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Privacy Policy

Who We Are

The website of The Wandering Crayon is

Fundamental Privacy Principles

  • I don’t ask you for personal information unless I truly need it. For instance, I don’t ask for your phone number (although PayPal does). Why would I need it?
  • I don’t store personal information unless required for the on-going operation of our site or store.
  • I don’t share, sell, trade or otherwise transfer your personal information to anyone. However, some data is transferred and/or stored with routine third-party services, like Google Analytics and PayPal. (If you’re interested here is “How Google Uses Information From Sites or Apps That Use Our Services.”)

What Do We Collect?


When you complete a product purchase, I collect the necessary information. But I’ve cut this to a bare minimum–name, billing address, shipping address, and email address. That’s it.

Of course, you must also provide credit card/payment details, but this information is handled by PayPal. I never have access to this information. (If you’re interested, you can read their privacy policy here.)

Newsletter Sign Up

If you sign up to receive news by email, then, of course, I ask you for your name and email. (You also provide an email for purchases, but I will never use that email for anything but necessary correspondence pertaining directly to your purchases.)


When a visitor want to leave a comment on the site, the comments form requires a name and email (with an option to enter a website). Also, the site collects the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help with 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. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

How Long We Retain Your Data

I’ll retain purchase information (excluding credit card/payment details, which we never see) for three years. This is so I can track sales in various tax districts for purposes of determining state tax nexus.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so the site can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.


“Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. This site uses cookies to help identify and track visitors. Those who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using our website, with the drawback that certain features may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

If you leave a comment on the 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.

Embedded Content From Other Websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). I don’t embed anything unusual–just things like an occasional Youtube video.

But be aware that embedded content from other websites behaves in the same way as if you had visited the other website. So it may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Be aware that if you upload images to this website (which seems unlikedly, but I guess is possible in a comment), you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you 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. (Also, see Fundamental Privacy Principles at the top of this page.)

To protect images, this has been turned off.