Our Privacy Policy and Legal Terms

Who we are

Lonely Speck is a personal blog run by Ian Norman and Diana Southern. Lonely Speck is a joint venture of two Sole Proprietorships (Ian and Diana) currently headquartered in Simi Valley, California 93065 at 1769 Restful Ct., USA.

Our website address is: https://www.lonelyspeck.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We only collect visitor emails and IP addresses voluntarily via our weekly newsletter and similar subscription forms. Visitors must use a double opt-in process via their email address in order to confirm their accurate email address is being used. All subscriptions are optional and subscribers may unsubscribe at any time via links included in all past emails sent. Emails are only used to send periodic, at a maximum of once weekly, newsletter emails to subscribers. Our newsletters may include links to lonelyspeck.com and associated websites.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media Licensing

Creative Commons License

Unless otherwise noted, all of the media content of this website created by Ian Norman or Diana Southern, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. If you wish to use our work for noncommercial purposes, please link back to the original location here on lonelyspeck.com as long as you license your derivative works with the same license.

Works and content by our guest contributors are the property and copyright of their respective creators and owners and do not fall under this license. They should be treated as “All Rights Reserved” works.

It is our goal to make our work accessible and free to use for non-commercial purposes. If you wish, you can request permissions to use our content outside the scope of the above license (for commercial use, etc. ) by contacting us.


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. We use cookies to track analytics of our page visits and traffic.

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 (source) website.

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


We collect anonymous analytics data via Google Analytics and WordPress Jetpack to track the success of our website and blog posts.

Who we share your data with

We do not share any personal data with anyone.

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.

Unconfirmed email subscriptions are retained for a maximum period of 12 months, to allow visitors to opt-in at a later date, after which they will be deleted.

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. For personal data requests, please contact us.

Where we send your data

 Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service such as Akismet.

Digital Downloads and Store Purchases

We collect information about you during the checkout process on our store. This information may include, but is not limited to, your name, billing address, shipping address, email address, phone number, credit card/payment details and any other details that might be requested from you for the purpose of processing your orders.
Handling this data also allows us to:
– Send you important account/order/service information.
– Respond to your queries, refund requests, or complaints.
– Process payments and to prevent fraudulent transactions. We do this on the basis of our legitimate business interests.
– Set up and administer your account, provide technical and/or customer support, and to verify your identity.

Additionally we may also collect the following information:
– Location and traffic data (including IP address and browser type) if you place an order, or if we need to estimate taxes and shipping costs based on your location.
– Product pages visited and content viewed while your session is active.
– Your comments and product reviews if you choose to leave them on our website.
– Account email/password to allow you to access your account, if you have one.
– If you choose to create an account with us, your name, address, and email address, which will be used to populate the checkout for future orders.

Newsletter & emails

If you have subscribed to our newsletter or if you are a member of our website (you can log in) or if you have purchased on our website, there is a good chance you will receive emails from us.

We will only send you emails which you have signed up to receive, or which pertain to the services we provided to you.

To send you emails, we use the name and email address you provide us. Our site also logs the IP address you used when you signed up for the service to prevent abuse of the system.

This website can send emails through a service that allows us to track opens and clicks on our emails. We use this information to improve the content of our newsletters.

No identifiable information is otherwise tracked outside this website except for the email address.

Amazon Affiliate

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

B&H Affiliate

We are a participant in the B&H Affiliate Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to bhphotovideo.com and affiliated sites.

Our agreement with B&H expressly prohibits Lonely Speck from engaging in any solicitation activities in California that refers potential customers to B&H, including but not limited to: distributing flyers, coupons, newsletters and other printed or promotional materials, or electronic equivalents, verbal solicitation (e.g., in-person referrals), initiating phone calls, and sending emails.