Policies & Disclosures

Giveaway Policies

More awesome giveaways are coming your way, so some policies and rules need to be in place here at {aka}|design. I must say I admire John and Sherry for the extreme organization of their Freebie Policies (they set up their own policies and have them centralized for easy reference). We hope they don’t mind that we’re gonna do the same-ish, just so we don’t have to repeat ourselves with every AKA Design giveaway. Here goes.

Q. Where do the giveaways come from?
A. For some giveaways our sponsors generously donate the items/gift certificates/discount codes to be used in each giveaway. Which means we are not responsible for the actual prizes or discount codes. If there is a prize problem it must be taken up with the company who sponsored the giveaway. If it happens to be tickets to a local event, and we have to mail them to you, they are not our responsibility once we deliver them to Canada Post. Otherwise we have nothing to do with the disbursement and shipping of prizes, that responsibility belongs to the sponsor of the giveaway. For our Goodies Giveaways (started in 2014) we choose the items and ship them. However, once Canada Post has your package it is out of our hands. Please be kind, we do giveaways because we love you!

Q. What’s in it for {aka}|design?
A. Your undying love and devotion. Just kidding. We like to reward our readers for visiting us and what better way (besides the great writing and fabulous information we already give you – ha ha!) than giving you free stuff?! We also have the use of discount codes.

Q. Who is eligible to win?
A. Anyone who can figure out how to comment on the giveaway post can enter, except us of course. That’s it. Since, we’re in Canada and we have many readers in the U.S., we try to run contests that are valid in both countries. Sometimes we can even wrangle an international givewaway, since our readership has expanded. Please read the rules for each giveaway.

Giveaway Legal mumbo-jumbo: Dean and Shannon Acheson and AKA Design have the right to run any contest as we see fit. We also reserve the right to pick winners in any manner we choose and deem fair. Rules, means of entry, prizes and sponsors may be changed by us at any time without prior notice. Sponsors also reserve the right to terminate giveaways and make changes at any time, and our readers will be notified as to how and why whenever possible.

Other legal mumbo-jumbo/disclosures:

  • This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation on occasion. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. The content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content. The owners of this blog are compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owners of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
  • Unless otherwise noted, Dean & Shannon Acheson are the legal copyright holders of the material and pictures posted on this blog. Our material may be used by peer blogs, if it is linked to our blog and we are given credit for our pictures and ideas. It may not be published, copied, or reprinted without my consent.
  • The information we provide on our blog is based on our own experience and is our own opinion. You are reading and following our advice at your own risk. Please always use safety precautions when performing a DIY project or recipe and always read and follow manufacturer’s directions for the products and tools you use.


Our Privacy Policy

We do not share personal information with third-parties nor do we store information we collect about your visit to this blog. Email addresses and (in the case of giveaways) mailing addresses will not be shared with third parties. We strive to protect your personal information; however, we urge you to take every precaution to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet.

We will disclose your personal information, if required to do so by law, or in urgent circumstances, to protect personal safety, the public or our sites.

We may collect domain information to enable us to analyze how our visitors use this site. This data enables us to become more familiar with which people visit our site, how often they visit, and what parts of the site they visit most often. We use this information to improve our web-based offerings. This information is collected automatically and requires no action on your part.

We are not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without our permission. We often link to external sites, but we are not responsible for external content. We do not share your personal information with those Web sites and we are not responsible for their privacy practices. We encourage you to learn about the privacy policies of those companies.

We use Google Analytics to track our blog’s metrics. This information is generally limited to websites and links that point to AKA Design.

Users can comment on our site in each post but comments are approved at our sole discretion.

Notice Regarding Online Behavioral Advertising
We allow third party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our Web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g. click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice visit the NAI at http://www.networkadvertising.org. To opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices.

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please see:http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp

This privacy policy is subject to change without notice. Any substantial changes in the way we use your personal information will be posted on this site. If you have questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy, please email shannon@akadesign.ca.