Whose blog is this?

This is the blog of Susan Walton, but I trade as Sue Proof. Sue Proof offers proofreading, copy-editing, re-writing and writing services. My Saesneg Sue blog is a space where my involvement during 2020 in Literature Wales’ Mentoring Scheme for Writers, and its aftermath, is documented.


What personal data is collected, and why?

If a visitor leaves a comment on this site, I collect the data shown in the comments form. I also collect the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string, to help spam detection.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service’s privacy policy is available here. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file that a website installs on your computer’s hard drive to gather and remember information about your experience and preferences when using the website. A cookie in no way gives me access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share.

Cookies that may be set on this site are ones used by the website hosting to improve the performance of the website, and a cookie to record whether you have seen the cookie notice so that it isn’t shown more than necessary.

This website also uses Google Analytics to generate information about your use of this website. Your IP address and user agent are shared with Google, as well as performance and security information. The information generated by the cookie is transmitted to, and stored on, servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if required to do so by law, or where third parties process information on Google’s behalf.

You will notice that there is a notice on the page where you first landed on this site where you can click to accept or reject cookies.

What is the GDPR and what rights have you over your data?

The GPDR (General Data Protection Regulation) applies to personal data that could identify you.

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

What I won’t do with your personal data

I won’t use your personal data for marketing purposes, nor will I sell it.

I won’t share your personal data without your permission unless I am required by law to do so.

I don’t use paid online advertising, so there won’t be any link between my blog or Sue Proof’s business website and your online activity.

Using this blogging website

I use HTTPS/SSL security on my website, and I use cookies minimally on the site (see above for more detail on cookies). The site contains links to other websites, but once you have used these links to leave my site, I have no control over the sites on which you land. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement for each of these other sites.

From time to time I may change this statement by updating this page. You should regularly check this page to ensure that you are happy with any changes. The date of the last revision was: 30 December 2019.

Words ©Susan Walton 2022. Photo Kaffebart on Unsplash.