Here at SarahBethBlogs.co.uk I know how essential it is, in this day and age, to be open and honest about how your personal data is collected and processed and why.
I truly care and respect your privacy and the privacy of everyone who visits my blog (https://SarahBethBlogs.co.uk). My motto is “treat others as I would expect to be treated”.
I will only ever use your personal data in ways that are laid out in this policy and it will always be done in line with my responsibilities and your legal rights.
The purpose of this policy is to explain to you how I control, process, handle and protect your personal information while you browse or use my website.
Please read this policy and make sure you understand it.
Acceptance of this policy occurs from the first use of my website and from then onwards.
Policy key definitions:
- “I”, “me”, “my”, “our”, “us”, or “we” will refer to Sarah Lillico, Sarah or Sarah Beth (all the same person).
- “Website”, “site” or “blog” will refer to https://SarahBethBogs.co.uk.
- “You”, “the user” refers to the person(s) using this website.
- “GDPR means General Data Protection Regulations, (General Data Protection Act)
- “PECR” means Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulation.
- “EMS” means Email Service Provider
- “ICO” means Information Commissioner’s Office.
- “Cookies” mean small files stored on a user’s computer or device. Further explanation of this is further along in this policy.
- “Cookie Law” refers to the Privacy and Electronic Communications EC Directive Regulations 2003.
I, Sarah Lillico, a sole trader registered in England am the owner and operator of https://SarahBethBlogs.co.uk. I am also the person responsible for data protection, the data protection officer (DPO) as in the Data Protection Act 2018.
My business address and data protection office address is 22 Stanmore Avenue, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 3LU.
Key Principles of GDPR:
(a) Lawfulness, fairness and transparency,
(b) Purpose limitation,
(c) Data minimisation,
(e) Storage limitation,
(f) Integrity and confidence,
Basically, this means how I collect your personal data, am I open and honest about what and why I’m collecting it? Am I only collecting what I need? Is the information I have about you accurate? How will I store it? And if you ask to see the data and then what it deleting that I will comply.
Processing of your personal data
What is Your Personal Data?
Taken directly from the ICO website
“Personal data only includes information relating to natural persons who:
can be identified or who are identifiable, directly from the information in question; or
who can be indirectly identified from that information in combination with other information.”
Basically, this means any information which can identify you, is personal data.
Obvious personal data includes but is not limited to, your name, any contact information, address.
Less obvious data includes but is not limited to, an identification number, location data and online identifiers such as IP addresses and cookie identifiers.
I only ever use the minimum data needed to carry out the running of my site.
What Personal Data Might I Collect?
What data I collect really does depend on what you did when you visited my site. Did you leave a comment? Did you flick between many different posts? Did you sign up to my newsletter or subscriber hub?
I’ve listed below the information which I may collect. Remember what data I collect depends on your use, here is what I could collect;
IP Address – we personally do not get to see this information on our site via our EMS (Email Service Provider because MailerLite (our EMS) anonymises this data so we only get to see your country nothing else. I also believe Google Analytics does this too.
Information about your interests and possible preferences
Web Browser type and version
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
What you did on my site
A list of websites you have visited, especially if you came to my site via a different website and then left my site to go on another website.
Your individual rights
Under the GDPR your rights are as follows;
- the right to be informed;
- the right of access;
- the right to rectification;
- the right to erasure;
- the right to restrict processing;
- the right to data portability;
- the right to object; and
- the right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling.
If you wish to understand more about these rights the ICO website has more in-depth explanations here
You can, of course, contact me with any questions or queries regarding how I collect and use your data by either emailing me at hello@SarahBethBlogs.co.uk or using the contact form via my website.
Just to clarify, if you do email me regarding your information or to ask general questions, you will NOT be subscribed to my newsletter or subscriber hub.
If you want to exercise your right to any of the above please do also get in touch.
You also have the right to complain to the ICO if you feel there is a problem with the way we are handling your data. You will also find much more information and guidance on their website too.
We handle all subject access requests in accordance with the GDPR, I have explained in more depth about Subject Access Requests further down.
How Do I Use Your Personal Data?
The GDPR states that I must have a lawful reason to use your data. This could be because you have requested access to my site, you have consented to me using your data, because I need to use your data to ensure the smooth running of my site or because we have entered into a contract and I need to use your data to complete the contract. I’ve also listed below further reasons why I might use your data.
To help me run my site so you have easy access to my site.
To help me tailor the site so your experience is more personal and easy to use.
Ensuring I can communicate with you.
If you opt-in to anything on my site I am able to provide you with the necessary information you have opted into. (Obviously, you can Opt-Out or unsubscribe at any time)
Being able to personalise my site and products I supply to you, in turn making your experience a better one.
If you want to me supply you with services or products, I would need your details to enter into a contract with you.
Using your details enables me to constantly assess and improve the usability of my site as well as your personal experience of it.
Under GDPR laws I have the right, with your permission or where permitted to by law to contact you for marketing purposes. This may include contacting you via email to inform you with news, updates, information or offers on my products and/or services. I’ve explained my personal feelings about this further down under the heading “Open & Honest”.
