Privacy Policy

Who We Are

We are Hidden Mesa Travel, a blog publication specializing in information about general travel. We are located in central Florida. Our mailing address is:

PO Box 2428
PMB 4740
Pensacola, Florida, 32513

You can also contact us by using the contact form here, on this site.

What Personal Information We Collect and Why We Collect It

We may collect personal information about you, which may include your name, email address, personal account preferences, and technical data. An example of technical data that may be collected may include the type of browser used to visit our site, or the IP address of your location when visiting.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture (if you have one) is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact Forms

When visitors use our contact form, we collect any information that is submitted through that form. We use that information to know who is contacting us, and what they have to say. We may also use this information to contact the visitor directly if we have follow-up questions to their comments, or to respond to their questions. We retain this information indefinitely.

We do not use this information in direct mail or email campaigns.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site 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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Who We Share Data With

We do not share your data with anyone.

Third Party Services

Our website may contain links and pointers to third party services. These links to third party services are provided for your convenience only.

Third party services are not under our control and we are not responsible for third party services (including the suitability for your intended use of the third party services). We do not endorse or recommend any third party services or any associated provider organization or their product or services. You should make your inquiries as to the suitability of any third party service.

Third party services may also utilize cookies.

You are responsible for reading the privacy policies or statements associated with the third party services.

How Long We Retain Your Data

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.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where We Send Your Data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. We also may utilize a third party newsletter service, and your data, assuming you subscribe to the newsletter, may be kept on their servers.

Notifications/Push Notifications

When you first arrive on our site, you’ll most likely be presented with an opportunity to allow us to send you notifications. This can appear in several different forms, depending on what you’re using to browse the site. You should also see a red “bell” icon appear in the lower right portion of the site.

These items are called “Push Notifications.” What’s happening here is that, if you allow these notifications, you’ll receive a notification—usually in the form of a popup—whenever we publish a new post.

You’ll only be asked to subscribe to notifications once, unless you clear your cookies, in which case the software has no way of knowing that it already asked you about subscribing. After asking once though, you can still subscribe at a later time (assuming you declined the first time) by clicking on the little red bell in the lower right portion of the screen.

That bell is also one of the places where you can unsubscribe if you later decide to stop receiving notifications from us.

This process, from a security point of view, is kinda cool because we don’t have any important information about you when you’re subscribed. When you subscribe, we know what your operating system is, what browser you used, and what your preferred language is, but we have no idea who you are, nor is it necessary to send you a notification.

For our European Union friends, this is a case where you could ask us to reveal all of the information we have about you, and we could certainly try, but the truth is, if you subscribe to our notifications, we have no idea which subscriber in our database is actually you.

We’re still learning about Push Notifications, so no doubt we’ll need to update this section as we learn more, but so far we’r liking what we see. We have a way to notify folks about new content without being invasive. and it’s incredibly simply for a subscriber to turn notifications off at any point.

Our Contact Information

If you have concerns about any information we may be keeping about you, you can contact us using our contact page and we’ll address your concerns.