Privacy

I value your privacy and try my best not to collect unnecessary information about you or your browsing habits. This isn’t always easy, as I also want to provide good content, and sometimes other services collect information too.

Here, to the best of my knowledge, is a summary of the data and information being collected by this website.

Google Analytics

  • This website uses tracking software to provide me with statistics about site usage. This software is provided by Google Analytics and uses cookies.
  • The software will save a small file to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the site.
  • It will not store, save or collect personal information.
  • You can refuse to accept the cookie by changing the settings in your web browser. You can delete it from your computer by clearing the browser cache.
  • To find out how to do this and learn more about what cookies are, see the AboutCookies.org website.
  • Site usage data is stored by Google for a period of three years and then deleted.
  • For further information, you can read Google’s privacy policy here.

Embedded content

  • Some blog posts on this website include embedded content from other websites, including:
  • Embedded content from another website behaves as though you had visited that website.
  • These websites may collect data about you, use cookies or other third-party tracking. This includes tracking your visit if you have an account and are logged into that website.
  • If you don’t like this then you can improve privacy by logging out of these websites and/or disabling cookies in your web browser.

Email newsletter

  • I operate a newsletter to notify readers of new blog posts and provide occasional updates about my books and writing. This is sent approximately once a week.
  • I will only send you this newsletter if you requested it via the signup form.
  • Your address will remain stored on the mailing list until you unsubscribe. You can unsubscribe any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in a newsletter email.
  • The signup form will ask for your name and email address. The newsletter software is provided by MailChimp, and includes tracking facilities to monitor activity.
  • I do not share your details with anyone else, and I certainly won’t sell your email address to other people so that they can spam you with marketing info you have not requested.
  • All personal details relating to subscriptions are held securely by MailChimp. For more information, you can read MailChimp’s privacy policy here.

Blog post comments

  • The blog section of this website allows readers to comment on posts. These comments are moderated in line with a set of commenting guidelines.
  • The commenting form asks for your name and email address. These are held securely on servers hosted by Fasthosts. For more information, you can read Fasthosts’ privacy policy here.
  • The form also collects your IP address and information about which web browser you are using to assist with automatic spam detection.
  • If you have a Gravatar profile that uses your email address, then your Gravatar will appear next to the comment. If you don’t want this to show up, then use a different email address. For more information, see Automattic’s privacy policy.
  • I do not share your details with anyone else, and nor will I add them to any mailing lists.
  • If you prefer not to provide your email address then you can also comment anonymously (but don’t expect a response).
  • Comments are considered to be part of a blog post, so they will remain stored until such time as the post is deleted.
  • If you would like to have any comments that you posted removed from this website or anonymised, then please request it via the contact form and I will remove them as soon as I can.

Contact form

  • If you send a message using this website’s contact form, it will send an email to my Hotmail address.
  • This email will be stored securely by Microsoft until I delete it. When I do this will depend on the nature of our correspondence, and whether I am required to store it for legal reasons.
  • Unless there is substantial follow up, I delete most messages a few days after our correspondence has ended.
  • For more information, see Microsoft’s privacy statement.