New General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force on 25th May 2018. Although they are designed primarily for large organisations, and I am an individual, I take your privacy extremely seriously. That’s why I only ever ask you for the information I need, and I never sell lists or email addresses or share them with anyone else.
By subscribing to my blog you consent to having blog posts delivered to your email address. My list of blog subscribers is managed via a plug-in on my website, and so the information is not exported to a third party provider. For details of my website security, see below.
By subscribing to my newsletter you consent to receiving details of newsworthy events and incidental information, which may include but will not be limited to a free ebook, details of new releases, special offers, competitions and giveaways. I do not store your personal information. Instead, my list of newsletter subscribers is managed on a third party site called MailChimp. When you sign up to my newsletter, you consent that I can:
- Transfer your contact information to MailChimp
- Store you contact information in my MailChimp account
- Send you newsletters/emails from my MailChimp account
- Track interactions (e.g., click and open rates) for email marketing purposes.
All MailChimp forms collect your email address, IP address, and add their own timestamp which serves as evidence that you have provided consent. I do not have access to the distribution lists of other MailChimp users and they do not have access to mine. If you subscribe to my newsletter and use the ‘forward to a friend’ (FTF) link, this will allow you to share my email content with individuals who are not on my Distribution List. You can be assured that when you forward an email to a friend, MailChimp doesn’t store your friend’s email address, and it will not be added to my distribution list.
In order to demonstrate that you have elected to sign up to my newsletter, either directly or via Instafreebie, after you complete your details, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your intention. This process is known as ‘double opt-in.’
If I meet you at an event and you provide me with your name and email address/other contact details on the understanding that I will sign you up to my blog or newsletter, you will receive an email asking you to confirm that you want to join the lists.
How can I unsubscribe?
You can stop receiving blog posts and newsletters at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions included at the foot of every blog post or email I send you.
Requests to Join my Mailing List
If you have either asked to join or have accepted a personal invitation to join one of my mailing lists, I will assume that by providing me your email address, you are giving me consent to process your Personal Information.
Requests for Review Copies of Books
Legitimate business interest
If you contact me via the contact form on my website or email me directly, I will simply reply, relying on lawful basis of processing (in other words, I will not ask for your consent before replying). I will not enter your details on any database without your consent, but your name and email address will automatically be stored as a ‘contact’ within my Gmail account. I may also store the email/email chain if it contains details I think I may need to refer back to, especially if it contains a review of my work.
If you comment on my social media accounts or on You Tube, records of those transactions will be held by the relevant social media channels. I have access to databases of followers on Twitter and Facebook. In these instances, I am not the data processor. However, I use strong passwords and two factor authentication on these sites.
I do not knowingly collect or maintain personal information from individuals under 16 years of age, and no part of my website is designed or intended to attract people under the age of 16. Protecting the privacy of children is very important to me. If you are under 16, do not use or provide any information on the website or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address or any screen name or user name you may use. If I obtain knowledge that a user is under the age of 16, I will take steps to remove that user’s personal information from my databases.
How long will you keep my personal information for?
If you have subscribed to my blog or mailing list, you may unsubscribe at any time. If you do not open the emails i send you, I may delete your details in any case.
You are entitled to ask me what information I hold about you and how I am processing that data. This is called a Subject Access Request. To file a request, simply use the contact form on my website. I aim to respond to all requests within 7 days. This would be provided via email, usually with a screenshot or other appropriate medium.
What if my personal information is wrong?
You can ask me to correct your Personal Information at any time.
Can I ask you to stop processing my personal information?
Yes. You can also exercise your right to request to be forgotten.
The right to be forgotten
If you unsubscribe from my blog or newsletter, your data will be automatically deleted.
You have the right to request to be forgotten. If you have used the contact form/emailed me, on receipt of your request, I will delete your data.
For social media, you have control of your own accounts and can change the settings so that I will no longer have access to your data. If you are an Instafreebie user, this step will not remove your details from their database and you will also need to contact them. I am happy to assist with this step.
My website is managed by WordPress.com, which backs up information held on my website and runs regular security scans. My website has an SSL Certificate. This activates the padlock and https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions (although I don’t conduct sales from my website), data transfer and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.
How can I control and delete cookies?
I use strong password-protecting on my computer, website and social media. If my computer, website or social media accounts were compromised, I would notify you at the earliest opportunity, seek advice and take steps to follow that advice immediately.
Links to other websites
My website, blog posts and newsletters contain links to other websites. Once you use these links, you will leave my website. I am not responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites. Please exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.