UPDATE: 2024-03-07

WHO I AM:

I am a writer. I am not a lawyer, and I hate trying to decipher or write legalese. But I value your privacy. So, I’m going to give you my privacy policy straight up and in the best way I know how and in plain English. If you have questions, please email me through my contact form.

My website address is: https://ajayer.com

CONTACT FORM

My contact form requests your first name, email address, and the subject and the message that you wish to send me. The system also captures your IP address. The information about your IP address is checked for spam and then transmitted to me via email. During that transmission, the data will be sent through normal email channels.

I use the plug-in Contactform7 to manage all this information. If you have any concerns about their privacy policy please go to https://contactform7.com/privacy-policy/

COMMENTS

My fans and readers are nice, polite people who would never think to abuse the power of the word. Unfortunately, there are hackers and spambots out there that will leave unsolicited junk comments on unprotected websites. To protect my site and you, from spam and those nasty people, I use a plug-in called Cleantalk. It compares your information with a list of known spam senders. So, some of the information it may obtain about you are your name, your email address, and of course your comment. It may also collect information about your IP address’s user agent, referrer, and site URL. My understanding is that Cleantalk doesn’t do anything else with your data, and after a few days, they purge your data from their system. If you want to learn more, here is their privacy policy https://cleantalk.org/publicoffer#privacy.

However, when you leave a comment on my website, I do keep that information and store it in my database. This makes it easier to recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of putting them in a holding cell pending approval.

MEDIA

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but not at the expense of your privacy, the privacy or the copyright of others. Please be vigilant when uploading images, video and audio files. It’s always wise to ensure you have permission to use it, particularly if real people or licensed characters (think Mickey Mouse) are involved, but also if you’ve copied that file from someone else.

Avoid uploading images or files with embedded location data. Often called EXIF GPS (Exchangeable Image File Format, Global Positioning System). Most digital cameras and smartphones geotag the coordinates of where the photo was taken. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from those files on the website. If you want to learn how to remove that from your file, please search for it on the internet there are a number of good articles on how to do that.

COOKIES

I love cookies, particularly the triple chocolate ones. However, that is not the type of cookies we’re talking about here. According to Wikipedia “cookies are small blocks of data created by a web server while a user is browsing a website and placed on the user’s computer or other devices by the user’s web browser.” It’s sort of like when you go to a convention and they slap a label on your chest with your name on it so they know who you are. Cookies help to identify you when you return to my website and to personalize your experience and ease of site navigation. No private or personal information is transferred.

You have the right to accept or decline cookies.

I use CookiesYes as the plug-in to manage the cookies on my website. If you want to see their privacy policy, go to https://www.cookieyes.com/privacy-policy/.

NEWSLETTERS

When you subscribe to my newsletter, I ask for your first name and your email address. This gets added to my database. My anti-spam collects your IP address’s information to ensure against robots and bad guys.

If you don’t want to receive my newsletters, I will be sad. But seriously, if you want to be removed from my newsletter list, just click unsubscribe at the bottom of any newsletter. Or, send me an email through my contact form.

WEBSITE ACTIVITY TRACKING

Like most people, I have enough to keep track of in my life. My hosting company, Siteground.com, provides me with basic data on users who access my website. This data is kept deliberately general and is not traceable back to any individual. Some of the information I do receive is the user’s country of origin, what browser was used, and how long a user stayed on my site. This helps me with my marketing and in making my website a fun experience for those who visit. Here is their privacy policy if you have any concerns https://world.siteground.com/privacy.htm

In addition, many search engines (Google included) track website visitors and activity. This is not something specific to my website. It happens every time you use the internet. According to everything I’ve read, this information is very generic in nature. I don’t keep this information myself, however, I do occasionally look at the analysis to see what people are searching for when they come to my site. Again, this helps me with my marketing. If you don’t want to be tracked by these search engines do a search on “how to enable private browsing on any web browser”.

One of the analysis reports I look at is Google Analytics. It helps me to see where users are coming from and to observe click-through rates. You can read more about what information Google captures on their website www.google.com.

EMBEDDED CONTENT FROM OTHER WEBSITES

From time to time, I may include embedded content from other websites (Examples: video, image, article, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the user has visited that other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

I have no control over those other websites and the data they collect on users. However, I do my best to investigate the privacy policies of these other websites, because I value my privacy too. If you have serious security concerns about those websites, please email me through my contact form.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

Occasionally, I may include links to other websites in my articles or on my web pages. I have no control over those other websites and the data they collect on users. However, I do my best to investigate the privacy policies of these other websites, because I value my privacy too. Bottom-line, if you don’t trust the other website or even if you are unsure, please do not click on the link. And, if you have serious security concerns about those websites, please email me through my contact form.

HOW LONG I RETAIN YOUR DATA

If you leave a comment (see Comments above) or sign up for my newsletter (see Newsletters above), I keep that information on my database indefinitely. I will never knowingly sell your information to anyone else without your permission. If you wish to be removed from my database, please email me through my contact form.

A NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL USERS

If you live outside North America, I may just envy you. If you are accessing this website from outside North America, you should know that this site is hosted in the U.S.A. but owned in Canada. This means that any information you do provide me is transferred to the United States for processing and maintenance in accordance with this privacy policy statement. You are also consenting to the application of Canadian law in all matters concerning this site.

CHILDREN

I write adult romances from sweet to hot and sexy. Some of the material on this website may not be appropriate for children under the age of 18 without parental consent.

CHANGES TO THIS STATEMENT

Change is a constant and a certainty. From time to time I may update this privacy policy. When I do, I will revise the “Last Update” date at the top of this privacy policy. Please review my privacy policy from time to time. Your continued use of this website constitutes your agreement to this privacy policy statement and any updates.