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Privacy Policy
This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for sonyacontreras.com.
This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this web site.


Information Collected:
I am the sole owner of the information collected on this site.
I only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give me via email or other direct contact from you.
I do not sell or rent this information to anyone.
I will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted me. I will not share your information with any third party outside of my organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order.
This site is directed to adults and not directed to children under the age of 13. I ask that minors not submit any personal information. This site complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and does not permit registration by, and will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under 13.


Orders:
I request information from you on my order form. To buy from us, you must provide contact information (like name and shipping address) and financial information (like credit card number, expiration date). This information is used for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If I have trouble processing an order, I’ll use this information to contact you.


Surveys and Contests:
At times, my site requests information via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.


Links:
This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that I am not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. I encourage my users to be aware when they leave my site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.


Cookies:
This website may use ‘cookies.’ A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site visitors hard drive to help improve your access to my site and identify repeat visitors. For example, a cookie may be used to identify you, so you would not have to log in a password more than once, saving you time on the site. Cookies may track which pages are of interest to you to enhance your experience on this website. 
We may also uses trusted third-party services, such as Google Analytics and Facebook, that track this information on our behalf.
Cookies are not linked to personally identify information on my site.
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since each browser is a little different, look at your browser's Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If you turn cookies off, it won't affect the user's experience.

Third-Party Disclosure
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information unless we provide users with advance notice.  This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site polices, or protect ours or others' rights, property or safety.
However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third-Party Links
Occasionally, at my discretion, I may include or offer third-party products or services on my website. These third-arty sites have separate and independent privacy policies. I therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, I seek to protect the integrity of my site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Third-Party Behavioral Tracking
Please note, I do allow third-party behavioral tracking. This includes but is not limited to Google Analytics, MailChimp, and Facebook Pixel.

Affiliate Links
Some third party links to products (such as books) may contain affiliate links that allow us to earn a small percentage of any purchases made at no extra cost to you as the buyer. e.g. As an Amazon Associate, I may earn from qualifying purchases. 

Google
I use Google Analytics on my website.
Google advertising requirement can be summed up by Google's Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users.
Google, as a third party vendor, may use cookies to serve ads on my site. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to my users based on previous visits to my site and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google Ad and Content Network privacy policy.
Note: This site does not use Google AdSense. I only use Google Analytics.

​I, along with third-party vendors such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookes) and third-party cookies (such as the Double Click cookie) or other third-party identifies together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service function as they relate to our website.
​Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

 

Email Marketing Data Processing
I use MailChimp to manage my email marketing subscriber list and to send emails to my subscribers. MailChimp is a third-party provider, which may process your data using industry standard technologies to help me monitor and improve my newsletter.

See details for their privacy policy here: https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/?_ga=2.180300580.1280169573.1527697918-1583806695.1527174476

California Online Privacy Protection Act
CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law's reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivable the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collect and those individuals or companies with who it is being shared.

According to CALOPPA, I agree to the following:
Users can visit my site anonymously.
My Privacy Policy link is posted on every page and includes the word 'Privacy.'

CANSPAM Act
CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets rules for commercial email, establishes requirement for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them and spells out penalties for violations.
I collect your email address in order to:
Send information, respond to inquiries and/or other requests or questions.
Market to my mailing list or continue to send emails to my clients after the original transaction has occurred.

Note: Your email address is only collected when you fill out a form or leave a comment on this website. Cookies are used by Jigsy (this site's web host) and plugins that run on this website, including but not limited to Google Analytics, MailChimp, and Facebook Pixel, to personalize your experience on this site as well as to help personalize ads you receive on other sites where ads are already being shown. You can disable cookies on your browser settings to prevent this type of tracking.

To comply with CANSPAM,
I do not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
Include the physical address of my business or site headquarters.
Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance.
Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

Change Your Personal Information
By selecting the Update preference link at the bottom of any and all emails, you may change your personal information.

Do Not Track Signals
My site honors Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track Plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Security:
I take precautions to protect your information.
When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.
Wherever I collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to me in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for ‘https’ at the beginning of the address of the web page.
While I use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, I also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers in which I store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.


Choice:
You may opt out of any future contacts from me at any time. You can contact me via the contact page of sonyacontreras.com to change/correct any data I may have about you, to delete any data I have about you, or express concern your data use.


Updates:
My Privacy Policy may change. All updates will be posted on this page.
If you feel that I am not abiding by this privacy policy, please contact me immediately via my contact page on my website. 

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I write about what matters...to you---
women, wives and moms---
about your family, faith and future.
I write about what's hard, what helps and what heals.
I show you how it's done. And not done.
I hold your hand as you find what matters to the Savior.
And let go of those things that mattered to you, but not to Him.
I write about what matters...to Him.
               Sonya Contreras

Author of Biblical fiction, married to my best friend, and challenged by eight sons’ growing pains as I write about what matters.

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