If you contact me through this website, the details of that communication will remain private between you and me. I don’t pass this information to third parties and I don’t sell this data.
As a private individual operating without a company, my client data collection is minimal so this page of official-looking text may seem to be ‘over-kill’. Even so, it’s accurate!
2. When you contact me through this website’s contact form
The information you send to me using the contact form on this website will be sent by email. That email will be deleted from the email server when I check my mail. It will also be temporarily saved on this website, but only for 24 hours. The website is configured to automatically delete this data after that period of time. This helps reduce the scale of a data breach should this website be hacked.
If you contact me using this website’s contact form, you will be sending me your name, your email address and a message. If the discussion that results ends up in you becoming a client, I will then ask for your postal address so that I can invoice you (and your telephone number so that we can discuss the work I do for you). The UK tax authorities require that I keep such invoices for 6 years. The French authorities require that I keep similar documents which I sent my clients (when I was living and working there) for 10 years.
3. Cookies and tracking code
As you know, cookies are small information-tracking files that pass between websites and web browsers. They can be used by website owners to serve personalised data. They can also help website owners accumulate statistics on how many visitors view which parts of a website, etc.
This website uses two tracking systems:
- Google Analytics helps me accumulate statistics on how many visitors view which parts of this website.
- Adobe Typekit provides this website with access to a library of fonts.
With regard to Google Analytics, this website has been configured to not share with Google the last part of your computer’s IP address. This means that your visit to this website will be anonymized in the Google statistics available both to me and to Google and cannot therefore be linked to you.
With regard to the Adobe Typekit service, no cookies or other means are used that will identify your visit to this site. Their tracking codes are used to accumulate data on font usage and this data is then shared by Adobe with the font creators. You may read more about this on Adobe’s website.
To the best of my knowledge, no other cookies are used by this website.
4. What are your rights?
In keeping with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations being introduced (or that were introduced, depending upon when you are reading this) in May 2018:
- you have the right to request of me what data I hold on you as a result of you using this website’s contact form
- and the right to request that I delete that data if you ask me to do so.
If you wish to raise a complaint on how I have handled your personal data, you can contact me to have the matter investigated. If you are not satisfied with my response or believe I am processing your personal data not in accordance with the law, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office at https://ico.org.uk/.
5. Useful software
If you want to keep yourself informed of what trackers and cookies a website uses or if you wish to prevent your browsing from allowing these systems, a good starting place is to install the Ghostery browser extension. This extension helps you to manage website trackers for a cleaner, faster, safer experience.