Privacy Policy

Who we are – Our website address is:

This Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) describes the information Consciousness Café, (“Consciousness Cafe,” “we,” or “us”) collects from or about you through this website (“Site”), It also describes how we may use, share, and handle the information we collect.

 What personal data we collect, and why we collect it:

Comments – When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form and the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection in addition to what you manually provide such as an email or name.

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 – 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.

Contact forms – Information is retained to fulfill your request through the contact form.

Cookies – 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.

Login – If you visit our login page, 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics – Google Analytics is used to help us better understand user interactions; please reference their Privacy Policy

Who we share your data with

Compliance with Laws and Protection of Our Rights and the Rights of Others – We may disclose your personal information when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law, a court order or a subpoena. We may also disclose your personal information to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to protect the security of this Site; to enforce or apply our Terms and Conditions or other agreements; or to protect our own rights or property or the rights, property or safety of our users or others.

In Aggregate or De-Identified Form – We use information collected through our Site to create a compiled, aggregate view of usage patterns. We may share aggregate information with third parties so we and they can better understand our user base.

With Third-Party Social Media Platforms – We may provide functionality on our Site that allows you to automatically post information to a third-party social media platform (such as Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest). If you choose to take advantage of this functionality, people with access to your profile on the third-party platform will be able to see your post. Thus, you should have no expectation of privacy in those actions. Further, if you choose to link your profile on our Site with an account on a third-party social media platform, we may share the information in your profile with that third-party platform. We may also use third-party social media platforms to offer you interest-based ads. To offer such ads, we may convert your email address into a unique value which can be matched by our affiliates and non-affiliates with a user on their platform. Although we do not provide any personal information to these platform vendors, they may gain insights about individuals who respond to the ads we serve.

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.

We may retain your personal information as needed to maintain this Site and provide you with any services; to comply with any legal obligations, meet any regulatory requirements, resolve any disputes or litigation, or as otherwise needed to enforce this Policy; and to prevent fraud and abuse. If requested by law enforcement, we may also retain your personal information for a period of time.

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.

In General – We respect your right to make choices about the ways we collect, use, and disclose your personal information. In most cases, we will ask you to indicate your choices at the time we collect your personal information.  We would never sell your information.

Information Access – Upon your request, we will remove your personal information from our records related to the Site. Removing your personal information from our records related to this Site may prevent you from accessing and using the Site. If you wish to update or correct personal information you have already provided to us, or if you wish to remove your personal information from our records, please send your request to us via email to the address provided below.

Opting Out of Email Marketing – You may choose to opt-out of receiving marketing emails from us at any time by sending your request to us via email to the address provided below, or by using the means provided in our marketing emails to unsubscribe

Disclosure for Direct Marketing/Advertising Purposes – As set forth in this Policy, we may share your personal information with service providers or non-affiliated third parties so that they may offer, market, and advertise products and services directly to you.

Do Not Track Mechanisms – Because of the changing state of technology and indecision within the industry regarding the meaning of Do Not Track (“DNT”) signals, we currently do not make any guarantee that we will honor DNT signals.

Where we send your data

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

Our contact information

If you have any questions regarding this Policy or would like to exercise your choices as described herein, please contact us at email:

How we protect your data – We maintain reasonable administrative, physical, and technical measures to protect the confidentiality and security of your personal information. Unfortunately, no website is completely secure. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your personal information will not be disclosed, misused, or lost by accident or by others’ unauthorized acts.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We protect customer data with the following site features:

  • We are entirely using SSL/HTTPS throughout all our sites. This encrypts our user communications with the servers so personal identifiable information is never captured by third parties without authorization.
  • We use industry-standard protocols to identify site hacking and customer data breaches.

In case of a data breach, System administrators will immediately go through affected users and will attempt to reset passwords if needed after informing the user.

What third parties we receive data from – We receive data from third-parties in conjunction with the website’s maintenance and operations to include security information, aggregate user engagement identification, and other information needed for the effective support of the website.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data – Your manually added data such as name and email may be used when generating automated emails and notices in conjunction with membership information if you registered for an account, billing, promotional and informational emails.

Your California Privacy Rights – California residents who have an established business relationship with us may request and obtain information, free of charge and on an annual basis, about the personal information that we shared with other businesses for their own direct marketing use within the prior calendar year. If applicable, this information will include a list of the categories of personal information shared with third parties and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared this information in the immediately preceding calendar year. To obtain this information, please contact us at the number or address below and let us know you have a “California Shine the Light Privacy Request.” We will then respond to you with the requested information.

If you are a California resident and under the age of eighteen (18), you may request that we remove content or information that you have posted to our website by contacting us using the contact information below.

Jurisdiction –This Site is operated in the State of North Carolina, United States of America. If you access this Site from outside of the United States, you are responsible for compliance with any applicable laws. The data protection laws of the country in which you reside may be more restrictive than the data protection laws of the United States. Your personal information may be subject to disclosure under the laws of the United States or other countries to which it is transferred, and it may be accessible to law enforcement and national security authorities of those jurisdictions. By using this Site, you consent to our collection, processing, use and transfer of your personal information in or to the United States or any other country, subject to this Policy.