432 US 41 Hwy East Negaunee, MI 49866 906-458-3929 PipeMaker@von-Erck.com

Privacy Policy

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Privacy Policy of von Erck’s Classics

von Erck’s Classics operates the www.von-erck.com website, which provides the catalog of custom smoking pipes and a method to contact pipemaker Lee Erck.

This privacy policy page is used to inform website visitors regarding our policies with the collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information if anyone decided to use our Service, the website www.von-erck.com.

If you choose to use our website, then you agree to the collection and use of information in relation with this policy. The Personal Information that we collect are only used for providing and improving the Service. We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy.


Information Collection and Use

For a better experience while using our Service, we may require you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information, including but not limited to your name, phone number, and postal address. The information that we collect will be used to contact or identify you.

Log Data

We want to inform you that whenever you visit our Service, we collect information that your browser sends to us that is called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser version, pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics. We at von Erck’s Classics do not retain anything for our usage at all, but our system has some logs we use to see just how many fans we have, as well as parts that block potential spammers by analyzing your connection (automatically – we don’t do this ourselves). Other than some information about your connection to us our site does not retain data for over a year – if we can help it, the information is cleaned and removed.


Cookies are files with small amount of data that is commonly used an anonymous unique identifier. These are sent to your browser from the website that you visit and are stored on your computer’s hard drive.

Our website uses these “cookies” to collect information and to improve our service. You have the option to either accept or refuse these cookies, and know when a cookie is being sent to your computer. If you choose to refuse our cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

Service Providers

We may employ third-party companies and individuals due to the following reasons:

  • To facilitate our Service;
  • To provide the Service on our behalf;
  • To perform Service-related services; or
  • To assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

We want to inform our Service users that some third parties have access to your Personal Information, through social media identifiers, other cookies linked through our services that you may have in your browser, etc. The reason is to perform the tasks assigned to them on our behalf (for our site to function). However, they are obligated not to disclose or use the information for any other purpose.


We value your trust in providing us your Personal Information, thus we are striving to use commercially acceptable means of protecting it. But remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Links to Other Sites

Our Service contains links to other sites. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that site. Note that these external sites are not operated by us. Therefore, we strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these websites and use discretion. Keep your computer clean! We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Children’s Privacy

Our Services do not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from children under 13. In the case we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we immediately delete this from our servers. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal information, please contact us so that we will be able to do necessary actions. We will not knowingly sell or ship an item to a minor in accordance with US laws.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Thus, we advise you to review this page periodically for any changes. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. These changes are effective immediately, after they are posted on this page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us.

Who we are

We are von Erck’s Classics, a privately owned small business in Northern Michigan. Our website address is: https://www.von-erck.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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. We have IP logs that show your country of origin and allow us to track how many visitors use our services. Your ISP may be able to see more than we can, and our site is not guaranteed in any legal way to be secure. You use our site at your own risk and agree not to litigate us for any problems you may face. That said, we employ good security measures and are proactive.

(GRAVATR legal info)

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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. 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, 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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, 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, Who we share your data with, 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.

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.

Where we send your data

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

Your contact information

Additional information

A huge thank you goes out to the following organizations for Photo credits around the website, including for header images:

Father the Flame https://www.fathertheflame.com/

Daniel Wanschura from Interlochen Public Radio http://www.interlochenpublicradio.org/

How we protect your data

We employ a variety of security tactics to keep our services patched and secure in this modern environment. We do not share your information knowingly with any other party. If we know of a data breach of our site, a reasonable effort will be made to let users know of this and if any of their metadata was saved; the system is made to rely on emails and secure payments made with services outside of our site, so no personal information need be conveyed until emailing later on and when seriously inquiring about purchasing a product through a secure channel. We do our best to use only core services and plugins with regular security patches and updates, and also do our best to find all logs the system retains and flush them, clearing old data and not retaining anything unnecessary/potentially condemning about any of our visiting potential clients.Thank you for your interest in von Erck Classic pipes, and the best of luck to you with your cybersecurity.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We employ firewalling, automatic spam blocking, and advanced on-demand file access heuristics as a modern site should to be contemporary. We are connected with our web host through a central notification channel for any disruption to the status of the cleanliness of our web server system and keep the best cloud enabled protection set up.

What third parties we receive data from

Facebook, and some of their related entities and services may link through our site to your browser if your cookies are in line with their marketing tactics. This also may happen with any third party plugin we have added and trusted that makes external references to services, such as RTSP.me for our video livestreaming services, or our iFly Chat module for talking with Lee while he is in the shop. We do not have control over the entirety of the connection between our server and yours, but do our best to ensure it is sent over an encrypted channel and is not interfered with. If you desire a full list of third party organizations our website itself receives data from, please contact us.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Aforementioned analytics of usage to indicate website visitors, and analysis of your connection to our service to tell if you need to be blocked from using our services due to virus or malicious activity.