Author Erin Richards 

Adventure into the darkness . . . and let the sparks fly!

 
  • Romance
  • Young Adult
 

PRIVACY POLICY

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their “Personally Identifiable Information” (PII), also known as “Personal Data,” is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our Website. It will notify you of the following:

  • What information we collect;

  • With whom it is shared;

  • How it can be corrected;

  • How it is secured;

  • How policy changes will be communicated; and

  • How to address concerns over misuse of personal data.

 

We will only collect and use your Personal Data where:

 

  • We have lawful grounds to do so, including to comply with our legal obligations;

  • We are performing a contract with you for services; and

  • We have legitimate interests in using your PII and your interests and fundamental rights do not override these interests.

 

For the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (“GDPR”), Erin Richards, is the “data controller.” If you have any questions about this policy or about how we use your PII, please contact us via our contact details at the end of this policy.

 

This policy is effective as of May 6, 2018. We review our privacy practices on an ongoing basis, and as such, we may change this privacy policy from time to time. Please check this page frequently to ensure you are familiar with its current content.

 

Personal Data we collect via our website at www.erinrichards.com (the “Website”)

 

(a) Personal Data that you provide to us:

 

  • We only collect PII where you choose to interact with us in the following ways:

  • When you sign-up to receive free content, including eBooks, videos and offers, we will collect your name and email address.

  • When you purchase a book directly from us, we will collect your first and last name, email address and/or mailing address, any PII which you provide to us in the free text box of the form, and payment method choice (payment details are held by our payment processor, not us).

  • When you complete the Website contact form for any reason, we will collect your first and last name, email address and/or mailing address or any other PII which you provide to us in the free text box of the form.

 

(b) Data that we collect automatically:

 

  • We automatically collect certain information when you visit our Website, such as the type of browser and operating system you are using, and the domain name of your Internet service provider. We do not link this information with any PII.

  • We may also collect data automatically through our use of cookies on the Website. Please see our cookie policy to find out about the types of cookies we set and why, and how you can adjust your settings to disable cookies.

 

Use of your Personal Data

 

We will only use your Personal Data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we use your Personal Data to:

 

  • Process and manage your use of our Website;

  • Respond to your questions, comments and requests;

  • Where you have opted-in to receive marketing from us (including email newsletters), deliver communications that are relevant to your preferences / may be of interest to you;

  • Administer a contest, promotion, survey or other Website feature;

  • Process your transactions; and

  • Improve our services and Website through analysis of information.

 

Sharing of your Personal Data

 

We take your privacy seriously and will not share your Personal Data with others, except as permitted by applicable law or as set out below.

 

We share Personal Data as necessary with third parties who provide services or functions on our behalf and who require the information to provide those specific services to us. These third parties may include social media advertising platforms such as Facebook and Google Adwords for the purpose of custom audience generation and development of targeting criteria for other audiences. Please note that we have appropriate data privacy safeguards in place with third parties with whom we share Personal Data as described above and who are providing services or functions on our behalf.

 

Keeping your Personal Data secure

 

We have implemented security policies and technical measures to safeguard the Personal Data we collect. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedure safeguards that comply with applicable law, including the GDPR, to safeguard Personal Data from accidental loss, destruction, or damage and unauthorized access, use, and disclosure.

 

Cookies

 

This Website uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help a website provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymized tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any Personally Identifiable Information on our Website.

 

As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this Website and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

 

Links

 

This Website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Website and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects Personally Identifiable Information.

 

Surveys & Contests

 

From time-to-time our Website requests information via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary, and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this Website.

 

Retention periods for use of your Personal Data

 

We will use and store your Personal Data only for as long as necessary, bearing in mind the uses of your Personal Data as described in this privacy policy and otherwise as communicated to you. We review the Personal Data we hold at regular intervals and delete permanently or anonymize any Personal Data which is no longer necessary.

 

Access to and control over your Personal Data

 

You have legal rights under applicable law in relation to your Personal Data. You can ask the following questions, or take the following actions, at any time by contacting us via email or via our postal address specified in the contact section of this privacy policy.

 

  • See what Personal Data we hold about you (if any), including why we are holding it and who it could be disclosed to;

  • Ask us to change/correct your Personal Data;

  • Ask us to delete your Personal Data;

  • Object to the processing of your Personal Data;

  • Ask us to restrict the processing of your Personal Data;

  • Withdraw any consents you have given us to the processing of your Personal Data; and

  • Express any concerns you have about third parties’ use of your Personal Data.

 

Change of Purpose

 

We will only use your Personal Data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to have an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.

 

Age of Consent

 

By using this Website, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state or province of residence, or that you are the age of majority in your state or province of residence and you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this Website.

 

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

 

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States' consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online.

 

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old. We do not knowingly collect any Personal Data relating to children under 13 years old. If you are under the age of 13, please do not provide us with any of your Personal Data, including your email address.

 

California Online Privacy Protection Act

 

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law's reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. See more at:  https://consumercal.org/about-cfc/cfc-education-foundation/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa-3/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf


According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

 

  • Users can visit our Website anonymously;

  • We will add a link to our privacy policy on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our Website; and

  • Our Privacy Policy link includes the word 'Privacy' and can easily be found on the page specified above.


Users will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes:

      • On our Privacy Policy page

 

Users can change their personal information:

      • By emailing us; or

      • By sending mail via postal mail.


California Do Not Track Disclosures

 

Our Website does not track its customers over time and across third party websites to provide targeted advertising and therefore does not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals. However, some third party sites do keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, which enables them to tailor what they present to you. If you are visiting such sites, your browser may have features that allow you to set the DNT signal on your browser so that third parties (particularly advertisers) know you do not want to be tracked.

 

If you would like to learn how to set your browser so that websites do not track you, click one of the following:

 

 

Third parties that have content embedded on our Website may set cookies on a user’s browser and/or obtain information about the fact that a web browser visited our Website from a certain IP address. Third parties cannot collect any other PII from our Website unless you provide it to them directly.

 

Changes to the Privacy Policy

 

We reserve the right to change, modify or update this policy at any time without notice. Any substantial changes in the way we use your PII will be posted on this Website. If you have questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy, please contact us via one of the contact methods below.

 

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately.


Contacting Us

 

Postal Address:

Erin Richards

4601 Lafayette St., #5812

Santa Clara, CA 95056

USA

 

Email: 

contact@erinrichards.com


Website Contact Form:

http://www.erinrichards.com/connect.htm

 

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