Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy provides you with details of how we collect and process your personal information through your use of this site, alina-popescu.com.

Alina Popescu is the owner of this website and is responsible for your personal data (referred to as “us”, “we”, “I”, “me.” This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this website. We will highlight any third-party providers we use to process and collect data separately. We aim to be fully compliant with EU data protection legislation and we strive to be GDPR-compliant at all times.

If you need to email us about anything relating to this privacy notice, please email us at alina@alina-popescu.com.

If any of your personal information changes (e.g. you have changed email address and still want to be emailed), please use the email address above to let us know.

What Personal Data We Collect About You

We may collect the following data about you:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your physical address – only for delivery of paperback books
  • Your business name/link to your website, if provided in the comments
  • Any personal data you post on our website
  • Data about how you use our website
  • Technical data – IP address, location, operating system, browser, device type, length of visit, page views, navigation path, duration of your visit, number of times you accessed the website
  • Your communication and marketing preferences
  • Any other information you directly and voluntarily provide to us via email, comments on the website, or Google forms, such as the data you provide when entering giveaway, polls, advance reading groups, or other types of competitions.

How We May Use Your Data

We will use your data in order to:

  • Send you email communications in the form of newsletter (based on your opt-ins and preferences)
  • Reply to any questions and enquiries you make through comments or emails
  • Personalize your experience on this website
  • Monitor the use of our website
  • Keep records of our communications with you
  • Analyze your use of this website
  • Manage, update, and protect this website
  • Deliver relevant website content to you
  • Understand the effectiveness of our marketing and advertising campaigns
  • Comply with any legal obligations we are subject to or as required by a government authority
  • Manage our website
  • Obtain professional advice

Lawful Ground of Data Processing

Under the new General Data Protection Regulations, we can only process your private information if we have lawful grounds to do so. These are the lawful grounds that apply in the case of our website:

Prospect Data from your enquiries – we process and keep data we have obtained when you made enquiries about this website, its content, and the books published by Alina Popescu in order to answer your enquiries. The processing is necessary in order to reply your enquiries and our legitimate interest to keep records and establishing, pursuing, or defending any legal claims.

Prospect Data in relation to your signing up for our newsletters and free books – We process this information in order to send you the required newsletters and free books that come with your newsletter sign-up, to reply to your communications about the books and the content of the newsletters, and to keep relevant records. You have consented to us processing your data in order for us to send you the free resources and newsletter updates, and it is our legitimate interest to provide you with those communications, reply to any enquiries, and keep records of your consent and our communications.

Marketing Data obtained when you communicated your marketing preferences, when you consented to us sending you information about latest releases, for the purposes of sending you marketing information allowing you to partake in price promotions, special offers, or giveaways, or to send you relevant content on our website –  processing of personal data is required for our legitimate interest to study how you use our resources, books, and other website content, in order to develop them, grow our business, and decide on future marketing and publishing strategies.

User Data obtained through cookies on our website and other services– this private data is collected for the purpose of operating our website, providing you with relevant content, ensuring our website is secure, backing up our website and maintaining it, and enabling us to publish and manage our website and other online services. Processing this data is necessary for our legitimate interest in properly managing our website.

Technical Data – data on your use of our website and online services that includes IP addresses, details about browsers you use, length of site and page visits, navigation paths, number of times you visited our website, time zones and regions, and other technology employed on your devices – is processed automatically to analyze your use of our website for the purpose of managing and protecting our website, delivering relevant content to you, delivering marketing campaigns and analyzing their effectiveness. Our purpose for processing this data is our legitimate interest to enable us to properly manage, maintain, and update our website, grow our business, and create future marketing and publishing strategies.

Data we process in order to comply with legal requirements or as required by government authorities and regulatory bodies – our grounds for processing your data is compliance with legal obligations we are subject to.

Data we process to keep records – our grounds for processing are either legal requirements to comply with laws we are subject to, or our legitimate interest in running our website responsibly, or defending, pursuing, or establishing a legal claim.

We do not collect any Sensitive Data about you. Sensitive Data is data that includes details on your race, sexuality, ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, political opinions or affiliations, information about your health, genetic and biometric data, etc.

We do not carry out automated decision making or automated profiling.

Children under the age of 13

We do not market to children under the age of 13. We understand that young writers could benefit from the publishing and writing advice we post on our blog. However, if you are under the age of 13 you are not permitted to use our services yourself. Please don’t give us any of your personal details. Instead, ask a parent for their help. If we become aware of a child under the age of 13 using our services, we will delete the personal information as soon as we can.

How We Collect Your Personal Data

  • Data you provide to us directly through polls, forms, comments on the site or you emailing us
  • We automatically collect data of your website usage through cookies. Please see our cookies policy here.
  • Data provided by third party providers such as analytics (through Google), advertising networks such as Facebook, search information such as Google, providers of technical information and support, delivery services, and fraud prevention. For those companies outside and inside the EU, we strive to only work with GDPR compliant providers.
  • Data from publicly available sources – such as emails of book reviewers who encourage authors to contact them

Marketing Communications

We process your personal data for marketing communications on the lawful ground of your consent or our legitimate interest (expanding our book publishing and this website).

Under the current EU regulations, we may only contact you via email or send you snail mail when you have won or required paperback copies of books written by Alina Popescu. The packages containing books you requested may contain other marketing materials such as branded bookmarks.

We may contact you by email when:

  • You voluntarily signed up for one of our newsletters and haven’t opted out of your registration
  • You gave us your consent for marketing communications and haven’t opted out when receiving communications from us
  • You asked for any type of information pertaining to our website or books and events pertaining to author Alina Popescu

You can opt out from marketing communications or newsletters from us at any time. If you opt out of marketing communications, this opt-out does not apply to personal data provided as a result of other interactions or that we are required to keep on record.

We do not share your personal information with any third parties for their marketing purposes.

Disclosure of Your Personal Data

As a rule, we do not share personal data unless it’s required for the following purposes:

  • Professional consultants, such as lawyers, auditors, etc
  • Government bodies that may require us to report on our processing activities or to disclose your personal data
  • Specific IT support when using our website and encountering errors – based on a request from you

Newsletter Management

We use MailerLite to manage our email marketing subscriber list and to send emails to our subscribers. MailerLite is a third-party provider, which may process your data using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our newsletter.

MailerLite’s privacy policy is available at https://www.mailerlite.com/privacy-policy.

You can unsubscribe from our newsletter by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided at the end of each newsletter.

Your Control over Your Personal Data

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You also have the right to:

  • Request reports on all data we process about you.
  • Change/correct any data you have provided to us.
  • Have us delete all data we have recorded and processed.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

For any of the above, please feel free to email us at alina@alina-popescu.com

Data Retention

All data collected about you will only be retained for as long as absolutely necessary to fulfill the purpose s we collected said private data for, including all legal, accounting, and reporting requirements.

Security

We are committed to ensuring data security and we’ve put measures in place to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used, altered, disclosed, or accessed without authorization. We only allow access to your information to those business partners or service providers who have a legitimate business need to know such data. They will only process your data at our specific instruction and will themselves comply with all relevant data protection regulations.

In case of a data breach, real or suspected, we have a procedure to follow and will notify you and applicable data regulators as required by law.

Future Updates

We may update and change our Privacy Policy in the future and we’ll post all updates on this page.

If you have any concerns, questions, or feel we are not abiding by this policy, please contact us using the email address alina@alina-popescu.com.