We think Internet privacy is a serious issue. While we’re no experts, we do know that when you jump down the privacy rabbit hole, things can get pretty creepy, pretty fast.
This is how they work and why we use them.
Our innocent little website does collect data. Some of it you give willingly, like when you say hi on a contact form. Some of it is Google’s web imps working behind the scenes. More on this below in Visitor Tracking.
Whatever data ends up on our website is processed in compliance with the relevant data protection regulations of the GDPR, the DPA (Data Protection Act) and the PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations).
If you’re here and you’re like: “We only saw an ‘I’m ok with that’ button, but not an ‘I’m not ok with that and would like to opt out’ button”, we’re working on this. In the meantime, if you want to disable cookies for your visits to our site, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and contact us, or tell Google.
We love a good story, but data bores us, so we’re pretty “data-illiterate” and certainly don’t sit around our data in the evenings with a bottle of good Scotch pouring over hoards of it and cackling like pirates. Whatever data ends up on our site stays there until Google makes it disappear.
Transmission of data
We don’t transmit your data to anyone.
Our contact form is safe and we only use it to communicate better with you. If you feel safer using our email or a phone number, we encourage it.
Visitor tracking. (Okay, this can get creepy.)
Our website uses Google Analytics to tell us who visits and how. Google also collects information about users like how old they are, whether they’re a man or a woman, where they’re browsing, and other borderline creepy stuff like that. The good news is, we don’t really use this information other than to say: “Wow, look at all these visitors from Greece! Maybe we should reach out to them.” That’s our level of visitor tracking sophistication.
Just so you know, Google Analytics does collect your IP address when you visit our site, but it doesn’t know your name.
On the bright side, Google gives you a cookie. (See above). This cookie can’t be used by anyone but Google. If you’re curious about how Google uses its cookies—and have a few hours to kill—here you go.
Even better, you can opt out of Google’s cookie set-up completely here.
We use Facebook pixels. They’re on our site, but we’re not huge fans of Facebook and spend very little time on its dashboard. The Facebook pixel does more or less what a Google cookie does: tells us what kind of users are visiting our website, so we can make better ads.
This data is also stored and processed by Facebook, which, as anyone who is not living under a rock knows, can get pretty darn ugly. To opt out the Facebook pixel thing, give Mark Zuckerberg a shout.
If you don’t know MailChimp, it’s an email newsletter service. When you get a newsletter from Storyline Creatives, that’s who sends it to you. MailChimp has its own tracking technology called Web Beacons. Web Beacons tells us how many users like you respond to our emails. That’s all. Unlike data collection via Google, when someone subscribes to our mailing list, we do sit around with a bottle of good Scotch celebrating.
Interested in Web Beacons? Find out more here.
We’ve tried to lay out our knowledge of and involvement in the pretty user-unfriendly, possibly eye-opening data collection situation. But you do have actual rights, which is a very good thing.
Here they are:
You have the right to request information as to whether or not, and to what extent, we process personal data about you (GDPR Article 15).
You have the right to have us fix any data about you that’s not correct (GDPR Article 16).
You have the right to have us delete your personal data (GDPR Article 17).
You have the right to have us restrict how we process your data (GDPR Article 18).
You have the right to request and receive any personal data you’ve given us, written in a way you can understand it, so you can have it inspected by someone who knows a lot more about this stuff than we do (GDPR Article 20).
Have a question?
Storyline Data Ambassador
39b Suite 102 Panayias Nicosia 1040 Cyprus