We understand that these privacy policies can be long and hard to read. While you should read the full policy, here’s a plain English summary.
We are strong proponents of online privacy and are grateful for your trust in us to keep your data safe. It is why we request the minimum amount of information from users to provide the service and have taken additional security steps to keep attackers out.
We try to collect as little information as possible on our users while still maintaining an adequate level of service. In most situations, this is only your name and e-mail address. However, in some situations, such as contests and giveaways, we may need to ask for more information for shipping or legal reasons in your specific locality.
We don’t sell your information to third parties nor disclose it to authorities without due cause or process. However, we and select third parties to track your IP address and other information not linked to your identity for services like Google Analytics and Matomo, spam blocking, and advertising through partners such as Ezoic and Google AdSense.
We have taken steps on our end to protect your privacy further. We don’t accept advertising from select categories with historically poor privacy practices (the full list is below, under “Advertising”). We are also working to limit our use of third-party cookies.
Information Collection And Use
While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you. Personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) typically includes, but is not limited to:
Information collection and use may vary based on the application. We may require that you provide additional information, and when that occurs, we will specify in plain language the need for that data and its intended use. You can provide additional information above our requirements, but participation is voluntary and not required to access our site.
How This Data is Used
The above information is used solely by Oz Media and The Weather Station Experts for communication between us and you, the user. This data is not sold nor accessible by third parties.
We collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Service (“Log Data”). This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, and the time spent on those pages, and other statistics.
We are also evaluating Matomo as a permanent replacement for Google Analytics. Matomo is open-source analytics software, and allows us to track website activity without sharing information with third parties. During the evaluation period, you may be tracked by either or both platforms.
Opting out of Google Analytics
You may opt out of Google Analytics tracking on Our Site and others by installing this Google-provided browser plug-in, available for several browsers, including Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
We also log the IP address, user agent, and referrer of all incoming visitors to our site through the BPS Security plug-in. By using our site, you agree to allow us to store this data and use it to compare against a database of known malicious accounts.
Opting out of Matomo Analytics
Matomo respects the “DoNotTrack” setting within web browsers. When users have set their web browser to “I do not want to be tracked” (DoNotTrack is enabled) then Matomo will not track these visits. For more information, click here.
When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form and the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help with spam detection.
Cookies are files with a small amount of data, which may include a unique anonymous identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your computer’s hard drive. We use “cookies” to collect information.
We have chosen to apply a GDPR-compliant consent model worldwide. All users, including those outside the European Union, will see a popup appear during their first visit to our site or any visit from a returning user who last visited before January 7, 2023. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent at that time. However, if you do not accept cookies, it may render some portions of our Service unusable.
You may provide or revoke your consent from any page on our Site by hovering over the bottom right of the browser window, which reveals a tab titled “Manage your consent.”
Our site sends notifications to consenting visitors via the OneSignal platform. We do not collect personally identifiable information when you consent to receive our notifications. However, OpenSignal does collect information to serve notifications to you properly. This may include:
- Device, browser, or operating system type
- Evidence of your consent or preferences on which types of notifications you wish to receive, if applicable
- Select anonymous information on your interaction with the notification for statistical purposes.
Opting Out of OneSignal Push Notifications
You may, in most cases, opt out of receiving push notifications by going to your device “Settings” and clicking on “Notifications,” then changing those settings for some or all of the apps on your device. (Different device configurations or updates may affect or change how these settings work.)
Opting out of Google Adsense Cookie-Based Tracking
To further protect our users, we do not permit advertising from businesses in the following sensitive categories due to their content and/or historically poor data privacy practices: “get rich quick” schemes, sexually suggestive advertising, Astrology & Esoteric topics, social casino games, alcohol advertisements, and betting sites. While no ads from these categories should appear on our site, our ad partners may erroneously show ads from these businesses through erroneous or intentional misclassification of the ad or other reasons out of our control.
Our site may contain links to retailers and partners who pay us a small commission if you purchase on their site within a given period. We receive no personally identifiable information as a result of this transaction. In addition, we use Google Analytics to track when these links are clicked to count conversions, which does not link the event to any personally identifiable information or anything you may have purchased as a result of clicking that link. You can review our Affiliate Policy by clicking here.
We may employ third-party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service, provide the Service on our behalf, perform Service-related services, or assist us in analyzing how our Service is used. These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Links To Other Sites
Our Service does not address anyone under 18 (“Children”) but generally contains information suitable for children.
We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 18. However, if you are a parent or guardian and aware that your child has provided us with Personal Information, please contact us. If we discover that a child under 18 has provided us with Personal Information, we will delete such information from our servers immediately.
Compliance With Laws
We will disclose your Personal Information only where required by law or subpoena.
September 7, 2023 – Added information regarding Matomo evaluation, corrected contact email.
April 11, 2023 – Addition of Notifications section
January 7, 2023 – Updates to Log Data, Cookies section, replaced Wordfence with BPS Security disclosure
April 22, 2022 – Defined “third party,” edits to plain language policy, added Wordfence disclosure
February 25, 2022 – Added plain language policy