PRIVACY POLICY GDPR THING HOOZIT

Wow has anyone ever read one of these?

We have to have one of these dealios to explain how we comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the DPA (Data Protection Act) and the PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations) because God knows there’s not enough actual interesting things in the world to read, you need to read 1,000 words of legalese nonsense that makes literally not one bit of difference to anyone, ever.

Also we don’t really know what these things are. We’re just two under-heighted writers who thought we’d have a laugh and get other people writing with us and now apparently we’re doing this 🤷‍♀️

Short words (written by short people)

The best bit about the GDPR stuff is that all this has to be “concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible” so hold on to your hats, motherfuckers, this is going to be the shortest, clearest and best freakin’ privacy policy you ever did see.

So. Here we go…

Tl;dr

We’re a tiny, overstretched business and we don’t have the time or energy to do anything nefarious with your data. It’s not that we’re not evil – we’re as corruptible as anyone – we’re just too tired to think up a malevolent plot to steal your identity.

We collect and store the info we need to provide you with the service you buy from us. We occasionally stalk you via Facebook or Google adverts. That’s really it.

Cookies

Seriously who actually cares? Do you even know what a cookie is or does? Well then. Yes we use cookies because that’s kinda how the Internet works. If you don’t want our delicious home-baked chocolate chip scripts, then you need to block cookies on your browser but don’t come crying to us when nothing does what it’s supposed to.

Stalky visitor tracking

Look, we’re following you, ok? We use Google Analytics, primarily to stare at the real time stats because they’re cool but also to see what stuff people are looking at so we can write more of the stuff you like.

We also have the Facebook Pixel installed so that we can sell you stuff. Yes you heard it. We are a business and – shocker – we want you to spend money with us. The Facebook Pixel means that we can see how people interact with our site and with Facebook adverts and then we try to flog you relevant stuff. If you’ve not seen the Facebook Ads analytics dashboard MAN ALIVE it’s stalker central. That shit is a terrifying Black Mirror horror show. If you’re not on Facebook – well bloody done but the pixel is tracking you anyway. 

Don’t know if there’s a specific Facebook Pixel blocking thing but we accidentally discovered that if you use Freedom app to block social media while you’re writing it also blocks the FB pixel. Handy hints!

None of these things store any super personal data about you but probably they nab your IP address, not that we’d know where to look for it or what to do with it. All we see is that a person or many people have interacted with the website in a particular way. You can mess with us by doing something totally unexpected on the website and skewing our stats. Or you could do something way more fun and useful with your time LIKE WRITING.  

Data storage

DATA!! It’s all about the data, baby. A literal fuck-tonne of petabytes whirring around the world and what? What’s it all for? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? What will future historians actually see of us and our slowly collapsing society? Eesh. We store your data in a few different places and use it in a couple of different ways. You ready for this?

Here on this website! If you register with the site we will store your name and email address. If you buy stuff from us we will store your name, email address, postal address, phone number if you give it to us, and purchase history. Your payment details ARE NOT held on the site. We obviously go to the maximum effort to keep this data secure and only three people have access to it. Only one of them ever actually looks at it and that’s to solve any technical problems you might have. If you want to change, update or delete your financial-schminancials you need to speak to Stripe or PayPal, depending on how you paid for stuff.

We’ll be honest: we do absolutely nothing surprising or radical with your info. We use your purchase history to target you with ads for stuff you might like. For e.g. if you buy writing retreats, we’ll occasionally ask you if you want to go on another writing retreat. If you’ve done one of our courses, we’ll occasionally ask you if you want to do another course. Does that make us EvilMegaCorp? Idk, it’s fairly standard isn’t it?

Active Campaign! If you’ve signed up for anything or bought anything on our site – newsletter, free course, paid course, membership, merch, anything – your name and email address also wangs its way over to Active Campaign, which is the system we use to manage our newsletters and emails. They are (allegedly) GDPR compliant. You can unsubscribe from emails at any time by hitting the unsubscribe button. If you want us to delete you data, wang us an email at [email protected].

