Privacy Policy

Here at the Bates Family Blog, your privacy and trust are of utmost importance to us. As a website, this Privacy Policy is something we must provide to our readers.


On some occasions, readers will share personal information via a public comment. Such personal information is completely voluntarily, as comments can be submitted to our Site without an email or legal name (you can fill in the “Name” entry with anything you wish, even Anonymous). Therefore, any information that you provide may not be protected. We do our best to hide email addresses and other sensitive information (not including names) before allowing comments to appear on the Site. However, there is a possibility that said information will not be properly deleted and will be visible to others.

Giveaway/Promotion Entries

When you enter a giveaway or promotion on our Site and provide personal information via the widget or other software that we use to manage entries, such information cannot be guaranteed to be protected by us, as the widget/software is developed by a third party. In addition, any information provided by the winner, including that which is provided to us via email, may be shared with the sponsor of the giveaway/promotion, if that sponsor is the party responsible for shipping or emailing the prize to the winner.

Email Addresses

We may collect your email address, but only if you voluntarily provide it to us. For information on emails and other personal information that you provide to us when entering a giveaway or promotion, see section entitled "Giveaway/Promotion Entries." For information on email addresses submitted with public comments to the Site, see section entitled "Comments."

You may share your email with us in other ways, such as when you sign up to receive our email updates or when you send us private emails. In addition to using your email address for the purposes for which you provided it to us, we might use it to send you emails regarding the Site, topics covered on the Site, or other products or services that we believe may be of interest to you. We will not share your email address with any third parties, unless in connection with a giveaway or promotion that you entered. Your email address may be shared with the technology provider(s) we use in connection with the purposes for which you provided it. Note: You may opt out of our email updates at any time by clicking the “unsubscribe” button in the emails.

If you are a resident of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), please refer to the section entitled “Additional Rights of EEA Residents.”

IP Addresses

When you comment on our Site, we may also be able to see your IP address. We do our best to prevent such information from being publicly displayed. However, there is a possibility that said information will not be properly hidden and will be visible to others.

Our Use of Cookies

For a description of what a cookie is, see section entitled “Advertising Privacy Statement.”

We use cookies for the following purposes:

Authentication: We use cookies to identify you when you visit our Site and as you navigate our Site.

Personalization: We use cookies to store information about your preferences and to personalize the Site for you.

Security: We use cookies to protect our Site.

Advertising: We use cookies to help us display advertisements that will be relevant to you.

Analysis: We use cookies to help us analyze the use and performance of our Site.

We use Google Analytics to analyze the use of our Site. Google Analytics gathers information about Site use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our Site is used to create reports about the use of our Site. Google's privacy policy is available at:

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. Please note that blocking cookies may have a negative impact on the functions of many websites, including our Site. Some features of the Site may cease to be available to you.

Sale of Business or Assets

In the event that the Site or substantially all of its assets is sold or disposed of as a going concern, whether by merger, sale of assets, or otherwise, or in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership, the information we have collected about you may be one of the assets sold or merged in connection with that transaction.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. The most recent version will always be posted on the Site. When we make changes to the initial policy and any future policy, we will add an "Effective Date" to the top of the Policy. We may revise and update this Privacy Policy if our practices change, as technology changes, or as we add new services or change existing ones. Use of this Site represents that you are in agreement with our then-current privacy policy.

Advertising Privacy Statement

Bates Family Blog is affiliated with AdThrive, LLC (“AdThrive”) for the purposes of placing advertising on the Site. AdThrive uses standard and widely-available tools for the placement and serving of ads, including those provided by Google, Inc. and its affiliates. We publish interest-based advertisements on the Site; that is, ads that are tailored to reflect your interests. To help understand your interests, AdThrive, Google, and our other advertising partners will track your behavior on our Site and on other websites across the Internet using cookies.

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

By using Bates Family Blog, you consent to the use of such cookies and the sharing of data captured by such cookies with AdThrive, Google, and our other third party partners. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: You can also opt out of the network cookie using those settings or using the Network Advertising Initiative's multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at: However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser, your opt-out will not be maintained.

For European Economic Area Residents:
If you reside in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), then under the GDPR and applicable data protection laws, you have the rights, among other things, to access your personal data, have us erase it, and/or restrict its further processing. If you wish to access or delete your personal data (if any) maintained by us or AdThrive related to advertising on Bates Family Blog, you can contact us at and contact AdThrive at If you wish to see a list of the advertising partners we work with or change which of those partners track your behavior using cookies, click the ad preferences link at the bottom of the Site. (Available in the EU.)

For California Residents:
California law gives residents the right to opt out of the “sale” of their personal information to third parties, including for advertising purposes. Under California law, the sharing of your information with a service provider for advertising purposes could be considered a “sale.” To opt out of the sharing of your information for advertising information, click the opt out link provided in the footer of this page. You also have the right to request from us the categories of personal information that we have shared and the categories of third parties to whom the information was provided. To make such a request, please contact us at To be clear, we do not share your name, contact information, or any other sensitive information with third parties (unless in connection with a giveaway or promotion or in a situation described in section entitled "Final Thoughts"), and the categories of third parties that we share information with for advertising purposes are supply side platforms, programmatic advertising exchanges, and demand side platforms.

Additional Rights of EEA (European Economic Area) Residents

If you are a resident of a country in the EEA, you have the rights, among others, to:

(i) access your personal data

(ii) ensure the accuracy of your personal data

(iii) have us delete your personal data

(iv) restrict further processing of your personal data, and

(v) complain to a supervisory authority in your country of residence in the event that data is misused

If you believe that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.

You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to us at

Contact Info

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the practices of this Site, please contact us at

In Closing

Any information that we collect, as described in this Privacy Policy, is for the overall purpose of improving our Site function and content for our readers. In order to run our Site, we work with multiple third-parties, including but not limited to website hosting companies, advertisers, and advertising agencies. Your information may be accessible to these companies/organizations. While we have every indication that these companies/organizations will not misuse your information, there is always the possibility of unfortunate circumstances that are out of our control. That risk is present on every website you visit.

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for visiting Bates Family Blog. We are very grateful for your readership.

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