The new European data protection rules come into force today.
As you know, HfP collects very little directly identifiable data about readers since you do not need to register to use the site. There are four areas where you may voluntarily choose to provide directly identifiable personal data to us and I thought I would run over how we operate:
Our email list
Some readers prefer to receive HfP articles by email instead of visiting the site directly. You can read how we, actually Mailchimp, handle your data and your rights regarding it on this page.
We have not asked subscribers to reconfirm their interest as everyone on our list explicitly signed up to receive articles by email in the first place. We have never randomly added reader email addresses to our list.
When you comment on HfP
We have produced a page of information about what data we collect on comments on the site and your rights in relation to the deletion or export of comments you make. You can read that here.
When you enter a competition
Future competitions will include a statement on how your entry data is treated by Gleam, our Data Processor. We have never used competition entry data for any other purpose and won’t be starting now. We are deleting all of the existing entrant data held by Gleam, so we will no longer know if you entered a specific competition back in 2015 or not! Going forward, entry data will be deleted shortly after a winner has been selected and verified.
When you contact Bon Vivant with a hotel enquiry
Our Bon Vivant enquiry page now includes details on how Emyr and ourselves handle your enquiry.
This covers all of the scenarios under which you may provide directly identifiable data to us.
You also provide indirectly identifiable data to us when you use the site, since we are obliged to use various cookies for the site to function. The ‘legitimate interest’ basis allows us to collect indirect data as long as it is bare minimum required for the smooth operation of the site.
We have made necessary changes where possible to cookie collection. There will be more to come over the coming weeks as a consensus emerges on what is and is not needed – WordPress is a patchwork quilt of products and we are reliant on a large number of people to update their code. With WordPress running 25% of global websites there are obviously many people supporting this effort.
We do not, and never have, used indirectly identifiable reader data to build behavioural user profiles or to market for any other purposes. You do not, for example, see ads for HfP popping up when you visit other websites.
We have also taken this opportunity to add a disclosure to our articles stating that HfP may receive a commission if you make a purchase using a link on the site.