Privacy Policy

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1 Who we are

Our website is Achieve Self-Mastery. Find us at https://achieveselfmastery.com.

If you have any questions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us via our Get in Touch pages.

You will receive an answer within one week.

2 What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We collect the minimum amount of personal information from visitors to this site, and only collect information for the purposes listed in this document.

We do not use third-party advertisers on this site and do not participate in any advertising or affiliate programs. We will never sell your personal information to a third party.

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 16. If we learn that we have done so, we will delete the personal information as quickly as possible.

Personal information collected on this site includes your name and email address. Only the administrator of this site has access to information collected.

This information may be collected and retained when you:

  • sign up to receive email newsletters
  • sign up to receive free resources such as e-books or printable worksheets
  • submit a comment
  • fill in a contact form
  • sign up to membership of the site

There will be a two-step process to sign up to receive an email newsletter. Initially you will give your first name and email address. Then you will need to click on a link in a confirmation email sent to your email address. By following this process, you are giving consent to receive emails from our website.

Please note that if you sign up to receive any free materials such as printables or ebooks, your email address and name may be added to a mailing list to receive our email newsletter and/or other information regarding the site. We may personalise email newsletters using information you have filled in to join the mailing list.

The delivery of email newsletters will be managed using a third party email distribution service.

Please send us an email if you wish to:

  • have your name and email address deleted from our records
  • update your details
  • unsubscribe from our email newsletter.

You may also unsubscribe from our mailing list by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of an email newsletter.

We will update your details within a week in any of the above cases.

If we are unable to deliver your emails due to bounce backs, we will delete your name and email address from our records.

Information may also be collected by systems used to run this website. These include the hosting organisation SiteGround, WordPress.org, Google Analytics, and various plugins installed on the WordPress site for security and monitoring purposes (see below for more details).

We are not responsible for the privacy policies or content of other sites to which this site may be linked.

3 Cookies Policy

Cookies are small pieces of text stored in your web browser when you visit a website. The cookies may be added for just that session or may be longer lasting. The next time you visit that website, the data stored will make it easier for you to access all the features of the website.

When you first visit our site, you will see a cookies banner displayed. This lets you know that we use cookies on this site. The banner will be shown again after 24 hours if you revisit the site.

By clicking the “Accept” button on this banner, or by clicking on any feature on the landing page or any other page on this site, you are opting in to accept the use of cookies.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to having your name, email address and website stored in cookies.

Cookies may be also used by other third parties on this site. For example:

  • security software used by this site to protect it from hacking attempts and malicious software
  • third party email delivery service
  • various social media platforms to which visitors may link to from this site
  • plugins used on the site to improve speed and performance, appearance of the site or to provide features such as contact forms.

You may stop cookies from being set on your browser by going to the privacy section of your web browser and changing the settings to “do not track”. You may also clear all cookies from your browser whenever you wish.

4 Comments

By default, when you leave a comment on this site, WordPress includes a checkbox for you to tick so that your name, email address and this website are stored as a cookie on your browser. The next time you make a comment, your details will be prefilled.

If you do not wish to have your details saved, do not tick the checkbox. This means you will need to add your name and email address each time you wish to make a comment.

When visitors leave comments on this site we also collect the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

In addition, comments will be moderated by the administrator to ensure they are appropriate to be published on the site. If appropriate, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. Any comment deemed inappropriate will be deleted immediately.

An anonymized 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 privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

After approval of your comment, your profile picture (if G-rated)will be visible to the public next to your comment. If your Gravatar profile picture is rated higher than G, a default Gravatar image will be shown.

5 Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

6 Analytics

We use Google Analytics installed via MonsterInsights to learn how users interact with this site.

Google Analytics may use cookies to collect information in an anonymised form.

Because personal tracking is disabled for Google Analytics on this site, any information collected cannot be traced directly back to you. Instead information is presented in aggregated form.

Data collected, such as which pages and posts on the site are most popular, helps us decide which materials will best meet the needs and interests of visitors in the future.

7 Who we share your data with

As mentioned above, we may share some data collected with some third parties involved in the building, maintenance and security of this site.

8 How long we retain your data

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

Google Analytics will retain data for 14 months for this site before automatically deleting it.

9 What rights you have over your data

If you wish to have a copy of any data kept about you on this site, you may request a copy for a fee.
You may also request the removal of your personal data, or the exporting of your personal data.
This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

10 Where we send your data

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

11 How we protect your data

This website is hosted by the reputable web host SiteGround, and is powered by WordPress. Both of these organisations comply with the GDPR privacy policies as laid out by the EU.

The login details for this site are kept in a secure location. The site administrator is the only person who has login access and access to any personal data of visitors such as email addresses and names.

Two-factor authentication is in place to reduce the likelihood of unauthorised logins.

Strong passwords are used to reduce the likelihood of hackers breaking into the site, and the site uses encrypted connections via an SSL Certificate issued by the host SiteGround.

All personal data is stored off site in removable external hard drives and kept in a secure location.

All web and site hosting, themes and plugins are kept up to date to increase security.

GDPR compliant software has been installed on the site.

Security software maintains daily monitoring and reporting of any attempts by hackers or malicious software to compromise the security of the site.

12 What data breach procedures we have in place

The administrator will be notified if there is a breach of security deemed to be dangerous to the security of the website. Immediate action will be taken to assess the seriousness of the problem. A professional data security firm will be hired to remove any malicious software installed by hackers, and to restore function.

Visitors to the site will be notified via email of any serious breach of data.