Privacy Policy

PRIVACY POLICY

I am committed to protecting and respecting your privacy

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

I 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 my website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

You can ask any questions regarding this Policy via info@davidbeckler.com. I’ll do my best to respond fast and helpfully.

WHO AM I?

I am David Beckler, an author of crime fiction. This website is designed to promote my writing and keep my fans informed.

HOW DO I COLLECT INFORMATION FROM YOU?

I obtain information about you when you use my website, contact me or sign up to my mailing list.

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. I do not collect or store any bank card information or similar at any point.

HOW IS YOUR INFORMATION USED?

I may use your information to:

  • Complete the delivery of a manuscript you have requested
  • Respond to a question
  • Process your membership of a reading group
  • Adapt my site to your particular interests
  • Communicate with you via newsletters and press releases

I review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. In particular, I aim to maintain a ‘clean’ email list, so that unengaged subscribers are quietly dropped from my communications, and their data deleted.

WHO HAS ACCESS TO YOUR INFORMATION?

I will not sell or rent your information to third parties.

I will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

Aside from that, the only people who will ever handle your data are myself or some highly reputable tech-consultants, with whom I work closely and trust absolutely.

YOUR CHOICES

You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from me. If you do not want to receive my marketing communications, then you are free to unsubscribe at any time. I’ll always make it easy for you to do that. (Look for a simple ‘Unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of every email.)

I will not contact you for marketing purposes by email, unless you have given your prior consent. I will not contact you for marketing purposes by phone, SMS or direct mail.

HOW YOU CAN ACCESS AND UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION

If you want to update your information, you can email me for help.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information I hold about you, and I’ll be happy to oblige as quickly as possible.

SECURITY PRECAUTIONS IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE LOSS, MISUSE OR ALTERATION OF YOUR INFORMATION

When you give me personal information, I 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 I strive to protect your personal information, I cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to me, and you do so at your own risk. Once I receive your information, I make my best effort to ensure its security on my systems.

USE OF ‘COOKIES’

Like nearly all modern websites, my site 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. For example, I use cookies to store your country preference. This helps me to improve my website and deliver a better more personalised service.

It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences. Turning cookies of may result in a loss of functionality when using our website.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

My website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. Obviously, I’m not responsible for the privacy policies of those other organisations.

16 OR UNDER

I am concerned to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under. If you are aged 16 or under‚ please keep your parent or guardian properly informed. My site is responsible, thoughtful and non-spammy but in my fiction I write scenes involving violence, and so on.

HOLDING YOUR DATA OUTSIDE THE UK

I am UK-based, but my readership is global and my website is hosted via a technology that deploys servers worldwide. This means that your data may be collected and stored outside the UK, and the privacy policies which apply in those jurisdictions may of course be different. That said, the vast majority of my server use is in the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union and other highly reputable jurisdictions. I’ll go on working, carefully, with highly responsible server partners.

YOUR COMMUNICATIONS WITH ME

If you contact me with positive feedback I may use that comment in our promotional literature. I do not identify readers with their full name, simply with a first name and an initial. (eg: “What a great crime thriller – Ali J”). If you don’t want your comment to be used even in this restricted way, then please just tell me and I will honour your preferences.

WEBSITE ANALYSIS

I want my readers to have a good experience on my website, so I will very occasionally engage in analytical exercises that follow reader behaviour on the site, and those exercises may involve significant data collection. That said, the data thereby collected is anonymous and collated into large statistical aggregates. I’m interested in readers-in-general – I’m never going to spy on you!