Accessing Your Personal Data
If you want to see a copy of the information I hold about you (if I hold any at all), then you can request this information from me. This is called a “Subject Access Request”
A Subject Access Request must be made in writing and either sent to my office (the address is near the top of the policy, under the heading “My Information” and is at the bottom as well.) or you can email it to me at hello@SarahBethBlogs.co.uk.
Normally there is no charge for this information. However, the law does state if your request is “unfounded or excessive” which includes making repeated requests. I can charge an administration fee to cover my admin costs when replying.
I aim to provide full information to you as quickly as possible, usually well within the one month suggested in law. However, if your request is more complex I am allowed up to three months from the date of receiving your request. I will always keep you fully informed regarding the process and how I am progressing.
How Long Will I Keep Your Data?
Any data I collect from you will only be kept for the necessary period it is required, as stated at the time of collection, in line with GDPR.
If there is no specified timeline at the collection of the data I will keep the data for the lifetime of my site.
This is unless you withdraw consent (unsubscribe, opt out) at that point the data will be fully deleted.
WordPress now gives the site owner full capabilities to delete readers data by assessing the necessary section and deleting the required information, as does MailerLite.
How and Where Do I Store Your Data?
All personal data is held within the UK and fully in line with GDPR.
Can I share Your Personal Data?
Under normal circumstances no, I will not share your data. However, in certain legal circumstances, I may be required by law or the government to share some or all of your data. This will only happen if I am legally required to, I would never share or sell your data, ever!
There may be times in the future where I contract with third parties to supply services or products, where I need to share your details to fulfil a contract (with you). This could be delivery, the processing of payments, or marketing. In these circumstances, I will have to share your details.
By this I mean, if you buy something off me and I need to post it to you. I will have to share your details with PayPal (payment processing) and Royal Mail (delivery). That’s the circumstances I’m describing.
Can You Withhold Your Information?
You can access my site without providing any personal information. You can do this by restricting cookies. I will explain more about cookies further down. However, if you do need more information regarding restricting cookies, which is done via your web browser. I found the site ““aboutcookies.org” really helpful and easy to follow. It will explain how to control, delete and manage cookies on all modern browsers.
How Can You Control Your Personal Data?
You have all the rights listed above under the heading “You Individual Rights”
As well as that you can also exercise your right to limit or stop cookies via your web browser.
You don’t have to use the site, or click on anything which could lead to a transfer of your data.
You can also not subscribe to anything or as mentioned you can unsubscribe from my site at any time, with no questions asked.
Your web browser should provide you with the controls to manage and delete cookies from your device, please see your web browser options.
Some cookies are required to enjoy and use the full functionality of this website.
Fair & Transparent Privacy Explained
We have provided some further explanations about user privacy and the way we use this website to help promote a transparent and honest user privacy methodology.
Affiliate Links & Tracking
Our website may contain adverts and affiliate links on various posts/pages.
These are typically served through our advertising partners; these partners include Google AdSense, eBay Partner Network, Amazon Affiliates and Jetpack.
We only use trusted advertising partners who each, also have high standards of user privacy and security.
However, we do not control the actual adverts seen/displayed by our advertising partners.
Where ad preferences are requested as ‘non-personalised’ cookies may still be used for frequency capping, aggregated ad reporting and to combat fraud and abuse.
Clickable affiliate links may be displayed as a website URL like this; www.NameOfBusiness.co.uk or as a titled text link like this: NameOfBusiness.
As all links on my site appear like this, I will distinguish between a regular link and affiliate link by adding a * (Asterisks) to any affiliate links.
Clicking on any adverts or affiliate links may track your actions by using a cookie saved to your device. You can read more about cookies on this website above. Your actions are usually recorded as a referral from our website by this cookie. In most cases, we earn a small commission from the advertiser or advertising partner/affiliate, at no cost to you, whether you make a purchase on their website or not.
We use advertising partners in these ways to help generate an income from the website, which allows us to continue our work and provide you with the best overall experience and valued information.
If you have any concerns about this we suggest you do not click on any adverts, sponsored or affiliate links found throughout the website.
SarahBethBlogs.co.uk is 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 SarahBethBlogs.co.uk and Amazon.co.uk. When using affiliate links on my website, will not cost you anything but it may earn me an affiliate income. Which helps to run and better the site.
From time to time there may be embedded content on my site, which comes from to links to a third party site. Examples of embedded content could be videos, polls, podcasts and articles to name a few.
This embedded content could also be collecting data about you via cookies or re-targeting tracking. Which may be able to monitor how you use the embedded content.
Data Security and Protection
We ensure the security of any personal information we hold by using secure data storage technologies (such as VaultPress, MailerLite, Jet Pack and Google Analytics) and precise procedures in how we store, access and manage that information. Our methods meet the GDPR compliance requirement.
Email marketing messages & subscription
Under the GDPR when you subscribe to anything on SarahBethBlogs.co.uk, including free downloads, courses, or newsletters and the subscriber hub etc. You are required to double opt-in.
This means that you will be sent a confirmation email, and your subscription will NOT be live until you click that link.
