeat client.   We do not have forms for filling out actual payment details on this site.  We utilize Paypal.com for all actual payments as they are very secure and they have their own protocols and procedures as outlined on their website for collecting information.  All payments are processed on actual Paypal.com servers and their website.

How we protect your data

We do not utilize any card processing of our own.  We used world renowned Paypal for their security, and all payments are processed through Paypal.  We do not have any forms on our site that collect credit, debit, or any financial information like bank accounts etc.

What third parties we receive data from

We communicate through API with Paypal.com for the purchases made, as well as updating tracking information.