Secret paths privacy policy

Secret Paths Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Secret Paths uses and protects any information that you give Secret Paths when you use its websites.

Secret Paths is committed to ensuring that you can choose which data you wish to share and that the information you do provide is kept private and safe. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Secret Paths may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective as of the date at the end of the document.

Information collected and what we do and do not do with it

1. Posting comments

Should you wish to add a comment to a post or page you are not required to register but you do have to provide your name and email address. You may also choose to follow a blog post or the comments about it. This information serves primarily to discourage spammers (along with the manual moderation of comments) and can be used to  inform a person, that has so chosen, about additions to a blog or the comments on it. In individual cases it may occasionally be used to pursue a conversation about a comment with the user in private by email. In no case is it used for promotional purposes. Nor is it shared with third parties.

2. The Newsletter

Should you wish to subscribe to the Secret Paths Newsletter, which is sent sporadically by email, you are required to provide your first name, last name and email address. This information is used solely to address Newsletters to subscribers. A link is provided in the Newsletter to enable subscribers to change their information. A second link enables them to unsubscribe, should they wish. In no case is this information provided to third parties. Note that the software employed to send the Newsletter provides feedback directly to Secret Paths about whether a message has been received or if a link has been clicked on. This additional information is used to ascertain the impact of the Newsletter and the interest its subjects raise so as to improve the pertinence of its content.

3. The Bookstore

Should you wish to buy a book from Secret Paths – this service is only available to people living in Switzerland – you are required to provide your full name and postal address. Optionally you can provide your phone number and chose to have a signed copy. This information is used solely to carry out your order and to provide Secret Paths with anonymous statistics of sales. Payment is done via PayPal. No information about your PayPal account or your credit card is available to Secret Paths.

4. The use of Cookies

Secret Paths uses cookies to enable its services. In compliance with European and other regulations, when entering the site users are required to accept cookies and their use on Secret Paths as laid out in the current document.

5. Sharing on social media

In addition, you can share a post or page to various social media sites. Doing so requires you to be signed in to the social media site in question. No information about you from that site is shared with Secret Paths, other than an aggregate total of the number of people sharing.

6. Links to other websites

Secret Paths contains numerous links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave Secret Paths, note that we do not have any control over that other website. As a result, we cannot be held 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.

7. Website usage statistics

In order to gauge interest and assess the impact and reach of posts and to improve the quality and pertinence of material provided, Secret Paths is subscribed to Google Analytics which anonymously tracks visitors behaviour and provides Secret Paths with aggregate daily statistics about usage and audiences. This information is collected via the use of cookies. Depending on the browser you employ, you can control which cookies you accept. Click to read Google’s general privacy policy.

8. Advertising elsewhere

Occasionally Secret Paths uses advertisements on social media platforms like Facebook to raise interest in its articles and the books it promotes. In order to gauge the impact and efficiency of such campaigns, Secret Paths may subscribe to anonymous tracking schemes like that run by Facebook Pixel which employ cookies.

9. Security

In order to better ensure the safety of such data, Secret Paths uses the HTTPS protocol to provide secure connections. Hosting for Secret Paths is supplied by SiteGround who provide secure, password-protected access to all data as well as the encrypted transfer of sensitive data. Click to read SiteGround’s privacy policy.

Secret Paths, Saint-Blaise, April 13th, 2018.