When subscribing or Opting-In you will also be sent newsletters and other special offers, on occasion.
Email marketing messages that we send may contain tracking beacons/tracked clickable links or similar server technologies in order to track subscriber activity within email marketing messages.
Where used, such marketing messages may record a range of data such as; times, dates, opens, clicks, forwards, geographic and demographic data.
However, as we use MailerLite as our EMS your IP address is anonymised so we only see which country you are located in, no further location data is provided.
Such data, within its limitations, will show the activity each subscriber made for that email campaign.
Any email marketing messages we send are in accordance with the GDPR and the PECR.
You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the ‘unsubscribe’ button at the bottom of every email, or emailing me at hello@SarahBethBlogs.co.uk to be removed.
Please do remember to email me from the email you wish to unsubscribe. This is to ensure you are who you say you are.
Our EMS provider is; MailerLite. We hold the following information about you within our EMS system;
- Email address
- Subscription time & date
- Which list/opt-in you subscribed through, either the newsletter pop up or my subscriber hub sign up.
- Which country you are in
- How many emails I’ve sent you, how many you have opened and how many you have clicked through to something within the email.
I have access to this data as would employees of SarahBethBlogs.co.uk such as VA`s or Freelancers.
I always check, vet and reference any employees even when they are just on a self-employed basis. I always take every precaution necessary to give my readers and subscribers peace of mind.
Open & Honest
I pride myself on being open and honest. I treat my readers, subscribers and visitors in general as I would want to be treated, if I were subscribing to, reading or visiting a blog.
One of the things I really hate, something that really gets my blood boiling is when I either subscribe to a mailing list or sign up to receive a freebie and then the owner of the blog or site emails me 10 times a day! Everyday! I’ve had it before, quite a few times and I swore I would never do that to my readers or subscribers!
So here it is in plain English;
If you email me regarding a general question, query or to say Hi! You will NOT be added to any lists or receive newsletters. I will just reply and then your email and personal data will be deleted. The same goes if I ever add a contact form to the site.
If you follow the blog via WordPress, yes you will receive updates and information.
If you follow just the blog posts, you will only receive notifications regarding that or new blog posts.
If you sign up to my newsletter, subscriber hub, or an opt-in form you will receive the newsletter, updates and offers, anything of interest.
If you do subscribe and receive updates etc. I will NOT be emailing you every day, and definitely NOT multiple times a day.
I love getting comments from you, by leaving me a comment you accept that:
- Comments may be published at the bottom of blog posts.
- Whatever you enter into the ‘name’ field will be public so you may wish to use your first name or an alias.
- Your email address is not published, and by leaving a comment with your email address you are NOT subscribing to any newsletters from me.
- Your IP address will be logged when you leave a comment, this is not for public viewing.
- If, when commenting, you tick the available box, you will be notified when someone reply’s to your comment. This action does NOT sign you up to newsletters or updates from me or my blog. It’s just a comment. We need you to leave your name and email to check you are a real person.
Comments are held for moderation, and I approve them at my discretion. I reserve the right to decline to publish comments.
I also use the plugin Akismet, this plugin aids me in maintaining an enjoyable environment for everyone using the blog and wishing to comment. If someone leaves a nasty, rude or inappropriate comment Akismet will remove it before even I get to see it.
I use Google Analytics and other tracking software to help me monitor and maintain my site. Google monitors your use of my site by tracking your IP Address this is done anonymously there is no other personal data available. Basically, Google Analytics recognises the IP Address, it tracks what pages and posts you look at, how long you stay on the site, are you new to the site or returning? Things like that.
It then puts this data into numbers and graphs and shows me then I can work out what is and is not popular on my site.
Website Backs Up
I use VaultPress which is owned and run by Jetpack to fully backup my site. My site backs up daily. When a backup occurs the whole site including posts, pages, photos, subscriber hub everything. This happens in case the site is compromised and needs backing up.
Obviously, I also use a very powerful security plugin, in the hope a backup is never needed. But I prefer to be prepared.
The backups are kept for 30 days and are then deleted.
I, Sarah Lillico of SarahBethBlogs.co.uk, am the owner of all the material published on this site. My work is protected by copyright law in the UK, and treaties around the globe. All such rights are reserved. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from me (hello@SarahBethBlogs.co.uk) is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used; provided that full and clear credit is given to SarahBethBlogs.co.uk with appropriate and specific direction back to the original content.
All Policy Changes
I will make all my readers aware of any changes and as of the first use of the site after the changes will be seen as an acceptance of the new changes.
I take every precaution possible to prevent a data breach. It is something I feel very strongly about. We run various security software, firewalls and IP block lists. We also maintain daily updates of WordPress and associated plugins and software.
However, if any data breaches do take place then I will let you know as soon as I am made aware of it.
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by SarahBethBlogs.co.uk.
I will always try to keep the site up and running. However, SarahBethBlogs.co.uk takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond my control.
This policy was last updated on 17th March 2019.
Privacy Notice Policy Base: v.4.1 Dec 2018 – Made available without liability by Jamie King, Website management services. With many thanks to Jamie for helping create this rather long policy!