Privacy & Cookies Policy
So this is the formal and full on stuff about GDPR, data and cookies. If you are reading this you have a) got lost trying to to find another page or b) one of the very few who is fascinated by what a website with data and personal information. Welcome! I care about your privacy and the data you provide so below, you’ll find an overview of the data I collect and process through my website and my coaching practice, whether you’re a client or someone merely browsing and having a look around my website.
There’s a lot to read, and it can seem rather convoluted so I’ve done my best to translate a lot of legal jargon in to my own words.
Good luck - together we will get through this!
This privacy notice provides you with details of how I collect and process your personal data through your use of my website
I am the data controller and I am responsible for your personal data.
It is very important that the information I hold about you is accurate and up to date. Please let me know if at any time if your personal information changes by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What data do I collect about you, for what purpose and how do I collect it?
If you are a coaching client: I will collect data about you in the form of your name, email address, video call system name/account, home address and telephone number. I store this data in confidential paper and protected online files. I will use the data you provide me to contact you via email, video call, mail or telephone for the purposes of communicating with you within context of our coaching work together.
If you signed up to my mailing list (via the contact form on my website or Facebook): Your email address and name will be stored in an email system I use called Ionos. I will use this information to contact you via Ionos for the purposes of sending you emails. You will not be added to any other email lists within Ionos or elsewhere, unless you subscribe yourself to them. I will never share your personal data with any third party for their own marketing purposes. You can ask me to stop sending you emails at any time by following the opt-out links in my emails sent to you or by emailing me at email@example.com at any time.
While using my website, I may collect information about you, such as your IP address, details about your browser (i.e Safari, Chrome, Firefox), the amount of time you spend on the pages of my website, your page views and navigation paths, details about the number of times you use my website, time zone settings and other technology on the devices you use to access my website. The source of this data is from the analytics tracking system I use called Google Analytics. I process this data to analyse your use of my website to administer and protect my business and website, to deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you, and to understand the effectiveness of my advertising.
I do not collect any sensitive data about you. Sensitive data refers to data that includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data. I also do not collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.
I may also receive data from third parties, such as analytics providers like Google based outside the EU, advertising networks such as Facebook based outside the EU, or providers of Payment services such as Paypal, both based outside the EU.
If you opt out of receiving marketing communications, this opt-out does not apply to personal data provided as a result of other transactions, such as purchases of online products or coaching services.
Again, if you’d like me to remove your information from my mailing list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can arrange this for you.
Who with, and why, might I share your personal data?
From time to time, I may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below:
Service providers who provide IT and system administration services.
Professional advisers including lawyers, bankers, auditors, accountants and insurers.
Government bodies that require me to report processing activities.
I require all third parties to whom I transfer your data to, to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. I only allow such third parties to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with my instructions.
Countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) do not always offer the same levels of protection to your personal data, so European law has prohibited transfers of personal data outside of the EEA unless the transfer meets certain criteria.
Many of my third parties service providers (such as Paypal, Satori and Mailchimp) are based outside the European Economic Area (EEA) so their processing of your personal data will involve a transfer of data outside the EEA.
Whenever I transfer your personal data out of the EEA, I do my very best to ensure a similar degree of security of data by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is in place:
I will only transfer your personal data to countries that the European Commission have approved as providing an adequate level of protection for personal data by; or
Where I use certain service providers, I may use specific contracts or codes of conduct or certification mechanisms approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe; or
If I use US-based providers that are part of EU-US Privacy Shield, I may transfer data to them, as they have equivalent safeguards in place.
If none of the above safeguards is available, I may request your explicit consent to the specific transfer. You will have the right to withdraw this consent at any time.
What do I do with your data and how long do I hold on to it for?
I will only keep hold of your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes I collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.
When deciding what the correct time is to keep the data for, I look at its amount, nature and sensitivity, potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure, the processing purposes, if these can be achieved by other means and legal requirements.
For tax purposes the law requires me to keep basic information about my clients (including contact information, financial and transaction data) for six years after they stop being clients.
In some circumstances I may anonymise your personal data for research or statistical purposes in which case I may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.
Your legal rights
Under data protection laws you have rights in relation to your personal data that include the right to request access, correction, erasure, restriction, transfer, to object to processing, to portability of data and (where the lawful ground of processing is consent) to withdraw consent.
You can see more about these rights at:
If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please email me at email@example.com
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, I may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive or refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.
I may need to request specific information from you to help me confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. I may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up my response.
I will do my best to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take me longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, I will notify you.
If you are not happy with any aspect of how I collect and use your data, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). I would be grateful if you contact me first if you do have a complaint so that I can try to resolve it for you.
What about links on my website to third-party sites?
This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. I do not control these third-party websites and I am not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave my website, I encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.
Cookies (of the information kind, not the kind you dunk in tea)
Under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, we may send you marketing communications from us if (i) you made a purchase or asked for information from us about our goods or services or (ii) you agreed to receive marketing communications and in each case you have not opted out of receiving such communications since. Under these regulations, if you are a limited company, we may send you marketing emails without your consent. However you can still opt out of receiving marketing emails from us at any time.
What is a cookie?
A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of my site.
Cookies are either:
Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. I use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.
Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
Performance cookies: These cookies enable me to monitor and improve the performance of my website. For example, they allow me to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
Functionality cookies: These cookies allow my website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, I may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.