The Write Together Academy stores and processes client data in order to provide proofreading, editing, ghostwriting, and mentoring services to our clients. This includes quoting for work and sending out invoices.
The Write Together Academy values your business and will always look after your data (including both personal and business information) such as your name, email address, phone number, and postal address where needed. We ask for your name, email address and phone number when filling out the contact form so that we can easily contact you with information regarding our products, services, and rates.
The Write Together Academy will only use the information provided by you in the contact form for communicating with you about your work and for sending you information about our services in the first instance. We will not use your email address or phone number to send you promotional offers or any other information you didn’t request (unless you also signed up for the Write Together Academy newsletter).
Any personal information we hold for our clients – both physical and electronic – is kept secure.
How We Collect Your Data
The Write Together Academy website collects anonymised usage information using Google Analytics. This data is not personally identifiable and is not used for anything other than statistical analysis purposes.
Contact Form & Emails
The Write Together Academy collects your personal data when you fill in the contact form on the website, which includes your name, your email address, and/or your telephone number, as well as any information regarding the assistance you require.
These enquiry form emails are stored on a password-protected email account, as are any direct emails from clients. These will be saved/archived unless you make a request for the information to be deleted (please see below).
This information is then inputted into a password-protected Excel spreadsheet. If you choose to use the Write Together Academy for your editing/writing requirements, your information may also be inputted into Trello and Slack, programs that allow us to keep track of assignments.
Any computers with access to this spreadsheet, Trello, or Slack are password-protected, as are the accounts used to log in to Trello and Slack. The computers are also encrypted, with a firewall and access control. Any backups are stored on a portable hard drive and kept locked away in a secure lock box.
Personal Information in Manuscripts
When working on memoirs, autobiographies, or Write Your Life feedback programmes, the Write Together Academy will inevitably receive personal information regarding the client’s life. If required, the Write Together Academy can provide a confidentiality agreement for the client, stating that we will not disclose any personal information (either from the manuscript itself or from discussions surrounding the manuscript) to any third parties. A Letter of Agreement can also be drawn up if required, which includes a confidentiality agreement.
Manuscripts will be digitally stored for five years, unless you make a request for the information to be deleted (please see below).
The Write Together Academy will not sell your personal information to any third parties, although we do use several programs in order to process this information. All third party programs used by the Write Together Academy are GDPR compliant. You can find their updated privacy policies here:
Online and Physical Payments
The Write Together Academy accepts payments via bank transfer/BACS, PayPal, and credit/debit card.
Processing your Order/Providing your Service
When entering into an agreement with the Write Together Academy, the personal details you provide (your name, email address, and telephone number) will be used during the processing of your order/providing you with the service. This involves inputting your data into our spreadsheets and QuickBooks accounting software. This information will only be used to process your order and when contacting you regarding the work. At no time will we use your information for sales or marketing purposes (unless you sign up to the Write Together Academy newsletter, which can include marketing copy).
Accessing/Changing the Information we have on file
Clients can request access to the information the Write Together Academy holds on them, and under new GDPR regulations we have 30 days in which to provide you with this information. If you wish to access this data or inform us of any changes to your personal information (including your name, email address, phone number, and address), please email the Write Together Academy at email@example.com.
If you want us to delete the personal information we hold on you, under the new GDPR guidelines you can request to have all data relating to you erased from our records. The Write Together Academy then has 30 days in which to respond, though please note that if work is ongoing we may need to keep your data until the work has been completed.
GDPR Compliant Policy