Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how we use and protect any information that you give us when you use this website.

We are committed to ensuring that we protect your privacy. If we ask you to provide specific information by which we can identify you when you are using this website, then you can be assured that we will only use this information per this privacy statement.

We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is valid from 9th August 2013 and was last updated on the 25 May 2018.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name, both first name and family name.
  • contact information including email address.

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • To send you information about our products and services.
  • To send promotional emails about new books, special offers, competitions or other information which we think you may find interesting. We will always use the email address which you have provided and only if we have received your consent.

How long do we hold this data?

We hold your name and email address for as long as you continue to subscribe to our mailing list to receive emails and newsletters. 

We hold the names and addresses of competition winners for one month from the date of the competition, and then we delete them.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. To prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, it is added, and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We identify and rank which pages on the site receive the most traffic through the use of traffic log cookies. The logging helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website to meet your needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes, and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically allow cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. Refusing cookies may lead to a degradation of your user experience when you are on the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites, you should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Who do I share your data with?

We only share your data with trusted partners who help us to deliver a service to you such as MailChimp, my newsletter provider and my website host amongst others.

To access free material, we will sometimes direct you to Amazon Web Service S3 or Dropbox.

Withdrawing Consent

You have the right to withdraw consent for Alex Brown to use your data at any time.  You can do this simply by clicking on the unsubscribe button which appears at the bottom of all of the periodic emails or newsletters.  Your unsubscribe request will be actioned as quickly as possible but will not be instantaneous.

Controlling your personal information

We never sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting.

The only information that we hold about you is your name and email address; we have this if you have commented on a blog post, or signed up to receive Alex Brown’s newsletter. If at any time you wish your details to be removed entirely from our records, please send us an Email

Any Questions

Please feel free to email us if you have any questions or concerns about how we process your data and we will do our best to answer them. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this privacy notice.