Website data collection

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Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site, I collect the data shown in the comments form as well as the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:  After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms

The contact forms keep records of enquires received. Once the client’s enquiry has been handled, these will be removed.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on this site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

No other part of the site uses cookies.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc). Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so any follow-up comments can be recognized and approved automatically instead of being held in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments on this site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data held about you, including any data you have provided. You can also request that any personal data I hold about you be erased. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Client data collection

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The information I collect

When you get in touch, I collect the following information:

  • ​name
  • email address
  • enquiry details (e.g. type of job, approximate word count)

How I collect your personal data

I collect client information via the contact form on this site or via email.

How I use this information

Firstly, I use this data to contact you about your enquiry. I also need to keep some records so that my accounts are in good order. However, I will never use this data for marketing or promotion purposes or pass on your information to third parties without getting your permission in writing first (to publish your testimonial on my website, for example) or for limited legal purposes (e.g. HMRC audit, debt collection agency for non-payment of invoice). You can ask me to delete or amend your data at any time and I will comply immediately, as long as in so doing I am not disregarding my standing legal obligations.

How I store your information

The information I collect is stored on Dropbox, a cloud-based file management system. You can access Dropbox’s privacy policy here.

When I am working on a project, saved files are uploaded either to Dropbox or to my MS OneDrive account. Microsoft’s privacy policy is available here.

I will keep your information safe and backed up and will report any data breaches to you as soon as I become aware of them.

How long I keep your data

I do not delete data unless you specifically ask me to.

HMRC (the UK tax authority) requires me to keep records for at least six years.

Ready to work with me?

Please get in touch using the contact form. If you have a specific project in mind, then helpful things to mention at this stage include the type of document you’d like me to work on, the approximate word count and what sort of deadline you have. I’m also very happy to answer more general queries.
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