Privacy Policy

Updated 11/4/2019

Remember that time you gave your number to some guy you thought was cute for reasons completely unknown to you now and then he used it to text you pictures of every meal and snack he ate for a month? Then he shared your number with his entire Fast Food Club (who knew that was even a thing?) and you were deleting pictures of french fries the rest of the year and wondering what you could’ve ever seen in him? Okay maybe not that exact thing (although it would be a completely hilarious one-shot on Wattpad), but you know what I mean.

As an author who respects you, my readers, more than anything, please know that I would never, never, not in a million years, not even for a million dollars, do anything like that. I will treat any data you share with me as if it was my own. You can be sure that the only information I will ever store on my website is information you share freely. You can also be sure that my website is protected by SSL which ensures that everything sent to or from my server is encrypted.

Here’s a break down of the categories where data is collected and stored so you know exactly what you’re getting in to. I know, I know. It’s a long list when all I want to do is let you know when my books will be out (fingers crossed!) or if something else super (and completely—I swear—non-lunch related), but I promise it’s much shorter than the Itunes privacy policy, so that’s something:

Comments

I would love to hear your thoughts on all the books I’m reading, and why you agree that the Gilmore Girls is the best show ever made (okay, you can disagree too, but you’d be wrong). The thing is, there’s always someone who wants to turn a spirited debate about the superiority of Angel over Buffy into a platform for spam comments. That’s why I use CleanTalk to provide anti-spam services.

When you comment (which, and I know I’m repeating myself here, I LOVE!) the information collected includes your name, email address, IP address, and your comment. If you ever wish to have a comment removed (like maybe now your dating someone who is so totally into Angel that you don’t want them to see your public declaration of hate), send me an email and I’ll remove it. My business is writing about budding new romances, so I’m all for protecting yours, or any other reason you may want a comment deleted.

To protect this site from spam, your information is compared with a list of known spam senders by CleanTalk. CleanTalk only stores your information for a few days to give me time to contest its decision as to whether you are a spammer or not.

Cookies

I use cookies on this Site. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you (are you craving an Oreo yet?).

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. For example, if you leave a comment on my site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. It’s supposed to make things easier for you. You don’t have to keep filling in your details every time you comment on the last book you read or who you wished you’d been brave enough to kiss (pseudonyms welcome!). If you don’t want to opt-in, no problem. If you do opt-in, these cookies will last for one year (this is, sadly, very different than a year’s supply of thin mints).

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies (although why you would decline a cookie, I don’t know. Oh, right, not that type of cookie, but still…these electronic ones seem okay to me). Many Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of this or other Web sites you visit.

Okay, after all that, we definitely deserve at the very least a Nilla Wafer. Anyone? Feel free to take your own short cookie break if needed.

website activity tracking

Some days I can’t even find my keys. Seriously. Do you know how expensive it is to replace one of those smart car keys (which by the way—funny story—includes an actual key inside which I only found out after the battery to the key died and I’d been on the phone with the Honda dealer for a half hour trying to figure out how to get into my car, but I digress)? That’s why we let our hosting company handle tracking basic data on those who access my site. The data stored is not traceable back to any individual and is deliberately generalized. It just provides me with information related to the country of origin of site visitors, what browser you’re using, and how long you stayed on the site.

Newsletters

I’m excited to let you know about upcoming projects, but promise those updates will be infrequent because you have plenty of other things to read. Like books. I get that. We use The Newsletter Plugin, a GDPR compliant company, to collect your name and email address. That’s all I need, and if you ever want to be removed from my email list, just hit the unsubscribe button at the bottom of any newsletter.

The Newsletter Plugin also allows me to see how many people have opened the newsletter and what internal-newsletter links have been clicked. That just helps me know what content is interesting (or not as the case may be) to you guys. And since my main objective is to be fascinating, I definitely want to know.

Contact Form

The contact form is the most beautiful of creatures—the kind where what you see, is pretty much what you get. My contact form requests your name, email address, and the subject and message that you’re sending us. Your IP address is also captured by the system. This information is checked for spam as noted above and then transmitted to me via email. It’s not stored on my website. During that transmission, the data will be sent through normal email channels.

Google analytics

I want to know how you found my site, why you’re here, and what pages you visited. Google Analytics tracks this information. Really, I just want to know what you like and don’t like about the site. It’s scary, but Google knows these things, so I figure I might as well have a look to the information.

Children

I definitely want to hear from you, but if you’re under the age of 16, make sure you get parental consent before using any of the forms on this site.

changes to this statement

I may occasionally update this privacy statement. I’m a writer. Updating is one of the things I do best. And endlessly. When I do, I’ll also revise the “last updated” date at the top of the privacy statement. I promise you’re in good hands, but I still encourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to stay informed about how I’m helping to protect the personal information I collect. Your continued use of the service constitutes your agreement to this privacy statement and any updates.

If you ever want me to delete your data, a comment, your email address, or you have any concerns about how I’m handling your data, just use the contact form to send me a message and I’ll handle your concerns right away. Thanks for reading through this whole thing. You’ve earned the title of my favorite and most tenacious reader. Really. Tweet your new title. Or post it on Instagram? Or Pinterest? Maybe Tumblr?

© 2019 Mary Chase
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