Privacy Policy

UPDATED on 10/09/18.

Here on Once Upon a Bookcase, your safety is taken very seriously. The privacy policy in the link below is affective 28th May 2018 and outlines the types of personal information received and collected by onceuponabookcase.co.uk and how it is used.

Privacy Policy

The privacy policy linked to in the button above is created by Iubenda.com. As part of the free service, the button contains a tracker. Read Iubenda's Privacy Policy.

Here are a few other things I wish to make you aware of.

Cookie Consent

I have created a cookie consent banner through Insites.com. As part of the free service, it includes a tracker. Insites is a registered trademark of Silktide Ltd. Read Silktide's Privacy Policy.

Bloglovin'

I use a Bloglovin' widget to enable you to follow Once Upon a Bookcase via Bloglovin' and have my updates sent direct to your inbox. To do so, you must follow by entering your email address. When using the widget, Bloglovin' may collect the following metadata about you: unique identifiers, the geo-location, whether you are currently logged into Bloglovin.com, and the url of this blog, where the widget is located. Bloglovin' also tracks the page load where the widget is located and any clicks on the widget. Bloglovin' may also correlate your use of this blog with your Bloglovin profile. Do read Bloglovin''s Privacy Policy.

Stats Counter

I use Bravenet's Counter and Live Stats service to track and record visitor traffic to my blog, and provides detailed traffic reports. Bravenet uses your IP address data and a browser cookie to determine if your visit is unique, if you are a returning or a first-time visitor, and also tracks your page views. It stores some basic information for the purposes of determining site traffic. The information Bravenet stores is your location and which sites referred you to my blog, if applicable, and your IP address and host. Do read Bravenet's Privacy Policy.

InLinkz

I have used InLinkz in the past for the Retellings Reading Challenges, which required those who were participating in the challenges to provide a URL to their review post, a title, and an image from their blog. This one then create thumbnail image link on my link-up posts, linking back to their review. I no longer use InLinkz, and my account has expired, but the previous link-ups from the reading challenges can still be viewed by clicking a link provided by InLinkz on my reading challenge pages. Do read InLinkz's Privacy Policy.

Comments

The comment form for onceuponabookcase.co.uk is the inbuilt commenting form that comes with the Blogger.com blogging platform, which enables you to comment through a platform you already have an account with. To comment, you log in in through Google, LiveJournal, Wordpress, TypePad, or AIM. Doing so will show readers of your comment your username for the account you logged in with, and a link to your profile on that platform. There will also be a date and time stamp along with your comment.

Please DO NOT include personal information in any comments on my posts. You never know who is checking out my blog and can see your information. If any personal information is posted in the comments, I will delete the comment for your own safety - but I can't guaruntee that it will be deleted before someone else has seen it. Because of this, so you're not using your own/full name, I suggest using a Blogger or Google ID to create an online persona.

Giveaways

Occasionally I run or host giveaways for books on onceuponabookcase.co.uk or via Twitter.

For Giveaways on Once Upon a Bookcase

When I run giveaways on onceuponabookcase.co.uk, I use Rafflecopter.com to create a giveaway widget. Rafflecopter.com requires entrants to log in to the entrant form through either Facebook Connect or entering their name and an email address (more on how to enter a giveaway here). All giveaways will include terms and conditions, and a link to this privacy policy.

Entrants gain entries through the Rafflecopter widget by completing tasks; some compulsory, others not. Generally, the tasks I use are to follow me and/or authors of the books bring given away, commenting on the giveaway post or a related post, and following my blog on Bloglovin'. The tasks included in a giveaway may differ depending on the giveaway. All giveaway information will be collected via Rafflecopter.com - Rafflecopter.com gives me direct access to the entrants' name, email, IP address, timestamp, and how they entered. This information is required for the following reasons.
  • Name and email - To contact the entrant(s) who have won. Email is also used to verify entries.
  • IP address - Rafflecopter.com uses the IP address to determine location. A location is required to verify entrants are from the location giveaways are open to. The IP address is also used to verify entries.
  • Timestamp - To verify entries.
  • How entrant entered - To verify entries.
Please read the Rafflecopter.com Privacy Policy.

