Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to me. At Adlaya’s Art, I have a few fundamental principles:

  • I am thoughtful about the personal information I ask you to provide and the personal information that I collect about you through the operation of my services.
  • I store personal information for only as long as I have a reason to keep it.
  • I aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what information on your website is shared publicly (or kept private), indexed by search engines, and permanently deleted.
  • I help protect you from overreaching government demands for your personal information.
  • I aim for full transparency on how I gather, use, and share your personal information.

Below is my Privacy Policy, which incorporates and clarifies these principles.

Who is Adlaya’s Art and What This Policy Covers

Adlaya’s Art provides quality pet and wildlife portraits, art prints, digital portraits, greeting cards, products, blog posts, and tutorials. 

This Privacy Policy applies to information that I collect about you when you use:

Throughout this Privacy Policy I’ll refer to my websites, and other products and services collectively as “Services.” 

Below I explain how I collect, use, and share information about you, along with the choices that you have with respect to that information.

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Information I Collect

I only collect information about you if I have a reason to do so — for example, to provide my Services, to communicate with you, or to make my Services better.

I collect this information from three sources: if and when you provide information to me, automatically through operating my Services, and from outside sources. Let’s go over the information that I collect.

Information You Provide to Me

It’s probably no surprise that I collect information that you provide to me directly. Here are some examples:

Information I Collect Automatically

I also collect some information automatically:

How and Why I Use Information

Purposes for Using Information

In order to provide you with the best possible service, Adlaya’s Art needs to collect certain personal information. Contact information such as your name, email, phone number, home address, and pet information is collected when you commission a portrait. This allows me to contact you to arrange the details of your portrait and keep you updated when the portrait is complete. 

I use information about you for the purposes listed below:

  • To provide my Services. For example, to answer questions, provide pet or wildlife portraits, communicate with you, or sell products. 
  • To ensure quality, maintain safety, and improve my Services. For example, by monitoring and analyzing how users interact with my Services so I can create new products or services for my users. 
  • To market my Services and measure, gauge, and improve the effectiveness of my marketing. For example, by targeting my marketing messages to groups of my users, advertising my Services, analyzing the results of my marketing campaigns, and understanding and forecasting user retention.
  • To protect my Services, my users, and the public. For example, by detecting security incidents; detecting and protecting against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity; fighting spam; complying with my legal obligations; and protecting the rights and property of Adlaya’s Art and others, which may result in me, for example, declining a transaction or terminating Services.
  • To fix problems with my Services. For example, by monitoring, debugging, repairing, and preventing issues.
  • To communicate with you. For example, by emailing you to ask for your feedback, share tips for getting the most out of my products, or keep you up to date on Adlaya’s Art; or to update you on the status of an order or Service. You will not receive marketing emails unless you specifically opt in to receive them. 

Legal Bases for Collecting and Using Information

A note here for those in the European Union about my legal grounds for processing information about you under EU data protection laws: I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

Where is your personal information stored? 

Personal information is stored electronically on a computer, to which the owner of Adlaya’s Art is the only one who has access. Contact information sent via email, social media or contact forms is stored through emails or messaging history through email or social media providers, such as Gmail, MailChimp, Facebook, and Instagram. All accounts are password protected and passwords are updated every six months. 

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud, including Google Docs, Sheets, and Gmail is Privacy Shield certified.

Sharing Information

How I Share Information

I share information about you in limited circumstances, and with appropriate safeguards on your privacy. These are spelled out below:

  • Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
  • Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
  • Software. I use certain software to manage aspects of my business, such as my mailing list and newsletter. In this case, I require explicit consent from you to share your information with the third party provider (Mail Chimp), and only use this information to provide the newsletter and generate data. 
  • Production partners. For some of my products, I use third parties to produce and deliver orders to you (such as the company Printful, which produces and ships t-shirts, mugs, stickers and more and ships them to you) In this case, your information is shared with the third party to the extent necessary to fulfill your order. 
  • Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
  • Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.
  • Third-party vendors. I may share information about you with third-party vendors who need the information in order to provide their services to me, or to provide their services to you. This includes vendors that help me provide my Services to you (like,, PayPal, postal and email delivery services that help my stay in touch with you, customer chat and email support services that help me communicate with you); those that assist me with my marketing efforts (e.g., by providing tools for identifying a specific marketing target group or improving my marketing campaigns, and by placing ads to market my services); those that help us understand and enhance my Services (like analytics providers); those that make tools to help my run my operations (like programs that help me with task management, scheduling, word processing, email and other communications); other third-party tools that help me manage operations.
  • With your consent. I may share and disclose information with your consent or at your direction. For example, I may share your information with third parties when you authorize me to do so. 
  • Aggregated or de-identified information. I may share information that has been aggregated or de-identified, so that it can no longer reasonably be used to identify you. For instance, I may publish aggregate statistics about the use of my Services.

