Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy was created in line with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and applies to Ann Grech’s websitesigned paperback and swag form and newsletter. While this legislation formally applies only to European citizens at this time, we choose to apply it to everyone we deal with.

Ann Grech also has a number of affiliated social network connections including, FacebookFacebook Author PageTwitterInstagram and Amazon author profile. Each of these sites have their own Privacy Policies which you should refer to.

We respect your privacy

This privacy policy explains how Ann Grech uses personal data on our site and newsletter. The privacy policy is effective from 25 May 2018. Please look over it.

Here is some information on our policies:

  • Why we process personal data and what we use it for

When a user signs up for our newsletter we collect data. Ann Grech does not share this information with anyone. Ann Grech will only use the data to create newsletters keeping you informed of news, reviews, sales, releases, etc from Ann Grech. From time to time, Ann Grech may also send newsletters with information on other authors’ new releases where those new releases are in the same genre as Ann. We only collect email addresses and names.

We are currently in the process of contacting all subscribers and asking them to re-subscribe. Anyone who does not re-subscribe will be removed from the mailing list. New subscribers will be prompted to resubscribe to newsletters every three years.

Mailchimp also holds data on it’s files including your email address and the name up signed up with. There could also be an indication of why a subscriber signed up (for example, in a promotion for a particular series to enable targeted marketing for a new release in that series).

When you sign up to the newsletter through hyperlinks on the website, WordPress will hold your name and email address to facilitate sending you updates whenever something is added to the site.

In circumstances where you sign up or engage in a contest through Rafflecopter, that site will hold your name, email address and the IP address you entered the contest with. Postal addresses may be collected for signed paperbacks/swag giveaways, but then deleted after the prize has been posted.

  • Third party tracking

We embed content from Mailchimp and collect information for our email list.

  • What counts as personal data? 

Personal data is any information that can be used to identify someone, whether through direct or indirect means, including commonly used online identifiers such as cookies and location data. On this site:

  1. The consent box in email subscriptions is not pre-ticked by default.
  2. We gather emails to enable us to send out newsletters.
  3. Consent for cookie usage is now included in any signups.
  4. A user’s information is not shared with any third-party promoters.
  5. Before users can leave a comment, we will get consent by using a checkbox and disclose that this site will store comments and information relating to the comment such as the date and computer’s IP address. This data is not used in any way by Ann Grech.
  • Right of access

You have the right to access your personal data and to know how it is being processed.

EU data subjects also have a right to be forgotten. If you are an EU data subject, you may request to have all your data deleted from a server or transferred to another company.

If there is a breach of personal data we will notify the Supervisory Authority within 72 hours, unless the breach is harmless and poses no risk to an individual. If a breach is concluded to be high risk, Ann Grech will inform the individual as well.

  • Personal addresses 

If you buy or win signed paperbacks or swag from Ann Grech, we will collect your name, address and email. This data is held in secure files and is not shared with anyone outside of Ann Grech and the postal company who delivers the parcel. The data is deleted from our servers after the items have been sent out.

  • How to contact Ann Grech about your data privacy

All you need to do is email ann@anngrech.com. We will be happy to share with you any information we might hold on you.

  • Subscribing to newsletters

We are in the process of asking that all subscribers to Ann Grech’s newsletter resubscribe in May 2018. Newsletters are only sent out to advise of a new release or competition.

In each case, we will collect your name and email address. That data will be held for three years unless you unsubscribe during that time. At the end of the three year period, each subscriber will be asked to subscribe again.

  • Unsubscribing from newsletters

Subscribers can opt out of newsletters at any time. At the bottom of every newsletter there is an option to unsubscribe. Followers of any WordPress or Social Media platform can unfollow at any time.

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