Privacy

 

Effective date: May 24, 2018

The policy: This privacy policy notice is for this website, www.avgeiger.com, operated by the individual A.V. Geiger.

The purpose of this policy is to explain to you how we control, process, handle and protect your personal information while browsing or using this website, including your rights under current laws and regulations. If you do not agree to the following policy you may wish to cease viewing / using this website.

Policy key definitions:

    • “I”, “our”, “us”, “we”, or “Owner” refer to the individual, A.V. Geiger.
    • “you”, “users” and “visitors” refer to the person(s) using this website.
    • “website” refers to this website,  www.avgeiger.com.
    • GDPR means General Data Protection Act.
    • PECR means Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulation.
    • ICO means Information Commissioner’s Office.
    • Cookies mean small files stored on a user’s computer or device.

 

Personal Data Collected

Newsletter Subscriptions

We collect information from you when you subscribe to this blog or enter information on our website. Our opt-in subscription forms collect personally identifiable information that includes, but is not limited to:

      • Email address
      • First name (optional)
      • Last name (optional)
      • Wattpad username (optional and if applicable)

Under the GDPR we use the consent lawful basis for anyone subscribing to our newsletter. We only collect certain data about you, as detailed in the “Personal Data Collected” above.

Subscriptions may be handled through an EMS (email marketing service provider). An EMS is a third party service provider of software / applications that allows marketers to send out email marketing campaigns to a list of users.

Email marketing messages that we send may contain tracking beacons and/or tracked clickable links and/or similar server technologies in order to track subscriber activity within email marketing messages. Where used, such marketing messages may record a range of data such as times, dates, IP addresses, opens, clicks, forwards, and geographic and demographic data. Such data, within its limitations, will show the activity each subscriber made for that email campaign.

Any email marketing messages we send are in accordance with the GDPR and the PECR. We provide you with an easy method to withdraw your consent (unsubscribe) or manage your preferences and/or the information we hold about you at any time. See any of our marketing messages for instructions on how to unsubscribe or manage your preferences.

Our EMS provider is MailChimp.com. MailChimp holds the following information about you within its EMS system:

        • Email address
        • First name (optional)
        • Last name (optional)
        • Wattpad username (optional and if applicable)
        • Subscription time & date
        • Geolocation

Your Personal Data is used only to send you the author email newsletter to which you subscribed. You may unsubscribe from these communications by following the unsubscribe link provided in every email or by contacting us at avgeiger@avgeiger.com.

Lawful Basis for Personal Data Processing

Under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) we control and/or process any personal information about you electronically using the following lawful basis.

      • Consent: You have given us permission to do so.

Data retention period: We will continue to process your information under this basis until you withdraw consent or it is determined your consent no longer exists.

If, as determined by us, the lawful basis upon which we process your personal information changes, we will notify you about the change and any new lawful basis to be used if required. We shall stop processing your personal information if the lawful basis used is no longer relevant.

 

Sharing Your Information

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personal information with third parties not affiliated with A.V. Geiger. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety.

 

Your Individual Rights

Under the GDPR your rights are as follows. You can read more about your rights in details here.

      • the right to be informed;
      • the right of access;
      • the right to rectification;
      • the right to erasure;
      • the right to restrict processing;
      • the right to data portability;
      • the right to object; and
      • the right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling.

You also have the right to complain to the ICO [www.ico.org.uk] if you feel there is a problem with the way we are handling your data.

If you subscribed to the A.V. Geiger author newsletter or filled out any other form related to this website, you can also 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.

We handle subject access requests in accordance with the GDPR.

 

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a web site stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the web site each time the visitor returns. Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are small blocks of code placed on web sites and emails.

The website http://www.avgeiger.com is hosted by the web service provider Automattic, which uses cookies and other technologies like pixel tags to help identify and track visitors, usage, and access preferences. For more information about Automattic and its use of cookies and other technologies for tracking, including how you can control the use of cookies, please see the Authomattic Privacy Policy and  Cookie Policy.

 

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.

These third-party sites and links have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

 

Do Not Track Signals

We honor Do Not Track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place. You can enable or disable the DNT feature in your browser’s settings.

 

Data Security and Protection

We ensure the security of any personal information we hold by using secure data storage technologies and precise procedures in how we store, access and manage that information. Our methods meet the GDPR compliance requirement.

 

Google Analytics

This website uses the third-party analytics service Google Analytics to track and report activity. Google Analytics is a piece of software that captures various data about our website users, including but not limited to:

      • What website users originate from
      • How long users stay on this website
      • What kind of computer the user is using

This tracking information allows us to better understand who uses this website and which content they are accessing, which in turns helps us improve and modify our content. This data is also shared with other Google services, which may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

To opt out of tracking…

You can opt out of Google’s advertising tracking cookie or use a browser plugin to opt out of all Google Analytics tracking software.

See the Google Analytics Terms of Service and Google’s Privacy Policy for more information.

 

California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. Learn more here.

In Accordance with CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

Users can visit our site anonymously.

A link to this Privacy Policy is available on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.

Our Privacy Policy link includes the word “Privacy” and can easily be found on the page specified above.

We will notify our users of any Privacy Policy changes on our Privacy Policy page.

Users can change their personal information by emailing us at avgeiger@avgeiger.com.

 

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), http://www.aveiger.com does not actively or knowingly collect personal information of children under age 18. However, the information, content, and videos on this website may be of interest to children and/or used in school projects. If you are a parent of guardian and are aware that your child has provided us with personal data (such as by subscribing to our email newsletter), please contact us to remove said information. If we independently become aware of such information having been provided by a child under the age of 18, we will take immediate action to delete said information.

Any photographs published on this site that include children have been done so with the explicit consent of a parent or guardian or are stock photos we purchased a license to use.

 

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

To be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur: We will notify users via email within 1 business day.

We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

 

Resources & Further Information

 

Acceptance of This Privacy Policy

We assume that all visitors and users of our website have carefully read this document and agree to its contents. If someone does not agree with this privacy policy, he or she should refrain from using our website. We reserve the right to change our privacy policy as necessity dictates. Continued use of the http://www.avgeiger.com website after having been informed of any such changes to these conditions implies acceptance of the revised privacy policy.

 

Contact Us

For questions about this Privacy Policy or how your information is used, please contact us via email at avgeiger@avgeiger.com. Our mailing address is:

A.V. Geiger, c/o Carol Mann Agency, 55 Fifth Ave, 18th floor, New York, NY 10003 USA