I collect and store the info I need to provide you with the service you want from me, which is basically books or book-related information. I occasionally stalk you via online ads. That’s really it because I am one person and I want to spend my time writing books and not spying.
COOKIES and STALKY VISITOR TRACKING
My website (which you are on now) also tracks data. So far I have not looked at any of it but I might if I get time and a computer science degree. What that means for you is that if you look at the stuff on my website, I have the capability to use that data to follow you around the web. I can also see what you clicked if I send you a newsletter. Right now I don’t use the Facebook Pixel but I might because I am a business and – shocker – I want you to buy my books. The Facebook Pixel means that I can see how people interact with my site and with Facebook ads and then we try to flog you relevant stuff. If you’ve not seen the Facebook Ads analytics dashboard MAN ALIVE it’s stalker central. That shit is a terrifying Black Mirror horror show. If you’re not on Facebook – well done but the pixel is tracking you anyway.
Don’t know if there’s a specific Facebook Pixel blocking thing but Writer’s HQ accidentally discovered that if you use Freedom app to block social media while you’re writing it also blocks the FB pixel.
None of these things store any super personal data about you but probably they grab your IP address, not that I’d know where to look for it or what to do with it. All I see is that a person or many people have interacted with my website in a particular way. You can mess with me by doing something totally unexpected on the website and skewing my stats but as I said, I don’t really look at them. But I might!
DATA!! It’s all about the data, baby. A literal fuck-tonne of petabytes whirring around the world and what? What’s it all for? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? What will future historians actually see of us and our slowly collapsing society? So. I store your data in a few different places and use it in a couple of different ways. You ready for this?
Here on this website! If you register with the site I will store your name and email address. But I don’t have that yet but when I get it, that’s what will happen. If you buy stuff from me I will store your name, email address, postal address, phone number if you give it to me, and purchase history. Your payment details ARE NOT held on the site. We obviously go to the maximum effort to keep this data secure and only I have access to it. But again, don’t have that yet.
I’ll be honest: I do absolutely nothing surprising or radical with your info. I will use your purchase history to target you with ads for stuff you might like. For e.g. if you buy a book, I’ll occasionally ask you if you want another book.
MailerLite! I use them for my email newsletter and they have their own policies and GDPR compliance. You can unsubscribe from emails at any time by hitting the unsubscribe button and never hear from me again.
EMAIL MARKETING THINGIES AND NEWSLETTERS
If you sign up to my newsletter, I will send you a newsletter – generally around two a month, but occasionally more if there is more interesting stuff to tell you. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe button in every email. Your name and email address are stored securely in MailerLite. Note: I can see whether you open the newsletter or not and what you click if you do.
YOUR RIGHT TO BE DELETED
If you want to go undercover, just throw me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll delete all the info I have on you from my systems while being sad about what I could have possibly done wrong. But basically unsubscribing from my newsletter should take care of most of your stuff.