Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how I, Alec Carmichael, use and protect any information that you give me when you use this website.

I am committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should I ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, and then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

I may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1st June 2018.

What I collect

My contact form asks for the following pieces of information:

  • name
  • telephone number
  • email address

What I do with this information and how I keep it secure.

I only need this information so I know who you are and how to contact you, should you decide to hire me as your graphic designer. Most other privacy statements go on to say stuff about " improving our products and services"  and " we may periodically send promotional emails.."etc...which is all a load of bollocks. I have no intention at all of using any of the information you give me via my contact form in any way other than to converse with you about work. Any future use of your information will be by me only, should you require my services again. From time to time I work closely with a friend of mine called Paul Paradise. Depending on the nature of the job in hand you may be hiring both of us (this will, of course, be discussed beforehand! It won't be a surprise or anything!). In the event of this happening I will share your contact information with him. Like me, he is not in the business of disclosing it to anyone else. Should anyone else be involved in any work we do together I shall discuss the sharing of your information with you on a case-by-case basis...Does anyone actually ever read these pages? It's just your name, email address and phone number...it should be bleedin' obvious why I've asked for them... *sigh* ..Oh well...I suppose I have to have something here...
I'm editing this in the wake of the GDPR thing that's just come into force. Please do let me know if you want me to tell you what personally identifiable information I have about you and I'll be quite happy to let you know your own name, telephone number and email address etc :)  Also, if you wish for me to delete any personal information about you I might have, I'll be quite happy to do so (securely and with no chance of it ever being recovered...well, maybe MI5 or the FBI could retrieve it using one of their huge computers or something if they really wanted to, but please don't be annoyed if - after doing so - I'm unable to contact you regarding any work I might be doing for you or work you might wish for me to do :)

In the course of us working together you might have to provide one or more of the following:

  • Your Facebook Login
  • Your Twitter Login
  • Your Instagram Login
  • Your Google Account Login
  • Your Wordpress Admin Login
  • Any other login that's pertinent to whatever it is you've asked me to do and that, without access, I'd be totally unable to do the work you've asked for)
  • ftp details for your website
     

What I do with this information and how I keep it secure.

Any logins you send to me will just be kept in whatever format you give them to me and will only be required in order for me to carry out any work you might ask me to do, and that - without said details - I'd be unable to do the work. For instance, any work on your Wordpress site will require me having access to the Dashboard; any work on your Google Analytics will require access to your Google account etc.  How secure the transfer is at your end is your responsibility. Your logins should be sent as either an email or email attachment (word doc or the like)  - which will be kept only as an email or email attachment in Thunderbird and will only be accessed from there (my computer being in a secure house needing a long and convoluted password to get into). I use a POP account for my emails, not IMAP, so any emails or email attachments aren't left on a server anywhere. Also, if I view emails on my (fingerprint and password protected) smartphone (a rarity) they are always locally deleted along with any attachment. At no point will I copy your login details anywhere or back them up anywhere. I don't keep a master "client login file" or anything like that, nor do I add your login details to any individual client profile. Upon the cessation of each logged in session I will log out. Your login details won't be saved for future ease of access, I don't stay logged in anywhere and after each browser session all browsers I use are set to automatically log out of everything, clear all cookies, clear cache and clear history. Upon completion of the work you've asked me to do I will delete the email/email attachment with your login details in. At no point after that will I have access to your account and I will strongly advise you to change your password as an added level of security. As for ftp access, I'll add your ftp details to whatever ftp software I might need to use in order to do the job and will delete them from said software upon completion of the work.
At your say so only (if, for instance, we have a long-standing relationship in which I do regular work for you and you trust me) I will keep any/all pertinent logins (safely and securely) here for future use on future projects. At any point I will securely delete them on your say so.

Your name, email address and contact number will be added to my email programme (Thunderbird). I keep my email accounts very secure with a stupidly long password which, according to howsecureismypassword.net , a password of similar length and complexity would take an estimated 4,000 years to break. I access my email from this PC only. Your name, contact number and email address will also be added to my mobile phone. This is also password and fingerprint protected, and can - quickly - be remotely blocked/wiped in the event of it going missing. I rarely use my mobile phone for email purposes and, as mentioned above, I don't keep any emails on it; all being locally deleted upon reading.

How we use cookies

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

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Links to other websites

This website contains links to other websites. However, once you have used these links to leave this site, you should note that I do not have any control over those other websites. Therefore, I cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question. In the event of me linking to something grim, suspect, dubious, distasteful etc I will give you prior warning. As this website stands today - June 1st 2018 - there are no such links. I am, though, a passionate vegan and have been known to post links to disturbing Peta undercover videos on Facebook. Should I decide to post anything like that here, there will be an obvious warning that you might not like it! You get the idea! Also, any external link I may add to this site will not, to my knowledge, be a link to anything malicious or illegal. At the time of posting links the link will have been checked by me for legality and safety. If a particular page/site changes/is hijacked after I've posted a link to it ( i.e it has the same URL but different content than that to which I linked originally) then I accept no responsibility for that. I will, however, periodically check my website for things such as this.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes. There isn't one on this website as I have no interest in, desire to, inclination to, obligation to send/give/sell anything to anyone...but as this started out as a pre-written policy I thought I'd leave it in...
  • if you have previously agreed to me using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us - which you won't have, becasue I'll never ask you if you want to. See above!

I will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless I have your permission or are required by law to do so. I won't use your personal information to send you promotional information or any other bollocks like that. I hate it when people do that! I might, however, send you a friendly catch-up email after a few months of conversational inactivity just to enquire if you need my services again, or if I can be of any help in any way...that's if you haven't already asked me to delete all personal information I have about you :)

I understand why the GDPR thing was needed and why it's in force and why I've had to update this policy, but really? Surely most things are just common sense and good practice aren't they? Oh well...I doubt if anyone will read this anyway, let alone get this far. Congratulations though, if you've reached this point. Well done! Fal x