Privacy Policy

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Your privacy is important. I do not sell, rent, or trade information from my email list or information about visitors to my site, charlottekaufman.com (the “Site”) including applications to my writing workshops or scholarships.  This Privacy Policy describes when and why I collect your personal information, how I use it, and how I keep it secure. Use of my site is subject to the following Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy applies to all site visitors, customers, and all other users of the site. By using the Site, you agree to this Privacy Policy, without modification, and acknowledge reading it.

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Google & Squarespace Analytics

I collect information on visitors to my site through both Google Analytics and through the Analytics tools available through Squarespace, my website provider. I use the data to know more about readers like where they come from geographically and regionally (urban versus suburban), and what they like about my writing. For example, Squarespace Analytics can tell me how long an anonymous reader spends reading each particular article I post. Pretty cool, right? Data collected is anonymous although both sites track IP addresses. You can read Squarespace’s privacy policy here and learn about what specific data they track here. Additionally, Squarespaces's Data Processing Addendum is here, and their Terms of Service are here. Google’s Privacy and Terms for their Partner Sites can be found here. The previous link includes information on how you can control the information collected by Google on those sites and apps as well as a link to the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on, an add-on that allow users to prevent their data from being used in Google Analytics.

Google Forms

I collect data through Google Forms for my writing workshops and scholarship applications to those workshops. The data they provide, like their first and last name, email address, and/or demographics is only shared with the author I’m hosting the workshop with and the readers of the scholarship applications listed on the application forms. To have this information deleted from the application forms at any time, applicants can contact me here. I do not sell, rent, or trade the data I collect through the workshop or scholarship application process.

Contact Form

The contact form on this site collects first name, last name, email address, subject, and message and sends that in an email to my inbox (hosted by Google.) I use the information in the email sent to me to be able to respond back to messages. I use a password management site (with 2FA enabled) to manage my passwords. If you ever message me through the form and would like me to permanently delete those messages, you can contact me to do so.

Email List

When a user signs up to my email list I collect their first name, last name, and email address.  I collect this information for accuracy and security (so I know who I am communicating with) and so I can reach users who sign up to receive emails from me.  I use a third-party provider, MailChimp, to acquire this information and to deliver list emails. I gather statistics around email opening and clicks using MailChimp’s platform to better understand what content my subscribers are reading and interested in.

At the following links you can read MailChimp’s privacy policy and terms of use. MailChimp has been super helpful in creating email sign up forms that are General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant.  If you haven’t heard of GDPR, MailChimp explains, “The GDPR is a European Union (EU) privacy law that will affect businesses around the world when it becomes enforceable on May 25, 2018. It regulates how any organization that is subject to the Regulation treats or uses the personal data of people located in the EU. Personal data is any piece of data that, used alone or with other data, could identify a person. If you collect, change, transmit, erase, or otherwise use or store the personal data of EU citizens, you'll need to comply with the GDPR.” What this means is that my email signup forms are GDPR compliant not just for my readers from the European Union but everywhere. Additionally, subscribers to my email list can at any time request to be removed through the Update Profile link in the footer of my emails or by contacting me directly. I do not sell, rent, or trade the data I collect through MailChimp from my email subscribers. All data offered through MailChimp to me is kept private.

Security

As I mentioned above, your privacy is very important.  To further protect your privacy (and mine) I use two-factor authentication (2FA) to access Squarespace and MailChimp and use a password management site (with 2FA enabled) to manage my passwords.

Amazon Affiliates

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. When affiliate links are clicked, a cookie is placed on the user’s browser for 24 hours which uniquely identifies my Associate number and awards a small percentage of any purchase made through Amazon to my account. Prices are the same if you pay through an affiliate link or non-affiliate link. You will not pay more by clicking on my affiliate links.

Do Not Track Signals & Opting Out of Cookies

My site is powered by a third party provider, Squarespace. From their Cookie Policy: “You can set your browser to not accept cookies, but this may limit your ability to use the [Squarespace] Services. We currently don’t respond to [Do Not Track] DNT:1 signals from browsers visiting our Services. You can also opt out of receiving interest-based ads from certain ad networks here (or if located in the European Union, here).

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) gives parents control over what information websites can collect from their kids. To access or use charlottekaufman.com, you must be 18 years old or older and have the requisite power and authority to enter into this Privacy Policy. Children under the age of 18 are prohibited from using the Site.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Last updated May 23, 2018.