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Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.suzannestengl.com.

It is our policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect from you or which you may provide to us, in the circumstances set out below. Accordingly, we have developed this privacy policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate, disclose, safeguard and otherwise make use of your personally identifiable information (“Personal Data”).

For the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”), Suzanne Stengl is the “data controller”. If you have any questions about this policy or about how we use your Personal Data, please contact us via our contact details at the end of this policy.

This policy is effective as of June 30, 2018. We review our privacy practices on an ongoing basis, and as such we may change this privacy policy from time to time. Please check this page frequently to ensure you are familiar with its current content.

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 anonymized 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.

Contact forms

Newsletter List

Suzanne’s email newsletter list data is stored via the third party MailChimp and is managed by Suzanne. Data is never sold to a third party or made available for sale. The information collected (such as your name and email and country) is stored to allow Suzanne to communicate directly with you. She may send you emails about new releases, special offers, trivia, giveaways, and contests related to her books. At any time, you may unsubscribe from these email newsletters by clicking the UNSUBSCRIBE link at the bottom of each newsletter.

Blog – New Post Notification

You can sign up to receive notification of New Posts on Suzanne’s Blog. This data is kept on the website and only accessed by Suzanne. You may unsubscribe at any time by clicking the UNSUBSCRIBE link at the bottom of each blog post.

Purchase links

If you purchase a book through a link on this website, your purchase will be handled by the vendor you select (for example, Amazon, Kobo, Nook, Apple, Google Play). They maintain their own information about you that is not shared with Suzanne. 

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.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this 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

Suzanne may collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools such as Google Analytics to study traffic and trends on her website, email newsletter and other social media. These tools collect information from your browser, including pages you visit, to help improve your user experience. The data collected is in aggregate form and cannot be easily manipulated to identify an individual user.

How we use your data

We will only use your Personal Data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we use your Personal Data to:

  • process and manage your use of our website;
  • respond to your questions, comments and requests;
  • where you have opted-in to receive marketing from us, deliver communications that are relevant to your preferences / may be of interest to you;
  • improve our services and Website through analysis of information.

Who we share your data with

We take your privacy seriously and will not share your Personal Data with others, except as permitted by applicable law or as set out below:

We share Personal Data as necessary with third parties who provide services or functions on our behalf and who require the information to provide those specific services to us. 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. Please note that we have appropriate data privacy safeguards in place with third parties with whom we share Personal Data as described above and who are providing services or functions on our behalf.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize 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.

How we protect your data

This website is monitored and scanned for virus checks to keep it secure. Information is automatically recorded whenever the site is accessed. This information includes anonymous information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, entry and exit pages and URLs, number of clicks, and how you interact with links, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other similar information.

Children

This Website and our services are aimed at adults, and we do not knowingly collect any Personal Data relating to children aged under 15 years old. If you are under the age of 15, please do not provide us with any of your Personal Data, including your email address.

Change of purpose

We will only use your Personal Data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to have an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.

If we need to use your Personal Data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions about this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below:

Suzanne Stengl
suzannestengl@gmail.com

c/o
Alberta Romance Writers’ Association
2612 – 14A Street SW
Calgary, AB T2T 1C4
Canada

Last edited on 2018-06-30