Privacy Policy


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Melissa Brauen of Melissa Brauen Art does not sell or share any information collected via her website, newsletter, or other any other mode of media UNLESS express permission is given to do so and only in the form of praise or a testimonial.

Reviews & Testimonials: If you so choose to provide testimony to Melissa Brauen’s products or service it will be done using your written permission with very specific instructions from you on how it will be used. Melissa Brauen’s website offers an opportunity for buyers to write reviews on products and that is done by the buyer only.  At that time it will be made public.

Newsletter Sign Up Form: Melissa Brauen’s ‘Art Mails’ (email news) only collects your name and email address in a newsletter sign up form through the platform MailChimp.   You may unsubscribe at any time if you are not in agreement with any policies related to Melissa Brauen or MailChimp

Website – Purchase & Processing: The entire website is protected by Secure Socket Layer (SSL)  through my host, Site Ground.  (Look for the little lock before the url in your browser. Click on it for more info on the certificate.) Melissa Brauen collects your name and address in order to ship your item(s) to you. However, the actual purchase (submission of financial information) takes place through PayPal only (you do not have to have a PayPal account) PayPal has their own privacy and security polices in place. Melissa Brauen NEVER SEES NOR STORES ANY FINANCIAL INFORMATION via the internet.

Minors: Melissa Brauen does not knowingly engage in information gathering or commerce with children under the age of 18.

How Your Information is Used by Melissa Brauen: To process and ship orders. To send email news via opt in by you, the user, only.  You may at any time update your subscription, unsubscribe, remove information or revoke permission. For more info email Melissa Brauen at Please note: at this time Melissa Brauen Art does not use WooCommerce or a cart system.  Melissa Brauen Art currently uses Artwork Archive for all content and collector management and does not store any financial information – that is still handled through Paypal only. Please look at Paypal policy for their terms and conditions.



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.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Cookies (Melissa Brauen Art no longer uses the cart and system)

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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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 website.

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

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.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

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.

Where we send your data

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