What Information We Collect
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.
Online Navigational Information
Our Website, emails and advertisements, as well as third-party service providers, may use log data, cookies, tracking pixels (web beacons) 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. When you access our Website or open our emails, this information may be automatically collected through the use of these technologies. At times, online navigational information may be aggravated to, for example, help us understand and analyze usage and trends in order to improve your experience with the Website.
Non Personal Information
How Your Information Is Used
We may use information collected about you to:
- Deliver our newsletter or other updates about our company or Website when you opt-in to our mailing list. When you subscribe to our newsletter, we use the information provided by you to deliver our emails. You can unsubscribe from our newsletter at anytime by following the “unsubscribe from this list” link in our emails or by emailing us at [email protected].
- Create, develop, operate, deliver, and improve our products, services, content and advertising.
- Allow comments on the Website.
- Administer promotions, contests and giveaways.
- Administer surveys or request feedback about your use and views of the Website.
- Respond to comments or inquiries. For example, 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.
- Provide user support.
- For loss prevention and anti-fraud purposes and other legal purposes.
- Administer the Website.
- Deliver targeted advertising, newsletters, promotions, offers and other information to you.
- Gather anonymous and aggregated statistical data about our user base as a whole for use internally and/or with third parties.
- Help us understand and analyze usage and trends in order to improve your experience with the Website.
- Help us to understand and analyze the effectiveness of our marketing.
Disclosure and Use
As described herein, 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, with third parties involved in business transitions, with business partners and with other third parties when you have specifically given us your consent to disclose such information for a designated purpose. Also, please note that any comments you voluntarily leave on our Website are public and may be read, collected or used by anyone.
We may engage third-party service providers to assist us in performing business 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.
At your request or if you otherwise provide your consent to such disclosure, we may disclose your personal information with our business partners to offer you certain products, services or promotions that may be of interest to you.
Other Third Parties
We may disclose your personal information to other third parties at your request or if you otherwise provide your consent to such disclosure.
The Website offers users the option to leave comments on its posts. Any comments you choose to 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. By submitting comments, you grant us a world-wide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and fully assignable and sub-licensable right to use, copy, modify, adapt, edit, publish, translate, distribute and display such comments without attribution.
As mentioned above, our Website, emails and advertisements, as well as third-party service providers, may use log data, cookies, tracking pixels (web beacons) and other similar technologies to collect online navigational information.
Cookies are small data files that are stored on your computer browser by the Website. There are many different types of cookies that perform different functions. Some are necessary or essential for the functioning of our Website, while others may be declined through your browser’s settings.
- To help make the Website usable, to prevent fraudulent activity, to improve security, to improve the operation and performance of our Website and to make our Website easier and more convenient to use for our users.
- To gather and remember information about user preferences so the Website can tailor its operations to your needs, likes or dislikes. If you have visited the Website before, this enables the Website to remember certain information, which helps to provide a better user experience. 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.
Periodically, we may need to include a tracking pixel to monitor the effectiveness of information or materials we share. For instance, you may subscribe to our newsletter. All newsletters sent to you may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows us to do an 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. This allows us to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of our users.
In addition, from time to time, GHF may be compensated by brands or companies to feature their products in blog posts. These sponsored posts may utilize tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in the sponsored post and allows us to do an analysis of the success of the sponsored post. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you click on a specific link within the sponsored post. This allows us to adapt the content of future posts to the interests of our users. Aggregated information pertaining to the performance of a sponsored post may be passed onto these third parties.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser’s settings 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.
Some tracking pixels can be rendered ineffective by declining certain cookies or modifying your browser’s settings to notify you each time a cookie is tendered, thereby permitting you to accept or decline cookies on an individual basis.
Please note that if you get a new computer, install a new browser, upgrade an existing browser, or erase or alter your browser’s cookies files, this may also clear certain opt-out cookies, plugins or settings.
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 choose to 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 WPRM_User_Voted_%recipe% cookie (with %recipe% the ID of the recipe) 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.
By submitting comments, you grant us a world-wide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and fully assignable and sub-licensable right to use, copy, modify, adapt, edit, publish, translate, distribute and display such comments without attribution.
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. The pixel is embedded in the sponsored post and allows us to do an analysis of the success of the sponsored post. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you click on a specific link within the sponsored post. This allows us to adapt the content of future posts to the interests of our users.
Aggregated information pertaining to the performance of a sponsored post may be passed onto these third parties. For example, how popular a sponsored post is with our users and any links clicked (if any) within the post. No personal information will be disclosed to these third parties as part of this process; only information in an anonymous, aggregated form may be disclosed.
We would never affiliate ourselves with a brand and/or product that we didn’t enjoy or think would be of interest 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 us to do an 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. 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].
Third Party Links
Retention and Protection
Controls for Do Not Track Features
Your web browser or mobile operating system may have a “Do Not Track” setting that you can activate to signal your privacy preference to not have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. Since there is not yet a common understanding of how to interpret the Do Not Track Signal, this Website (like many websites), is not designed to respond to Do Not Track signals received from browsers. For more information, click here to learn more about Do Not Track signals.
Controlling Your Personal Information
You have certain rights pertaining to the personal information we have about you. In particular, you can exercise any of the following rights:
- Access: Upon your request, we will provide you with access to your personal information that we retain for any purpose.
- Correct: Upon your request, we will correct your personal information that we retain if it is inaccurate, or have it fully completed if the information is not complete.
- Forget: Upon your request, we will delete or forget your personal information that we retain if we are not required to retain it by law or for legitimate business purposes.
- Opt-out: 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].
If you are within the European Union, you are entitled to certain information and have certain rights with regard to your personal information under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). Under GDPR, you also have the following rights:
- Right to restrict the processing of your personal information: You have the right to ask for the restriction or suppression of the processing of your personal information.
- Right to data portability: You have the right to obtain a copy of your personal information and the right to transfer that personal information to another party’s service.
- Right to object: You have the right to object to your personal information being used for marketing reasons and the right to object how your personal information is being processed.
- Right not to be subject to automated decision-making: You have the right to not be subject to a decision based solely on automated decision-making, including profiling, where the decision would have a significant effect on you.
You can exercise your rights by emailing [email protected]. We may request additional personal information for the purpose of verifying your identity before we can respond to your request to exercise your rights. To opt-out of our newsletter, you can also follow the “unsubscribe from this list” link in our emails.
We may need to retain certain personal information where it is required 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.
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.
Last Updated: May 10, 2023