A note about GDPR

This is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from the European Union that we’re all trying to comply with before March 25th, 2018. Here’s the definition from Wikipedia: “The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment.” It’s concerned with the collection of Personally Identifiable Information: “information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context.” We, the People, want to know who’s keeping cookieswhat info about us. Fair enough.

I am an author who maintains a website and writes a blog and this monthly newsletter. At present, my website creates cookies for Google Analytics, like what time a visitor arrives at the site and what time they leave. No visitor can be identified from that information; it’s basically a traffic report — which I never look at, so I’m having it removed. By May 25th, my website will create no cookies.

If you contact me through my contact page, or leave a comment on my blog, or sign up for my newsletter, you will voluntarily supply your email address and maybe also your name. Those data items will be maintained in my WordPress database and at MailChimp, my newsletter management tool. MailChimp also usually stores information about the timezone and/or country code from which the subscribing address originates. This really useful for me in doing my monthly drawings. Sometimes I ask for another bit of info like whether you like Audible books or want to be an ARC reader. I keep that at MailChimp too, as part of each subscriber’s record.

I don’t sell stuff through this newsletter or my website and never will. Too much work! I never want anything like financial information or addresses or political preferences or any of that kind of stuff.

And that’s it in terms of information collected by my website, blog, and newsletter. If it disturbs you, please unsubscribe from the RSS feed using your feed tool. If it doesn’t, we’ll just carry on. You can read my bold new Privacy Policy statement if you’re having trouble falling asleep.

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