Your Privacy

I am doing my best to comply with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The host of Cocoa & Lavender, Blogger (Google), is GDPR compliant.

I want you to know that I will never share your information with anyone unless you specifically ask me in writing to do so. I write Cocoa & Lavender on a weekly basis solely to share my love of food with you. I do not monetize Cocoa & Lavender, and make no money from publishing it. 

This Privacy Notice (Privacy Notice), together with my Cookies Policy, sets out the ways in which Cocoa & Lavender uses and shares your personal data (your information) in connection with Cocoa & Lavender, my blog. It also explains your rights to access or change your information.

Cocoa & Lavender is a weekly food blog owned and written by me, David Scott Allen, that uses the Google-based platform, Blogger ( You can contact me any time at

Information you provide: when you sign up to receive the weekly emails form Cocoa & Lavender, you provide me solely with your email address. If you comment on Cocoa and Lavender posts, you might provide me with: your name, email address, and website address. Your information includes anything which identifies you.

Information I collect: I collect your information when you: interact or correspond with me via email or via my blog, subscribe to my mailing list, or leave comments on Cocoa & Lavender.

This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services and analyze traffic. Your IP address and user-agent are shared with Google along with performance and security metrics to ensure quality of service, generate usage statistics, and to detect and address abuse.

Information about how you use our website and apps: through Google, I also collect certain information about how you use the blog. This includes your IP address, geographical location, information about the devices that you use to access Cocoa & Lavender, browser type, referral source, length of visit to the website, number of page views, the search queries you make on the website and similar information. This information is collected by Google Analytics on our behalf using cookies. For more information on cookies, please read my Cookies Policy below. My posts may contain links to relevant websites and blogs. By clicking on those links or enabling these connections you may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. I don’t control these websites and am not responsible for their privacy arrangements.

Information I receive from third parties: I neither receive or collect any information about you from third parties.

I use your information lawfully and I never have or will never sell or share your information to third parties.

This is how I use your information and the legal bases for our use:

When I have your consent to contact you, which you give when you sign up to receive my weekly notifications of blog posts, I may use your information to send you weekly notices of new posts, or for relevant information such as an email about GDPR compliance.

If you have any concerns about how I process your information, you have rights and choices including the right to object (please see the section headed ‘Your Rights and Choices’).

Only I have access to your information, and the only information of yours that I can see is your email address, unless you provide me with your name and website address when leaving a comment. In comments, only your name is posted but if you have a website, Blogger will make your name a live link to your site. Feedburner, which provides subscriptions services for Blogger, allows me access only to your email address; I cannot associate it with your name unless you supply that information to me in a separate email or comment on a post. I may process your information on behalf of Cocoa & Lavender. Processing can mean any activity that involves the use of information about someone that can identify them. All uses of your information - for example, obtaining, recording, storing, disclosing, organizing, retrieving, deleting and destroying - are types of data processing.

I take measures to ensure that third parties who process your information on behalf of Cocoa & Lavender are acting lawfully in accordance with my instructions and are subject to appropriate confidentiality requirements. Through Blogger (Google), I also have adequate technical and organizational safeguards with third party processors to protect your information. Third party processors of your information consists Cocoa & Lavender's host and operator.

I do not share, nor have I ever shared, your information.

I will retain your information for as long as is necessary to provide you with the services that you have requested from me - an email to receive my weekly post. If you email me with a question, I answer you promptly and delete the email as soon as the correspondence is complete. 

Your Right to Withdraw Consent – at any time you may unsubscribe to Cocoa and Lavender by clicking the link at the bottom of the emails you receive. You will be removed immediately (and automatically) from my mailing list.

Your Other Rights and Choices – in addition, you can also request access to the information that I hold about you to check that I am acting lawfully, receive a copy of any information I hold about you in a format of your choice, ask me to correct information I hold about you if it is inaccurate or incomplete, ask me to delete information I hold about you, and ask me to restrict processing of your information. You may exercise your rights and choices by contacting me directly at

Your Right to Complain - if you have any questions or are unhappy about the way I have used your information, please contact me using the email address above. I hope that I can resolve any problems or issues that you may have. 

I may make changes to this Privacy Notice from time to time. I will notify you of any changes by email. 

This Privacy Notice was updated on 23 May 2018.

My primary goal in collecting personal information from you is to provide you with a smooth, efficient, and personalized experience while reading my blog.

Through Feedburner, a web analytics tool to analyze site usage, how you as a user arrive at my blog,  what browser you are using, and on what operating system, etc. However, this analytics data, collected via a JavaScript tag in the pages of our site, is not tied to personally identifiable information.

Cookies. Cocoa & Lavender uses a number of different cookies on our site. If you do not know what cookies are, or how to control or delete them, then I recommend you visit for detailed guidance.

Session Cookies: Cocoa & Lavender uses a session cookie to remember your log-in for you.

Persistent Cookies: Cocoa & Lavender uses some persistent cookies to enhance the relevancy of information displayed on the site. User data is anonymous.

Google Analytics: Cocoa & Lavender uses this to understand how the site is being used in order to improve the user experience. User data is all anonymous.

Social Media Third Party Cookies

To enrich our website content and your experience, sometimes I may embed video content from other social media websites such as YouTube or Vimeo. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. Cocoa & Lavender has no control or liability over these cookies set, so you should check the relevant third party's cookie policy for more information.

I also offer a 'share page' widget at the end of each post or embedded within images, where content can be shared easily on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. These sites may set a cookie when you are logged into their service. Cocoa & Lavender has no control or liability over these cookies set, so you should check the relevant third party's cookie policy for more information.

1 comment:

  1. I wish to stay subscribed, David. But...where do I say so? Can't see anywhere.


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