GDPR Compliance

GDPR Compliance Policy

Updated June 1st 2019

Version 1.0

This GDPR Compliance Policy (the “GDPR Compliance”, or “GDPR Privacy Policy” “GDPR Policy”) is a document that outlines the GDPR Compliance Policy of Stoic & Zen, a website (the “Service”) managed by Martin Couture in the People’s Republic of China. (“Stoic & Zen”, or “We” “Our” or “Us”) refers to the website and the person managing the website, Martin Couture. 

By accessing our website you agree to be bound by all the terms of of GDPR Compliance Policy and its constituents. 

We are aware that your personal data is important for you. We commit to use your data in a safe and secure manner with all necessary precautions. Below you will find a summary of why we collect data, with whom we are likely to share the data and what we do to ensure that your data is secure. You will also find details on your rights regarding your data. 

This is the GDPR Compliance Policy of Stoic & Zen. If there are any updates to the policy, the updates will be added on this page.

GDPR Compliance 

The General Data Protection Regulation, abbreviated as GDPR, is a legislation to unify data protection laws for individuals within the European Union. The law came into effect on May 25th 2018. 

Stoic & Zen commits to respect the GDPR and has undertaken the required technological steps to handle data is a secure, safe and private manner. Furthermore, the we have a commitment to use the data only within the scope of acceptable business practices in order to be compliant with the GDPR. 

GDPR Privacy Policy for Stoic & Zen

At Stoic & Zen, accessible at, one of our main priorities is the privacy of our visitors. This GDPR Privacy Policy document contains types of information that is collected and recorded by Stoic & Zen and how we use it.

If you have additional questions or require more information about our GDPR Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us here. You can also consult our general Privacy Policy here

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

We are a Data Controller of your information.

Stoic & Zen’s legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this GDPR Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Information we collect and the specific context in which we collect the information:

  • Stoic & Zen needs to perform a contract with you;
  • You have given Stoic & Zen permission to do so;
  • Processing your personal information is in Stoic & Zen legitimate interests;
  • Stoic & Zen needs to comply with the law.

Stoic & Zen will retain your personal information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this GDPR Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our policies.

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. If you wish to be informed what Personal Information we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us here

In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:

  • The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you.
  • The right of rectification.
  • The right to object.
  • The right of restriction.
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to withdraw consent.

Log Files

Stoic & Zen follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services' analytics. The information collected by log files include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users' movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.

Cookies and Web Beacons

Like any other website, Stoic & Zen uses ‘cookies'. These cookies are used to store information including visitors' preferences, and the pages on the website that the visitor accessed or visited. The information is used to optimize the users' experience by customizing our web page content based on visitors' browser type and/or other information.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

Google is one of a third-party vendor on our website. It also uses cookies, known as DART cookies, to serve ads to our site visitors based upon their visit to and other sites on the internet. However, visitors may choose to decline the use of DART cookies by visiting the Google ad and content network Privacy Policy at the following URL –

Some of advertisers on our site may use cookies and web beacons. Our advertising partners are listed below. Each of our advertising partners has their own Privacy Policy for their policies on user data. For easier access, we hyperlinked to their Privacy Policies below.

Privacy Policies

You may consult the above the below list, under “Third Party Privacy Policies” to find the Privacy Policy for each of the advertising partners of Stoic & Zen.

Third-party ad servers or ad networks uses technologies like cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons that are used in their respective advertisements and links that appear on Stoic & Zen, which are sent directly to users' browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. These technologies are used to measure the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns and/or to personalize the advertising content that you see on websites that you visit.

Note that Stoic & Zen has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

Third Party Privacy Policies

Stoic & Zen's GDPR Privacy Policy does not apply to other advertisers or websites. Thus, we are advising you to consult the respective Privacy Policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information. It may include their practices and instructions about how to opt-out of certain options. You may find a complete list of the services we integrate with below:

  •  Google Analytics (United States), Google Tags Manager (United States,) Hotjar (Malta,) Thrive Themes (Switzerland,) All in one SEO by Semper Plugins (United States,) SurveyMonkey (United States,)  MailerLite (Lithuania,)  WordPress (United States,) Monster Insights (United States) and WPX Web Hosting (Bulgaria.) In some occasions we may also use tools for retargeting and promotional purposes like Facebook (United States) and GoogleAds (United States). Please note that those companies have their own Privacy Policy and we strongly suggest that you consult them to make sure you agree with their terms. Please also not that a lot of those services use cookies, which means that our website also makes uses of cookies to improve performance and enhance user experience on the website

We use data in a few different manners:

1. Contact Forms: for visitors and users to contact us. We use WordPress, Thrive Themes and our mail server hosted on WPX Hosting for this. Some emails may be stored locally on a computer’s mail client. The data is used to contact you when required. 

