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Privacy Policy & Disclaimer

As the owner of this website (casualepicure.com, referred to as the “Site”), Casual Epicure understands that your privacy is of critical importance. This Privacy Policy describes what information we collect from you via the Site and how we use and disclose such information.

DISCLAIMERS

The Site is a personal blog owned, written, and edited by Melissa Lochhead (Casual Epicure). The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine, unless otherwise stated, and based on personal experiences and preferences. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

COPYRIGHT

The content found throughout this Site is copyright protected. All information including text, recipes, and photographs are copyrighted and property of Melissa Lochhead of Casual Epicure. The content on this site (including images) may not be sold, reprinted, republished, or used for commercial purposes without the written consent of Casual Epicure.

To obtain permission to reproduce the content found at casualepicure.com and all Casual Epicure social media outlets, please contact Melissa at photo@melissalochhead.com.

NUTRITIONAL DISCLAIMER

Casual Epicure provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. The information provided as nutritional data in each recipe should only be considered as an approximate value and used for reference purposes. Under no circumstances, it should be considered as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before you make a recipe if you have allergies or any other medical conditions. Additionally, the nutritional values listed are approximate amounts. The results may vary depending on the brand of the products and substitutions used.

Casual Epicure is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe you try from this blog. You may not always have the same results due to variations in ingredients, humidity, altitude, cooking temperatures, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities.

Please use your own judgment or the advice of your doctor to decide which ingredients and products are appropriate for you and your family. It is the reader’s responsibility to determine the value and quality of any recipe or instructions provided for food preparation and to determine the nutritional value if any, and safety of the perpetration instructions. The recipes presented are intended for entertainment and/or use by persons having appropriate technical skills, at their own discretion and risk. Casual Epicure does not accept any responsibility for injury sustained as a result of following the advice or suggestions contained within the content of this blog. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements contained in any information on the Website. Individual results may vary.

PRIVACY POLICY

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOW IS IT USED?

Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: We may collect personal information from you such as your name or email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Site by leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, or submitting a contact form.

Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Site. For example, when you use the Site, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Site. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Site, such as links clicked.

Cookies: We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Site. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Site.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

The Site may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave the Site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites, and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED

We may use the information collected in the following ways:

  • To operate and maintain the Site;
  • To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
  • To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries;
  • To track and measure advertising on the Site;
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.

THIRD-PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

The Site may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.

The Site currently uses the following third-party service providers:

Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to track our traffic and website statistics. They may receive anonymous aggregated information such as your location, how you landed on our site, links clicked, you long you stayed on our site and other statistics.

Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your website visits is subject to the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. Google’s privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/. You can choose to opt-out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page or the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Mail Chimp: This service is used for the delivery of email updates and newsletters. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications.  Please refer to Mail Chimp’s privacy policy for further information.

ADVERTISING

Display Ads: We may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Site, which may use cookies, as noted above.

Retargeting Ads: From time to time, the Site may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Site.

Affiliate Program Participation: The Site may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Site. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.

Newsletters: On the Site, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may be used for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Site to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.

RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us at newsletter@melissalochhead.com to be removed from our mailing list.

Amend – You may contact us at newsletter@melissalochhead.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 newsletter@melissalochhead.com.

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

HOW WE USE COOKIES

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. By using this Site, you consent to the use of such cookies and the sharing of data captured by such cookies with Google and our other third-party partners. You can view, delete, or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting https://adssettings.google.com. You can also opt out of the network cookie using those settings or using the Network Advertising Initiative’s multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at http://optout.networkadvertising.org. However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained.

SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Site. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

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