I take the privacy of visitors to this site and users of my services very seriously. The following guidelines are intended to inform visitors and users about how I treat people’s privacy and about their options for viewing their data, modifying it, downloading it, anonymising it, complaining about it or deleting it.
What information do I collect?
When you visit this web site or make other contact with me, you may provide me with two types of information: (a) personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis and (b) website use information collected on an aggregate basis as you and others browse my site.
(a) Personal information you choose to provide
If you choose to correspond with me through email, the Contact form on my website, or to receive other information from me, I may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and my responses. I provide a high level of protection for these electronic communications, using the best anti-virus and anti-malware software that I am aware of, and regularly double-backing everything up.
Such contact is treated separately from my Newsletter and Updates address list and I do not use the above information provided through the contact form for such purposes or for marketing.
I moderate my blog. Comments have to be approved by me before they appear on my site. I have a zero tolerance policy towards trolling and any other ways in which people are personally disrespectful to others or use swear words. Such posts do not appear.
People who make comments are obliged to give their name and email address. This data is stored at our server, Siteground, and also retains the IP address. The email and IP address are not shown publicly. I do not use this data for marketing such as sending emails to commentators, and their data is not added to any emailing lists.
(b) Website use information
Similar to other websites, my website uses a standard technology called “cookies” (see explanation below, “What Are Cookies?”) and web server log files to collect information about how my website is used. Information gathered through cookies and web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at my website, and the websites visited just before and just after my website. This information is collected on an aggregate basis and does not identify you personally.
How do I use the information that you provide me?
Broadly speaking, I use website information for purposes of administering my activities, providing the products and services requested, processing any payment, monitoring the use of the service, my marketing and promotional efforts and improving my content and service offerings, and customising my site’s content, layout, services and for other lawful purposes. These uses improve my site and my services and better tailor it to meet your needs.
Furthermore, such information may be shared with others only on an aggregate basis. Personally identifiable information or business information will not be shared with other parties, except as required by law (see below).
What are cookies?
How do I use information I collect from cookies?
Some cookies, such as Google Analytics are used therefore to improve the performance of the site. You are able to block the use of Google Analytics by the use of the performance tab in the cookie settings of the Privacy Preference Centre accessible when you first access the site. Other cookies are essential to the running of the site, such as the GDPR compliance cookies used to ensure my compliance with the EU”s General Data Protection Regulation. You can also learn about these in the above Privacy Preference Centre.
IP addresses are used by your computer every time you are connected to the Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected by my web server as part of demographic and profile data known as traffic data so that data (such as the Web pages you request) can be sent to you. The IP address alone does not give me or the servers I use any personal information or data about you, except when a blog comment retains an email addess and IP address. IP addresses are not collected as part of the Mailchimp sign-up process and data retention described above under (a). They are not published. They are not used for marketing.
Other relevant Privacy information
Sharing and selling information
I do not share, sell, lend or lease any of the information that uniquely identifies a subscriber (such as email addresses or personal details) with anyone. One exception may be when it is necessary to process a financial transaction, or provide certain services that you have requested, and in thoses cases the financial bodies I might deal with operate under a strict code of banking confidentiality. I will only deal with those bodies that operate in a confidential manner.
The site security is constantly being monitored and any attempts at security breaches will usually be blocked. If a data breach occurs, all people affected by the breach will be contacted as soon as possible and asked to make any relevant changes as needed. What will be required will be specified in the notification.
How can you access and correct your information?
You may request access to all your personally identifiable information that I collect online and maintain in my database by emailing me via my contact form as stated at the end of this policy statement below (See “Data controller contact”).
What about legally compelled disclosure of information?
I may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when I, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of my legal rights. I may also disclose account information when I have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating my terms of service or to protect the safety of my users and the public.
What about other websites linked to my website?
I am not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from my website or the information or content contained therein. The vast majority of links to other websites are provided solely as pointers to information on topics that may be useful to the users of my website.
Our Commitment To Data Security
Please note that your information will be stored and processed on my computer in France. In addition aggregrate data is stored by my servers at Siteground. The laws on holding personal data in France and USA may more or be less stringent than the laws of your country of residence or citizenship. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, I have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information I collect online.
Acquisition or Changes in Ownership
In the event that the website (or a substantial portion of its assets) is acquired, your information would be considered part of those assets, and may be part of those assets that are transferred. I would inform you that such a transfer was taking place, so that at the point of transfer you have the opportunity to unsubscribe.
Users of the site, those that have login access, will be notified of changes to this policy and be required to consent to the updated policy.
Data controller contact
If you wish to ask for any information about the details about you that I hold under (a) above, or to have any details deleted, you can contact me using the contact form here