Ethics and Privacy Policy

ETHICS

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE

This website was started and continues to operate as a labor of love which allows us the independence to publish stories that can and are routinely critical of the companies we may cover. We are able to enjoy this independence because every member of our team is required to follow a strict code of conduct:

  • We will never accept preconditions for coverage of a story that require us to say certain things.
  • We will not do paid endorsements of any kind.
  • We will never personally invest in companies we cover.
  • Our team does not produce paid content. Ever.

ADVERTISING

Some of our content may contain affiliate links, which means we will receive a commission for purchases made via those links. In our editorial content these affiliate links appear automatically and our editorial teams are not influenced by our affiliate partnerships. Smart House Resource optimizes certain content for affiliate revenue, and such content is marked as such by including a similar affiliate links disclosure. We work with several providers (currently Amazon and Rakuten Marketing ) to manage our affiliate relationships and you can find out more about their services by visiting their sites. We also participate in the WordAd’s program which is run by our domain host, WordPress.

DISTRIBUTED PLATFORMS

Smart House Resource is a multimedia brand that is distributed across many platforms, including our own site on the web, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and others. Our ethics and Privacy Policy apply to our presence on all platforms.

CORRECTIONS & UPDATES

Despite making every effort to be accurate in our reporting, sometimes we get things wrong. If we discover a mistake in a story, our editor will promptly issue a correction that removes the inaccurate information and adds a notice of correction that explains the error. In some cases we may have to remove the original piece of content and replace it with a version in which the error is omitted.

Sometimes more information about a story we’ve published becomes available that either continues the narrative or clarifies the original story, but is not a correction. In these cases we may add and/or change elements of the original story. These updates will be clearly noted at the bottom of the story, indicating the time of the change and a note describing what was changed and often with a note that the story is developing.

Additionally, we may remove content if we believe it infringes on the intellectual property rights of a third party, otherwise violate any third party rights, or breach any applicable law or regulation.

REVIEWS

We intend to give our audience the best advice about the products that we review. Our reviews always contain the honest, independent assessments of our editorial team. Like everything else we publish, there are no paid-for reviews of any kind written by the Smart House Resource team.

Companies may loan products to our team for a limited period of time so we can evaluate them and determine whether to review them. Occasionally, we will keep a review unit for an extended period of time to fully evaluate it and software updates over time. We may also agree to an “embargo” with a company or PR firm that allows us to evaluate their product prior to its release.

PRIVACY

Smart House Resource considers the privacy of our visitors to be extremely important. This privacy policy document describes in detail the types of personal information collected and recorded by This Website and how we use it.

LOGS

Like many other web sites, this Website makes use of log files. These files merely log visitors to the site – usually a standard procedure for hosting companies and a part of hosting services’s analytics. The information inside the log files is not accessible to the owners of this site due to this website being built and hosted through WordPress.com, one of the most reputable web hosting companies. The information collected does not include specific internet protocol (IP) addresses or Internet Service Provider (ISP), but can include date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and the number of clicks that occurred. This information is used to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information.

COOKIES

This Website uses cookies to store information about visitors’ preferences, to record user-specific information on which pages the site visitor accesses or visits, and to personalize or customize our web page content based upon visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.

FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Smart House Resource makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis. For problems with technology, shipping, orders, etc., please consult the manufacturer or vendor.

 

THIRD PARTY PRIVACY POLICIES

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. This Website’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites. If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.

CHILD SAFETY AND DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

We believe it is important to provide protection to children who visit this site. We encourage parents and guardians to spend time online with their children to observe, participate in and/or monitor and guide their online activity. This Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13, and will contain no information that could be deemed offensive or explicit to children under the age of 13.

CONSENT

By using our website, you hereby consent to our privacy policy and agree to its terms. Should we update, amend or make any changes to our privacy policy, those changes will be posted here.

 

If you have questions about our ethics and privacy policy, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@smarthouseresource.com.

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