2.Opt-in Forms: for visitors and users to subscribe to our newsletter and receive emails and content such as, but not limited to, PDFs, videos, courses, mp3, images, GIFs, etc. We use MailerLite for this service. The data is used to send you content via emails. There is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email. You also need to confirm your email address before being able to join.

3.Surveys: for visitors to give us feedback. We use MailerLite and SurveyMonkey for this service. The data is used to contact you when required and have consumers insights. 

4. Analytics: to analyze traffic and see how visitors and users interact with, but not limited to, content, webpages, forms, etc. We use Hotjar, MonsterInsights, Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager for this. The data is used to have insights about how visitors and users interact with our content. 

5. A/B testing tools: to see the performance of the content. We use Thrive Themes and Google Analytics for this. The content is used to determine which pieces of content is more popular. 

6. SEO: to improve on-site and off-site webpages ranking and selection of keywords, as well as performance of the website. We use Monster Insights and All in One SEO for this. The data is used to enhance discoverability of content. 

7.Payment processing and accounting: to give you the opportunity to purchase products and services. We would use a secure payment platform for this. Detailed information may be necessary if you were to have any enquiries, or to fulfill our legal, tax and accounting responsibilities. Examples of such details are, but not limited to, name, email, login information, username, invoice number, transaction number, etc.

8.Login information, members-only access and Commenting: to provide you with access to features and functions on the website. We use WordPress and Thrive Themes for this. Detailed information may be necessary if you were to have any enquiries, or for us to fulfill our legal, tax and accounting responsibilities. Examples of such details are, but not limited to, name, email, login information, username, comment date, comment type, etc.

9.Moderation: we reserve the right to moderate, delete, hide, remove and block any comment that does not respect our community guidelines such as, but not limited to, respecting others, spamming, advertising, using abusive language, etc. We use WordPress and Thrive Themes for this. 

10. Ads and retargeting: in order to advertise our services and products online, on 3rd party platforms. Examples of this, but not limited to, would be the Facebook pixel, Google Ads. We use Facebook and Google Ads for this. 

We do not engage in spamming, mass emails, reselling of your personal information. 

You can choose to disable cookies through your individual browser options. To know more detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers, it can be found at the browsers' respective websites. 

Children’s information

We also believe that protecting children on the internet is a priority. We strongly recommend that parents and guardians of children monitor the activities of children online. 

Stoic & Zen does know knowingly capture, ask, process, request and collect personal information of children under the age of 16. If you believe that a child under the age of 13 accessed our website and provided personal information, please contact us here and we will promptly remove all related information from our records.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This privacy policy applies only to our online activities and is valid for visitors to our website with regards to the information that they shared and/or collect in Stoic & Zen. This policy is not applicable to any information collected offline or via channels other than this website.


By accessing and using our website, you hereby consent to our GDPR Privacy Policy and agree to its Terms and Conditions.

How to contact us? 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of your personal information, please contact us here. Please take note that due to National holidays being different in our timezone (People’s Republic of China,) the delay in answering your request may take longer if you were to contact us during a National holiday. We commit to reply as soon as possible, without any guarantee in terms of response time. Furthermore, if you contact us please make sure to consult your SPAM/junk mailbox in case our answer gets automatically filtered and sent to the SPAM/junk mailbox.

You can also see our other legal requirements, term & conditions and compliance by clicking the links below:

GDPR Compliance

Privacy Policy

Terms & Conditions

Cookies Policy

The controller of your personal data is Martin Couture of Stoic & Zen.

The Data Officer of Stoic & Zen is Martin Couture. 

You can contact us here