Who owns this site?
I do. M T McGuire, and the site is www.hamgee.co.uk; online operating base for Hamgee University Press, the entity which publishes all my books.
I will never knowingly share your details with third parties who want to sell shizz to you because that would make me a douchebag.
I keep your email address on file and with that address I sometimes have information about your first and last name, where and when you signed up and the answers to any questions I’ve asked you like, d’you want Kobo offers, d’you want to opt out of my Bargains Galore mailing etc. That information is kept by my mailing delivery company because they are a lot better equipped to handle it than me.
There’s a Facebook thing on there, too to make lookee likee lists of folks to advertise my books to on Facebook for new customers. But Facebook changes its advertising interface faster than I can keep up so I have’t actually used it for 2 years.
Ditto Google adwords. Never even started them.
GDPR. Everyone on my mailing list has been recruited with double opt in, which means that, at some point in the process, they have to confirm that they want to receive emails from me. This has been my standard policy from the get go. Those who have signed up ot my list are able to unsubscribe any time, and a link to do that is automatically included in every email I send.
What being on my mailing list entails: Obviously, because I’m a human being, and I like to think I’m not scum, I loathe and detest spam with a passion. This means I am never knowingly going to be sending it to you.
In the same vein, while you’ve joined my group to hear from me, I don’t want to pester you either. In a normal month, you should hear from me four times tops – unless it’s a release month, which might up the number. The regular monthly emails will usually comprise:
an email giving you a round up of news about progress on my books, life (if it’s funny enough) ideas for stories, the odd free short or deleted scene, etc,
a Bargains Galore email letting you know about any interesting books I’ve found or promos I’m taking part in which I think may interest you.
Other factors that may result in extra emails over the month are:
If I have a new release in the pipeline, because I get all excited and want to share artwork, blurbs and t’ing.
You may receive the occasional email in a random sequence which goes out over the course of the first year after people join me. These have more information about my writing, locations in the books, how I choose the character names, a bit about the narrator, if audiobooks are your thing, the real life marques of the flying cars etc.
The monthly emails will give you options, regularly, so you can choose what mail you receive.
So there we are, that’s about the size of it, now here it is in legalese.
2. What Information is Collected.
(a) Information You Provide to Us:
We collect the Personally Identifiable Information you choose to enter when you sign up in return for a free book, along with any information you may choose to give us in some other way (such as by email, physical mail, or by telephone). For example, you will be asked to provide Personally Identifiable Information when you register for access to certain portions of our site, sign up for newsletters or mailings, or make a purchase … if things on here ever get that sophisticated.
The categories of Personally Identifiable Information we collect are your e-mail address, sometimes your first and last name and, if I get to the point where I open a store on this site I may collect your physical address, and telephone number if I have to send you stuff.
You can choose not to provide certain information, but you may not be able to take advantage of our services and features.
(b) Automatic Information:
When you visit a website, you disclose certain information, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address and the time of your visit. This site, like many other sites, records this basic information about visits to our site.
(c) “Cookies” and “web beacons”:
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Web beacons are used on a website to determine if a particular page has been previously visited and to count the number of times you’ve visited that particular page.
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(d) used by us to contact consumers for marketing purposes.
(e) used to personalise advertisements shown to you on this and other sites based on your previous browsing history.
4. How We Protect Your Information. The privacy and protection of your information is important to us. We offer some of our services in connection with other web sites. The affiliated sites may have different privacy practices and we encourage you to read their privacy policies. Your access to some services and content is password protected. We advise that you do not disclose your password to anyone. In addition, we recommend you sign out of password-protected services at the end of your session. You should also be aware that if you voluntarily disclose Personally Identifiable Information on message boards or in chat areas, that information can be viewed publicly and can be collected and used by third parties without our knowledge and may result in unsolicited messages from other individuals or third parties. Such activities are beyond our control and this policy.
5. Who Has Access to the Information. Information about our users is important to us. Access to your information may be provided to third parties who provide technical support for the operation of our site. In addition, we may sell our business or buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In such transactions, user information may be transferred along with other assets. We may also disclose your information in response to a court order and we may disclose your information when we believe we are required to do so by law. We may disclose your information in connection with the collection of amounts you may owe to us and to law enforcement authorities whenever we deem it appropriate or necessary. Please note we may not provide you with notice prior to disclosure.
6. Methods We Use to Protect Your Information. We use security software to protect the confidentiality of your personal information. In addition, our business practices are reviewed periodically for compliance with policies and procedures governing the security and confidentiality of our information. Our business practices limit employee access to confidential information, and limit the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons.
7. Children. This website does not provide services or sell products to children under the age of 18. If we discover we have received any information from a child under the age of 18 in violation of this policy, we will delete that information immediately. If you believe we have received any information from or about anyone under the age of 18, please contact us at the address listed below.
8. How You Can Access Your Information. You can request access to all your personally identifiable information maintained by us by sending an e-mail to us at the address listed below. Upon request we offer you the ability to have inaccuracies corrected in your personally identifiable information. You can have this information corrected by sending us an e-mail at the address listed below. Everyone who signs up to my email newsletter is asked if they want to opt in so if you’re in Europe that means you’ve given me your consent and we’re all square with the new GDP legislation. If you would like to unsubscribe, you can click on a link in any of the emails you receive or you can contact me at the address given, below, and I will unsubscribe you manually.
There is a blog here and so when you write comments, this is what happens to your data.
When visitors leave comments on the site the data shown in the comments form is collected and the visitor’s IP address along with their browser user agent string to help spam detection. I have no clue what any of this stuff is but you might so … here it is.
Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website apparently. Much good may it do them.
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