Privacy Policy

AnnaCastle.com Privacy Policy

This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for AnnaCastle.com. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this website. It will notify you of the following:

  1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
  2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
  3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
  4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

I am the sole owner of the information collected on this site. My website designer and I (Austin DesignWorks, link in the footer) are the only people with access to this information. I don’t collect anything other than what you voluntarily provide. I will never sell or rent this information to anyone. I don’t share it for free either.

I will use your information to respond to you, if you ask for a response. I will not share your information with any third party, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to connect you to somebody, like my cover designer.

I would never contact you out of the blue just because you visited my site. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you can expect a series of welcome messages over a period of several weeks, and then one monthly letter. If you subscribe to my blog feed, you’ll receive a post 3-4 times a month.

You can unsubscribe from the newsletter or the blog very easily at any time, using the usual methods. There’s an unsubscribe link in every newsletter and your blog-reading thingamajiggy will have a Delete Feed button somewhere.

Here’s what gets collected where:

  1. Newsletter: You supply your email address, which I keep. You optionally provide your country code, which I use in planning giveaways. For example, I can give Audible download codes to UK people, but I only send signed paperbacks to people in the continental US. I manage my newsletter through MailChimp, so your information is stored at that site also.
  2. Blog: Your RSS reader snags my blog feed. I don’t collect anything for your subscription; that all happens on your end.
  3. Blog comments: If you choose to comment on a blog post, wpDiscuz (a WordPress plugin) will create a cookie with your name, email address, and website information, to make it easier for you to comment next time. It deletes that cookie after 60 days. Spam comments are detected by the software and deleted. I myself don’t use this information for anything, especially not to harvest email addresses.
  4. Contact: My contact form requires a name and an email address. They come to my inbox, so they could loiter around there for some time before being permanently deleted. It’s possible your name and email address could live in my Trash folder for more than year.

Sharing information

I don’t sell anything from my website or via my newsletter, so I don’t collect anything more sensitive than your email address, which you give voluntarily. There’s no place for you to log in, so no passwords are collected. If you want to buy one of my books, you can follow a link to a bookstore. Nothing about that link-following is recorded here.

I don’t share any information with anybody. I don’t have any ads on my site or any content created by anyone other than my web designer, Austin DesignWorks. I don’t even do website analytics.

Third party cookies

My site links to many bookstores, like Amazon and IndieBound. Some of these sites may create a cookie telling them where you came from. I don’t create it or keep that information, but it could be created on your computer as a result of your clicking that link at my site. Clear as mud? Think of it as a trail of breadcrumbs, tracking your path through the internet. I don’t care how you found me, but big outfits often do care, so they keep track.

Similarly, I have buttons to go to my social media sites, like Facebook, in the header that appears on every page of my website. I don’t track your use of these buttons, but Facebook, Twitter, etc. might create a cookie saying that you got there via my website. 

I can’t imagine how any harm could come to you through such tracking of your movements. It’s very natural for a person visiting an author’s website to move on to a bookstore or a social media site where they can interact with the said author. But perhaps it’s wise to be aware that you’re leaving footprints and fingermarks all over the internet as you move around,

What’s a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

The only cookies used at annacastle.com are the ones mentioned above, created when you comment on one of my blog posts.

You can control or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all the cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work. Visit your browser’s help information to find out how to do that.

Links

This website contains links to other sites, like online bookstores. Please be aware that I am not responsible for the content or privacy practices of any other site. I encourage users to notice when they leave annacastle.com and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personal information.

Updates

My Privacy Policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on this page.

If you feel that I am not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact me immediately via my online contact form.

This website uses cookies for basic features such as contact or blog comments, but not for anything else. For more information, read my Privacy Policy.