Privacy Policy

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Hey, there!

I’m Vidar. For the past few years, I’ve been exploring the foods of Turkey, the Middle East and beyond from my house in Balat, Istanbul. Let me show you around!

My books

I’ve published two books on Turkish and Middle Eastern food, available in Norwegian and German.

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Vidar Bergum sitting on front porch in front of his house, reading a book and drinking tea with a street cat eating in front

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fascinating stories
from
the heart of Istanbul
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Last updated: 9 March 2020.

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal data. Here’s our privacy policy, which outlines how we protect the data that we may collect from you and how we use it in order to provide a user friendly experience when you visit akitcheninistanbul.com. Please note that no information that may identify you individually is collected unless you choose to provide such information. 

Who we are

A kitchen in Istanbul is run by Vidar Bergum out of Istanbul, Turkey. He is the controller and responsible for your personal data. If you have any questions please contact us using the contact form.

How your data is collected and used

Cookies

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Comments and newsletters

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On various forms throughout akitcheninistanbul.com, you may choose to opt in to our newsletters. Our newsletters are handled by MailChimp, an established and serious provider of newsletter services. MailChimp will save certain data about you, such as your IP address and which operating system you use. Please see MailChimp’s privacy policy for further information. We only use this information to send you the newsletters you subscribed to receive. You can cancel your subscription at any time. If you have any questions about deleting your data, please contact us or MailChimp.

Analytics and marketing tools

In order to improve the contents of the blog and any marketing campaigns, we use the following services:

Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of personalised advertising by visiting Ads Settings. Read more about how Google uses information from this site.

The data collected from these services are only used in aggregates for analytical and marketing purposes. It is not possible for us to identify individuals or track your personal browsing. It is also not possible – or desirable – for us to target marketing campaigns at you individually.

Retention and disclosures of personal data

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purpose it was collected for. Your personal data will never be used for another purpose than it was collected for. We will never sell your data to third parties. We reserve the right to retain and use non-personal data collected for research or statistical purposes indefinitely.

Some data, including that collected in relation to the newsletter, analytics and marketing, is collected and retained by third party providers. These providers collect, retain and delete the data in accordance with their own privacy policies. We only ever use serious providers that are well-known and widely used in the market.

The only personal data we collect which can identify you, is the information you choose to provide to our newsletter provider. If you have unsubscribed and wish to ensure your data is completely deleted, please contact us or MailChimp directly.

Changes to the privacy policy

This privacy policy may be updated from time to time. Please check back regularly to stay informed about how we collected, retain and use your personal data. The date of the latest update is listed at the top of this page.

Acceptance of the privacy policy

By browsing this website, you are deemed to agree to and accept the version of our privacy policy that is in place at that time.

Vidar Bergum sitting on front porch in front of his house, reading a book and drinking tea with a street cat eating in front

No e-books. Just inspiring emails.

Get delicious recipes & fascinating stories from the heart of Istanbul in my monthly newsletter.
Vidar Bergum sitting on front porch in front of his house, reading a book and drinking tea with a street cat eating in front

No e-books. Just inspiring emails.

Get delicious recipes &
fascinating stories
from
the heart of Istanbul
in my monthly newsletter.