Privacy Policy:

Visual Voice, LLC is a media company comprised of ChrisOatley.com, The Oatley Academy, Paper Wings and Greg The Megabeaver’s Prehistoric Sideshow.

Visual Voice, LLC is committed to protecting the privacy of our online visitors. On our sites you can buy products & sign-up for our e-newsletters. To help you make decisions about the information you provide anywhere on this site, this notice has been provided to outline our practices.

Security

We use secure hosting accounts and security monitoring to protect our databases and any information provided.

Email Privacy

We collect voluntarily-submitted information (name and email address) from online visitors who ask to be on our newsletter mailing lists and/or receive periodic email announcements. Any e-mail you receive from our sites will contain the option to unsubscribe at the end of the e-mail. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Purchases

Email is not recognized as a secure medium of communication. For this reason, we request that you do not send private information to us by email.

All credit card transactions occur over a secure connection.

Some of the information you may enter on this site may be transmitted securely via Secure Sockets Layer SSL, 128 bit encryption services. Pages utilizing this technology will have URLs that start with HTTPS instead of HTTP.

When you order a product, the information you provide will only be provided to outside parties if it is necessary to complete and deliver the order. Your information will never be shared or disclosed to other parties for any other reason.

Third Party Vendors

We do not currently share any information with advertisers nor do we engage in any form of advertising. We have no plans to ever engage in any form of third-party advertising.

Any “promotion” of third-party products and services is based on our own authentic, personal opinions.

This site contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, Audible.com, Dreamhost (Web Hosting) and Studiopress (WordPress Themes). If you click on one of our affiliate links and then buy a product at one of those other sites, we will eventually receive a small commission on that sale. These commissions go to support our operating costs such as hosting, security, freelancers and employees. We only use affiliate links for products or services we genuinely believe in.

Non-identifying, general information such as geographical location (continent to city only), age range, gender and topical interests (such as “arts & entertainment” or “video games”) is collected through Google Analytics. We look at visualizations of the collected user data (charts and graphs) to improve our sites, content and user experience.

Anonymous, aggregate information that is collected regarding traffic to the site or specific pages may be shared publicly, but this will never include any identifying information. For example, on our main newsletter subscribe page, we currently display the total number of newsletter subscribers.

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If we learn that we have personal information on a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information from our systems.

A Personal Note From Chris:

We never display advertisements on our sites and we don’t ever plan to do so.

I believe that displaying ads (through Google or any other third-party) is an ineffective business model. I believe that the advertisers receive the majority of the benefits, not the site displaying the ads. As a teacher and fellow creative, I often encourage my community to seek other, more effective methods for monetization.

However, I do understand that many of my fellow creatives make most of their online income through advertising. For this reason, in my own personal web browsing, I have chosen NOT to opt-out of ads on Google. (I don’t think Facebook lets you opt-out.)

In the future, we might experiment with advertising by placing our own ads on other reputable websites but we have no current plans to do so.

This is my current opinion on this ever-changing issue. Of course, you’ll have to make your own decision whether to opt-out of ads through Google.

Although I don’t currently foresee any reason that we at Visual Voice, LLC would ever allow third-party advertising on our sites, for my own personal Google experience, I have chosen to keep ads active for the benefit of my fellow creatives who have chosen to monetize in this way.