Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.markoneill.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

When filling out a form on the site, you may be asked to provide your contact information. This personal information will only be used by Mark O’Neill to contact you as per your request and it will not be transferred, sold, or provided to any other party unless required by law. You have the right to not provide your contact information, but by declining you may not be able to submit the contact form or use the services or features offered on this site. This information is stored in our database on our server indefinitely (or until manually deleted).

If you subscribe to Mark’s email subscriber list, your name and email address will be saved on Mailerlite’s secure servers. You will only be emailed news about Mark’s latest publications and/or to offer free, discounted, or newly released books from other authors you may enjoy. Mark does not share his newsletter subscriber list with other authors or marketing firms. Email information collected when you subscribed to Mark O’Neill’s newsletter group will remain on Mailerlite’s server indefinitely, so that your subscription preferences (including date when you subscribed and unsubscribed, etc.) can be recorded.

A Facebook pixel appears on every page of this site to help us determine a marketing audience and to track the success of Facebook advertising campaigns. Email addresses collected by Mark can, at times, be uploaded collectively to Facebook in order for its algorithms to create a “look-alike” group of similar Facebook users who may also be interested in Mark’s books. Individual email addresses are not used to target individual users on Facebook. The creation of “look-alike audiences” is a common practice used by Facebook advertisers when trying to expand their organic reach. It does not give Facebook the right to contact you using the email addresses that were uploaded.

If you leave a book review or any other comment for other readers to see on this site or any other web page about Mark’s book(s), your comments may be used and posted by Mark without restriction and free of charge on our website and/or as deemed appropriate by Mark in other marketing efforts. You can request to have these comments or reviews deleted at any time by contacting Mark by email.

Comments

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.

Media

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.

reCAPTCHA

We have implemented reCAPTCHA v3 on our site and your use of reCAPTCHA v3 is subject to Google’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. reCAPTCHA is used to fight spam and abuse on our site. reCAPTCHA works by collecting hardware and software information, such as device and application data, and sending these data to Google for analysis. The information collected in connection with your use of the service is used for improving reCAPTCHA and for general security purposes. It is not used for personalized advertising by Google.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our 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 visit our login page, 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.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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.

Analytics

Google Analytics tracking code is included on each page of this website to determine which pages are viewed and for how long. This website uses cookies from Facebook.com, Google.com, and our own domain name to keep track of various things. Data tracked by one or more of these domains include browsing behavior and traffic information such as URL, ISP, IP addresses, entry page, exit page, and other statistical, demographic or aggregated information from its visitors.

This non-personal information cannot be linked to your personal data but can be used to improve this website and the information it contains. You can always change your browser configuration if you do not want to accept cookies from this site although it could result in problematic viewing of the site.

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.

Limitation on liability

By using and viewing this site, you acknowledge that Mark O’Neill specifically disclaims any contractual, tort, strict, or any other type of liability for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, or any other type of damage associated with this site, including but not limited to, any virus that may infect your computer. All efforts are made to ensure such consequences don’t occur but you are held solely responsible for any damage related to downloading material obtained from this site or from sites linked to this site.

Mark O’Neill will not be held liable for the unavailability or failure of site functions except to the extent required by applicable laws. This site will contain links to other sites and other sites may link to this site. These links are added for pure convenience, and Mark O’Neill is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the content from these others sites. Accessing these sites is done at your own risk.

Limitation on your usage

You cannot copy, modify, distribute, license, disseminate, display, reproduce, transfer, sell, or offer to sell any material, information, product, image, text, code, or service viewed or obtained from this site without written permission from Mark O’Neill.

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