Due to how various international privacy laws are changing, Marilynn Dawson’s Musings now presents this privacy policy to aid in your decision to use this site in light of your particular nation’s rules and regulations surrounding collection and usage of your data.  In addition, MDM makes frequent use of affiliate links which must be disclosed as well, often by name and links going directly to the affiliated contents.

How Affiliate Links Work:
Affiliate links such as those you see in the right-hand sidebar on this site, allow you to engage in purchases of goods, services, digital or otherwise, and support your favourite website while doing so.  This is done via special codes tacked onto the end of certain URL’s, as well as by the placement of cookies via your browser’s cookie-handling system.

Should you allow these cookies to remain in place on your computer, any time you visit a website that correlates to a cookie set from my site, any purchase you make within a given time period will be attributed to me, and let me earn a small commission for referring you.

Should you choose not to support my website in this way, a tool such as Ccleaner can assist you in removing all cookies off your system.  Use this tool wisely however, as some browsers still store sensitive information you ask them to save or remember, in cookies, forcing you to re-add that information again in the future.

Information You Choose to Share With Songdove Books Directly:
Information that may be gathered by Songdove Books via this website, includes:

  • your first name,
  • last name,
  • email address,
  • and possibly your website if you wish to share it.

This information is used to:

  • send you the monthly newsletter if you signed for that in the left-hand sidebar,
  • send you e-course content if you signed up for one of the two e-courses,
  • and to facilitate delivery of giveaways or contest prizes typically carried out via the Rafflecopter system.

Your information may also be gathered by PayWalls in the future to gain access to any paid content on this site.  Your name and email information may also be provided to Marilynn Dawson’s Musings via Paypal when you purchase items directly from this site.

Songdove Books - Suitcase Combo LockThird-Party Privacy Policies:
Any information you share to MDM for the above purposes will be kept private and NOT sold by MDM to any third-party sources.  Please check the privacy policies of Rafflecopter, RAN and other affiliate networks as well as those sites from which you wish to make purchases, in order to familiarize yourself with their own policies and methods of operation regarding use of your personal information.  Choosing to share your personal information with them is acceptance of their policies, terms and conditions for engaging with their sites.

Marilynn Dawson’s Musings will not be held liable for how third-parties handle your personal information.


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.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

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. In addition, analytics such as the plugin: Pretty Links (Privacy Policy) have their own privacy policy as well.

Additional information

What third parties we receive data from

Examples of third party services granting us use of your data are:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Google+
  • Tumbler
  • Pinterest

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

User data such as your browser info, OS, device type, date of visit, visit origination source, etc. is gathered to let us know where our users are coming from, what they are using, etc.  This helps in determining where our own target market is and who is most interested in what we offer here.  This data is not tied to any single particular user.  IP addresses may be recorded from time to time, however in most countries, any attempt to link this directly to you must be at the formal request sent to your ISP generally by law-enforcement officials.

Akismet Privacy Note:
We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).