I am an amateur photographer and blogger based in the Chiltern Hills in England. I collect and process personal data to allow me to operate and optimise this website, and to respond to visitors who post comments or contact me.
I take your privacy very seriously and will only process data in accordance with applicable data protection laws, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This Privacy Notice is to inform you about how I collect and process your personal data, and about your rights in relation to this processing.
How I collect and process your data
When you visit this website, I collect certain and process data about your visit including your IP address, the details about your browser and operating system, and the pages you visit. I also use this information (in combination with cookies set on your computer) with Google Analytics. (You can read Google’s Privacy Notice here.) This allows me to understand how visitors use this website, where they come from and which articles and photographs are most popular, so that I can optimise the website and improve its performance. I also use this information to help ensure the security of the website by, for example, identifying attempts to log in to the website without authorisation.
The legal basis for this processing is my legitimate interests in operating a successful website, knowing how my website is being used and improving its performance and security.
If you submit a comment, you may provide your name and email address. I will retain these details to allow me to respond to your comment. Your name and comment, and any other details you choose, may be published on the website and will be publicly visible. By submitting your a comment you are consenting to this use of your information. I also collect your IP address and browser details to help prevent spam, in accordance with my legitimate interests in operating and protecting my website.
If you send me a message through the contact form, those details will be emailed to me in plain text. You should therefore not include any sensitive information. I will collect the details you enter (which may include your name, email address and comment) as well as your IP address in order to help prevent spam. This is in accordance with my legitimate business interests in operating my website and responding to those who contact me.
I use MailChimp to manage my mailing list. I have chosen MailChimp because they operate to the highest standards of privacy. If you sign up to my mailing list you will need to supply your email address, and you may also supply your name and other details. These details will be kept by MailChimp and used in accordance with their Privacy Notice, which you can see here. I will only use these details for sending out email updates relating to my photography and website. Your details will not be sold to third parties and you can unsubscribe at any time by following the instructions in the emails you receive.
I may share the data I collect with certain third parties who provide services that help me run this website. For example, the website is hosted on a server provided by a third party data centre, and data that relates to Google Analytics may be shared with Google.
I will also share your data with third parties where I am legally obliged to do so, or (in exceptional cases) where it is in the substantial public interest.
I will never share your details for purposes not set out in this Privacy Notice and I will never sell your details to third parties.
Cookies are small text files saved on your computer to record settings, preferences and identifiers relating to websites that you visit. When you visit this website, a small number of cookies will be created on your computer to facilitate Google Analytics processing as described above. This helps me understand in a more detailed way how the website is being used, the profile of visitors and how people find me.
If you leave a comment, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website on your computer so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. This information is saved in cookies on your computer, which will last for one year, unless you manually delete them.
Your browser settings determine whether these cookies can be created, and you can change these settings and delete the cookies at any time.
How long I retain your data
Website visitor data will be kept for up to three years. Any comments you post to the website become a permanent part of the website, and will be kept indefinitely.
Your data rights
You have a number of rights in relation to your data, including the right to receive a copy of the data, the right to request deletion of your data, and the right to know whether your data has been transferred outside the European Economic Area. If you wish to exercise these rights, please use the contact form.
Further details of your rights can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.
Updates to this notice
I may update this notice at any time and the latest version will always be available on my website.
The Supervisory Authority
The lead Supervisory Authority for this website, to which you can complain if you are unhappy with my use of your data, is:
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, United Kingdom. Telephone: +44(0)3031231112; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: ico.org.uk.
How to contact me
If you have any questions or requests regarding your personal data, please contact me using the contact form.