CHILDREN: There is adult content on our website and in our books. If you are under the age of 18, please go away.
PARENTS: Our federal tax dollars are funding a site that may be of interest to parents of children who use the Internet; see www.onguardonline for a lot of good information.
Shhhhh ~ You are now in Dolly Kyle’s Privacy Center ~
To be read in a whisper:
Welcome to the Dolly Kyle Privacy Center, hopefully, the most boring part of my website. If you read something else on the website that is more boring than this, please tell me (email@example.com) and I will do my best to fix it.
IN A NUTSHELL, I VALUE MY OWN PRIVACY ( * ) AND I RESPECT YOURS. ERGO (THAT’S LATIN FOR “THEREFORE,” AND I USE IT BECAUSE I THINK IT’S A FUN WORD), I’M NOT GOING TO SHARE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION WITH ANYONE EXCEPT AS NECESSARY TO PROCESS YOUR ORDERS AND SHIP YOUR BOOKS.
( * ) Yes, it seems ironic to tell you that I value my own privacy while I’m “politely revealing southern secrets” in my novels. I may tell some juicy stories there, but I’m not providing names, addresses, credit card information, etc. If you don’t understand this, then don’t even think about reading my books. If you are a child under the age of 18, please go away now.
I’m sure that “this ain’t your first rodeo” as far as surfing the Internet is concerned. If I’m wrong about that and this is the very first website you have ever visited, please, please, please let me know how you came to visit my website before any of the millions of others. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me the story. It would be fascinating, at least to me.
“I / me / mine / my / we / our / ours / us” refers to me (Dolly Kyle, author) and my company (Arkansas Inspired, LLC, publisher). “You / your / yours” refers to [hmmm, let’s see now, this could be difficult to grasp, especially if you are a child under the age of 18 (in which case you should have gone away 2 paragraphs ago, so go away now, and I mean it)], anyone in the world who is NOT “I / me / mine / my / we / our / ours / us.”
Ergo (are we still having fun?), if you are not Dolly Kyle or an employee of Arkansas Inspired, LLC, then “you / your / yours” means YOU, the person who is reading this. Now, WE find it difficult to believe that anyone would still be reading this and “anyone” here means YOU.
One of these days, hopefully sooner rather than later, we are going to upgrade this website so that you can order books here and maybe even provide some feedback online rather than sending an email directly to me: email@example.com. When that upgrade finally happens, you may want to know what we’re going to do with your information, how we’re going to control your preferences and settings, etc., so here it comes.
THE GIST OF THE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BORING PART THAT FOLLOWS IS: WE WANT YOU TO TRUST US! SERIOUSLY.
Our tax dollars (and here I mean both mine and yours) have funded some broad federal programs. Thanks to our tax dollars (yours and mine), the federal government along with the technology industry developed some practical tips to help you to guard against Internet fraud, to secure your computer, and to protect your personal information; read all about that at http://www.onguardonline.gov.
HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
This policy does not apply to companies that we do not own or control (which is all the other companies in the world besides Arkansas Inspired) or to people whom we do not employ or manage (which is almost every one of the billions of people on the planet). In the future, if we are fortunate enough to be able to acquire other companies, we will discover that they have their own preexisting privacy policies and we will be sure to have lawyers advise us what to do about that. In the meantime, it’s not an issue and we hope it doesn’t cause you to lose any sleep worrying about it.
INFORMATION COLLECTION AND USE
We collect personal information when you register with us, when you purchase our books or use any of the services we may provide, when you visit our web pages (or the pages of partners, which we don’t have now, but we’ll let you know when we get some), or when you enter any contest that we may have (and we do want to have contests). We may combine information about you that we have with information we obtain from business partners or other companies.
When you register with us, we will ask for information such as your name, email address, birth date, gender, ZIP code, occupation, industry, and personal interests. (Right now, that’s primarily because I like to get to know my readers!) To ship books to you, of course, we will also ask for your snail mail address.
WE ARE NEVER GOING TO ASK FOR YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, SO YOU CAN BE SURE THAT IF SOMEONE ASKS FOR YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, IT IS NOT ONE OF US. EVER. PERIOD.
When you register with us and sign in to our services, you are not anonymous to us, although I have no clue about how this techie stuff works. Again, the main point is that you need to be able to trust us; I trust the techie people who make all this happen on the site both now and in the future.
We have techie folks who collect information about your transactions with us (and with any business partners), including information about your use of products and services that we offer.
We automatically receive and record information from your computer and browser, including your IP address, our cookie information, software and hardware attributes, and the page you request.
We may use all that information for the following general purposes: to customize any advertising and content you see, to fulfill your requests for products and services, to improve our services, to contact you, to conduct research, and to provide anonymous reporting for internal and external clients.
INFORMATION SHARING AND DISCLOSURE
We do not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies except to provide products or services you’ve requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:
We will respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process and/or to establish or exercise our legal rights and/or to defend against legal claims.
AT SOME IDEAL POINT IN THE FUTURE, BUT NOT YET:
We will provide your personal information to trusted partners who work on behalf of or with us under confidentiality agreements. Such companies may use your personal information to help us communicate with you about offers from us and/or our marketing partners. These companies (OF COURSE!) do not have any independent right to share this information.
We would display targeted advertisements based on personal information. Advertisers (including ad serving companies) may assume that people who interact with, view, or click targeted ads meet the targeting criteria – for example, readers in a certain age bracket in a particular demographic area.
We would not provide any personal information to the advertiser when you interact with or view a targeted ad, but you know by now that interacting with or viewing an ad gives your consent to the possibility that the advertiser will make the assumption that you meet the targeting criteria used to display the ad.
We don’t have any advertisers now, and I’m not sure that we will ever want to have advertisers, but if we do, they could include businesses such as stores, software companies, and maybe even other writers/publishers, as well as financial service providers such as banks, mortgage and stock brokers, and financial planners, since there is an assumption that people who read books also have some financial assets.
COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES
After you send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), I have the right to respond to you via email and to send you information about upcoming books, etc., without offering you the opportunity to “opt out.” Of course, if you personally and politely ask me to take you off my mailing list, I’ll do that.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY
We limit access to personal information about you to employees who need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs.
We have physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to protect personal information about you.
We may update this policy. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by placing a PROMINENT NOTICE on our site.
QUESTION AND SUGGESTIONS
I think I’ve made it clear by now that I welcome feedback of all sorts… preferably polite, of course. My “contact page” contains this same information:
Dolly Kyle 1818 N. Taylor St. LR, AR 72207 email@example.com 501.664.KYLE(5953)
Updated: May 1, 2015 Copyright © Dolly Kyle