Privacy Policy

Contraband Books is committed to the trust and confidence shown by visitors to our website. We don’t sell or trade our email list with companies or businesses for marketing purposes.

As part of our transparency, this privacy policy exists to explain to you how Contraband Books uses your data.

Types of Data We Collect

Website Cookies

A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on the hard drive of your computer when you visit a website. It records how you move around a website so that when you revisit that website at a later date, it presents tailored options to you, based on the information stored about your last visit. I can also use the cookies to analyse my website traffic; occasionally they may be used for advertising and marketing purposes.

Cookies do not harm your system and are used by nearly all websites.

If you would like to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your web browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all, or some, cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of this site.

How do I use cookies?

We use cookies to track your use of our website. Doing this enables us to understand how you use our website and allows us to track any patterns with regards to how you are using it. This could be highlighting the pages you find most useful on our website so that we can create more useful complimentary content, or it could be to see what times our audience prefers to visit our website and read new content. This tracking helps us to develop and improve our website as well as products and / or services in response to what you might need or want in the future.

Cookies are either:

– Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or

– Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again.

Cookies can also be categorised as follows:

– Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on my website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.

– Performance cookies: These cookies enable me to monitor and improve the performance of my website. For example, they allow me to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.

Google Analytics

When someone visits this website we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of our site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Mailing Lists

As part of the registration process for our sporadic newsletter, we collect personal information that you have freely given to us (this is usually limited to your first name and email address). We use that information to send irregular newsletters to tell you about new books that you may want to learn more about.

We use a third-party processor, called Mailchimp, to deliver our newsletter. We gather statistics from Mailchimp about email open rates and click rates, using industry standard technologies in order to help us monitor and improve our newsletter.

You can of course unsubscribe to these mailings from me at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails or you can email us directly on hello@contrabandbooks.co.uk – we promise you that we won’t be offended!

Order Information

When you make a purchase from Contraband Books, we use different intermediaries to collect the payment. Please click the links below to learn how these payment gateways will process your information.

When a purchase is made using one of these intermediaries, we may collect the following information: your name, your billing address, your shipping address and an email address. Your payment information (including credit/debit card information) is not held my us, but is processed through the above named secure payment gateways.

Behavioural Advertising

As described above, we may at some point use your Personal Information and Device Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. You can opt out of targeted advertising by:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=ads

Google – https://www.google.com/settings/ads/anonymous

Third Parties

We do not share your data with any third parties, but as stated above we do use Mailchimp to deliver our emails and We use Google analytics to figure out how suitable our emails have been.

Links to Other Websites

Our privacy notice does not cover any links within our site that link to other websites. Those sites are not governed by this privacy policy, and if you have any questions about how those sites use your information, you’ll need to check that particular site’s privacy statement.

Access to Your Personal Information

Under the new law, you are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that we hold. If you’d like to know, amend or have your personal information deleted, please email your request to hello@contrabandbooks.co.uk

Changes to this Privacy Notice

This policy was last updated on 11th November 2018.