I generally don't collect personal information on this site, but from time to time I will hold contests or giveaways that require entrants to provide an email address. I will use a form for all contests so that entrants' email addresses will not be displayed on this site.
In the interests of safety under 16s must always gain permission from a parent or guardian before entering, and must only ever provide a parent or guardian's email address. If an entrant under 16 is the winner of a contest or giveaway, I will ask their parent to confirm that permission has been granted and to provide a mailing address if they are happy for the prize to be sent.
Once a contest or giveaway has closed and the winners' addresses have been provided, I will delete all entrants' email addresses. If the contest is one where I am mailing the prize, I'll delete the winners' addresses once the prize is sent. Sometimes I might host a giveaway where the prizes are provided and mailed directly by a publisher. In that case I will always ask entrants (or their parent or guardian for under 16s) to confirm that they give permission for me to pass on their name and address for that purpose. Once these details have been provided to the publisher I will delete them.
Information provided in contest entries will not be used for any other purpose or passed on to any other party (except in the case of publishers as outlined above).
Please do not leave any personal information in the comments section of this blog, as comments can be viewed by anyone on the internet. From the 5th February 2010 I will delete any comment that discloses the commenter's address, email address or other contact details. However, please bear in mind that I will not always be able to do this straight away.
If you follow or comment on I Was A Teenage Book Geek using a Google ID or similar, it's important to remember that any reader of this blog can view your public profile information. My advice would be not to include any personal information on your profile.
More information about staying safe on the internet can be found at this following sites:
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule
I frequently link to external sites - for example author and publisher sites, other blogs, online bookstores, and social networking sites like Goodreads and Twitter. I'm not responsible for the safety or privacy policies of these sites. For your own safety, I would advise that you never submit personal data to any site, including those I link to, without first checking out their own privacy policies.
I reserve the right to amend this policy as necessary.