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Privacy Policy

Introduction

 

This privacy policy is for www.MaineWoodsEditing.com and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it. It explains how I comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the DPA (Data Protection Act), and the PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations) as well as particular state laws within the US.

This policy will explain areas of this website that may affect your privacy and personal details, how I process, collect, manage and store those details, and how your rights under the various laws are adhered to. Additionally it will explain the use of cookies or software, advertising or commercial sponsorship from third parties, and the download of any documents, files, or software made available to you on this website. Further explanations may be provided for specific pages or features of this website in order to help you understand how I, this website, and its third parties (if any) interact with you and your computer/device in order to serve it to you. My contact information is provided if you have any questions.

The DPA and GDPR

I and this website comply with the DPA (Data Protection Act 1998) and with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

Use of cookies

This website uses cookies to better the user’s experience while visiting the website. As required by legislation, where applicable this website uses a cookie control system, allowing the user to give explicit permission or to deny the use of/saving of cookies on their computer/device.

What are cookies? Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computer’s hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server, to provide the user with a tailored experience within this website.

Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computer’s hard drive, they should take necessary steps within their web browser’s security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors or use the cookie control system if available upon their first visit.

Website visitor tracking

Statcounter is an online service which helps us to understand our visitors; for example, how visitors find our website, how long they spend on our site, which web pages they are most interested in etc. We use Statcounter because better understanding how visitors are interacting with our website helps us to improve the content, design and functionality of our site. This allows us to offer a better online experience to our visitors.

 

Statcounter uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on visitors and visitor activity on our website. This data includes:

  • Time and date of visit (this can help us to identify and plan for busy periods on our website)

  • IP address (this is a numerical label assigned to a device by an Internet Service Provider to enable the device to access the internet)

  • Browser and Operating System (this can help us to make sure that our website functions correctly in the browsers/operating systems used to access our site)

  • Device Information e.g. device type and screen size (this can help us to make sure that our website functions correctly in the devices used to access our site)

  • Referring Data e.g. a search engine link (this can help us to understand which search engines are helping visitors to find our website)

 

Furthermore, when you visit our website a Statcounter cookie (called "is_unique") may be placed in your browser. This cookie is used only to determine whether you are a first-time or returning visitor and to estimate unique visits to the site.

You can learn more about cookies from Statcounter and set your browser to refuse same here:
http://statcounter.com/about/set-refusal-cookie/

 

For further details, please see the Statcounter privacy policy the:
https://statcounter.com/about/legal/#privacy

Downloads and media files

 

Any downloadable documents, files or media made available on this website are provided to users at their own risk. While all precautions have been undertaken to ensure only genuine downloads are available, users are advised to verify their authenticity using third party anti-virus software or similar applications.

I accept no responsibility for third party downloads and downloads provided by external third party websites and advise users to verify their authenticity using third party anti-virus software or similar applications.

 

Storage of files

I use GoogleOne Storage as a cloud-based file management system, accessed via my password-protected computer. View their privacy policy online.

Contact and communication with me

Users contacting me through this website do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use.

Where I have clearly stated and made you aware of the fact, and where you have given your express permission, I may use your details to send you products/services information through a mailing list system. This is done in accordance with the regulations named above.

Email mailing list and marketing messages

I send out an email newsletter, used to inform subscribers about products, services and/or news I supply/publish. Users can subscribe through an online automated process where they have given their explicit permission. Subscriber personal details are collected, processed, managed, and stored in accordance with the regulations named above. Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time by emailing MaineWoodsEditing@gmail.com. The type and content of messages subscribers receive is clearly outlined at the point of subscription.

Payment and invoicing

I use both PayPal and Wise for accepting payment from clients for my editorial services. Links to each of their privacy policies can be found at the bottom of this page.

External website links and third parties

Although I only look to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking on any external web links throughout this website. External links are clickable text/banner/image links to other websites.

Shortened URLs

URL shortening is a technique used on the web to shorten URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) to something substantially shorter. This technique is especially used in social media and looks similar to this (example: http://bit.ly/xxxx). Users should take caution before clicking on shortened URL links and verify their authenticity before proceeding.

I cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked websites despite my best efforts. Users should therefore note that they click on external links at their own risk and I cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social media policy and usage

I adopt a Social Media Policy to ensure my business conducts itself accordingly online. While I may have official profiles on social media platforms, users are advised to verify the authenticity of such profiles before engaging with or sharing information with such profiles. I will never ask for user passwords or personal details on social media platforms. Users are advised to conduct themselves appropriately when engaging with me on social media.

 

There may be instances where my website features social sharing buttons, which help share web content directly from webpages to the respective social media platforms. You use social sharing buttons at your own discretion and accept that doing so may publish content to your social media profile feed or page. You can find further information about some social media privacy and usage policies in the resources section below.

Resources and further information

  • Overview of the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation

  • Data Protection Act 1998

  • Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003

  • Guide to the PECR 2003

  • Facebook Privacy Policy

  • Google Privacy Policy

  • Linkedin Privacy Policy

  • Wise Privacy Policy

  • PayPal Privacy Policy

  • StatCounter Privacy Policy

  • Wix Privacy Policy

  • Docusign Privacy Policy

 

January 2024, www.MaineWoodsEditing.com

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