Privacy Policy

What’s this all about?

This page is intended to let you know what personal information I collect about you, why I collect it, how long I keep it, third parties I share the data with and why, how to request removal, what I will do with your information, and how you can choose how I use it.

Privacy online and offline is very important to me, and therefore I take your privacy seriously too. If it were up to me, I wouldn’t obtain any of your information at all. But sometimes, I need to use your information, and this privacy policy sets out exactly what information I’ll ask you for and how I’ll use it, hopefully putting you at ease as transparently as possible.

If, however, you ever feel uncomfortable with the way I’m using your information, please let me know.

Firstly, please be reassured that I collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.

Mailing list

When you sign up to my mailing list, I ask you for:

  • your email address, so I know where to send the email.

This is so you can receive new release notifications and occasional goodies. Emails are sent out infrequently, and you can unsubscribe at any time. You are required to sign up via a double opt-in, where you confirm you are happy to provide consent to receive these emails in a final confirmation email. If you do not complete the final opt-in email, your email address will be wiped from servers within seven days, and you’ll never again receive an email from me. The same applies if you submit a removal request: within seven days, your email address will be deleted from servers.

However, once your consent is provided, your email address will be kept on the mailing list until you request unsubscription either via one of the two links in each of my emails, or by contacting me at contactATryancaseybooksDOTcom. 

Your information will be stored by Mailchimp, a third-party mailing list provider, in accordance with their privacy policy. It is a breach of their policy to use your email address for any other purpose.

Backup and security

At this time, your IP address is collected and used by WordFence, a third party firewall provider, to help secure this website against hacking attempts. As long as you are not visiting the website with nefarious intentions, there is no issue. If, however, you do have other intentions, then WordFence will keep your IP address in order to make sure you don’t attempt to cause issues on the website in future, in order to make the web a safer space for everyone.

UpdraftPlus provides backup services for ryancaseybooks.com. Backups are made to UpdraftPlus and to Dropbox daily, and are manually deleted after two months. However, no personal data is retained, as UpdraftPlus policy states.

Cookies

When you first visit this website, you are asked whether you accept the use of cookies. Cookies are small traces of data stored on your hard drive or in device memory which help us improve your experience, make the website run faster on repeat visits, as well as counting visits to this website.

It is made clear on your first visit that by continuing to use the website, you are accepting the cookie policy outlined above. If you do not agree, you must stop using the website, or use your browser settings to manually remove or reject cookies.

Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. However, you can choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies if you prefer.

Emails sent to members of my mailing list also contain cookies. These cookies identify whether you have opened an email and/or clicked a link within the email. These cookies record your email address, IP address, date and time you opened an email and/or clicked a link. They help me see whether an email has performed well or if I need to make some changes in the emails I send you. If you object to the use of these cookies, you must unsubscribe from my newsletter; the link is at the top and bottom of every email I have sent you.

Comments & Contact

As of April 2018, ryancaseybooks.com does not allow comments via any form, therefore there is no way for data to be obtained via commenting. The same applies to our Contact page, which does not contain a contact form, instead containing an email.

Because my personal email address is provided on this website so that private personal contact with me can be initiated, I may elect to retain these personal messages in my local email program as a record of my personal interactions at a correspondent’s request; however, if a removal of information request is submitted, these emails and any email addresses of visitors will be deleted from the server within seven days, and I will desist from all further contact with the requester after the date of the removal request once confirmation of the removal has been provided.

The principles behind using your information

  • I will only use your information with your explicit consent.
  • You can provide or withdraw your consent at any time.
  • Your privacy is the most important thing to me.
  • I will never provide your personal information to any third party service outside what is outlined in this privacy policy.
  • The only times I will use your information without your consent is if I have a legal or contractual obligation to do so.

Once again, if you have any questions, or if you ever feel uncomfortable with the way I’m using your information, please tell me.

I am dedicated to conducting business in line with these principles to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained. I may change this privacy policy from time to time, but never in a way that will further affect your privacy or information.

All of the info in this privacy policy also applies to Ryan Casey’s pen names, Matt Blake and Amy Casey.

Ryan Casey

ryancaseybooks.com