Privacy Policy

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The GDPR is Europe's new privacy regulation. It gives you control over the data that organizations have about you and how they market to you.

I take this very seriously. This page outlines my approaches, and I welcome your feedback at covington@covingtondoan.com.

I already apply strict policies and practices to protect all of my customers' personal data, including those promoted by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, E.U. Model Clause Principles and the APEC Privacy Principles. Many of those international standards will continue under the GDPR.

I will not rent or sell or share your email with any third party, and I never have. However, I use third party analytics software from Google, Facebook, and MailChimp. In some cases, I may place a cookie on your side to enable me to better understand who is visiting my sites and how they use them.

I use cookies to enable you to have a better experience with my content. I use those cookies to avoid showing you the same thing twice, for example.

I don't serve ads to my site visitors using any third-party tools. When I run ads on Facebook, I may use audience data to serve you and people like you ads based on your visits to my sites. Facebook's Data Policy provides much more information on how your Facebook data is used on their platform

At any time, you can opt out of hearing from me. You can always opt out of the collection and use of your information online. Check out these two resources to help you: YourAdChoices or Your Online Choices

However, since what I'm in the business of teaching, it's difficult to engage with me without hearing from me. Of course, my blog, podcast, and other content are free, and you're welcome to interact with it without subscribing. You can, and always have been able to, use third party tools, RSS, or even incognito browsers to interact with my free materials.

What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, a new privacy law that regulates the processing of personal data relating to individuals in the European Union.

GDPR strengthens the rights that individuals have regarding their personal data, and seeks to unify data protection laws across Europe.

What does GDPR mean for you?

I'm treating everyone as if they lived in the EU. This means that if you're reading this, you can:

I use MailChimp to carry my email messages, and I'll work with them in removing your name (and there's an unsubscribe button in every email). Any texts can be stopped immediately via my text interface. All credit card processing is done with Stripe and I never see your data.

I work with many of my students in software like Zoom and Slack, and in those cases, a large amount of identifiable data is created and collected as part of the process.

I'll continue to educate, inform, and work with my readers and students the best I can, and will update this page from time to time.

Thanks for engaging with me.

Covington