Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
Personally, I don’t collect anything other than what you voluntarily provide. I will never sell or rent this information to anyone. I don’t share it for free either.
I will use your information to respond to you, if you ask for a response. I will not share your information with any third party, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to connect you to somebody, like my cover designer.
I would never contact you out of the blue just because you visited my site. I will never sign you up for anything just because you leave a comment or read one of my posts. If you choose to subscribe to my newsletter, you can expect an email letter when I am announcing a new release or offering some kind of giveaway. If you subscribe to my website/blog, you’ll receive a notification on the rare occasions I post something.
You can unsubscribe from the newsletter or the blog very easily at any time, using the usual methods. There’s an unsubscribe link at the bottom of every newsletter and your blog-reading thingamajiggy will have a Delete Feed button somewhere.
But something to remember is that this is a free WordPress site. As such, WordPress will sometimes display ads to visitors. I have no control over that.
At the bottom of this website is a banner provided by WordPress that has links to what they collect. You can read more about what WordPress does by clicking on those links.
Here’s what gets collected where:
- Newsletter: I have links to my MailChimp newsletter at several places on my website. If you want, you supply your email address, name, and country through the link, approve via email, and from that point it will be kept there (at MailChimp) so that you receive my newsletters.
- Blog: Your RSS reader snags my blog feed. I don’t collect anything for your subscription; that all happens on your end. If you follow my blog, you’ll get an email when I post. If you unsubscribe from my blog, I am not notified of it and there is no record of it.
- Blog comments: If you choose to comment on a blog post, WordPress will notify me by email so that I can approve it, delete it, or reply to it.
- Contact: My contact form requires a name and an email address. They come to my email inbox, so they could loiter around there for some time before being permanently deleted. I don’t hang onto messages about topics that have been closed for very long, but it’s possible your name and email address could live in my Trash folder for more than year.
I don’t sell anything directly from my website or my newsletter, so I don’t collect anything more sensitive than your email address, name, and country, which you give voluntarily when and if you sign up for my newsletter. If you go to the effort of contacting me, I’ll have your name and email address. Don’t include sensitive information in email delivered through website contact pages on general principles. There’s no place for you to log in, so no passwords are collected. This is a pretty lightweight site. If you want to buy one of my books, you can follow a link to a bookstore. Nothing about that link-following is recorded here.
BookFunnel: If you choose to get the free book I’m offering, you will be taken to BookFunnel where you can acquire the e-book. You will not be asked to sign up for anything when you collect this free book. I am not given any record of your email address. The help page at BookFunnel says they do nothing with the email addresses they receive.
I don’t share any information with anybody. I don’t put any ads on my site and there is no content here created by anyone other than myself. Again, this is a free WordPress site, which means WordPress does display advertising to visitors from time to time, and that is beyond my control.
Google Analytics: My Analytics page is set to delete all the information it compiles at the soonest date it allows: 14 months. What does Analytics collect and show me? Simply the number of click-ins (visitors) I receive each day, the countries that the visitors are clicking in from, and which of my pages they clicked on. Nothing private: no IP addresses, no names, no emails, nothing like that.
What’s a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.
You can control or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work. Visit your browser’s help information to find out how to do that.
And here is a handy cookie checker where you can check what cookies are being saved on any website. I checked my site here, and it told me there were zero cookies. Cookie Checker
This website contains links to other sites, like online bookstores. Please be aware that I am not responsible for the content or privacy practices of any other site. I encourage users to notice when they leave rebeccalochlann.com and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personal information.