Under a new California law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), some personalized advertising you see online and on my services might be considered a “sale” even though I don’t share information that identifies you personally, like your name or email address, as part of my advertising program.

Information Shared Publicly

Information that you choose to make public is — you guessed it — disclosed publicly.

Please keep all of this in mind when deciding what you would like to share publicly, including likes, comments and sharing my services on social media and other websites.

How Long I Keep Information

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 5 years.


You have several choices available when it comes to information about you:

  • Limit the information that you provide: If you choose to contact Adlaya’s Art, you can limit what information you provide, however this may impact the services I am able to offer
  • Opt out of marketing communications: You must explicitly opt in to receive marketing emails from Adlaya’s Art, and once you have opted in you are able to opt out at any time. 

Your Rights

If you are located in certain parts of the world, including California and countries that fall under the scope of the European General Data Protection Regulation (aka the “GDPR”), you may have certain rights regarding your personal information, like the right to request access to or deletion of your data.

  • Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
  • Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
  • Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
  • Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) requires me to provide California residents with some additional information about the categories of personal information I collect and share, where I get that personal information, and how and why I use it.

The CCPA also requires me to provide a list of the “categories” of personal information I collect, as that term is defined in the law, so, here it is. In the last 12 months, I collected the following categories of personal information from California residents, depending on the Services used:

  • Identifiers (like your name, contact information, and device and online identifiers);
  • Commercial information (your billing information and purchase history, for example);
  • Characteristics protected by law (for example, you might provide your gender as part of a research survey for me);
  • Internet or other electronic network activity information (such as your usage of my Services);
  • Geolocation data (such as your location based on your IP address);
  • Audio, electronic, visual or similar information (such as a pet picture, if you are commissioning a portrait);
  • Inferences I make (such as likelihood of retention or attrition).

If you are a California resident, you have additional rights under the CCPA, subject to any exemptions provided by the law, including the right to:

  • Request to know the categories of personal information I collect, the categories of business or commercial purpose for collecting and using it, the categories of sources from which the information came, the categories of third parties I share it with, and the specific pieces of information I collect about you;
  • Request deletion of personal information we collect or maintain;
  • Opt out of any sale of personal information; and
  • Not receive discriminatory treatment for exercising your rights under the CCPA.

The CCPA & Personalized Advertising in Our Ads Program

Contacting Me About These Rights

If you’d like to contact me about one of the other rights, scroll down to “How to Reach Me”

When you contact me about one of your rights under this section, I’ll need to verify that you are the right person before I disclose or delete anything. You can also designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf by giving me written authorization. I may still require you to verify your identity.

How to Reach Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Laura Harper, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at Alternately, you may mail me at:

Laura Harper, 85 Stevenson St North, Guelph, On, N1E 5A6, Canada. 

Ads and Analytics Services Provided by Others

Ads appearing on any of my Services may be delivered by advertising networks. Other parties may also provide analytics services via my Services. These ad networks and analytics providers may set tracking technologies (like cookies) to collect information about your use of my Services and across other websites and online services. These technologies allow these third parties to recognize your device to compile information about you or others who use your device. This information allows me and other companies to, among other things, analyze and track usage, determine the popularity of certain content, and deliver ads that may be more targeted to your interests. Please note this Privacy Policy only covers the collection of information by Adlaya’s Art and does not cover the collection of information by any third-party advertisers or analytics providers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Adlaya’s Art may change its Privacy Policy from time to time. Adlaya’s Art encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If I make changes, I will notify you by revising the change log below. Your further use of the Services after a change to our Privacy Policy will be subject to the updated policy.

Change log

  • Updated August 19th, 2021
  • Updated July 26th, 2021.

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