Privacy is a human right

Short, sweet, and human

The following extremely short statement quickly informs you of how I use your data if you contact me. I wrote this because I know your time is precious so I want to inform you in a concise and human manner that I take your privacy seriously. I don’t collect any personal data from you at all on this website but as soon as you contact me, I will at the very least have your name and email address in order to engage with you.

Privacy statement

If you contact me via email, social media, or any other means – and provide me with personal or non-personal information such as (but not limited to): your name, business / company name, job title, profession, or any contact information such as: email addresses, telephone numbers, and addresses – I will only use this information for the purpose of managing my relationship with you, keeping you informed via my mailing list, and providing my services. I will never forward your data to a third-party without your permission unless I am required to by law.

Where your data is kept

I am based in the UK and I store data within the EU.

How long I keep your data

I will only use and store your information for as long as I need to provide you with my services. This will depend on the information in question and what it is being used for. I regularly review the data I store and delete what is no longer required. I never store payment card information.

Your rights

You have the right to withdraw your consent to me using your data, and to request that I delete it at any time. If you would like to do this or have any questions regarding your data, feel free to email me at sammi@sammiwalters.design.

A word on cookies

I don’t use any tracking cookies on this website. Many websites have to display cookie banners because they use Google Analytics to collect (an often unnecessary amount of) data that helps them design websites for you. Thankfully, there are some amazing people in this world creating tools to help us business owners that allows us to keep track of how our websites are doing without collecting any personal data about you at all.

The analytics tool I use is called Fathom Analytics and it only shows me the data I need to know without infringing on your privacy at all – hence, no cookie banner!

Mailing list information

I use Mailchimp to power my Design Gnosis mailing list. You have the ability to remove yourself from my mailing list at any time by following the unsubscribe link located in the footer of the email. You can also ask me to remove you by emailing me at sammi@sammiwalters.design.

I request the absolute minimum amount of personal data in order to give you access to my mailing list, which is your email address. I don’t even ask for your name.

Tracking pixels

Tracking pixels (also known as spy pixels or web beacons) are tiny blank images that are commonly embedded into emails by email marketing software which allows senders to see details about you and how you engage with emails. They are useful in allowing email senders to see how their emails perform so that they can design emails better and provide better content.

Unfortunately, tracking pixels also allow email senders to see unnecessary details such as how many times you opened the email, and where and when you opened it. And to be honest, I find this creepy.

As a result, I have turned tracking pixels off and I will not receive this data. I will rely on my intuition and your feedback to design my emails and content until a more ethical solution arises.

To learn how Mailchimp handles your personal information, read their Privacy Policy.

Last updated: 24th March 2020

Let’s create order out of chaos

Life is a gift, and it’s too short to do meaningless work. We all have a meeting booked in with The Reaper… let’s make our time worth it.

If you have an idea brewing, a vision and a sense of infinite possibility, feel free to summon me. I love having a soul to soul connection with the people I work with and I’d be honoured to help breathe life into your project.

sammi@sammiwalters.design