PRIVACY POLICY

PRIVACY POLICY

Here is an outline of data collected by this website – http://joannewritesbooks.com

What personal information do I collect from people that visit my blog and why?

Name or username, email address, IP address and website URL. I also collect non-identifiable data such as browser information in order for me to see my website statistics. I use your data to run my site efficiently and to personalize the user experience.

How do I protect your information?

I never ask for credit card numbers or payment details. Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of people who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. I implement a variety of security measures when a user enters or submits their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.

Blog comments

When visitors leave comments on my website I collect the data shown in the comment form, the visitors 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 here https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. You can choose to be notified of follow-up comments by email and be notified for new posts when you leave a comment. These things are optional and only you can opt-in.

Cookies

Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, I use cookies to collect information on your browsing behavior. Cookies are placed on the device you are viewing the site on and remember when that device accesses the site. These cookies do not collect personal information but monitor your behavior whilst browsing. If you leave a comment on my website you may opt-in to save your name, email address and website in cookies. This is so it’ll save you time if you comment again however this is optional. These cookies will last one year.

These cookies and the information they collect help improve this site for yourself and future visitors by monitoring the traffic of users and success of particular content. You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings.

Embedded content from other websites

Occasionally, at my discretion, I may include links to other articles, images or videos on my website. These websites may collect data, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking and monitor your interaction with that embedded content. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. I, therefore, have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, I seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Third-Party Plug-Ins

This site uses Google Analytics to collect information such as details of traffic and visitor behavior patterns. I also occasionally check my stats on Hotjar. You can opt out by using the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on. Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Website back up

I back up my website regularly including all comments and personal data attached.

Do I share data?

I do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your Personally Identifiable Information to outside parties unless required to do so by law or for giveaways where I collaborate with a brand. An example of this is choosing a winner and me needing to pass on the winner information to the brand in order for you to claim your prize. By entering any giveaway or entering such information, you are agreeing to the terms therefore if you aren’t happy with this don’t enter giveaways. If a giveaway collaborates with a brand I will clearly state this.

How long do I 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 my website (if any) the personal information you provide is in your user profile. All users can see, edit or delete their personal information at all times except usernames.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data that I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.

Extra security information:

This website is protected by an online firewall which blocks hacking attempts and security breaches. If there is a breach or security issue I’m emailed immediately by my security provider. If there is a breach I will assess the risk to your personal data and report any significant risks to the correct authorities if necessary.

My contact information:

Please contact joanne@joannewritesbooks.com or privacy specific concerns or if you want me to clarify any of the above.

This policy will be reviewed regularly and updated when appropriate – last updated on 27th May 2018.

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