dare2go's Privacy Policy

dare2go.com's Privacy Policy

dare2go.com’s Privacy Policy [image thanks to Flickr]

We would like to clarify a few points before you read the legally required text below. We believe clear points are easier to understand.

When you use our website, please understand that

1. dare2go.com sets so-called ‘Cookies‘, small tracking codes.
As far as we are aware, our cookies are set for 4 different reasons

    • to handle the pop-up of the newsletter subscription form.
      This cookie ensures that once you have clicked to close the pop-up, this form won’t appear on any other pages you might open.
    • tracking cookies for statistics.
      dare2go.com is using the counter services from Google Analytics and Statcounter. From these entities, we only receive a summary of visitor statistics; data like time spent on site, country and language settings, most popular pages (which helps us to write better content), etc. There’s no way we can connect these statistics to you as a person!

How these companies collect data via their cookies, and process this data, is governed by their individual privacy policies, which we cannot influence or change. For more detail, you can read them on Google Privacy Policy and Statcounter Privacy Policy respectively.

TIP: if you are really concerned about Google collecting too much of your private data, log out of your Google account (eg. gmail), don’t use an Android phone or the Chrome browser! Then Google has less chance of identifying you directly.

  • affiliate links.
    Occasionally we have affiliate links included in our posts. Again, a tracking cookie is set to record from which website the click on that link originated – this guarantees our payment. The cookie is set at our site, but processed at the receiving end (our affiliate partner, in most cases ‘Amazon’) and covered by their Privacy Policy.
    Please read the Amazon US Privacy Policy or the Amazon UK Privacy Policy (which in its wording is similar in all EU countries). If your link goes to another country specific Amazon site (eg. Spain) please read their privacy policy in the local language.
  • social sharing cookies, e.g. when you share one of our posts on Facebook.
    These cookies are usually connected with your social media account (like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.). We assume that you are aware that when you are logged into them, you share this information through them.

2. We send out a Newsletter from time to time; not very often, maybe one every 2-3 months. This newsletter usually contains an update on what we have been doing, links to some selected blog posts, and occasionally a link to our shop at Redbubble.com – but no direct marketing or advertising!

To receive this newsletter you have to subscribe and provide your name and email address. All this data is stored on servers at MailChimp, the company we use to send out our newsletter. We have access to this data, but do not use it for any other purposes. You may, at any time, ‘unsubscribe’ from our Newsletter. We go through the list of subscribers manually from time to time and delete inactive addresses, e.g. people who haven’t opened our Newsletter on several successive occasions. Why should we bother you with emails you obviously don’t want to open?

Again, how this data is stored and protected, is governed by the Privacy Policy of MailChimp , the service provider we use.

3. The WordPress blogging software has a feature called “Blog Comments”, where you can leave a written comment on individual posts we have published. During this process you are asked to leave your name and email address (which never gets published). This data is stored on our site – for whatever reason. We appreciate all feedback from readers. We never use this email address for any other purpose.

At this stage, we are still unclear if the WordPress commenting system is GDPR compliant or can be made so. I cannot find any concrete information on Google. As soon as available we will add extra consent buttons to the comment form.

4. Contact Form, where you send us a message through our website. At this stage we assume that you are conscious of the fact that it is YOU who contacts us. As above, we will add an extra consent button to the contact form.

5. The requirement to provide an address to contact the website owner.
Well, here it gets rather tricky, and it shows that the GDPR rules were obviously drafted by “pencil pushers” with a 9 to 5 job, who commute from “home” every day. These rules haven’t taken into account “digital nomads” and don’t allow for an address as “on the road”.

    The simple facts are:

    1. we don’t have a fixed address where we are easily contactable.
    2. our home country is Australia, but I (Juergen Klein, at the time of writing this) haven’t been in Australia since March 2013, over 5 years ago!
    3. you can send us conventional mail (the one in an envelope) but, depending on circumstances and our location at the time, forwarded mail might not reach us for a month, and maybe never. Not all postal services in this world are 100% reliable.
    4. we do have a “Power of Attorney” in Australia, who deals with regular things. But she has nothing to do with our website and doesn’t even hold any log-in-credentials.
    5. a telephone number isn’t an option either, because we tend to buy a new local SIM in each country we enter – so we have no permanent telephone number.
    6. You can contact us via email, but there’s no guarantee of a swift reply. We can be out of mobile data reception areas regularly; the nicest places are often away from civilisation! Sometimes we receive electronic communications days after they have been sent.

