This Policy is meant to inform those who are concerned with how their Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is being used online. PII is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context.
This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website, how we use that information, and what we do with it. We may change this Policy from time to time so check this page occasionally to ensure you’re comfortable with any changes.
By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.
Who are we?
We’re Emerald O'Brien and other administrator-level associates of this site. Emerald is an author of fiction books.
How do we collect information from you?
Most of our site’s features don’t require you to share PII, allowing you to visit our site without telling us who you are. However, some features won’t work properly if you choose to withhold your PII.
The features that require you to share PII include:
- filling out a contact form
- subscribing to a newsletter
- ordering a product or service
- registering for our ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) Team
- requesting a review copy of a book
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 your request (such as your newsletter subscription or product purchased). In addition, we use Google Analytics, which attempts to collect non-personal information, such as browser type (Firefox, Chrome, etc.), browser version, and pages viewed.
If you purchase a product from us, your card information is not accessed or held by us, as it is collected by our third party payment processors (i.e., PayPal), who specialize in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions.
How is your information used?
We may use your information to:
- send you communications you’ve requested
- process orders you’ve submitted
- deal with requests for special consideration (contest giveaways, ARC fulfillment, review copies, etc.)
- personalize your experience and deliver the information in which you’ve expressed an interest
- follow up after requested communications to provide extra information
- improve the functionality and/or engagement of the site
- maintain internal records
We don’t use your information for purposes other than what you intend.
We don’t track our visitors across other websites, use Google AdSense/AdWords, or allow advertising on our site, so your information is not used by us for targeted ads. However, we do use Google Analytics, which might collect information used by Google.
Who has access to your information?
Only Emerald O'Brien and her administrator-level associates of this website have access to your information on our server. We will not sell, trade, or rent your information to third parties, and we will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.
We may pass your information to our third party service providers for the purposes of completing tasks and providing requested services to you on our behalf (for example, to process orders or send ARC invitations). However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service. We won’t release your information to any other third parties unless we are required to do so by law.
What are your choices?
You have a choice about whether you wish to share information with us or to receive information from us. If you decide not to share some PII with us, we may not be able to provide you some of the features and functionality of the site.
However, we will not contact you for marketing purposes unless you’ve given your prior consent. We use double-opt-in for our newsletter subscribers, and we encourage those who change their mind about their interest in our marketing messages to unsubscribe by offering explicit invitations/reminders and instructions.
You can change your subscription preferences for either informative and/or marketing purposes at any time by clicking the links at the bottom of every message to subscribers or by requesting through the contact form on this site to have your information removed from our records.
How can you access, update, or delete your information?
You can update your preferences for newsletter subscriptions or our ARC Team at any time by clicking the links at the bottom of every message to subscribers.
To access, change, or delete your information, please contact us at our contact form.
For some requests—such as accessing, changing, or deleting your comments across our site—a fee may be charged, as we’d need to contract with our hosting company to complete your request. At the time of your request, we can investigate and respond with fee information.
8: What security precautions are in place?
We contract with a server hosting company with an aggressive policy toward computer hackers and other server/networking risks. They take security just as seriously as we do, but no online data can be guaranteed 100% secure.
Our entire site uses SSL/https encryption. While we can’t control how your computer transmits information to us, once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.
What about the use of “cookies”?
It’s possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences. For more information on how to switch off cookies, search for information on cookies and the name of your browser in a general web search (such as with Google) or check your browser’s Help section. Turning cookies off may result in a loss of some features when using our website.
If you don’t want your data collected with Google Analytics, you can install a browser add-on for Chrome. If you use a different browser, check with your browser manufacturer to determine if an add-on will work with your browser version or if settings can be changed.
What about links to other websites?
Our website contains links to other websites. This Policy applies only to our website, so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.
We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website. Nonetheless, we want to protect the integrity of our site and the safety of our visitors, so we welcome any feedback about links to questionable sites.
In addition, if you visited our website through a link 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.
What else should you know?
We do not promote the information, products, or services of this site to children under the age of 16. Visitors under the age of 16 should get their parent/guardian’s permission before sharing PII with us.
Information shared with us will be transferred to the United States, no matter the originating country. This Policy applies to all visitors, regardless of home country.
Any questions regarding this Policy or our privacy practices can be referred through our contact form.
This policy was last updated in June 2018.