What follows is our privacy and disclosures policy. We keep an auto-generated policy so we can easily make changes as we add or remove features. However, occasionally, we like to write a tidbit in here first. If you’re here, maybe you followed the link in our cookie notice bar

Our search still continues for a meaningful cookie notice bar. We’re working on what we think is the best solution. However, it is currently causing difficulty with the display of certain maps on our site and, for videos to display, it requires a page reload. We’re confident we can have these issues solved soon.

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.

Creating an Account and the Member Directory

We are adding functions to both give us more control over how users can create and account and submit posts and events and give our users more features to help with managing events…and hopefully and eventually more of a fun way to interact with creating comments and the like.

It also gives users an easier ability to delete their account and personal information.

If you register for an account, you are choosing to share this information with PNW&Beyond. By default our “member” directory page is by choice: that is, you can edit your profile to add yourself onto this page, which will make it possible for others to see you on the member page, but this is not enabled by default.

If you are a post author, your name as author will link to your profile page where viewers can see the profile and social links you’ve chosen to share.

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:

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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