Privacy Policy

Catherine Lievens is an author who may collect your  data, upon your consent, to send you marketing updates.

WordPress

Data collection: comment forms

The websites include comment forms on all posts and pages, which you can use to contact me or to participate in discussion. The following personal data is collected via the comment forms:

  • Your name as given by you (e.g. your real name, nickname, pseudonym, tag, first name only, …).
  • Your email address.
  • Your current IP address.

Other visitors to the website will only see your name and your comment.

We will never ask you to provide any other personal data. However, if you choose to do so via your comment text, that data will also be covered by this policy.

Data collection: other forms

From time to time, similar data may be collected for giveaways, pre-orders, opinion polls, and so on. We will always explain what the data is being collected for, and never ask for more data than is necessary for the purpose.

Opt-in checkboxes

Each form includes an opt-in checkbox.

By selecting / checking this box, you are acknowledging that your personal data can be stored and used in line with this Privacy Policy.

You are also confirming that either you are at least 16 years of age or that you have parental consent for opting-in.

You will not be able to post a comment without selecting this checkbox.

Purpose of the data collection

Your name and email address enable notifications to be sent to you of any replies to your comment. Your name also helps organise and personalise any comment threads.

Your IP address helps us automatically filter out spam comments. It also feeds into our visitor statistics. We only view this data in the aggregate.

Data storage

The data collected via this blog is stored securely via WordPress and only accessed via a password-protected user account. This stored data is never downloaded to a local laptop or other device.

Comment notifications are received by the site owner via email, and are stored locally on one of two password-protected laptops.

Newsletter

Data collection

You can subscribe to my newsletter on the dedicated page on this blog, or you can ask me to subscribe you directly by emailing me at lievens.catherine@gmail.com. The following personal data is collected:

  • Your email address.
  • Your name (e.g. your real name, nickname, pseudonym, tag, as you wish).
  • Your last name (optional)
  • Your current IP address.

We will never ask you to provide any other personal data.

Double opt-in

When you subscribe (or when I subscribe you if you request it) to the newsletter, you will be sent an email asking you to confirm that you definitely want to go ahead. By confirming your subscription to the newsletter, you are acknowledging that your personal data can be stored and used in line with this Privacy Policy.

You are also confirming that either you are at least 16 years of age or that you have parental consent for opting-in.

You can unsubscribe (or ask me to unsubscribe you) at any time.

Purpose of the data collection

Your email address enables the newsletter to be sent to you.

Your IP address feeds into our subscriber statistics.

Data storage

The data collected via the newsletter subscription is stored securely via the newsletter application (currently MailChimp) and only accessed via a password-protected user account. This stored data is never downloaded to a local laptop or other device.

Notifications of subscriptions and unsubscriptions are received by the site owner via email, and are stored locally on a password-protected laptop.

What we will and won’t do

We will collect only the minimal data needed to support what we believe are good business practices, as described above.

We will keep your personal data confidential and secure.

Personal data on a website will be held for the life of the website, unless you request otherwise.

At your request, or when a website or newsletter is closed, we will delete / destroy your personal data in all formats.

We will never subscribe you to a newsletter or group without your explicit consent.

We will never transfer your personal data to any other person or organisation.

We will respect your rights, as listed below and as detailed by the GDPR.

Your rights

The GDPR details a number of rights held by you. The ones discussed here seem the most relevant for our visitors and subscribers, but this list is not intended to limit your rights in any way.

You have the right to access your personal data held by us, and to know how we use it. This policy should help make that clear, but specific queries are always welcome.

You have the right to update or correct your personal data, if what we hold is incomplete or inaccurate.

You have the right to ask that I delete your personal data at your request or when I have finished processing it (whichever comes first).

You have the right to specify what I can and can’t do with your personal data.

In the footer of each newsletter, you will find an ‘unsubscribe’ link. Click this if you want to ensure you don’t receive any further issues of the newsletter. This does not, however, delete your personal data; you will need to contact me if you would like me to make that happen as well.

You will also find an ‘update preferences’ link in the footer of each newsletter. This enables you to see what personal data is held for you in my MailChimp account, and to update / remove / add to it as you wish.

 

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