What follows below is our privacy policy, a general start followed by our continually updated policy as we make changes on our website.

But first, I’d like to say a bit about cookies. And, no, not the chocolate chip kind. While knowing where our site visitors are coming from and showing relevant ads is important to us, your privacy is, too. So we show a cookie bar (no, not a brownie or a lemon bar…darn!) on our standard web pages. We also have a speedy AMP component to our website. Consent there is managed separately than on our non-AMP pages as there are restrictions on how consent is managed on AMP.

For our standard, non-AMP pages, we’re steadily working on improving the way our cookie bar works. On the front of the site, it’s a simple Accept/Reject. But if you really want control over which cookies you accept or block (on our non-AMP site), we’re working toward categorizing them to give our site users better control. You can control via the categories we’ve currently set by clicking the button below.

Customize Settings

If you decline all cookie or advertising cookies and still see ads on the website — please note that we only load personalized ads on accept. If you decline cookies, the ads you should be non-personalized, meaning that they’re not using cookies from other sites you’ve visited to deliver personal advertisements to you.

Please note that if you clear and reset your browser cookies, you’ll likely need to accept or decline cookies again.

Thank you. Now read on! Or better yet, read one of our great posts.

Privacy and Disclosures Policy

Who “we” are

Pacific Northwest and Beyond, LLC, is currently run by Cheryl Dimof, an individual writer, blogger, and web designer. The site address is https://www.pnwbeyond.com.

Please scroll down to view our full privacy policy including privacy and data collection information for the various plugins, apps, and services that we use on our site.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We may gather information about you if you:

  • Register on this site, place comments, or opt-in to our newsletter.
  • Participate in any polls or surveys we post on this site.
  • Email us or use a contact form.

We will never sell or trade your personal information. If you opt-in to our email newsletters, you will always have the option of opting out by clicking a link at the bottom of any email communication).

We also use Google Analytics and several third party plugins on this site.  We may use information from Google Analytics to give us a better idea of our site traffic and demographics to improve our website and content and for advertising data in the future.

If you would like specifics about how the plugins we use on this site collect and use information, read on below.

Affiliate Links

Posts on this site may include affiliate links.  If posts contain affiliate links it will be clearly noted at the beginning of the post or page.  What this means is that if there is a link to a product or a service, and you click the link and then make a purchase, we would get a small commission from that sale.  This helps to offset the cost of our website.

First, here are a few plugins we use that are not listed in the privacy policy below:

EWWW Image Optimizer

User-submitted images may be transmitted to image compression servers in the United States and stored there for up to 30 days.

WP Recipe Maker:

Bootstrapped Ventures, the developer of WP Recipe Maker, does not have access to any of the data collected by the plugin. This is all stored in our local database and not communicated back to Bootstrapped Ventures.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When comment ratings are enabled we store the rating a user has given to a recipe along with the personal data WordPress core stores.


When user ratings are enabled we store a WPRM_User_Voted_%recipe% cookie (with %recipe% the ID of the recipe) that contains the rating this user has given to a particular recipe. This cookie is used as (one of the) measures to prevent rating spam.

IP Address

When user ratings are enabled we store the IP address upon voting. This is used as (one of the) measures to prevent rating spam.

Their own manually input information

With the Recipe Submission feature personal data can be collected, depending on the fields that were added to the form. This can include the user email and name. When using the reCAPTCHA feature you will be agreeing to their terms of use and privacy policy.

How long we retain your data

Our cookies are stored for 30 days. User submitted data is stored indefinitely in the local database.

Here is a full privacy policy for our site with more specific information for third party providers that we use:

Privacy Policy

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