Our Data Protection & Privacy Policy

This is our data protection and privacy policy that explains who we are, how we process your personal data, procedures that we have in place to safeguard your privacy whilst you use our website, what rights you have, and how to contact us if you need to.

We are committed to respecting and protecting your online privacy. It is important to us to safeguard your personal information and to be transparent about what personal information we hold and how we use your information.

Who we are

Instant Apostle is a UK-based pioneering publishing house seeking to bring new and existing authors to the market to respond to the urgent social issues of our day. We publish books written from a Christian perspective, but which are relevant to those of any faith and none. Our publications cross all genres, from autobiographies and fantasy fiction, to life ministry and academic titles.

Instant Apostle (“we”, “us”, or “our”) is a “data controller” for the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“Data Protection Law”). This means that we are responsible for and control the processing of your personal information (which means information that identifies you or could identify you). For full details about how to get in touch with us see the “Contact Us” section.

This privacy policy refers to the Instant Apostle website instantapostle.com. By visiting Instant Apostle, you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this privacy policy.

In return, Instant Apostle is committed to using the personal data you provide only in ways that are compatible with the following privacy policy and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

What personal information do we collect?

Information you give us:

When you register with our mailing list, we need to know your email address and, optionally, your name. This information allows us to fulfil your request to receive our Instant Apostle newsletters. For our newsletters we use a third-party provider, MailChimp, which participates in and has certified its compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Their privacy policy is available at https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/.

We will only send you emails if you have opted in to our Instant Apostle newsletter. If you wish to stop receiving some or all of the information that we currently send, you may amend your preferences or remove yourself from the mailing list by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of your emails and following the instructions provided. If you have any queries about how to use the mailing preference system, please email us at info@instantapostle.com.

The emails we send can track, at an individual level, whether the user has opened and clicked on the email. We do not use this information at a personal level, rather we use it to understand open and click rates on our emails to try and improve them.

Information we automatically collect:

We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, like many websites, our site uses cookies and other technologies to function effectively.

When you visit our website, your browser sends us your IP address, which – as per standard industry practice – is kept in website server logs.

We use these logs to monitor how the site is being used, and to detect security issues.

These logs are deleted automatically; the previous month’s logs are deleted automatically at the end of each month.

We also use Google Analytics to analyse how our website performs. However, we do not capture any personal information in Google Analytics – in particular, IP addresses are anonymised before being sent to Google Analytics.

Cookies

How we use cookies

Our website, like many others, stores and retrieves information on your browser using cookies. This information is used to make the site work as you expect it to.

If you want to learn more about the general uses of cookies, and how to delete or disable them, please visit Cookiepedia – all about cookies.

Performance cookies:

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. They cannot be used to track you from one website to another.

All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Cookie name Purpose Expiry
_ga Used to distinguish users. 2 years
_gid Used to distinguish users. 24 hours
_gat Used to throttle request rate. 1 minute
AMP_TOKEN Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. 30 seconds to 1 year

For more information on these, please visit Google Analytics’ cookie information.

Third party cookies:

When you use our websites, you may find that additional cookies are set by websites that we do not operate. These cookies are set by third parties, and are used by them for a variety of functions.

For example, cookies will be set when you access and use pages that contain content from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Google or other third parties.

The cookies that are used by these third parties will vary from time to time without our knowledge.

As far as we are able, we have provided details below of the companies we use and links to their privacy and cookies policies.

We have also, where third parties provide them, given links to where you can learn more and opt out of tracking.

Service Information Where to go for more
Twitter Cookies to manage embedded tweets and interaction with Twitter Twitter cookies policy
Facebook Cookies to manage embedded Facebook content Facebook cookies policy
Vimeo Cookies to manage embedded videos Vimeo cookies policy
Youtube Cookies to manage embedded videos Types of cookies used by Google

Who do we share your information with?

Information provided in order for people to receive our newsletters is an important part of our operation and we are not in the business of selling it to others.

Third Party Suppliers and Distributors:

We employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include removing repetitive information from customer lists, analysing data, providing marketing assistance and providing customer service. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes. Further, they must process the personal information in accordance with this privacy policy and as permitted by the UK’s Data Protection Act 2018.

Protection of Instant Apostle and others:

We may disclose your personal data if we need to comply with any legal or regulatory obligation or request, or where we have a legitimate interest in doing so, such as to protect the rights, property or safety of Instant Apostle or others. This may include exchanging information with other companies and organisations.

Countries outside the EU:

The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). Whenever we transfer personal information to countries outside of the EEA in the course of sharing information as set out above, we will ensure that the information is transferred in accordance with this privacy policy.

Other disclosures we may make:

We may disclose your personal data to third parties:

  • In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets subject to the terms of this privacy policy.
  • If we or substantially all of our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its customers will be one of the transferred assets.

How safe is my data? 

We take looking after your information very seriously. We follow strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of information which you have given us.

What rights do I have?

You have the following legal rights including:

  • The right to access the personal data held about you
  • The right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes
  • The right to withdraw at any time any consent you have given to receive marketing material from us
  • The right to ask us to rectify inaccurate personal data about you
  • The right to ask for the restriction of personal data concerning yourself that is inaccurate, unlawfully processed, or no longer required
  • The right to ask for the erasure of personal data concerning yourself where processing is no longer necessary, or the legitimate interests we have in processing your personal data are overridden by your interests, rights and freedoms as the data subject
  • The right to make a complaint to the supervisory authority (the Information Commissioner’s Office)

How long do you keep my personal information?

We process personal data only for so long as is necessary for the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected, after which it will be deleted or archived except to the extent that it is necessary for us to continue to process it for the purpose of compliance with legal obligations to which we are subject or for another legitimate and lawful purpose.

How can I be sure this privacy policy is up-to-date?

Any changes we make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy policy. The most recent revision was made on 09 July 2018.

Your consent

By submitting your information and using our website, you consent to the collection, storage and processing of your personal information by us in the manner set out in this policy. If we change our privacy policy, we will post the changes on this website so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use and under what circumstances we disclose it.

Further information

If you have any questions, comments or requests regarding our use of your personal information, please contact us by email at: info@instantapostle.com, or write to us at the following address:

Instant Apostle
The Barn,
1 Watford House Lane,
Watford,
Hertfordshire
WD17 1BJ