Privacy policy

– Your data, your privacy and the GDPR

I am a registered sole trader operating as Laura Ripper Proofreading and Copy-editing.

This policy describes how I protect and use the information you give me when you use this website.

If I ask you to provide information, I will use it only in the ways stated in this policy.

This privacy policy was last updated on 4 April 2018.

Why I collect data

I gather and use certain information about people to:

  • provide information
  • respond to requests
  • enable certain functions on this website
  • better understand how visitors use this website.

What data I collect

When you contact me, I collect the following minimal information:

  • name
  • email address
  • information about your enquiry (for example, word count, the nature of your project).

How I use your data

I use the data I collect as follows:

  • For my internal accounting processes (for example, to send invoices), and so that I comply with the requirements of my tax authority (HMRC).
  • To contact you in response to your enquiry or booking.

I will never use this data for marketing or promotion purposes without getting your permission in writing first (for example, to publish a testimonial you have written on my website or to mention your name in my directory entries).

Cookies and how I use them

A cookie is a small file placed on your computer’s hard drive. It enables my website to identify your computer as you view different pages on my website.

The only way in which I use cookies is for web analytics, specifically:

  • Google Analytics
  • WordPress.

Cookies do not give me access to your computer or any information about you other than that which you choose to share with me.

You can use your web browser’s cookie settings to determine how my website uses cookies. If you do not want my website to store cookies on your computer or device, you can amend your settings. Please note that this may affect how my website functions, and some pages may become unavailable to you.

To learn more about cookies, visit All About Cookies.

How I collect data and how you can control it

I collect minimal information when you:

  • contact me by email or phone
  • subscribe to my blog.

I will never share your information with anyone else unless you give me permission in writing to do so, or I am required to do so by law.

You can ask me to remove your data from WordPress at any time. You can also unsubscribe from my blog at any time.

Where your data is stored

The minimal information I collect is stored on the following:

  • WordPress. This is my website host. It is password-protected and has SSL-certification (https) to provide an additional layer of security. You can access WordPress′s privacy policy here.
  • Microsoft OneDrive. This is my cloud-based file-management system accessed via my password-protected computer. You can access Microsoft′s privacy policy here.
  • Dropbox. This is my alternative cloud-based file management system accessed via my password-protected computer. I only use Dropbox if you ask me to. You can access Dropbox′s privacy policy here.
  • PayPal. This is a password-protected payment service. I only use PayPal if you prefer not to pay by bank transfer. You can access PayPal′s privacy policy here.

How long I will keep your data for

Because I work with many of my clients more than once, I do not delete your data unless you ask me to.

HMRC requires me to keep records for ′at least 5 years after the 31 January submission deadline of the relevant tax year′. See How long to keep your records.

Please ask if you want me to delete or amend your records. As long as I′m keeping to the law, I will do this straight away.

Links from my website

My website contains links to other websites.

Please note that I have no control of websites outside the domain. If you provide information to a website I have linked to, I am not responsible for its protection and privacy.

Always be wary when submitting data to websites. Read the site’s data protection and privacy policies fully.

Contact me

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email me at

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