We are committed to protecting your privacy.

In this policy, we’ll explain how we handle personal data and information that we collect from you, or that you share with us while you interact with our site. In this section, you’ll also find out how our website uses cookies.

You should know that even though your personal information may be processed using web services hosted outside the European Economic Area, this website adheres to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into effect on 25 May 2018, as adopted into UK law. As the “data controller” we are registered at 4th Floor, 33-34 Alfred Place, London, WC1E 7DP, United Kingdom.

This privacy policy is subject to change, but an up-to-date version will always be available on the website.

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

The website doesn’t automatically collect any information that personally identifies you. However, we do have access to your personal email address if you email us directly through our contact email or if you sign up to our mailing list, where we may have access to other personal details, such as your telephone number or postal address. This is data directly provided and authorized.

By providing us with this information you authorize us to contact you in such ways. Emails that you send to us or that we send to you may be retained as a record of contact.

HOW DO WE USE COOKIES?

Cookies are small data files that are sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer or device’s hard drive.

For the proper use and functioning of the site, we use cookies to log non-personal information automatically. These help us to improve your navigation, analyze how you use our site and create a better experience. The type of information that we analyze could be: the link that led you to this website; the length of time you spent on a particular webpage within the website; and the country or city from which you’re accessing the site.

We use two different types of cookies: short-term and persistent.

A short-term cookie helps the website to remember how many of our news articles or mailbag items you’ve preloaded, or particular search results from our archives. These cookies will be deleted when you stop browsing our website. Think about them as our “short-term memory boosts”.

A persistent cookie makes our website more effective. It helps us to remember your preferences, such as, whether you prefer your browser not to auto-play videos, which links you’ve visited already, or your language preferences. These cookies are stored for longer periods of time, between 30 minutes and two years. You can manually delete these cookies before their expiration date. In a nutshell, persistent cookies are the more nutritional, long-lasting cookies.

Within those parameters, these are the categories of cookies that we usually will deal with:

  • Analytics: the ones that allow us to compile anonymous metrics to understand our audience and the content you like the most. These cookies are usually baked by Google Analytics.
  • Performance: the ones that securely tell us if the website is loading slowly or quickly for you. These allow us to make the website run more efficiently.
  • Embedded Video: On rare occasions, we may embed video in our articles, which is different from native video. For embedded video, cookies are baked by providers like YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Each provider sets the rules for the cookies, which you can check out on their websites.
  • Social Media: these cookies are needed in order to use handy services like sharing our articles and features on your social media, be it Facebook or Twitter. Each of those social media companies sets their own cookies, for which you can find policies on their websites.
  • Session State: We like to know which page you read the most, or if any of our pages is giving you trouble, so we use these cookies to tell us how to improve the website! You can opt out of these cookies if you don’t wish to participate in this feedback.

By browsing our website and allowing your browser to process cookies, you agree to use these cookies and information in the ways described above.

You can delete cookies any time you wish, and you may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting in your own browser.

Deleting cookies doesn’t mean you can’t browse FrankSpotnitz.Com, but it does mean that navigation may be slower or you may not be using our features to their full potential.

If you want to learn even more about cookies and how to manage them safely to your comfort, you can also visit this page: www.allaboutcookies.org.

WHERE DO WE STORE YOUR INFORMATION?

We take all feasible and necessary measures to keep any information shared with us protected on secure servers. However, no information transmitted via the internet is 100% secure. Security depends on the type of connection you use to connect to the web, your own practices for safe browsing and the device you are using.

We are responsible for any information received once it becomes part of our servers. However, you should be aware of the risks of sharing your information online. In case of a security breach due to circumstances beyond our control, our responsibility for the safeguarding of information is limited to the structures and procedures in place to protect your information in accordance to the GDPR.

If you have any concerns about data that you’ve shared with us, you can contact us by following the instructions at the end of this policy.

TO WHOM DO WE DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION?

Any information we collect may be used to comply with law enforcement either to investigate a complaint made by another user and/or any breach of the site’s Terms and Conditions. It can likewise be used to prevent any punishable or illegal activity in infringement of the GDPR or law in general, which may harm the website and its content. This information may be used to take appropriate legal action against the responsible parties.

This website will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information gathered as a result of any form of contact with us, to anyone. Your information will not be shared with third parties for any means of marketing, sales or any other commercial purposes without your prior and explicit consent. Your personal information may be processed by an external service provider acting on our behalf, in order to provide one or more services exclusively related to your relationship with our company.

WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS?

You have a right to the following requests:

  • not to be sent marketing, promotional or other communication;
  • a readable copy of the personal data we hold on you at any time;
  • to change, correct or update any personal data that we hold that is inaccurate; and/or
  • to erase your personal information.

To exercise any of these rights, please see the next section for information on how to contact us. Be advised that our security procedures mean that we may request proof of identity to satisfy your request before we reveal any information, including your email address and possibly your postal address.

Please note that this website includes links that lead to external websites. We are not responsible for the terms and conditions of those websites. They have their own measures to respect privacy and cookies, and you must ensure that you they’re compliant with your wishes before sharing any personal information with them.

CONTACTING US:

For the purposes of contacting us regarding the information we hold on you and clarifications of this policy, please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you would like to make a “data subject access request” please be advised that any request may be subject to a fee or processing time. Please address any requests to:

FrankSpotnitz.Com
4th Floor, 33-34 Alfred Place
London
WC1E 7DP
United Kingdom

Any personal information that you choose to provide us with when contacting us will be utilized in accordance with GDPR guidelines and destroyed after we have responded to your request.

If you are unsatisfied with our response to any information protection issues you raise with us, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO is a UK authority tasked with the protection of personal data and privacy.

This policy was last revised as of 1st July 2019.

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