Our Contact Details (in image format)

6. HTTPS protocol, also called SSL.
We are aware that our website isn’t https:// compliant. Such things take time. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as installing the certificate and clicking one button. Links need to be redirected and so on. Until now, we simply haven’t found the time to deal with this. Remember, we are not a corporation, but 2 people travelling most of the time. To install SSL we need at least a fast, reliable, probably home based internet connection, and a week to iron out any problems. It will happen – sooner or later!

Website Privacy Policy

The policy: This privacy policy is for the website, dare2go.com and served by
Yasha Langford & Juergen Klein, overlanders with no fixed address, currently travelling in Europe.
We have no employees.

It governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it. It explains how we comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the DPA (Data Protection Act) [pre GDPR enforcement] and the PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations).
This policy will explain areas of this website that may affect your privacy and personal details, how we process, collect, manage and store those details and how your rights under the GDPR, DPA & PECR are adhered to. Additionally it will explain the use of cookies or software, advertising or commercial sponsorship from third parties and the download of any documents, files or software made available to you (if any) on this website. Further explanations may be provided for specific pages or features of this website in order to help you understand how we, this website and its third parties (if any) interact with you and your computer / device in order to serve it to you. Our contact information is provided if you have any questions.

The DPA & GDPR May 2018

We and this website complies to the DPA (Data Protection Act 1998) and already complies to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into affect from May 2018.

Use of Cookies

This website uses cookies to better the users experience while visiting the website. As required by legislation, where applicable this website uses a cookie control system, allowing the user to give explicit permission or to deny the use of /saving of cookies on their computer / device.
What are cookies? Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.
Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors or use the cookie control system if available upon their first visit.

Website Visitor Tracking

This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. The software will save a cookie to your computers hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information.

Adverts and Sponsored Links

This website may contain sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, who may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.
Clicking on any such adverts will send you to the advertisers website through a referral program which may use cookies and will track the number of referrals sent from this website. This may include the use of cookies which may in turn be saved on your computers hard drive. Users should therefore note they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Downloads & Media Files

Any downloadable documents, files or media made available on this website are provided to users at their own risk. While all precautions have been undertaken to ensure only genuine downloads are available users are advised to verify their authenticity using third party anti virus software or similar applications.
We accept no responsibility for third party downloads and downloads provided by external third party websites and advise users to verify their authenticity using third party anti virus software or similar applications.

Contact & Communication With us

Users contacting us through this website do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use.
Where we have clearly stated and made you aware of the fact, and where you have given your express permission, we may use your details to send you products/services information through a mailing list system. This is done in accordance with the regulations named in ‘The policy’ above.

Email Mailing List & Marketing Messages

We operate an email mailing list program, used to inform subscribers about products, services and/or news we supply/publish. Users can subscribe through an online automated process where they have given their explicit permission. Subscriber personal details are collected, processed, managed and stored in accordance with the regulations named in ‘The policy’ above. Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time through an automated online service, or if not available, other means as detailed in the footer of sent marketing messages (or you can unsubscribe from our list from this direct link ). The type and content of marketing messages subscribers receive, and if it may contain third party content, is clearly outlined at the point of subscription.
[The following section doesn’t apply to our Newsletter as of now!] Email marketing messages may contain tracking beacons / tracked clickable links or similar server technologies in order to track subscriber activity within email marketing messages. Where used, such marketing messages may record a range of subscriber data relating to engagement, geographic, demographics and already stored subscriber data.
Our EMS (email marketing service) provider is MailChimp.com and you can read their privacy policy from the link above.

External Website Links & Third Parties

Although we only look to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website.
Shortened URLs; URL shortening is a technique used on the web to shorten URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) to something substantially shorter. This technique is especially used in social media and other excessively long links; it looks similar to this (example: http://goo.gl/X9W24X). Users should take caution before clicking on shortened URL links and verify their authenticity before proceeding.
We cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite our best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social Media Policy & Usage

We adopt a Social Media Policy to ensure we conduct ourselves accordingly online. While we may have official profiles on social media platforms users are advised to verify authenticity of such profiles before engaging with, or sharing information with such profiles. We will never ask for user passwords or personal details on social media platforms. Users are advised to conduct themselves appropriately when engaging with us on social media.
There are instances where our website features social sharing buttons, which help share web content directly from web pages to the respective social media platforms. You use social sharing buttons at your own discretion and accept that doing so may publish content to your social media profile feed or page. You can find further information about these social media privacy and usage policies in their respective policy pages.

Disclaimer: we, Juergen Klein & Yasha Joy Langford, are by no means technical or legal experts. This dare2go Privacy Policy was created to the best of our knowledge and understanding of blogging software technology. The latter section, titled “Website Privacy Policy”, was used with the friendly permission of jamieking.co.uk .
Hagen i.W./Germany, 10th of May 2018, last updated 24th of August 2018

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