We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; this policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.
We want you to be able to take part fully in our website activities and offers whilst ensuring that, where we collect personal information about you, we do so in a way that does not infringe your right to privacy.
In the event that we intend to disclose your personal information to a third party, we will say so when the information is collected and you will be able to say that you do not want us to do this.
1. Who are we?
This website is owned and operated by Choc Lit, the publishing imprint and trademark of Choc Lit Limited, registered in England No. 6933599.
By post: Choc Lit
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. What personal information do we collect?
We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal data:
a) information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website (including your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, date/time/length of visit and number of page views);
b) information relating to any transactions carried out between you and us on or in relation to this website, including information relating to any purchases you make of our goods or services, such as our books, ebooks, Girlie Gifts and writers’ packages (including your name, email address, delivery address and any personal message);
d) information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our website services, email notifications and/or newsletters (including your email address and personal preferences);
e) information that you provide to us when you enter competitions (including your name, email address and residential address). If you win, we will let you know and send you your prize. We will also communicate this to other people (such as other users of our website, the public and our own employees) to publicise our competitions and winners;
f) information that you provide to us when you give a book review or rating (including your name and email address);
g) information that you provide to us when you give an award nomination, such as Flavour of the Month (including your name, your email address, the town/village where you live and how you found our website);
h) information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering as a writer and managing your account with us (including your name, your pen name, your email address, the title of your novel and the name/description of your hero); and
i) any other information that you choose to send to us which can be reasonably linked to you personally.
A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
We may use both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies on the website. We will use the session cookies to: keep track of you whilst you navigate the website; and assist us with the future development of our website. We will use the persistent cookies to: enable our website to recognise you when you visit; and present to you the most relevant information in line with your personal preferences.
Cookies do not identify you personally – just the presence of your browser. Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date.
Our advertisers/payment services providers may also send you cookies.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. (For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector.) This will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.
4. How do we use your personal data?
We may use your personal information to:
a) administer the website;
b) improve your browsing experience by personalising the website;
c) enable your use of the services available on the website;
d) send to you goods purchased via the website, and supply to you services purchased via the website;
e) send statements and invoices to you, and collect payments from you. All transactions are securely handled by PayPal and we do not have access to your personal financial details;
f) send you general (non-marketing) commercial communications;
g) send you email notifications which you have specifically requested;
h) send to you our newsletter and other marketing communications relating to our business or the businesses of carefully-selected third parties which we think may be of interest to you by post or, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications);
i) provide third parties with statistical information about our users – but this information will not be used to identify any individual user;
j) deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website;
k) inform any decision we make to restrict access to areas of our website or indeed refuse access to our whole website; and
l) send you prizes or information relating to a prize that you have won.
Where you submit personal information for publication on our website, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the licence you grant to us.
We will not without your express consent provide your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing.
In addition, we may disclose information about you:
a) to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
b) in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings;
c) in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk); and
d) to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset which we are (or are contemplating) selling.
6. International data transfers
If you are in the European Economic Area (EEA), information which you provide may be transferred to countries including the United States (US) which do not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the EEA. Many US websites adhere to the US Safe Harbor Privacy Principles and are registered with the US Department of Commerce’s Safe Harbor Program.
In addition, personal information that you submit for publication on the website will be published on the internet and may be available, via the internet, around the world.
You expressly agree to such transfers of personal information.
7. Security of your personal data
We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall- protected) servers. All electronic transactions you make to or receive from us will be encrypted using SSL technology.
Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
You are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. We will not ask you for your password.
8. Policy amendments
9. Your rights
You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Provision of such information may be subject to the payment of a fee (currently fixed at £10.00).
You may instruct us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes by email at any time. (In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to opt-in to our use of your personal data for marketing purposes, or we will provide you with an opportunity to opt-out of the use of your personal data for marketing purposes.)
10. Third party websites
The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.
11. Updating information
Please let us know if the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.
By post: Choc Lit
By email: email@example.com
1 July 2009