Privacy & Legal

Last updated: August 8, 2016

Thank you for visiting Patricia Benfield! This Privacy Policy describes what information we collect and how it's used and shared. Note that any capitalized terms not defined in this Privacy Policy have the meanings set forth in our Legal Disclaimer. If you don’t agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy, you may not access or use any of the web pages that make up the website (hereinafter the "Site"). If you have any comments or questions about this Privacy Policy, feel free to contact us here.


1. Core Principles

When it comes to your personal information we believe in transparency, not surprises. So before we get into the details, we want to share with you a few of our core privacy principles. First, we don’t sell your personal information to anyone. It’s just not the type of business we’re in. Second, we don’t ask for your personal information unless we need it to provide or improve the Site for you. Third, we don’t share your personal information unless you’ve specifically allowed it, or for the very limited purposes described below. Finally, we appreciate that when you use the Site, you trust us with your information, and we take that responsibility very seriously. This Privacy Policy holds us accountable for protecting your rights and your privacy.


2. Collection

When you use the Site, we collect the following information, and use it only as described below:

2.1. Payment Information. When you initially provide or update your payment information, we transmit it via an encrypted connection to our Payment Processor, Stripe. Stripe uses and processes your payment information in accordance with Stripe’s Privacy Policy. We don’t store your payment information, other than your zip code and country, which we require for billing and to comply with tax and other government regulations.

2.2. Communications With Us. When you send us emails or other communications, such as customer support inquiries, we maintain those communications and their contents so that we can resolve your inquiries or otherwise assist you.

2.3. Usage Information. This includes information about your activity on and interaction with the Site, such as your IP address, your device or browser type, the webpage you visited before coming to our site and identifiers associated with your devices. This information enables us to analyze how the Site is being accessed and used, and to track performance of the Site.

2.4. Location Information. Your devices (depending on your settings) may transmit location information to the Site. We use this information to customize, improve and protect the Site. For example, we may use your location information to determine local language preferences, or to geotag a post.

2.5. Cookies And Other Technologies. We use these technologies to do things such as remember your preferences, keep you safe and improve and promote the Site. You can read more about how we use these technologies in our Cookie Policy, which is incorporated by reference into this Privacy Policy.


3. Sharing

When you use the Site, we may share your information only as described below:

3.1. Third Parties. We can give third parties access to your information on the Site. For example, you we may use a third party newsletter service that requires access to your email addresses, in order for that newsletter service to send emails on our behalf and at your direction. Just remember that such third party’s use of this information will be governed by the terms and privacy policies of the third party.

3.2. Following The Law. We may disclose your information to third parties if we determine that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with the law, protect our rights or prevent fraud or abuse of the Site or our users. When we receive law enforcement or national security requests for information, we strongly believe in privacy and transparency. We scrutinize such requests carefully and challenge vague, overbroad or otherwise unlawful requests. And when legally permitted, we provide our users with notice that their information is being requested. This notice is provided so that you have the opportunity to challenge such requests.


4. Protection

While no service is completely secure, we have a security team dedicated to keeping your information safe. We employ security measures such as using firewalls to protect against intruders, building redundancies throughout our network (so that if one server goes down, another can cover for it) and testing for and protecting against network vulnerabilities. Payment information is transmitted using HTTPS encryption, and we maintain a PCI DSS certification.


5. Location

Information that you submit through the Site may be transferred to countries other than where you live (for example, to our servers in the US). We also may store information locally on the devices you use to access the Site. We also may transfer information to third parties outside the US for processing or to support the Site, and we require them to provide at least the same level of protection for your information as described in this Privacy Policy.


6. Communications

We may periodically email you site-related announcements. We'll also send you emails related to your transactions. We may also send you marketing or promotional communications, but you can opt out of receiving subsequent marketing or promotional communications by clicking the link marked unsubscribe (or a similar phrasing) that’s included in those communications.


7. Privacy Shield

7.1. Compliance. The site complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union to the United States (“EU Personal Data”). We’ve certified to the Department of Commerce that we adhere to the Privacy Shield Principles and, assuming our certification is approved, you’ll be able to find it here. You can learn more about Privacy Shield by visiting

7.2. Accountability. Our accountability for EU Personal Data we receive under the Privacy Shield and subsequently transfer to a third party is described in the Privacy Shield Principles. In particular, we may use third parties to process data on our behalf as described in this Privacy Policy, and we remain liable if they do so in a manner inconsistent with the Privacy Shield Principles and we're responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.

