Below the header, it's the usual stuff, because it's pretty boilerplate, and it's frankly what's required by the law.
Here's the deal:
I use software to communicate with you. Some of that requires me to have your name and email address. At least part of that is to protect me... I don't know if you've noticed, but the internet is full of Not Entirely Nice people, and allowing people to use your membership sites anonymously is dangerous to the other people on them.
However, I also believe that each of us has the right to decide when and where we share our current understandings of the world.
I teach meditation and yoga, but also some pretty challenging philosophy, social theory, and edgy stuff about consciousness. I understand that it might not be public knowledge that you are interested in those things, so I won't tell anybody outside of the circle that you are in it.
To me, the nature of privacy is that you get to control not only your data, but the story that is told about it.
I use the following software:
- A self-hosted blog written in Ghost that you can make an account on at seonaidlee.com. This is the only database that I am personally responsible for, and I take appropriate precautions to keep that information from being hacked, but it only contains email addresses. I don't use passwords for log in, but magic links instead, so there is no risk of losing a password.
If you sign up for an account with me at Membervault, your email address will be added to my mailing list at Mailchimp so that I can communicate with you. Membervault doesn't provide any email services, so I need to make that link or I will not be able to talk to you. You can, like with all established mail services, always unsubscribe.
If you unsubscribe, the information about your account is still in Mailchimp, and I can still see it, but I am not allowed to send you email any longer. Again... this is how this works for every mailing list you are on or have been on and every mail service provider. If you want that to be deleted completely you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can manually delete all trace of your data. (This is required by GDPR, so everybody has to be able to do this. I don't care if you are covered by GDPR, I will do it for anybody.)
I use the FB Pixel, which places a cookie on your computer that keeps track of which pages of my site you have been on. There is more detail below.21 MAY 2020 • 6 MIN READ
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