Have you seen this acronym floating around? “GDPR” It stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It’s a European thing. Nope…I’m not moving to Europe. But many of my readers live there, so the GDPR affects us all.
Honestly, I think it’s a good thing. At least it’s forcing companies to do some good things.
Let’s face it, privacy and data protection are huge issues these days. Everyone has either had their identity stolen, been victims of credit card fraud, or knows someone who has. That all stems from personal data getting into the wrong hands. The aim of the GDPR is to lessen the likelihood of it happening to you.
While you can access it via a link at the very bottom of every page and post on this site, here are the highlights:
I collect some general data from everyone.
Like 99% of sites out there, this site uses site tracking, sometimes called “cookies.” It doesn’t identify you specifically. All of the data is collected in aggregate (one big pool of data).
This info shows me what posts people visit the most, what browsers they use, and other general info that helps me make sure the site is working, my posts are relevant to what you want, and helps me write more pertinent email.
I collect specific data from some of you.
While most parts of this site can be accessed without any personal data being shared, there are sometimes when I need to collect it. Here are a few:
- When you ask to have the blog posts delivered to your email.
- When you request one of my free ebooks.
- When you register for a free (or paid) course.
- When you buy a product. (Those receipts are hard to email without personal data.)
I collect only the information I need.
In almost every situation, the only “required” fields are “First Name” and “Email Address.” Technically, I only need the email address, but I prefer, “Hey James” to start out an email much more than “Hey Subscriber.” If you ever see a box where you can input information, and you don’t want to share that info, just leave it blank. And if it’s marked as a “required” field, please use the Contact Page to let me know. It was most likely an accident when I created the form and I definitely want to change it!
I collect interesting data using surveys.
If you’ve been around here long, you know I like surveys. I like to find out what you think, use, want, etc. It helps me write better blog posts and create better resources. (It’s also interesting!) You’ve probably also noticed I don’t ask for any personal information when I toss out a survey.
I never store your financial information.
Obviously, if you buy a book or DVD at my online store, or register for Relational Bible Study™ you’ll need to enter your payment information. That information is sent securely (notice the “https://” at the front of the web address) to the credit card processor and is NOT stored on our site. I never see it and certainly don’t save it! In fact, I couldn’t even if I wanted to…which I don’t.
I make unsubscribing really easy.
People unsubscribe for different reasons. Sometimes you don’t have time to read my stuff anymore. Sometimes you only wanted the free download. Sometimes you need less in your inbox. I’m totally ok with it. Truly.
Whatever the reason, I want it to be easy. You will never get an email from me without an “unsubscribe” link at the bottom. If you do, it was a mistake or an error in the coding. Please hit “reply” and let me know (even if you’re not unsubscribing). I want to fix it.
Bottom line: I hate spam. I would hate being labeled a spammer. Oh, and I will never share or sell your information. (Unless the FBI says I have to. Then, well, I hope you understand.)