FAQ/Site Policies

Copyright Policy

If you’d like use a photo or editorial content from my blog, you may use ONE photo and you must link back and give credit under my blog name.

Now, some of you are going to read the following and instantly think “Wow, she’s strict.” The truth is, I am really friendly and if you’re a blogger doing a round up and you’re thinking I’d love to have her project in there because I really like it and want to share it, that’s great! The reason I had to write such a candid copyright policy, was due to the unbelievable amount of content theft of my work for bad reasons: content aggregator sites, using my photos promote other businesses without any credit, people pretending their work was mine and my personal favourite, photoshopping things out of projects and putting their own visuals in because they couldn’t get some free stock photography (if you need awesome stock photography, may I recommend: https://pixabay.com). So if you’d like to use a photo, you can reach me at: “northstory @ rogers.com”. I am pretty flattered that you like anything I’ve made and want to share it with your audience.

The rest, take note.

The following ways of using my images/content is not permitted:

  • Collages made from the steps of my tutorials to appear as “one” photo are not allowed nor are they allowed to be Pinned on Pinterest as one photo.
  • Pinning an image from my blog that leads to your site.
  • Sharing a photo of my project (collage or otherwise) on any form of social media and linking to your own site instead of mine.
  • Photos being altered in any way nor should any additional text or your own graphics be added to my photographs. This is applies to all forms of social media including Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.
  • Using a photo in a round up post with your own affiliate links, linking to products I have used in my photos.
  • Photos being used to advertise your business.
  • Crediting my blog name with an “@northstory.ca” on the photo or a link to my blog under a generic word in a paragraph preceding or appearing after the photo. Proper credit means via @northstory.ca in full, as a visible spelled out link.
  • Translating my tutorials in another language and using all the photos on your site.
  • Under no circumstances should entire entries (tutorials with photos & text) be copied and pasted.

No one likes to have their work stolen and you will be contacted to have it removed. If you do not remove it after you are contacted, I will be contacting Google and they will ask you to remove it. If Google isn’t enough, I will contact your website provider and your Ad provider to let them know you’re making money off of my work. Better yet, I’ll bring it up with my lawyer.

To it explain it in simple terms – why would anyone come to my site to see my tutorials or content, if it’s all on yours. It’s bad online blogging etiquette and flat out plagiarism and content theft/scraping.

Note: Photos of my children however are not allowed to be used . This includes round up posts. 

Guest Posts

I currently do not accept Guest posts and articles on my site.

Affiliate Links

From time to time I do use affiliate links in my blog posts. Affiliate links are links to stores that I will receive commission from should you purchase something from the store upon clicking the link. I only link up to sites I trust and products that I actually endorse and use.

Sponsored Posts and Product Reviews

Sponsored posts are collaborative posts between myself and a brand or company where I receive either product or financial compensation for writing a post. I always disclose Sponsored Posts at the end of the post.

Product Reviews are similar except that they are not always financially compensated and are often of my own accord (meaning I purchased it myself). If a product was given to me for a review however, I always disclose this within the text of the post or at the end of my post.


Disclosure Policy

This policy is valid from 13 March 2013 This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. The compensation received may influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. The content, topics and posts will be identified as paid advertisements or sponsored posts. The owner of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner of this blog  receives compensation for posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org

Privacy Policy for northstory.ca

If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us by email at “northstory @ rogers.com”.

Your privacy is important to us. It is northstory’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect from you across our website, https://www.northstory.ca/, and other sites we own and operate.

We only ask for personal information when we truly need it to provide a service to you. We collect it by fair and lawful means, with your knowledge and consent. We also let you know why we’re collecting it and how it will be used.

We only retain collected information for as long as necessary to provide you with your requested service. What data we store, we’ll protect within commercially acceptable means to prevent loss and theft, as well as unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.

We don’t share any personally identifying information publicly or with third-parties, except when required to by law.

Our website may link to external sites that are not operated by us. Please be aware that we have no control over the content and practices of these sites, and cannot accept responsibility or liability for their respective privacy policies.

You are free to refuse our request for your personal information, with the understanding that we may be unable to provide you with some of your desired services.

Your continued use of our website will be regarded as acceptance of our practices around privacy and personal information. If you have any questions about how we handle user data and personal information, feel free to contact us.

Details of how we collect information are as follows:

Log Files
Like many other Web sites, https://www.northstory.ca/ makes use of log files. These files merely logs visitors to the site – usually a standard procedure for hosting companies and a part of hosting services’s analytics. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. This information is used to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Cookies and Web Beacons
https://www.northstory.ca/ uses cookies to store information about visitors’ preferences, to record user-specific information on which pages the site visitor accesses or visits, and to personalize or customize our web page content based upon visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.

Subscriptions 
Users might be asked to subscribe to our newsletter by providing name and email address to receive communication from northstory. We use a secure op-in subscription system, “Sumo.com” and we reserve the right to contact subscribers with information related to this website and blog. Subscribers may unsubscribe anytime and every email delivered will contain an “Unsubscribe” link.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

→ Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on https://www.northstory.ca/.
→ Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our site’s visitors based upon their visit to https://www.northstory.ca/ 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 at the following URL – http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html

Our Advertising Partners

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Our advertising partners include …….

  • Amazon
  • Mediavine

While each of these advertising partners has their own Privacy Policy for their site, an updated and hyperlinked resource is maintained here: Privacy Policies. You may consult this listing to find the privacy policy for each of the advertising partners of https://www.northstory.ca/.

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology in their respective advertisements and links that appear on https://www.northstory.ca/ and which are sent directly to your browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) may also be used by our site’s third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns and/or to personalize the advertising content that you see on the site.

https://www.northstory.ca/ has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

Third Party Privacy Policies

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. https://www.northstory.ca/’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites. You may find a comprehensive listing of these privacy policies and their links here: Privacy Policy Links.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites. What Are Cookies?

Children’s Information
We believe it is important to provide added protection for children online. We encourage parents and guardians to spend time online with their children to observe, participate in and/or monitor and guide their online activity. https://www.northstory.ca/ does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If a parent or guardian believes that https://www.northstory.ca/ has in its database the personally-identifiable information of a child under the age of 13, please contact us immediately (using the contact in the first paragraph) and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

Online Privacy Policy Only
This privacy policy applies only to our online activities and is valid for visitors to our website and regarding information shared and/or collected there. This policy does not apply to any information collected offline or via channels other than this website.

Consent
By using our website, you hereby consent to our privacy policy and agree to its terms.

Privacy Policy Online Approved Site

Update
This Privacy Policy was last updated on: Monday, June 4th, 2018.
Should we update, amend or make any changes to our privacy policy, those changes will be posted here.