Privacy policy

Updated 6 October 2018

I value your privacy.

I use SSL (encryption) to protect your data in transit to and from this site as well as robust security software to protect the site’s integrity and so your data.

The only information I store is information that you provide as described below.

Newsletters

I collect your name and email address so that I can send you an irregular, brief newsletter. Your email address will be checked by a third party (MailChimp) just to make sure you are a real person and not a spammer.

To be removed from the list, click unsubscribe at the bottom of the newsletter.

This website receives a notice when a newsletter is opened. That’s to help build my writing and content skills.

Comments

Let’s chat! Post comments on this website and join the conversation.
The information collected when you comment includes your name, email address, ip address, and your comments.

If you want me to remove your comments, ask me via the contact form and I’ll remove them.

As with the newsletter, I do have CleanTalk check comments. If you’re a spammer, they’ll toss you out. CleanTalk only stores your information for a few days. If they’ve accidentally thrown out someone who isn’t a spammer, I can tell them to let them back in.

Website tracking activity

My hosting company provides me with basic data on those who access this site. The data is not traceable back to any individual and is deliberately generalised.

It provides me with information related to the country of origin of site visitors, what browser they are using, and how long they stayed on the site.

In addition, Google and other search engines track website visitors. This is something that happens whenever you use the internet. If you do not want to be tracked, I’ve heard you can use a private browser window. The information that these search engines store is generic and not traceable to one individual. I do not store this information, however I do occasionally look at it so that I can tell what people are searching for when they come to my site. This helps me provide more relevant content.

I also occasionally look at Google Analytics to learn, in general, why people are visiting my site.

Use of cookies

I use cookies on this site to ensure the integrity of the registration process and to personalise the site. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.

Cookies are uniquely assigned to you and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued you with the cookie.

A primary purpose of cookies is time-saving convenience. For example, if you personalise a web page, or navigate within a site, a cookie helps the site recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of delivering relevant content, eases site navigation, and so on. When you return to the website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the site’s features that you customised.

Web beacons, also known as clear gif technology, or action tags, may be used to assist in delivering the cookie. This technology is used to compile aggregated statistics about website use, such as how many visitors clicked on key elements (eg links or graphics) on a web page, blog or a newsletter. I may share aggregated site statistics with partner companies who have provided customization software for use on my site.

No private or personal information is transferred in this way. You can accept or decline cookies. Many web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser settings to decline cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of this or other websites you visit.

The only cookie that you’ll probably want set is the one to remember who you are the next time you comment. That’ll make your life easier.

For material changes to this privacy statement, I will notify you by placing a prominent notice on the home page of my website.

I encourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to stay informed about how I am helping to protect the personal information I collect.

Your continued use of the service constitutes your agreement to this privacy statement and any updates.

A note to international users

This site is hosted in Australia. If you are accessing the site from outside Australia, by providing your information to the site, you are consenting to the transfer of your information to Australia for processing and maintenance in accordance with this Privacy Notice. You are also consenting to the application of Australian law in all matters concerning the site.

Automated tools for Data Privacy

(Note: you will be required to verify your identity in order to use these forms.)
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