What is this Privacy Policy & Earnings Disclaimer for?

This privacy policy and earnings disclaimer is for this website CockyAndProud.com and served by CockyAndProud.com and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it. It is also to inform you that we may earn a commission on sales and also give a brief explanation of how this happens. The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the website and website owners. Furthermore the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this policy.

The Website

This website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience. This website complies to all UK national laws and requirements for user privacy.

Use of Your Information (Personally Identifiable Information)

CockyAndProud.com provides a selection of recommended books which can be viewed from our website without requiring the need to provide any personal information to us. We withhold the right to release information (analytics for visitor data) when it is appropriate to comply with law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety. (Non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for market, advertising or other uses.) We protect your information by using an external PCI compliant payment gateway which handles all CC transactions (namely the website where you purchase your books, e.g. Amazon / iTunes / B&N). We do not use an SSL certificate because we do not process credit cards on our website.

Use of Cookies

This website uses cookies to better the users experience while visiting the website. Where applicable this website uses a cookie control system allowing the user on their first visit to the website to allow or disallow the use of cookies on their computer / device. This complies with recent legislation requirements for websites to obtain explicit consent from users before leaving behind or reading files such as cookies on a user’s computer / device. Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website. Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors. This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computers hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information. You can read Google’s privacy policy here for further information [ http://www.google.com/privacy.html ]. Other cookies may be stored to your computers hard drive by external vendors when this website uses referral programs, sponsored links or adverts. Such cookies are used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. No personal information is stored, saved or collected.

Affiliate Disclaimer

This site is in the business of helping readers find books and authors that they will enjoy, the books and services we promote may or may not have an affiliate link attached. Where there is an affiliate link, this simply means that we may earn a small commission from sales that result from a reader clicking that link and purchasing a product. You, the reader, do not pay any more for products you have purchased via our affiliate link, rather we may receive a small commission from the retailer for having helped to you find that particular product. It’s essentially a reward from the retailer in helping their customers find products that they’ll particularly enjoy. *Please note: Any affiliate earnings we receive from books listed on CockyAndProud.com will be donated into gofundme (or similar) ventures in support of authors who are forced to defend themselves, their books, their good names and their character.* As a business, we will always endeavour only to show you products we feel are of genuine interest to our readers and aim to continually strive to ensure that the quality of any books or products we suggest for you is high. We can, and do, reserve the right not to suggest products/books that we feel are not a good fit. To be clear, as an affiliate, we are not supplied with any specific customer information regarding any orders made via an affiliate link. Those details are the responsibility of and held by the retailer. If you have concerns, you should read their individual Privacy Policies as we are not responsible for, nor liable for any data protection on retailer sites. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy polices. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these links sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome and feedback about these sites.

Contact & Communication

Users contacting this website and/or its owners do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details at their own risk – however no personal data will be requested by CockyAndProud.com. This website and its owners use any information submitted to provide you with further information about the products / services they offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have submitted.

Email Newsletter

This website does not operates an email newsletter program, therefore your personal information is not requested by us. We don’t need it. Therefore, GDPR is not relevant to using our site.

External Links

Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website. (External links are clickable text / banner / image links to other websites.) The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Adverts and Sponsored Links

This website may contain sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, to whom may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve. Clicking on any such adverts will send you to the advertisers website through a referral program which may use cookies and will track the number of referrals sent from this website. This may include the use of cookies which may in turn be saved on your computers hard drive. Users should therefore note they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social Media Platforms

Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively. Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email. This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

Shortened Links in Social Media

This website and its owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy urls [web addresses] (this is an example: http://bit.ly/zyVUBo). Users are advised to take caution and good judgement before clicking any shortened urls published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine urls are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

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