Privacy Policy


This is an EU GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) statement about the privacy policy of this website.

Who runs this website?

This is the personal website of author Kate Mallinder. It is owned and operated solely by Kate, who has appointed herself Data Protection Officer, as prescribed by the GDPR. Kate can be contacted using the contact form.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it:

I collect, use, store and retain your personal data in line with data protection legislation. This privacy notice aims to provide as much information as possible to help you understand how I look after your data, what your legal rights are in relation to that information – and how you can contact me if you have any questions or queries about how I look after your personal information.

There are a number of ways that your personal information is collected when you contact this website.


Most website use cookies that store little bits of information on your computer when you visit. They are used to make websites work correctly. The data they use isn’t really data about you – it’s more about the device you use to access the website, and the location of the device.

If you leave a comment on this 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 fill in the contact form, your email address may be saved to my email contacts list in order that I can reply to you regarding any query you may have raised. I will use your email address only to reply to you. I will not share the information with any third party without your permission.

If you subscribe to receive blogposts or the newsletter from this site as updates via email, I will retain your email address and sign up details via Squarespace and Mailchimp for those purposes for as long as you are subscribed, ie until you unsubscribe.

Contact and Enquiry Information

I may process information about you to answer your query. This may include your name, address, email address, postal address and telephone number – depending on what information you provide to me. I will receive this either directly from you, for example in an email, FB or Twitter message, or through the contact form. In all cases I receive only the information you choose to provide – and it will be used to correspond with you until your query is resolved.

Feedback and Other Information That You Send to Me

I may process information you send to me for publication on this website and/or social media platforms. I will always ask you if it is OK to use your personal information in this way.

If you have sent this information by private communication channels (such as email) then I will ask for your consent to publish this. (NOTE – if you have posted the information on any of our public sites (social media channels) I do not require consent as you have chosen to make this public – and it is therefore exempt from data protection provisions. However, I will endeavour to contact you to check if it may be shared on other social media channels)


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

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long I retain your data:

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

What rights you have over your data:

Data Protection legislation is in place to help protect your personal information – and give you control over how it is used. It gives you rights associated with your data, the main ones are listed below. They won’t always apply in every circumstance – but I will explain it to you if you choose to exercise any of your rights.

  • Right to access – you can request copies of any information I hold about you

  • Right to rectification – If you believe I have any of you details wrong, you can ask me to correct them

  • Right to Erasure – You can ask me to delete any information I hold about you. This will apply only when I do not have a legal basis to retain that information.

  • Right to Restrict or Object to Processing – this is controlling exactly what data I hold – you can ask me to stop using certain data or stop carrying out certain processes with your data.

  • The right to complain to a “Supervisory Authority” – an organisation that oversees Data Protection. This could be the Authority where you live, where you work – or the one for the UK, where I am based, which is the Information Commissioners Office.

Where I rely on consent to process your data, you can withdraw that consent at any time.

How I protect your data and what data breach procedures I have in place:

Your data may be stored on computers and accounts with individual passwords that I change regularly. If these entities are ever compromised, I will try to inform you as soon as possible and take advice on how to further protect your data.