Who is She Wordsmiths
This policy sets out our position on the privacy of personal data to comply with the GDPR 2018 and relates to the entirety “She Wordsmiths..” (on all platforms and formats).
She Wordsmiths is owned and managed by Marie T Smith (hereby referred to in the plural). I am committed to ensuring that your information is secure with us and with third parties who act on our behalf. I do all I can to respect your right to privacy and the protection of your personal information.
My request for your data is limited. A subscription to a newsletter at best.
I also analyse and optimise my website content in order to strive to give the best reading experience. This is my statement on the data which is gathered behind the scenes when you choose to interact with my blog.
What data I collect, how and why
Direct communications with me
From time to time I take commissions to undertake work for you as a client. I recognise that you might choose to contact me by e-mail or by social media messaging services for the purposes of understanding the service I offer and to obtain quotes. In doing so you are opening up dialogue about my services which is a legitimate reason to stay in touch. In the course of such communication I may take details such as name, e-mail address, postal address, telephone number, social media handles. I will retain your contact details for as long as that dialogue is relevant. You should also understand that once I have undertaken work for you, I am required to hold evidence of any contracts/clients for a total of seven years for tax purposes. I will not use your contact details for further marketing unless you have given permission for me to do so.
Information you provide directly to our site
By choosing to comment on a blog you should understand that you have opted to submit said comments along with your name, e-mail address and an IP (Internet Protocol) address. This data is disclosed to, and remains visible to, the administrators of the blog, as part of the comment which was left. You will input that when you log in to comment – so you have full control over whether you are happy to submit that data at the time of entry.
Should you decide at a future date you no longer want that data held against your comment, then you have a legal right to contact us to ask for that data to be deleted – in the full understanding that in order to do so your comment will also need to be removed.
The website invites you to sign up to receive updates when my blogs are updated and any other news which is pertinent. You are only required to supply an e-mail address and a name. This will only be retained and used for the purposes as described. And your newsletter provides for you to have full control to unsubscribe at any time. This will remove your contact details entirely.
Information collected automatically
Site Stats and Optimisation
My host automatically collects a whole range of information about visitors to my website to enable me to understand my readers, and so provide a better experience and better content. However, the good news is, as site administrator, I only receive this data in its very generic form. So I can see how often our content was viewed, how my blog was found, which country the visitor was from, which were my most popular blogs (I love that data) and which were re-shared back out to social media (and I love that data even more). But it doesn’t tell me anything which allows me to identify you personally.
This is all done behind the scenes using cookies or similar technologies.
Information you share publicly
It sounds obvious but information that visitors choose to make public is PUBLIC. That means, of course, that information such as visitor comments and “likes” are all available for anyone viewing our site to see. That might include information about the visitor that is displayed in connection with a comment or “like” (e.g. a visitor’s WordPress.com username, a Gravatar). So choose your comments wisely – I cannot be held responsible for you choosing to share sensitive information about yourself in a comment.
While copyright expressly forbids reuse of my own content without permission (you can read the copyright statement on the She Chats.... page) public information can be indexed by search engines or seen by third parties.
You have a number of legal rights to control what I do with your information.
1. you can ask me to indicate what information I have about you and get a copy of it
2. request I correct or update information that is wrong
3. ask me to stop using your information in certain circumstances
4. request to stop sending you marketing material (which I don’t do except through the newsletter you have specifically signed up for)
5. request or send some of your data to someone else for them to use
If you wish to exercise any of these rights please contact me directly by e-mail here
There is no fee to access your personal data. However, if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive then I may refuse to comply with your request, or request a payment, in such circumstances.
In order to confirm your identity, you may be required to supply more specific information to me. I am sure you will appreciate this is a sensible security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to anyone who has no right to receive it.
I will aim to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. However if your request is particularly complex, you have made multiple requests, or it requires me to contact my host provider then this could take longer.
Our Legal Right to Disclose
I may disclose information about you in response to a legal request, court order, or other governmental request.
I may also disclose information about you when I believe in good faith that it is reasonably necessary in order to protect our property, ourselves, third parties, or the public in general.
Third Party Services
And, I are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without my permission.
Transferring information overseas
I do not actively transfer any personal data overseas.
Readers are reminded that this blog is designed and hosted with Automattic.com who are a US based company. These are the folks behind WordPress.com and Jetpack.
There are no additional third party plugins or services used for this website which process personal data.
I do not collect data for the purposes of direct sales marketing except via your newsletter subscription. Neither do I share, sell or lease any such data to third parties. Not even my general visitor stats.
How long I keep your information
Data collected at the time a comment is submitted, or to analyse my site’s performance, or to subscribe to a newsletter remains on the server until such time as comments are removed, the subscriber is removed, or the website closed and deleted entirely.
Last updated: 13th November 2019