Privacy Policy


This privacy policy explains how we collect and use your personal information, how we keep it safe and protect your privacy and what your rights are regarding this information. This privacy policy relates to THIS website

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Rustin In this policy ‘Barbara Rustin’, ‘we’ or ‘our’ refers to Barbara Rustin, author of Bee Alert!

How do we collect personal information about you?

We collect personal information in the following ways:

  • When you buy the book, Bee Alert! via the website

  • From your correspondence

  • Through search/analytics providers used on our website

  • Through social media; depending on your settings you may allow us access to information when for example you make a public comment on one of our posts.

What personal information do we collect?

Depending on the reason for which we need your information, we may collect the following:

  • Your name

  • Your contact details (including postal address, telephone number, e-mail address and/or social media identity);

  • Your bank or credit card details where you provide these to make a payment;

  • Information about your activities on our website and about the device you use to access these, technical information (such as your IP address, browser type, geographical location and time zone setting) and information about your visit (page response times, length of visits to certain pages etc);

  • Demographic information such as age, nationality, gender identity, sexuality and ethnicity information for monitoring purposes; and

  • Any other personal information you provide to us.

How do we use your information

We use the information held about you to:

  • Contact you about your purchase

  • Respond to your questions or comments;

  • Display content to you in an appropriate way for the device that you are using, for example if you are using a mobile phone or a tablet to view our website;

  • Administer and improve our website, prevent or detect fraud or abuses of our website and carry out technical, logistical or other functions on our behalf;

  • Aggregate statistics about our sales, traffic patterns and related site information

What is the legal basis for processing your information?

Data protection laws mean that each use we make of personal information must have a “legal basis”. The relevant legal bases are set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (EU Regulation 2016/679) and in current UK data protection legislation.

Specific consent

Consent is where you have given us permission to use your information in a certain way, for example when purchase the book via the online checkout. Where we use your information for a purpose based on consent, you have the right to withdraw consent for any future use of your information for this purpose at any time.

Performance of a contract / take steps at your request to prepare for entry into a contract

We have a basis to use your personal information where we are entering into a contract with you or performing our obligations under that contract. Examples of this would be if you are buying the book.

Legal obligation

We have a basis to use your personal information where we need to do so to comply with one of our legal or regulatory obligations. 

How do we keep your information safe?

We take all appropriate technical and organisational controls to keep your data safe, including encrypting our online forms and holding information on a protected network.

How long do we keep your information?

We will hold information that you supply when purchasing the book indefinitely, until you ask us to delete it.

We are also required to hold some information which is determined by legal or operational considerations, the length of time we hold this information will be determined by the specific legal or operational requirement.

Sharing your information

We will never sell or share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

Should we be under a legal or regulatory duty to do so, we may share your details to the police, regulatory bodies of legal advisors, and / or where we consider this necessary, to protect the rights, property or safety of Barbara Rustin, visitors, users or others.

Emails from us

If you contact us (by any method), we may keep a record of that correspondence and use your contact details to reply to you.

Please note, e-mail is not a fully secure means of communication. Whilst we try to keep our systems and communications protected against viruses and other harmful effects we cannot guarantee this.

What rights do you have regarding your information?

  • You have a right to request a copy of the information we hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please contact

  • We want to make sure your personal information is accurate and up-to-date. You may ask us to review and amend your information at any time.

  • You have a right to ask us to restrict the processing of some or all of your personal information in the following situations: if some information we hold on you isn’t right; we’re not lawfully allowed to use it; you need us to retain your information in order for you to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim; or you believe your privacy rights outweigh our legitimate interests to use your information for a particular purpose and you have objected to us doing so.

  • You have a right to withdraw your consent for us to hold your information and subject to certain exceptions, we will delete your data upon request.

  • If we are processing your personal information (1) based on your consent, or in order to enter into or carry out a contract with you, and (2) the processing is being done by automated means, you may ask us to provide it to you or another service provider in a machine-readable format.

  • You have a right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.

  • If we are processing your personal information based on our legitimate interests or for scientific/historical research or statistics, you have a right to object to our use of your information. If we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you wish to object, we will stop processing your information for these purposes as soon as reasonably possible.

We will aim to complete any of the above requests within one month. If this is not possible, we will tell you why and when you might reasonably expect it to be completed.

Linked sites

When you access any other website through a link on our website you understand that it is independent from us and that we have no control over that website or the way your personal information is collected through those websites. 

Those websites may have their own privacy policies and we encourage you to look at those policies or contact the website operators directly to understand how your personal information is used.

Social media cookies

The website contains buttons and content from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, so that you can easily share content from the website with your social media networks. If you use these features, these social media sites may use their own cookies. Information on how these are used can be found on their respective websites.

Changes to this Policy

This policy was updated on 19th September 2018. Please note that we may update this Privacy Policy at any time, so please check it regularly.