Your payment details

When you buy stuff, you will either pay through Stripe or PayPal. The only payment-based details we hold on our site is how much you’ve spent and whether you paid with Stripe or PayPal. We have no bank or card details or nada here. Everyone is GDPR compliant. If you want to change any financial details or have that data deleted, you need to speak to Stripe or PayPal. Ok cool.

Email marketing thingies and newsletters

If you sign up to our newsletter, we will send you a newsletter – one a week, but occasionally more if there is more interesting stuff to tell you. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe button in every email. Your name and email address are stored securely in Active Campaign and you can email us if you want this info deleted.

If you sign up for a course, we will send you emails about the course. The frequency of which depends on the course. You can unsubscribe but you’ll miss important stuff about the course.

Active Campaign automatically adds tracking things to links so if you click on a link WE KNOW. If you open an email WE KNOW. If you ignore us reminding you to be writing WE KNOW.

The most important thing about this is we have neither the time nor inclination to actually look at or do anything with these stats.

Your right to be deleted

FINE FUCK OFF THEN WE DON’T CARE. If you want to go undercover, just chuck us an email at [email protected] and we’ll delete all the info we have on you from our systems while having a passive aggressive huff about what we could have possibly done wrong.

This does not include PayPal and Stripe. If you want to delete your PayPal or Stripe accounts you have to do that yourself via PayPal or Stripe. We cannot delete your purchase history because the taxman will be terribly upset.

Just so you know, though, if you go full deletey, you won’t be able to access our courses anymore. We’re not being dicks, it’s because we need your email address so we know you’ve paid and that you’re allowed to access it.

Social media and all that bollocks

We use social media a lot, partly to promote our courses and retreats but mostly as a vehicle for our procrastination, creative swearing and political opinions. If you chat to us, we’ll chat back at you. You can ask us to be less friendly if you wish and we will of course respect your boundaries.  

You are not required to follow our social media accounts but they’re funny as all hell so you should.

We won’t ask our employees to temper themselves on social media in the service of us. If they turn out to be racist, bigoted dipshits then we wanna know so we can tell them to go to hell.

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Licence this glorious hooha!

If you are coming at us from any time that isn’t 24 May 2018 you’ll have forgotten about the Great Privacy Policy Viral Extravaganza that followed the publication of what is essentially an internal rant to Team WHQ that we published for the lols.

Anyways, turns out quite a few of you want to use our words for your own Privacy Policy. This is totally cool BUT there are conditions.

You have a choice.

  1. You can pay a licence fee of £200 for the words and whack ’em on your site with appropriate tweaks and never think of us again. Email [email protected] and she’ll sort it all out for yous.
  2. You can whack ’em on your site TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE but you must include a link back to www.writershq.co.uk at the top of the privacy policy where people might actually see it, and use the following words:

“With thanks to Writers’ HQ, our supreme writing commanders, glorious leaders and excellent but tiny overlords, who have verily granted us permission to use their splendid and sweary Privacy Policy.”

ALSO BE WARNED THIS IS A DISCLAIMER WARNING WARNING DANGER WILL ROBINSON

You HAVE to adjust the policy to work for your business. You cannot use it verbatim because it is meaningless for your business, unless your business is exactly the same as ours in which case what are you even doing get your own idea.

We CANNOT and WILL NOT and SHALL NOT guarantee this is GDPR compliant for your business. Seek legal advice on this matter for your business. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR BUSINESS. Not now, not ever, not in any universe or timeline or reboot.

AND FINALLY

If you do use our words, bung us an email on [email protected] just so we can have a giggle about it too. THANKING YOU MUCHLY FINEST OF HUMANS.

Ok we’re done now.

Thanks.

Ok bye.

Ok bye love you.

Byeeee.

kk bye.

Bye.