What Information We Collect and Why
When you contact us through our Website (for example, by leaving a comment, submitting a contact form, or subscribing to our newsletter), we collect personal information. This personal information may include your name, email address, contact preferences and any other personal information you choose to provide to us.
We use personal information to help us create, develop, operate, deliver, and improve our products, services, content and advertising, to respond to comments or inquiries, provide user support, and for loss prevention and anti-fraud purposes. Some of the specific types of purposes for which we may use your personal information are as follows:
(a) When expressing an interest in obtaining additional information about us, our products and services or contacting us, GHF may collect and use personal information, such as your contact information, to assist us in performing the request.
(b) We may contact you to survey you with respect to your use and views on our products or to send you promotional material. If you do not wish to receive such communications, you may opt out anytime by emailing [email protected].
(c) When you subscribe to our newsletter, we use the information provided by you to deliver our emails. You can unsubscribe to our newsletter at anytime by following the “unsubscribe from this list” link in our emails or by emailing us at [email protected].
(d) When you leave a comment on our Website you are asked to leave your name and email address. Your name is publicly visible, but your email address is not.
Online Navigational Information
Our Website, emails and advertisements, as well as third-party service providers (such as Google Analytics), may use log data, cookies, tracking pixels and other similar technologies to collect online navigational information, such as information about your web browser, your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your Internet Service Provider, your operating system, referring and exit websites and applications, date/time stamps, clickstream data and the actions you take on our Website, such pages viewed and links clicked.
Cookies are small data files that are stored on your computer browser by the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted.
Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our Website in order to tailor it to users’ needs.
For example, if you leave a comment on our Website, 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.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. The method of doing so can vary from browser to browser and from version to version.
However, if you decline cookies in your browser, please note that not all functions on this Website may not work properly or be entirely usable.
Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. More information about cookies can be found here.
For more information about opting out of Google Analytics specifically, please visit the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on page.
Online Navigational Information is aggregated and used to help us understand and analyze trends, to understand and analyze the effectiveness of our marketing, to administer the Website, to learn about user behavior on the Website, to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole, and to improve our products and services to better serve you.
Non Personal Information
Disclosure and Use
We may share your personal information with third-party service providers who we have engaged to perform business functions, as permitted or required by applicable law, or with third parties involved in business transitions (described herein).
We may engage third-party service providers to assist us in performing functions such as hosting and backing up the Website, Website maintenance, gathering and tracking user online navigational information as described above, advertising, delivering email updates and newsletters, Website optimization and security, social media sharing, monitoring user content to detect and prevent spam, information processing, managing user data, providing customer service, assessing your interest in our products and services, and conducting user research or satisfaction surveys.
These third-party service providers may be located outside of Canada (or in jurisdictions outside your jurisdiction of residence). As such, you acknowledge and agree that any personal information you provide to us may be processed and stored by third-party service providers outside of Canada (or in jurisdictions outside your jurisdiction of residence) and may be accessible by the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities in such foreign jurisdictions in accordance with their local laws.
Our Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:
Please note, this list may be amended from time to time at the Website’s sole discretion.
It may be necessary by law, litigation or other legal process for us to disclose your personal information. Our policy is to notify you of any such legal process seeking access to your personal information unless we are prohibited by law from doing so or when the request is an emergency. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or protect our operations or users.
If we are involved in a reorganization, merger, or the actual or prospective sale of our business or company (or a unit or division), or in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership, we may disclose or transfer personal information to the relevant third-party as part of the transaction.
Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)
The Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.
First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at All About Cookies.
Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Website. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.
The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:
- IP Address
- Operating System type
- Operating System version
- Device Type
- Language of the website
- Web browser type
- Email (in hashed form)
Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.
If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit National Advertising Initiative opt out page. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance website and Network Advertising Initiative website to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at Digital Advertising Alliance’s AppChoices app to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.
When you leave comments on our Website, we collect the data shown in the comment form, the date/time of comment, the web page being commented on, and also your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
When user ratings are enabled, we store a cookie that contains the rating you have given to a particular recipe. This cookie is used as one of the measures to prevent rating spam. Additionally, we store the IP address upon voting. Again, this is used as one of the measures to prevent rating spam.
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.
Any comments you leave on our Website are public and may be read, collected or used by anyone. Your name, website (if applicable) and date/time of comment will be displayed. However, your email address and IP address is not publicly visible. You accept these risks when providing personal information and posting comments to our Website.
From time to time, GHF may be compensated by brands or companies to feature their products in blog posts. The relationship will always be disclosed up-front within the blog post. All sponsored content is disclosed in accordance with Canadian consumer protection laws and consistent with industry standards globally. These sponsored posts may utilize tracking pixels (aka web beacons) which may contain cookies to collect data regarding usage and audience. The information is collected by the sponsoring company or brand to track the results of the sponsored post. No personally identifiable information collected by us is used in conjunction with these tracking pixels.
We would never affiliate ourselves with a brand and/or product that we didn’t enjoy or think would be beneficial to our readers. Brands and/or products recommended on our Website are valid at the time of posting, and are based on the information available to GHF when the recommendation was made. We are not liable for, and do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information regarding said products or brands. Readers are reminded to use their own discretion when deciding if such brand and/or product is right for them.
Our Website has a voluntary newsletter subscription used to inform subscribers about products, services and/or content supplied by our Website. You can subscribe through an online automated process should you wish, but do so at your own discretion.
All newsletters sent to you may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows analysis of the success of our newsletters. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email from us and which links (if any) within the email you click. Also, this allows us to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of our users.
If you subscribe to our newsletter, you can unsubscribe at anytime by following the “unsubscribe from this list” link in our emails or by emailing us at [email protected].
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Retention and Protection
Controlling Your Personal Information
We will provide you with access to your personal information that we retain for any purpose including requesting that we correct the data if it is inaccurate or delete the data if we are not required to retain it by law or for legitimate business purposes. We may decline to process requests that are frivolous, that jeopardize the privacy of others, are impractical, or for which access is not otherwise required by local law. You have the right to be forgotten. Upon your request, we will erase your personal information. Access, correction, or deletion requests can be made through [email protected]. Also, please note that if you subscribe to our newsletter, you may opt out (or unsubscribe) at any time by following the “unsubscribe from this list” link in our emails or by emailing us at [email protected].
Children and Our Website
Our Website is directed to adults over 18 years of age. We do not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children. If you learn that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us at [email protected] and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
California Residents (CCPA)
If you are a resident of California, you are entitled to certain information and have certain rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). For the purposes of this section, personal information is used as defined in the CCPA.
If you wish to opt out of the sale of your personal information collected by us, please click the gray “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” button on the left side of the screen and follow the instructions on the “Consumer Privacy Information” popup that displays (note that this button and form will only display for California residents).
You may also email us with your request at [email protected]. We may retain a copy of this request for our records.
Please note that we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.
Last Updated: December 23, 2022