Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. At Emphasis Mine, we have a few fundamental principles that we follow:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our website, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of this site.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Emphasis Mine collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Emphasis Mine’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Emphasis Mine’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Emphasis Mine may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Emphasis Mine also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for users leaving comments on our blogs. Emphasis Mine only discloses commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Emphasis Mine websites choose to interact with Emphasis Mine in ways that require Emphasis Mine to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Emphasis Mine gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. Those who wish to receive Emphasis Mine updates via email, we collect their emails. In each case, Emphasis Mine collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Emphasis Mine. Emphasis Mine does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Emphasis Mine may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance,  Emphasis Mine may monitor the most popular pages  or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Emphasis Mine may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Emphasis Mine does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Emphasis Mine uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers. Google Analytics does not identify individual users to us or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage. Please refer to the Google Analytics privacy policy for more information

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Emphasis Mine discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to administrators, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Emphasis Mine’s behalf or to provide services available at the Emphasis Mine website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country. By using Emphasis Mine website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.

Emphasis Mine will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.

Other than to its contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Emphasis Mine discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Emphasis Mine believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Emphasis Mine, third parties or the public at large.


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

Visitor comments may be checked through the Akismet automated spam detection service. Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Social Media Services:

Emphasis Mine uses the Super Socializer plug-in to provide easy social media sharing for our users. That means that it will interact with other Social Media websites in the following manner:

Facebook: A Facebook widget allows you to “like/share/recommend” our webpages and posts. This widget may collect your IP address, your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the widget, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the widget (such as “liking/sharing/recommending” our webpage), if you are logged in to Facebook. For more information about how this data may be used, please see Facebook’s data privacy policy.

Twitter:  A Twitter Tweet widget enables our website to make requests to Twitter’s servers for you to be able to tweet our webpages or posts using your Twitter account. These requests make your IP address visible to Twitter, who may use it in accordance with Twitter’s data privacy policy.

Google Plus: A GooglePlus widget at our website enables our website to makes requests to Google’s servers for you to be able to share our webpages or posts using your GooglePlus account. These requests make your IP address visible to Google, who may use it in accordance with Google’s data privacy policy.

Linkedin: A Linkedin Share widget enables our website to allow you to share our webpages on Linkedin. These requests may track your IP address in accordance with Linkedin’s data privacy policy:

Pinterest: A Pinterest Save widget enables our website to allow you to pin images to Pinterest from our webpages. These requests may track your IP address in accordance with Pinterest’s data privacy policy.

Xing: A Xing Share widget enables our website to allow you to share our webpages on Xing. This allows Xing to collate data about you automatically by means of tracking in accordance with their privacy policy.

Redit: A Reddit Badge widget may log information when you interact with the widget. This may include your IP address, user-agent string, browser type, operating system, referral URLs, device information (e.g., device IDs), pages visited, links clicked, user interactions (e.g., voting data), the requested URL and hardware settings, in accordance with their privacy policy.

StumbleUpon: A StumbleUpon Badge widget may log information when you interact with the widget. Log Data is a form of Non-Identifying Information, in accordance with their privacy policy.

Other Social Media Services: Emphasis Mine visitors who use other social media websites or services are urged to consult the privacy policies of those websites or service. Emphasis Mine is not responsible for the privacy policies or lack thereof of any social media services our visitors choose to participate in.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Emphasis Mine visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Emphasis Mine’s website, with the drawback that certain features of Emphasis Mine’s website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

If you leave a comment on Emphasis Mine 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.

Articles on Emphasis Mine 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.


Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Emphasis Mine and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Google Adsense is the primary advertising network used at Emphasis Mine. Google uses cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to Emphasis Mine or other websites Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Google’s Ads Settings.

Amazon Affiliates: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. Please consult Amazon’s privacy policy for more information.

Business Transfers

If Emphasis Mine, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Emphasis Mine goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Emphasis Mine may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Emphasis Mine may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Emphasis Mine’s sole discretion. Emphasis Mine encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us.


Last updated: May 20, 2018.