„Alex Ames, Writing“ Privacy Policy

Alex Ames (That’s „Me“ or „I“) is a novelist. In order to promote books, communicate and interact with readers like you, I use various platforms and services that support me in this.

This policy helps you understand what information I collect, why I collect it and what your rights are in all of this. By using my services, you confirm that you consent to the processing of the data collected about you by the various service providers in the manner described below. 

What of your personal data do I collect for myself?

Except for email messages or private social media conversations that might be transfered to my personal devices like PC, tablet or phone mail clients, I do not store or collect anything else. From my website analytics service, I receive high level reports that do not give me your identity. In the social media channels, I do see your identity and whatever you decided to disclose to other people. However, the services that I signed up to have their own policies to collect and store data, that might have nothing to do with me directly. 

What do I use this data for?

Email and private messages are probably pretty self explanatory - you and I are in a private conversation about whatever topic. The other data collected by the listed service providers, I do not have direct access to. I benefit from the collections of e.g. IP address or cookie identifiers because I will be able to see high quality website analytics that help me to understand my readership demographics better. That's it from my side. No further data collection, no data selling.

What are the services associated with Alex Ames that might collect and store your personal data or affect your privacy?

Website www.alexames.net– my primary author homepage, hosted by Squarespace. I have only limited influence over the workings and data storage, as Squarespace offers template-based websites that hides the technology from users like you and Squarespace customers like me. My webpage itself does not offer personalization features nor commenting of blogposts. Therefore I do not store your data here. However I use Squarespace Analytics and Google Analytics for web traffic analysis with the purpose to understand my readership better. Both services will be described in detail further below. Squarespace is a template-based website builder. 

My Facebook author page (www.facebook.com/alexameswriting– I use Facebook to interact with my readers and fans. I order to comment or to like, you will need a Facebook account. The relationship is solely between you and Facebook. The posts will be seen whomever you release it to, depending on your own personal settings in your Facebook account. Personal messages that I receive from you through Facebook Messenger, are deleted from my message inbox on a regular basis (usually once a year).

My Twitter author channel (www.twitter.com/alexameswriting, @alexameswriting)— As it is Twitter’s nature, except for personal messages, everyone sees everything. You can retweet my tweets and I might retweet yours, just like Twitter’s terms of service allow us to do. Your core relationship is between you and Twitter. Personal messages that I receive through Twitter are deleted from my message inbox on a regular basis (usually once a year)

My E-Mail account alex.ames.writing@gmail.com— In case you sent me an email, it will be stored in the mail service Gmail / Googlemail from provider Google. Independent of the nature of the mail (business, fan contact, promotion), I might store your mail indefinitely.

Squarespace Analytics — This website uses Squarespace Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Squarespace, Inc.("Squarespace"), the hoster of my website. This service collects a range of information that includes your IP address, type and version of browser, language settings and visit specific data like time and geo-location (based on your IP address). Squarespace Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address) is transmitted to and stored by a server of Squarespace in the USA. Squarespace will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators, and providing other services related to website activity and internet usage. Squarespace will also transfer this information to third parties if required by law or as far as third parties process this data on behalf of Squarespace. Squarespace will in no case associate your IP address with other Squarespace data. 

What privacy policies apply for the services listed above?

Please refer to the individual policies of the providers to learn how your data is protected and how it might be further used outside of the Alex Ames‘ related interactions.
Squarespace: https://www.squarespace.com/privacy
Twitter: http://twitter.com/privacy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/privacy/
Google / Gmail: https://policies.google.com/

Where is your data stored?

Your data will be stored at the various providers listed above. With the exception of emails, I will store the data only on the providers servers. Emails might be transferred to and stored on my personal devices.

EU citizens: your data will be transferred outside of the European Economic Area, including the USA where the Squarespace, Twitter or Facebook companies reside. Please refer to the data privacy policies of the individual providers listed above to learn in detail where your data might be stored. 

What about Cookies?

Cookies are little text files that the webserver can place on your PC, tablet or phone that store little pieces of data. I do not directly use Cookies or other tracking and data storage mechanisms nor can I influence their content nor do I know the Cookie content of Squarespace, Facebook, Twitter or Gmail services. The individual company's cookie policy aplies. You can prevent the installation of cookies by adjusting your browser settings accordingly. However, please be aware that in this case you may not be able to fully use all the features of the services.

How long do I store your personal data?

Your personal data that I can control (Emails, personal messages on social media) I might keep for many years, especially when it relates to business transactions. Fan-letters and promotional mails and messages I purge on a yearly base.

How can I excise my data protection rights?

Depending on your citizenship, you have various rights around your personal data. To excise these, please let me know and I'll comply within the legal applicable timeframe and within the legal limitations. If you have any questions regarding this policy or want to exercise your data protection rights, please contact me at alex.ames.writing@gmail.com

Alex Ames, May 2018