Privacy Policy

About Cross-Stitch Vienna

Cross-Stitch Vienna is a passion project created by an individual who really needed a hobby to escape the turmoil of 2020. The Mistress remembered her relaxing high-school cross-stitching sessions and the love affair with needle & floss was reignited. Soon, she was designing her own patterns and decided to share them with the world…

Cross-Stitch Vienna is based in Vienna, Austria.

What personal data does CSV collect and why


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.

Contact forms

The data you disclose in the contact form on the “Contact me” page is used for our online conversation only. Once we cease online communication, your e-mail and name are not going to be stored in any data processing software.

I use the “WPForms” plugin to create contact forms with its default setting, which does not use cookies or share your information with third parties. The reason I use a contact form secured by reCAPTCHA is to prevent spam bots from harvesting my email and sending a load of nonsense to my inbox.


My website uses cookies. These are small (text or image) files that are downloaded from your visits to my site onto your computer and stored locally. They allow my website and external service providers to store your activities and the number of your visits to my site. My website uses the following cookies:

_ga11 years 11 months 28 days 23 hours 59 minutesThis cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site”s analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.
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cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary011 monthsThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Necessary”.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessary011 monthsThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Non Necessary”.
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viewed_cookie_policy011 monthsThe cookie is set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin and is used to store whether or not user has consented to the use of cookies. It does not store any personal data.

How can I control the cookie preferences?

You can manage your cookie preferences by clicking on the “Settings” button and enabling or disabling the cookie categories on the popup according to your preferences.

In addition to this, different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block/delete the cookies. To learn more about how to manage and delete cookies, visit

You can reject the use of Analytics and Targeting cookies on my website by clicking on the Privacy tab at the bottom of the screen. You can prevent the data being generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website by opting out here too:

If you leave a comment on my 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.

WordPress cookies and Necessary system cannot be disabled as they are part of the content management system run on this website. If you can’t live down the fact that you can’t reject them, I ask you to discontinue the use of my website and empty the cookies vault in your browser after leaving.

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.

Download Statistics

Cross-Stitch Vienna uses a download counter for the files to collect download count statistics to identify the most popular patterns. These statistics are retained indefinitely. When a user clicks on the ‘Download’ button, the download counter logs your unique IP address and stores it for 30 days. Every time you want to download a file from CSV, you are asked to accept Terms & Conditions beforehand.


This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ( “Google”). Google Analytics uses “Cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer, to help analyze how users use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. In case of activation of the IP anonymization on this website, your IP address from Google will be within the member states of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a server owned by Google in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing others with website and internet-related services to the website operator. The transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics IP address will not be merged with other data from Google

Data collected via my Google Analytics account is used by me to:

  • analyse visitor statistics,
  • identify what users are searching for when visiting my website,
  • improve my backlink profile and content on the blog, and
  • to compile reports on the generic characteristics of my website’s visitors to fuel my own marketing strategy.

For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page:

There’s an opt-out browser add-on from Google, which you can install to control the data you share with Google.

Microsoft Clarity

This website uses Microsoft Clarity to understand how users interact with the content, which in turn helps the administrator improve overall user experience.

Clarity is a cutting-edge behavioural analysis tool that helps website administrators understand user interaction with their websites.

Clarity uses the following functions:

  • Session recordings
  • Heatmaps
  • ML insights

Website usage data is captured using first and third-party cookies and other tracking technologies to determine the popularity of products/services and online activity. Additionally, this information is used for site optimization, fraud/security purposes, and advertising. For more information about how Microsoft collects and uses your data, visit the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

Who CSV shares your data with

It should be noted that personal data collected by me is handled by external service providers and third-party cookies are used for this purpose. I do not share your data with anyone else but the service providers.

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

How long your data is retained

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

The download statistics are anonymised and retained indefinitely.

Cookies are retained for the period specified in the cookies section.

Rights you have over your data

If you left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you. You can also request that I erase any personal data you entered on this website. However, this does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

CSV contact information

To contact me in regards to this privacy policy, please use the Contact Me form.