If you are under 16 years old and wish to enter, please ask your parent or guardian to enter for you. I have no way of checking age, so I am expecting you all to be honest, please.

After a giveaway is over, winner(s) are randomly picked through Rafflecopter.com. When a winner(s) is/are picked, it will be announced in the original giveaway post through the Rafflecopter.com widget. I will email the winner - whose email address(es) I have access to through Rafflecopter.com - informing them that they have won, and requesting their mailing address(es) for the purpose of mailing the prize(s) to them.

Sometimes I host giveaway on behalf of publishers of PR companies/freelancers. In these cases, the mailing address(es) of the winner(s) will need to be passed on to my contact so they can mail the prize(s) to the winner(s). In my email informing the winner(s) they have won, I will reiterate that which will be mentioned in the giveaway's terms and conditions - that mailling address(es) will need to be passed on to my contacts for the purposes of mailing the prize(s) and request consent to do so.

All information received through Rafflecopter.com is deleted after the winner(s) has/have been contacted. Once I have posted the prize(s) to the winner(s), or passed on the mailing address(es) to my publishing or PR company/freelance contacts, emails containing mailing addresses will be deleted. No one's mailing address will be otherwise shared or distributed in any way, not rented or sold, nor is it kept on file.

At no point will entrants be required to include their email address in the comments section. Any comment containing an email address will be deleted.

For Giveaways Hosted on Once Upon a Bookcase

On occassion, as part of a blog tour, my blog tour post will included a giveaway that I am not running. I will simply be posting the Rafflecopter code related to the giveaway in my post - again, please read the Rafflecopter.com Privacy Policy.

Every one of these giveaways will include information on who is running the giveaway - therefore who will be contacting the winner by email, and who will be posting the prize(s) (whether the blog tour organiser, or the publisher), so you know who the winner(s) will be giving their mailing address to. I have no access to your information, nor any control over how your information is controlled.

For Giveaways on Twitter

When I run giveaways on Twitter, generally people may enter by following me, and sometimes the author of the book I'm giving away, and/or the publisher publishing a book if I am hosting a giveaway for them, and Retweeting my giveaway Tweet. The giveaway Tweet will include a link to the terms and conditions of that specific giveaway on onceuponabookcase.co.uk, which will include a link to this privacy policy.

If you are under 16 years old and wish to enter, please ask your parent or guardian to enter for you. I have no way of checking age, so I am expecting you all to be honest, please.

After the giveaway is over, I use Tweet Draw on The Competition Agency, which I use to pick a random Retweet of my original giveaway Tweet. I then Quote Tweet my original giveaway Tweet, announcing the winner(s), mentioning their Twitter handle, and requesting they send me a Direct Message with their mailing address(es) for the purpose of mailing the prize(s) to them.

Sometimes I host giveaway on Twitter behalf of publishers of PR companies/freelancers. In these cases, the mailing address(es) of the winner(s) will need to be passed on to my contact so they can mail the prize(s) to the winner(s). When this is the case, instead of asking the winner(s) to Direct Message me with their mailing address, I will Direct Message the winner(s) asking them for their mailing address(es) for the purposes of mailing the prizes, and reiterate that which will be mentioned in the giveaway terms and conditions - that mailling address(es) will need to be passed on to my contacts for the purposes of mailing the prize(s) and request consent to do so.

Once I have posted the prize(s) to the winner(s), Direct Messages containing mailing addresses will be deleted. No one's mailing address will be otherwise shared or distributed in any way, not rented or sold, nor is it kept on file.

Collecting Information From Children

Once Upon a Bookcase is not aimed at children under the age of 13. I do not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under 13.

Giveaways are open to those who are 16+. Those under 16 must ask a parent or guardian to enter on their behalf. I have no way of checking the age of entrants, so I'm expenting entrants to be honest.

If parents/guardians have any concerns about this blog or your child has provided personal information, please contact me at onceuponabookcase[at]gmail[dot]com.

For your information, you may want to check out these sites on children's online protection:
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
COPPA

You might also be interested in reading Comparitech's post, Protecting Children's Privacy Online - A Guide For Parents, Carers and Educators.

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