I will only collect and use information in ways that are useful to you and in a manner consistent with your rights and my obligations under the law.
This Policy applies to my use of any and all data collected by me in relation to your use of this site, both the site and in email/social media interactions.
This privacy notice aims to give you information on how I collect and process your personal data through your use of this website, including any data you may provide through this website when you sign up to my newsletter, donate, purchase a product or service or take part in a competition.
What this policy covers
Please note it does not extend to any websites that are linked to from this Site (whether I provide those links myself or whether they are shared by other users).
I have no control over how your data is collected, stored or used by other websites and I advise you to check the privacy policies of any such websites before providing any data to them.
This Site may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and/or applications. By clicking on those links or enabling those connections, you may allow third parties to collect or share data about you.
I do not control these third-party websites and am not responsible for their privacy policies. When you leave my Site, I encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.
What Data is collected?
Some data will be collected automatically by the Site in regards to cookies. Other data will only be collected if you have voluntarily submitted it, for example, through the use of comments, using the contact form and/or signing up for my newsletter.
I may collect some or all of the following data:
- name (full name or username);
- contact information such as email addresses;
- Your IP address (automatically collected);
- web browser type & version (automatically collected);
- OS (operating system) (automatically collected);
- List of URLs starting with a referring site, your activity on this Site, and the site you exit to (automatically collected);
- Transaction data (if you donate via Ko-Fi) which includes details about payments such as amount, email address connected to Paypal. Please note I have no access to your banking information as all transactions through Ko-Fi are done through Paypal.
- Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data (via Stats). This may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity.
When visitors leave comments on the site I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
An anonymised string created from your email address may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it.
After approval of your comment, your profile picture and link to your Gravatar profile is visible to the public in the context of your comment.
How is your data collected
- Direct interactions – You may give me your personal data such as name and email address by filling in forms or by corresponding with me by email. This may include when you:
- subscribing to my newsletter or publications;
- request information;
- enter a competition, promotion or survey;
- give feedback or
- contact me via the contact forms on this Site.
- Automated technologies/interactions – While interacting with Site, I may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. This personal data is collected by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies.
- Third parties or publicly available sources – I may receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below:
- analytics providers such as Google based outside the EU;
- advertising networks such as Google AdWords based inside OR outside the EU; and
- search information provider such as Google based inside OR outside the EU.
How your data is used
All personal data is stored securely and kept only for as long as is required.
Your data is used to provide service to you that includes:
- Responding to communications from you
- Supplying you with email newsletters that you have subscribed to (please note you may unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of every newsletter email)
How long do I keep personal data for
Any data specific for tax purposes such as documentation of sales and/or donations which can include basic information such as name, email, address, transaction date, must be, by law, kept for 6 years.
Data is only kept for as long as it’s needed in order to use it as described above and/or for as long as I have your permission to keep it.
If you leave a comment on this Site, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
Some or all of your data may be stored or transferred outside of the European Economic Area (“the EEA”) (The EEA consists of all EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). You are deemed to accept and agree to this by using this Site and submitting information to me.
If I do store or transfer data outside the EEA, all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated as safely and securely as it would be within the EEA and under the GDPR.
Please note this Site is HTTPS encrypted. This site and any plug-ins are kept updated to minimise risk.
Notwithstanding the security measures taken it is important to remember that the transmission of data online may not be completely secure and you are advised to take suitable precautions when transmitting data to us via the internet.
Is your data shared?
However, visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
In certain circumstance,s I may be legally required to share certain data held, which may include your personal information, for example, where I am involved in legal proceedings, where I am complying with the requirements of legislation, a court order, or a governmental authority.
Request Access – You have the legal right to ask for a copy of any of your personal data held by me (where such data is held). If the request is manifestly unfounded or excessive a “reasonable fee” for the administrative costs of complying with the request may be charged.
If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data held about you, including any data you have provided. You can also request the erasure of any personal data held about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
I may need to request specific information from you to help confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights).
This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. I may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up the response.
Request corrections – This allows you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data that I hold, corrected.
Request erasure – This enables you to ask for the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no good reason for me to continue to process it. Note, however, that I may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.
Object to the processing of your personal data – where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms.
You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.
Request restriction of processing of your personal data – This enables you to ask me to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios:
- If you want to establish data accuracy;
- where you need me to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims;
- you have objected to my use of your data but I need to verify whether I have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.
Withdraw consent at any time – where I am relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent.
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This notice was last reviewed in May 2018.