Privacy Policy

This privacy policy applies to http://www.michellewillingham.com (“this website”) and governs the privacy of those who choose to use this website. The owner of this website is Michelle Willingham.

Any personal data collected through this website will be treated as confidential in line with the principles of the European Union (EU) rules and requirements for user privacy.

Cookies (small text files) are designed to allow the website to recognise its users and their preferences on subsequent visits, or to authorise other designated websites to recognise these users for a particular purpose. Information collected by cookies is not personally identifiable.

This website logs the visitor’s IP address and session information such as the duration of the visit and the type of browser used. This is recognised by the web server and is only used for system administration and to provide statistics which we use to evaluate use of the site.

This website uses tracking software to monitor their visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by SiteGround which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computer’s 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 Siteground’s privacy policy here for further information.

Contact and Communication With This Website

Visitors contacting, following and interacting with this website and/or their owner do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. As well as alerting you to new blog posts, pages and comments, this website and their owner also use any information submitted to provide you with further information about the products/services their owner offers or to assist you in answering any questions, comments or queries you may have submitted.

Email Newsletter

This website operates an email newsletter programme currently managed by MailChimp and is used to inform subscribers about news, information and products/services supplied by the owner of this website. Users can subscribe to the email newsletter here through an online automated process should they wish to do so, but do so at their own volition and discretion.

Subscriptions are taken in compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). All personal details relating to subscriptions are held securely and in accordance with those regulations. Subscribers may un-subscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any newsletter.

Newsletter Subscription Process

Subscription is through a ‘double opt-in process’, whether direct from this website or from a book marketing promotion. This means that after providing your personal details (name and email address), you will receive an email asking you to confirm that you wanted to subscribe. You will only be included as a subscriber to a list if you confirm by clicking the link and generating a return email that this is what you want to do.

Subscribing through this process means that:

  • your contact information is transferred to Michelle Willinghams’s account on the third party site, MailChimp, and stored there,
  • you give your consent to be sent newsletters/emails via that MailChimp account
  • interactions such as open rates can be collected to inform future marketing and mailings.

You may request a copy of personal information held about you by emailing michelle@michellewillingham.com.

Newsletters and email campaigns that may be sent by this website or its owner 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 information is used to refine future email campaigns and supply visitors with more relevant content based around their activity.

Third Parties

Your details are not passed on to any third parties at any time. This website provides links to social media accounts, and also purchase links for books which take you direct to retail sites. Following those links will take you away from this website. These sites have their own privacy policy and we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. You should exercise caution before sharing information and read the privacy statement relating to the website in question.

External Sites

Other links within this site to other websites are not covered by this policy. We suggest that you find out about their privacy policies on your first visit to any such website. Users should note they click on external links at their own risk and neither this website nor their owner can be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Other cookies may be stored to your computer’s 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.

Sponsored Links

This website contains sponsored links to third parties. Clicking on any such links/adverts will send you to the provider’s website through a referral program which may use cookies and will track the number of referrals sent from our websites. This may include the use of cookies which may in turn be saved on your computer’s hard drive. Users should therefore note they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and this website and its owner cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Amazon Affiliate Disclaimer

This owner of this website is part of the Amazon Affiliate Programme (US and UK), an affiliate advertising programme which means a small fee is earned by linking to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. If you prefer not to use those links you can access Amazon directly.

Social Media Platforms

Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and their owner participate on are subject to the terms and conditions and privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.

Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate/engage on them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. We will never ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and strongly encourage visitors wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact us through primary communication channels such as by email.

If you have any questions or comments, please email Michelle Willingham at michelle@michellewillingham.com.