- What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
- What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
- The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
- 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:
- 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.
- Blog: Your RSS reader snags my blog feed. I don’t collect anything for your subscription; that all happens on your end.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.