Who I Am

The author’s website address is: http://www.markfisherauthor.com.

Privacy Policy—the Short Version

Because of the European Union’s bureaucratic overreach, all web sites anywhere on the planet are now required to provide a page like this, describing their privacy policies. But who reads stuff like this, anyway? So here I endeavor to provide you the short answer to the question: What will I do with your personal data?

First of all, the only personal data I will get from you is what you provide me. As far as I can tell, that’s only when you opt in to my newsletter or you add a comment on a blog post or other page. Here’s what I do with it:

  • If you requested it, I will add you to my newsletter.
    • If you are a newsletter subscriber, currently, I only plan to notify you if I have news about my upcoming books or sales of my books.
    • If you request it, you can stop receiving my newsletter. (Of course, I don’t know why anyone would not want to learn about my new releases, but it’s mostly still a free country. I think.)
  • If you comment on a post or a page, I might respond to your comment.

I do use plugins that collect aggregate data on who visits my site, how they do it, what country they’re from, etc… These plugins, as far as I know, should not be collecting personal data. If I find that they do, I’ll drop them.

The rest of the data collected is stuff like cookies to make your next site visit easier and things that Blue Host, my web host provider, and my plugins require to function.

Here’s what I will never do with your personal data:

  • Give your name to outside marketers.
  • Spam you.

That’s my short answer. If you have trouble sleeping, please continue and read the following boilerplate. . . .

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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

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 is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on my site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

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.


Who we share your data with

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.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

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

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

The author only uses the data you provide to add you to his email list. He will only add you if you choose to opt in. You will always have the ability to remove yourself from his email list.

What third parties we receive data from

Google analytics. Mail chimp. Sumo.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data