Privacy Information Notice

At, I am committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Policy explains when and why I collect personal information, how I use it, the conditions under which I may disclose it to others and what choices you have. It relates to all my business activities, not just this website.

I may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using my services, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Any questions regarding this Policy and my privacy practices should be sent via my contact page.

Date: March 28, 2018
Next Review Date: March 28, 2019
Author: Donna F. Cavalier


1. Who am I?

This is the personal website of Donna Cavalier. More information can be found here.


2. How do I collect information from you?

I obtain information about you:

  • when you contact me via my contact form to inquire about my information


3. What information do I collect & how is it used?

I collect information for the following reasons:

  • to allow us to respond to site visitor inquiries

The table in section 3.3 below outlines exactly what information I collect, and for what purpose.


3.0. Sensitive Data

I do not gather sensitive personal data (e.g. health, genetic, biometric data; racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, sexual orientation, and criminal convictions). I expressly request that you do not provide any such sensitive data to us.


3.1. Children’s information

Our services are not directed to children under 13. If you learn that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information without consent, please contact me.


3.2. Third Parties

I will not sell or rent your information to third parties.

I will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

I do use a number of third-party services to help us provide services to my users. These third-party services are listed in full below; I have verified that these third-party services are GDPR compliant (or are working towards GDPR compliance), and are certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework (or are working towards certification) where these organizations are based outside of the EU.


3.3. Details

The following table outlines the personal data I collect and for what purpose. The table also outlines the third-parties the data is processed by or shared with, and how long the data is stored for:

Name What Legal Ground Purpose third-parties Data Retention
Contact Form Requests User’s full name, email address Consent To allow initial and ongoing contact with site visitors Held within WordPress database, hosted with Blue Dart Hosting Until request for deletion.
Newsletter Signup Forms User’s first name, email address Consent To send newsletters via email containing news, posts, and offers to interested site visitors Transmitted to for processing Until request for deletion.
Analytics IP Address Legitimate interests To analyze popular content, website performance, etc. so I can further improve the site. Google Analytics
After 18 months
Server Logs IP address Legal obligation To help prevent DoS (Denial of Service) attacks; for website security and diagnostics. Blue Dart Hosting Until request for deletion


4. Controlling your information

You have certain rights concerning the information I hold about you, as defined under the General Data Protection Regulation. If you wish to exercise these rights, please contact me, including your email address in the first instance (this is the unique identifier I use to identify and collate personal information).


4.0. Requesting a copy of your information

You may request a copy of any data I hold about you by contacting us with your request. Upon request, I will provide a CSV file (which you may open in a program such as Microsoft Excel) containing the personal data I hold on record about you.


4.1. Updating or correcting your information

The accuracy of your information is important to us. If you change email address, or any of the other information I hold is inaccurate or out of date, please contact me so I may correct my records.


4.2. Deleting your information

You have the right to request erasure of your personal information. Unless there is a compelling reason for the data not to be erased (for example, if I need to use that data to fulfill my contractual or legal obligations), your personal data will be deleted on request. contact me to make such a request.

Users may have the ability to leave comments on my blog. To maintain flow of conversation, blog comments will not normally be deleted (unless there is a compelling reason to do so), but all personally identifying information will be removed.


4.3. Automated decision making

I do not use any personal information for automated decision making or profiling; your data is not subject to automated decision making or profiling.


5. Use of “cookies”

Like many other websites, the website uses cookies. Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website.

The following list outlines what I use cookies for:

  • Analytics: Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and what content is most popular. This helps to ensure that my website is responding to your needs in the best way possible.

By using and browsing the website, you consent to cookies being used in accordance with this Policy.

If you do not consent, you must turn off cookies or refrain from using the site. Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies. To do this, look at the HELP menu on your browser. Switching off cookies should not noticeably restrict your use of this website.


6. Security takes security seriously. In order to protect your information from loss, misuse or unauthorized access or disclosure, I have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information I collect. These steps include the following:

  • Data minimization
  • Password best practice
  • Security best practice concerning devices (PCs, laptops, mobile devices), online accounts, website hosting, physical access and storage
  • Staff training and accountability on data protection

A copy of my internal Data Security Policy is available on request.


7. Data Breaches

Our Data Security Policy includes a clear process for handling a personal data breach, should one occur. Where appropriate, will promptly notify you of any unauthorized access to your personal information.


8. Complaints

If you wish to raise a complaint on how I have handled your personal information, you can contact me directly and I will investigate the matter.