Privacy Policy

Who I am

I’m Jules Jones, and I write fiction, reviews and general ramblings. This is my main website. The website address is http://julesjones.com and you can email me at jules.jones@gmail.com

Have some boilerplate courtesy of WordPress. Bits I’ve added where appropriate are in blue and italicised. Apologies in advance to the visually impaired if it doesn’t work for you, but one of the more annoying features of WordPress is that it thinks it knows better than you about appropriate html tags and edits them behind your back.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Information provided through contact forms is held indefinitely.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

1) I use the bare bones kit in the free version of JetPack from Automattic, whose privacy policy is here: https://automattic.com/privacy/

2) I use affiliate tracking cookies and images when I post links to products, including but not limited to various iterations of Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, iTunes, and Google. 

3) My mailing list is currently run through a Yahoo Groups list. If you sign up for that, your use will be governed by Yahoo’s privacy policy. I use an opt-in policy, and always have; I don’t buy books from authors who spam me, and I can apply that lesson at home.

4) There are social network sharing buttons on this website. If you use them your usage will be subject to the privacy policies of the network you use.

Who we share your data with

I don’t intentionally share your data with anyone other than as described elsewhere on this page.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

You can email me at jules.jones@gmail.com and if that doesn’t work try pinging me on Twitter, where my handle is @bookfetishist. Alternatively you can use the form below. Remember that there is just me behind the website, I have a full time not-writing job with erratic hours, and I can be on the road a fair bit at times. It could be a couple of days before you get a response.

 

 

That little lot up there is largely the boilerplate provided by WordPress for site owners to use as part of making their site GDPR-compliant. In summary, this is my website as an author, I as owner of the website don’t know who you are in meatspace unless you tell me, and I have no desire to know who you are before letting you access the website.

I use affiliate tracking cookies when I post links to products I’ve reviewed or generally talked about, including but not limited to various iterations of Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, iTunes, and Google. They are all evil but useful. Feel free to block any tracking on this site. If you see any ads other than the ones that are obviously put there by me, I’d appreciate a heads-up so I can hunt them down, burn them and salt the ashes. This site is to advertise my wares and not anybody else’s, and I don’t want any infestations.