Cookie and Privacy Policy

COOKIE POLICY

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymized tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. I suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

PRIVACY POLICY

For the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”), I, AD Starrling, am the “data controller”. If you have any questions about this policy or about how I use your Personal Data, please contact me by email at ads@adstarrling.com

Mailing List

I only ever collect first name and email address and typically send out 12-20 newsletters a year, where I tell you about new books, sales, giveaways, and give you advance previews of book covers and content from upcoming releases. The information you provide when you join my mailing list will never be sold. It will also not be shared with anyone, except as permitted by applicable law or as set out below:

I may share your data with third parties who provide services or functions on my behalf and who require the information to provide those specific services to me. These third parties may include social media advertising platforms such as Facebook and Google Adwords for the purpose of custom audience generation and the development of targeting criteria for other audiences.

Affiliate Links

When you click on buy links to Amazon, iBooks, Nook, and Kobo, you may be clicking on an affiliate link. Those links use a tracking cookie that pays the author a few cents on any book purchase. These are not permanent tracking cookies and usually expire within 24-48 hours. 

Other tracking cookies on my website

You are not required to provide personally identifiable information (PII) to visit and browse my website. If you’re logged onto Facebook when you visit certain pages on my site, a tracking pixel generated by Facebook may remember you as a visitor to ADStarrling.com and you may see ads for my books on Facebook from time to time. I do not personally track users after they visit my site or provide data to third party users. However, Google analytics and my website server may collect data about your visit, browser type, operating system, geographic location, referral source, pages visited, and other “analytics” data. I may review this data from time to time to understand how my website is used so that I can improve it for users. 

Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

You may provide PII in order to post comments and as part of comments on the blog. You should be aware that anything you post and any PII you disclose in blog comments will be available for others to see, via the internet, around the world. Please do not disclose to me the PII of any other person without that person’s consent.

This site is directed to adults and not directed to children under the age of 15. I ask that minors not submit any PII. 

I will take reasonable technical precautions to prevent the loss, misused or alteration of your PII. I will not provide your email address or any other PII to any other person, other than (i) to Mailerlite, or other providers which assist me in sending newsletters and emails, or (ii) if required to be disclosed by law or in connection with any actual or threatened legal proceeding.

Your Legal Rights

Under data protection laws you have rights in relation to your personal data that include the right to request access, correction, erasure, restriction, transfer, to object to processing, to portability of data and (where the lawful ground of processing is consent) to withdraw consent. You can see more about these rights at: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please email me at ads@adstarrling.com

Blog

I reserve the right to remove any comments from the blog if I find them offensive, defamatory, obscene, abusive, vulgar, or in any way inappropriate.

Links

My website and blog include hyperlinks to other websites. I have no control over and am not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other websites and blogs.

Use of information from my website

You may copy and quote from my website and blog without limitation, so long as you provide attribution to me and a link back to my site.

I may update this Cookie and Privacy Policy from time to time by posting an updated version on my website.

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