Nicki Thornton Privacy Policy

PRIVACY POLICY

Nicki Thornton is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to nicki.thornton.nt@gmail.com. I will answer your email and respond to any and all queries.

Who are we?

Nicki Thornton is an author, and an employee of Firefly Cage Ltd (no. 05794785), whose registered address is in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

How do we collect information from you?

If you visit www.nickithornton.co.uk and read our content, we do not collect any personal information about you.

However, we run an email newsletter (Nicki's 'Mystery Journal' which is hosted with a third-party service called Mailchimp). In this case, we obtain information from you when you subscribe to any or all of these services via webforms. We may also collect information when you contact us via email.

What type of information is collected from you?

The personal information we collect might include your name, address, email address, IP address, and information regarding what pages are accessed and when.

How is your information used?

We may use your information to:

  • dealing with entries into a competition;
  • seek your views or comments on the services we provide;
  • notify you of changes to our services;
  • send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you. 

We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us.

Children's Privacy

Most of Nicki's readers are under 16, and therefore we anticipate children may visit this website.

Our Website may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

If you are under 13, you will need to ask a parent or guardian to subscribe to the 'Mystery Journal' on your behalf.

Who has access to your information?

For information that we hold directly:

We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.
We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.
However, we do use Third Party Service Providers who work on our behalf (notably Mailchimp). In order to provide services to us and you, we may pass your information to our third party service providers for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf (for example to process subscriptions and send you mailings). However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes.

Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties for them to use for their own direct marketing purposes, unless you have requested us to do so, or we are required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime.

Third Party Product Providers we work in association with:

Mailchimp: Mailchimp is also a world-leading company, only this time in the field of email newsletters. You can read about their third-party privacy provision here. Because Mailchimp are, like, the world leader in email marketing, they work extremely hard to protect their reputation in a world of spammers. Their privacy statement is enormous, but you’ll be wanting to scroll down to the bit that says ‘Safeguarding Your Information’ because that’s the bit that refers directly to the information we collect from you, and place in Mailchimp’s hands.

If you have any questions regarding secure transactions and payments, please contact us.

Your choices

You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. The default is always that you don’t unless you positively enter your email address and select 'subscribe' that requires us to communicate with you and let you know things that directly relate to your subscription.

We will not contact you for marketing purposes by email, phone or text message unless you have explicitly given us your prior consent. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by contacting us at nick.thornton.nt@gmail.com

How you can access and update your information

The accuracy of your information is important to us. If you change email address, or any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please email us at: nick.thornton.nt@gmail.com

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information Nicki Thornton holds about you. Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information

When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely. Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) are transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

Profiling

We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you. We may make use of additional information about you when it is available from external sources to help us do this effectively. We may also use your personal information to detect and reduce fraud and credit risk.

Use of ‘cookies’

Like many other websites, the this website uses cookies. ‘Cookies’ are small pieces of information sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that website to recognise you when you visit. They collect statistical data about your browsing actions and patterns and do not identify you as an individual. This helps us to improve our website and deliver a better more personalised service.

It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences. For more information on how to switch off cookies on your computer, visit our full cookies policy. Turning cookies of may result in a loss of functionality when using our website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations – after all, that’s how the Internet works. However, this privacy policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit (yes, we cannot promise they will be as well written and entertaining as this one). We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.

16 or Under

We are concerned to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under. If you are aged 16 or under‚ please get your parent/guardian’s permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information.

Transferring your information outside of Europe

As part of the services offered to you through this website, the information which you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Union (“EU”). By way of example, this may happen if any of our servers are from time to time located in a country outside of the EU. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the UK. By submitting your personal data, you’re agreeing to this transfer, storing or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Policy.

If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU in order to provide you with those services.

Review of this Policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated in November 2019.

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