7.3. Inquiries And Disputes. If you have questions you believe to be within the scope of our Privacy Shield certification, please contact us first at here and we'll respond within 45 days.


8. Modifications

We may modify this Privacy Policy from time to time, and will post the most current version on our Site. If a modification meaningfully reduces your rights, we'll notify you in accordance with the procedures set forth in our Terms of Service.


9. Copyright & Trademarks

All Content on the site is protected by the copyright regulations currently in force. The User shall not have the right to appropriate, reproduce, change, translate, distribute, publish or use in any form, even partially, the Content of the Site for purposes other than fulfilling his/her contractual obligations with the Owner.

Trademarks and/or any other distinctive mark present on the Site are owned by Patricia Benfield© and/or other parties and cannot, in any case and for any reason, be used without written permission from the respective owner.

The documentation, images, characters, graphics, software and all other content on the Site, as well as all code and format script, are the property of Patricia Benfield© or third parties and are protected by the corresponding applicable regulations.

The website is the property of Patricia Benfield© with registered offices at Oaxaca, Mexico.



Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy describes how the Site uses cookies and similar technologies to provide, improve, promote and protect the Site. Note that any capitalized terms not defined in this Cookie Policy have the meanings set forth in our Terms of Service. If you have any comments or questions about this Cookie Policy, feel free to contact us here.

Cookies. Cookies are small pieces of text sent to your browser when you visit a site. They serve a variety of functions, like enabling us to remember certain information you provide to us as you navigate between pages on the Services. We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • Performance And Analytics. Cookies help us analyze how the Site are being accessed and used, and enable us to track performance of the Site. For example, we use cookies to determine if you viewed a page or opened an email. This helps us provide you with information that you find interesting. We also use cookies to provide insights regarding the Site’s performance, such as page views, conversion rates, device information, visitor IP addresses and referral sites.
  • Third Parties. Third Party Services may use cookies to help you sign into their services from our Site. We also may use third party cookies, such as Google Analytics, to assist with analyzing performance. Any third party cookie usage is governed by the privacy policy of the third party placing the cookie.
  • Opting Out. You can set your browser to not accept cookies, but this may limit your ability to use the Site. We currently don’t respond to DNT:1 signals from browsers visiting our Site. You can also opt out of receiving interest-based ads from certain ad networks here (or if located in the European Union, here).

Device Identifiers. We use device identifiers to track, analyze and improve the performance of the Site.

We may modify this Cookie Policy from time to time, and will post the most current version on our site. If a modification meaningfully reduces your rights, we'll notify you in accordance.



Legal Disclaimer

  1. All of the web pages that make up the website (hereinafter the "Site") have been made available for the sole purpose of providing information to Users.
  2. The information and material published on the Site (hereinafter the "Content") is carefully checked so that it is free from as many errors as possible but this does not guarantee a total lack of imprecision or inaccuracy. What's more, this does not guarantee that the Content is complete, correct and updated.
  3. Patricia Benfield© constantly strives to ensure that the information on its Site is correct. However, it does not guarantee that all available information is exact, complete and updated. Patricia Benfield© shall not be held responsible for any direct or indirect damage of any nature resulting from use of its Site.
  4. Access to the Site is optional and the User, by browsing web pages that do not require registration, declares to accept the application of all applicable regulations in force in the US. The Owner of the Site reserves the right to change, add or remove any or all Content as well as suspend, interrupt or limit access to the Site or its Content at any time and without notice at its incontestable discretion.
  5. Without prejudice to the binding limits of the law, the User recognizes that he/she uses the site at his/her own and exclusive responsibility. Content is provided "as is" and "as available". Any guarantee from the Owner of the Site, explicit and/or implicit, is expressly excluded. The Owner of the Site does not guarantee that the Site will be accessible without interruption.
  6. It is expressly forbidden to display the Site via framing, deep link or mirroring.


Use of the Site by the User is subject to acceptance of the information in this section and in the Privacy Policy.