I have tried to keep this as simple as possible and yet also comply with the GDPR, a law that affects European Union residents. So here’s what information is collected, how it’s used and how it’s stored.
The bottom line is that I don’t sell your email address (and name) or use it for anything other than to contact you or to follow up on a request you have made. I do everything I reasonably can to safeguard the information that you have given me. If you send me an email, you’re not going to get added to an email list — unless that’s what you asked me to do!
- Comments. Your name, email, website and comment are collected and stored for others to see. They are stored “forever” on The Boat Galley’s website and servers as described below. Comments left on The Boat Galley’s Facebook page are imported and included in the comments on the associated article, but as of early May, 2018, commenter names are anonymized. If you ask a question or request assistance via a comment, I will use the information to reply to you and/or help you get the information you want; this may include forwarding your information to a third party that I think can help you.
- Contact. Your name, email and question are forwarded to me or whoever else the contact form was directed to. They are stored “forever” on The Boat Galley’s website and servers as described below. They are also stored on the recipient’s computer(s) until deleted. I or the person the email was directed to will use the information to reply to you and/or help you get the information you request; this may include forwarding your information to a third party that we think can help you.
If you purchase an ebook, I collect the minimum amount of information needed to process the transaction: your email address and payment information. You may optionally give me your name.
- Email. Your email address is collected so that I can send you the download links and receipt. It is stored on The Boat Galley’s servers, by the payment processor and by my bookkeeping program, all as described below. This is stored “forever” as it is needed to look up your purchase if you ever accidentally delete your book and need me to send you a new copy.
The Boat Galley Newsletter
The Boat Galley Newsletter is sent out using MailChimp, an email automation service. All email addresses are stored on the Mailchimp servers and all signups are processed there. Email addresses are retained as long as you have an active subscription. Unsubscribed emails are deleted every six months.
The Boat Galley site is set up to encourage social sharing and you can share articles on Facebook and Pinterest. Aggregate numbers of shares, likes and pins are tracked through Social Warfare (a WordPress plugin/service), there is no individually-identifiable information passed on.
A cookie is a tiny text file stored on your computer. Cookies store information that is used to help make sites work. Only we and our advertising/affiliate partners can access the cookies created by our website.
- Track what you’ve seen. For example, a cookie is set when you see the popup for the newsletter. Another one is set if you click on that. Without these, you’d see that popup on every single page, every single visit. This is done through the OptinMonster service. OptinMonster is GDPR-compliant. You can learn about their data security measures here.
You can control your cookies at the browser level. Choosing to disable cookies may hinder your use of certain functions.
You can remove cookies stored on your computer via your browser settings. Alternatively, you can control some third-party cookies by using a privacy enhancement platform such as optout.aboutads.info or youronlinechoices.com. For more information about cookies, visit allaboutcookies.org.
I do my best to keep your data safe. I use safe protocols for communication and transferring data (such as HTTPS). I use anonymizing and pseudonymizing where suitable. I use the safest servers I can, which employ professional security experts to provide data protection. My personal computer has constantly-updated security software (firewall, malware, antivirus, internet security, anti-spyware and more).
Even though I try my best I cannot guarantee the security of information. However, I promise to notify suitable authorities of data breaches. I will also notify you if there is a threat to your rights or interests. I will do everything I reasonably can to prevent security breaches and to assist authorities should any breaches occur.
- WPEngine. WPEngine is the host for The Boat Galley and maintains site backups. They are GDPR-compliant. See their Data Privacy Addendum here.
- Zoho Mail. Zoho is the email host for The Boat Galley. Zoho is GDPR-compliant; see their statement here.
I do not intend to collect or knowingly collect information from children. I do not target children with my articles, products or services.
Carolyn Shearlock – contact me
Further Information on Your Data
You have the right to view, update, download or delete your personal data at any time. Submit the form below to do this. You will get a temporary email link to a page allowing you to see and manipulate your personal data. If you have used more than one email address on this site, you will have to submit a separate form for each one.