This page was last updated on April 27, 2018.
What personal information do I collect from the people that visit my website?
When registering on my site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address or other details to help you with your experience. This information is stored in my website’s database for blog posts you leave comments on, or if you sign up for my newsletter, in my newsletter provider’s database.
When do I collect information?
I collect information from you when you subscribe to my newsletter or leave a comment on my blog.
How do I use your information?
Information entered when leaving a comment on my blog will only be used for the purposes of replying to your comment. Your email address will not be publicly displayed with your comment. However, when leaving a comment, you have the option of providing a website address; this will be displayed publicly if your comment is approved.
Information entered when signing up for my newsletter will only be used for the purpose of sending you my newsletter, which you can unsubscribe from any time. I do not sell your information to or share it with any third parties.
How do I protect your information?
- My website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to my site as safe as possible.
- My web hosting service conducts regular malware scanning.
- Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential.
- All information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
- I implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
How can you remove your information from my system?
Under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, all EU citizens have the “right to be forgotten.” I will honor this right for every person, not just EU citizens. You can easily unsubscribe from my newsletter by clicking the “unsubscribe” link in the footer of every email, but this does not delete your information from the list; it merely moves you to an unsubscribed list. If you would like me to delete all of your records, just send me an email and I will delete your record from my newsletter provider’s database. Additionally, if you have left a comment here and would like that record removed, simply send me an email and I will remove all your information from the database and will not store it anywhere else.
Do I use ‘cookies’?
Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. They are used to help the site understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity.
What does this mean?
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If you turn cookies off, some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly. However, this should not significantly affect your overall experience, as this site is designed to be used without requiring a login of any kind.
I do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.
I do not include or offer affiliate links to Amazon or any other retailer. I do link to outside retailers like Amazon to provide an easy way for readers to find my books.
Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. I have not enabled Google AdSense on my site but I may (but probably won’t) do so in the future.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA, I agree to the following:
Users can visit my site anonymously.
You can change your personal information:
- On the blog: by logging in to your account. (I think your WordPress account? Since I don’t allow user signups on this website)
- On my newsletter: send me an email because I can’t find a link for you to update your information, only to unsubscribe 🙁
How does my site handle Do Not Track signals?
I honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
Does my site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.
While I write YA books, I do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old. In fact, probably my books are not appropriate for children under 13 because my characters aren’t afraid to curse like sailors. Don’t buy my books for 12-and-unders unless you don’t mind them cursing like sailors.
Fair Information Practices
The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices I will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur: I will notify you via email within 1 business day.
I also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
I collect your email address in order to:
- Market to my mailing list.
- Reply to comments left on my blog.
To be in accordance with CANSPAM, I agree to the following:
- Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
- Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
- Include the physical address of my business or site headquarters.
- Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
- Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
- Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, simply follow the instructions at the bottom of each email and I will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.
P.O. Box 1035
Turner, Oregon 97392