The TL;DR version is this – I won’t play fast and loose with your data, Brownie’s Honour.
However, if you want to know all the juicy details about exactly how I comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the DPA (Data Protection Act) and the PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations), feel free to read on, dear visitor.
If you came to my house, I’d offer you the yummy sort of cookies (or at least, a choccy digestive if I’d managed to hide them from the kids and the husband). If you come to my website, I offer you cookies too, but we’re talking about the non-chocolate chip digital kind (boo!)
Just as you’d be free (although clearly wrong) to turn down a plate of yummy real life cookies, you are also free to block website cookies too, natch. However, the whole of the Internet basically works on these things, so – heads up – it can get kinda glitchy if you do.
I use Google Analytics, mostly so that I can wring my hands over visitor numbers and occasionally geek out about where my readers are coming from and what they look at most – all that sort of stuff.
There’s also a Facebook Pixel installed in my site which might mean that you see the occasional advert from me when you’re scrolling through your social media.
The cookies and the Pixel don’t store your inside leg measurement, your favourite make of jam or other super personal bits of data but they do note your IP address apparently (whatever the heck that is – I certainly don’t use it for nefarious purposes anyway).
If you contact me through the contact form, your data is not held on this site but in my secure (and extremely awesome) system, 17Hats.
Only two people have access to my 17Hats account and your data is only used to answer your initial enquiry and to keep any conversation going from there. You can rest assured that I won’t be selling all your details in some shady internet deal, or passing them on to my mate Dave down the pub in case you’re interested in his DJing ‘skillz’.
Email addresses are also kept in my Gmail account automatically and phone numbers are occasionally saved into my phone but will be removed if requested. These accounts have secure passwords.
If you sign up for a course, a newsletter or a freebie, your details will be handled by either Mailchimp and/or Thinkific. Both are GDPR compliant and my accounts with them also have secure passwords and all that malarkey. Of course, you can unsubscribe from those any time you want using the unsubscribe button.
Your right to be deleted
If you want to go incognito, just send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll delete all the info I have on you from my systems (though if I’m in the middle of creating a ceremony for you, this could be interesting…)
If you got this far, well done! Give me a shout if you have any questions (or if I’ve missed something terribly important out…)