Privacy Policy

The Human-Readable Summary






Basically, my aim on all my sites (Selfworks.Net. Bounding Squirrel.Com and GetMeditation.Com) is to treat everyone else as I would wish to be treated online.

In a nutshell, that means only sending you any message if you've signed up to receive it in a newsletter, on Twitter or on Facebook.

And it means being as sure as I can that your details are never shared with anyone.


Cookies
The difficulty here is cookies. Cookies are an essential part of online life: no social or shopping site could function without them, for example. Now that I'm upgrading my sites, even I'm beginning to use them. Like most things in life, the issue with cookies is about how they are used.

Cookies  are computer codes track movements and actions within a site, including its links in and out.. This, for example, helps me know how many people have visited my sites, or been interested in particular article or product. (So cookies can help to give you more stuff you're interested in).

Cookies on a Plate-from BoundingSquirrel.Com
But though they can do this, the info I get is that "6 people visited page X" for example. They don't tell me (or, as far as I know, anyone else) that the unique person that is you, with your name and your personal details, clicked on item A. (That would be spooky and intrusive).

If, even with this info, you don't like cookies, you either need to be able to disable them yourself on my sites, or we'll (very sadly!) need to wave goodbye to you.  My systems and code just aren't sophisticated enough yet  to be able to help you auto disable cookies for you.

When it comes to content that's part of my site, but comes from somewhere else, such as adverts, the cookie  picture might be more complex, and you need to consult the privacy policy on those sites to see how they use their data.

Payments

 I'm happy to disclose that I do receive payments when you click out on some links from my sites when you buy something. As these are often my own products (eg book or meditations on Amazon, or designs on PrintersInc and CafePress) I'm guessing that you already knew that. Occasionally, I make a bit here and there from recommendations, but I'll always let you know if that's the case. Finally, there's ads.  I make a tiny amount if you click on them.

That's it, as far as I know.
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There is of course, a formal legal version of this policy, below. Huge thanks to Jamie King Media for making it available.


What is this Privacy Policy for?

This privacy policy is for this websites Selfworks.Net, GetMeditation.Com and BoundingSquirrel.Comand served by Clare Walker T/A Selfworks and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use those sites.

The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the website and website owners. Furthermore the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this policy.

The Websites  take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience. This website comply's to all UK national laws and requirements for user privacy.

Use of Cookies This website uses cookies to better the users experience while visiting the website.. Each website makes it clear that if they're not comfortable using cookis, they shouldn't proceed to use the site, This complies with recent legislation requirements for website's to obtain explicit consent from users before leaving behind or reading files such as cookies on a users computer / device.

Cookies are small files saved to the users computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the users interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through it's server to provide the users 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 computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this website and it's external serving vendors.

This website uses tracking software to monitor it's visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computers hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website but will not store, save or collect personal information. You can read Google's privacy policy here for further information [ http://www.google.com/privacy.html ].


Other cookies may be stored to your computers hard drive by external vendors when this website uses referral programs, sponsored links or adverts. Such cookies are used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. No personal information is stored, saved or collected.

Contact & Communication Users contacting this website and/or it's owners 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. On my sites, I deliberately only ever ask for minimal information required for marketing ( such as your first name and email address) as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998. All such data is handled by third party companies specialising in it, such as Mailchimp. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form to email submission process but advise users using such form to email processes that they do so at their own risk.


This website and its owner uses any information submitted to provide you with further information about the products / services they offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have submitted. This includes using your details to subscribe you to any email newsletter program the website operates but only if this was made clear to you and your express permission was granted when submitting any form to email process. Or whereby you the consumer have previously purchased from or enquired about purchasing from the company a product or service that the email newsletter relates to. This is by no means an entire list of your user rights in regard to receiving email marketing material. Your details are not passed on to any third parties.

Email Newsletter This website operates an email newsletter program, used to inform subscribers about products and services supplied by this website. Users can subscribe through an online automated process should they wish to do so but do so at their own discretion. Some subscriptions may be manually processed through prior written agreement with the user.

Subscriptions are taken in compliance with UK Spam Laws detailed in the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. All personal details relating to subscriptions are held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. No personal details are passed on to third parties nor shared with companies / people outside of the company that operates this website. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you may request a copy of personal information held about you by this website's email newsletter program. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to the business address at the bottom of this policy.

Email marketing campaigns published by this website or it's owners may contain tracking facilities within the actual email. Subscriber activity is tracked and stored in a database for future analysis and evaluation. Such tracked activity may include; the opening of emails, forwarding of emails, the clicking of links within the email content, times, dates and frequency of activity [this is by no far a comprehensive list].
This information is used to refine future email campaigns and supply the user with more relevant content based around their activity.

In compliance with UK Spam Laws and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 subscribers are given the opportunity to un-subscribe at any time through an automated system. This process is detailed at the footer of each email campaign. If an automated un-subscription system is unavailable clear instructions on how to un-subscribe will by detailed instead.

External Links Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links users should always adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website.

The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and it's owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Adverts and Sponsored Links This website may contain sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, to whom may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.

Clicking on any such adverts will send you to the advertisers website through a referral program which may use cookies and will tracks the number of referrals sent from this website. This may include the use of cookies which may in turn be saved on your computers hard drive. Users should therefore note they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and this website and it's owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social Media Platforms Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and it's owners participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.

Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.

This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

Shortened Links in Social Media This website and it's owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy url's [web addresses] (this is an example: http://bit.ly/zyVUBo).


Users are advised to take caution and good judgement before clicking any shortened url's published on social media platforms by this website and it's owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine url's are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and it's owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

Resources & Further Information
Free Website Privacy Policy written by Jamie King Media - SEO Pembrokeshire © 2013 - v.2.0 April 2013 |
Edited & customised by: ### Clare Walker T/A Selfworks, Ground Floor, 31 Bardolph Road, London N7 0NJ, UK.###