Privacy Policy

Who I am

My website address is: http://www.paulinewiles.com. I am a writer and coach, based in the USA.

What personal data I collect, and why I collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string, to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

I use a third-party provider, Akismet, to enable spam detection and protect my website. The Akismet privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on my site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically, instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

If you sign up for my newsletter, your email address is used only for the purpose of sending newsletters and updates. I never sell, rent or trade email lists with others for marketing purposes. I use a third-party provider, MailChimp, to deliver my newsletters. MailChimp gathers statistics around newsletter interaction for me. This helps me monitor and improve my newsletters. For more information, please see MailChimp’s Privacy Policy.

Which third parties I receive data from

I receive information from Google Analytics, the JetPack plugin and the Wordfence Security plugin. This information enables me to understand the number of visitors to my website and the pages they visit, and to protect my website from malicious attack. This information is processed in a way which does not identify anyone.

Medical Disclaimer

Content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, including your mental health.

If you find yourself in a crisis situation, please reach out to one of the organizations listed for your country.

Affiliate Links

Occasionally I include Affiliate Links in my posts.

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

If you click on an affiliate link, Amazon or any other website you go to will collect information about you and your purchases in order to pay commission to the affiliate. You can view Amazon’s privacy policy here.

Affiliate links from other websites behave in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

My privacy policy does not apply to, and I cannot control the activities of, these advertisers or websites.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.