Who I am
My website address is: http://www.prevolving.com and this website is run solely by Angus Finlayson
What personal data I collect and why I collect it
I collect a minimum of personal data.
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.
I use a WordPress plugin for the contact form on the Contact Page of this website. This plugin does not store any of the sent messages on my or their web server or in a database, but it does travel through my web server. The message is then sent to my email inbox, and once there is erased from the database. That message is retained for as long as needed to respond, and then deleted. All contact forms on Prevolving require consent from the sender.
If you leave a comment on Prevolving you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you won’t have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
I use Google Analytics to better understand what people look at on this website.
When someone visits Prevolving then information about their visit, such as what pages they looked at, how much time they spent on those pages and what country this visitor is browsing the site from is sent in an anonymous form to Google Analytics.
This data only contains information about anyone who is browsing my website from your computer and there is no way to identify a specific individual from this data.
I ensure that no personally identifiable information is ever contained within the data sent to Google Analytics.
As analytics information is not personal data, I do not specifically ask for your prior consent.
Email list addresses
If a visitor consents to joining one of my email lists such as the free to join Prevolving Newsletter then they will be sent regular emails containing information about personal development and information about recently published articles. A few of the emails for the Prevolving Newsletter may contain affiliate links (these are clearly marked as affiliate links within the text).
To join an email list a person will need to enter their email address into one of the sign up forms on this website, click the “Subscribe” button below the email form and then they will be sent to a page were they will receive more detailed information. This page will also display a step-by-step guide for how the visitor can confirm his or her subscription to the email list by clicking a button in an email they have just been sent.
All email lists on Prevolving are double optin email lists. This means that a person subscribing has to click a button in a confirmation email that was sent to their entered email address. This procedure is put in place to ensure I get the subscribers clear consent to send him or her emails via the email list.
Who I share your data with
No one. The data collected by Prevolving is only accessed and used by the owner of this website, Angus Finlayson.
How long I retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
If you join one of my email lists then your email address and associated data is retained until your cancel your subscription to that email list either by using the unsubscribe link at the end of each email sent, or by emailing me (using the contact form) and requesting me to delete your email address from that email list. Or until your email address is deemed inactive (meaning that your email address has not opened one of our newsletters in at least 6 months) and is deleted manually.
What rights you have over your data
If you have left comments on this website or subscribed to one of my email lists then 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.
Where I send your data
Your contact information
To contact Angus Finlayson – the owner of this website – regarding your data, please send an email by using the contact form on the Contact page.
How I protect your data
I take the security of personal data and this website very seriously.
The data collected is protected in a number of ways:
Access control: The data is only accessed by one person, the owner of this website: Angus Finlayson.
Dedicated security software: I operate dedicated security scanning and access control software on this website. This software limits login attempts to my site, blocks potentially malicious attempts to access our services, and regularly performs full file system scans.
Data encryption: This website is secured with SSL encryption, which means that all traffic to and from my server is encrypted. This also applies to my own administrative access to the website.
Selection of third party service providers: I use a minimal number of third party service providers, but some are essential for the provision of physical hosting environments and email list services. One of the core factors in the selection of such providers is their ability to provide secure systems and processes.
What data breach procedures I have in place
As this website is run by one person (Angus Finlayson) are there no internal reports about a potential data breach. The website and servers are regularly scanned for data breaches by using dedicated security software, and all programs used on this website are always updated to the latest version. If any data breach was to be detected this would be reported to the appropriate authority immediately.
What third parties I receive data from
These third party services provide social share buttons and similar features which I utilise on Prevolving, such as the “Like” and “Tweet” buttons.
I embed code that they provide which I do not control myself. To function their buttons generally know if you’re logged in, for example, Facebook use this to say “x number of your friends like this”. I do not have any access to that information, nor can I control how those networks use it.
Social networks could know that you’re viewing this website, if you use their services and you should check their privacy policies if you are unclear about their practices.
Resources & Further Information
Data Protection Act 2018
ICO Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Last Updated 21st May 2018