Privacy and Cookies

We at Crime Fiction Ireland ("CFI") respect your right to privacy and we hate spam. The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to outline how we deal with the privacy of visitors to the CFI blog ( and any personal data you provide to us during those visits.

It also explains the use of cookies on this blog.

It is arranged in the following sections:
  1. Links
  2. Personal information
  3. Subscriber lists
  4. Competitions
  5. Collection and use of non-personal data
  6. Types of cookie
  7. Google Analytics
  8. Social website cookies
  9. Granting us permission to use cookies
  10. How to turn off cookies
If you do not wish your information to be recorded, you may wish to leave this blog.

1. Links

Where our pages provide links to third-party websites, these links are provided for information purposes only. CFI is not responsible for the content, accuracy, copyright or privacy policies of these other websites.

2. Personal information

We will not disclose your personal data (such as email messages to us) unless you have clearly expressed consent to this disclosure.

We will not collect information about you on this blog apart from those listed below:
  • Information that you volunteer by emailing us directly to our email address, or by filling in the contact form on the right-hand column of pages on this blog
  • Statistical information gathered automatically when you visit our blog
This personal data is collected for the following purposes:
  • To communicate with you in response to communications you might send us
  • To provide you with information you have requested
We will not retain your personal data for any longer than is necessary in relation to the purposes outlined in this Statement.

3. Subscriber lists

From time to time we may compile subscriber lists, such as for email updates of blog posts. If you subscribe to updates by email, your email address is automatically added to our subscriber database, and will only be used for sending you these updates which you have specifically subscribed to.

4. Competitions

From time to time we may run competitions and giveaways on our blog. The rules of these competitions may include the proviso that participants allow their names to be announced in the competition results.

Any details provided by participants will only be used for the specific competition/giveaway, and for the public announcement of competition results (if you are one of the winners' names), and for no other purpose.

5. Collection and use of non-personal data

Like many websites, we gather statistical and analytical information on an aggregate basis of visitors to our blog. This blog uses "cookie" technology.

Cookies are small text files that are placed on computers (including mobile devices) when they are used to browse websites. The information in the text files can later be retrieved by a website so that it can recognise the user or device.

Our cookies record non-personal data that comprises information that cannot be used to identify or contact you, such as:
  • The local address of the server you are using
  • The top level domain name from which you accessed the internet
  • The type of browser you are using
  • The date and time you accessed our blog
  • The internet address used to link to our blog
The IP address of a visitor to our blog is recorded as part of this statistical data. However, we make no attempts whatsoever to link this IP address to any other information that may allow us to identify any individual visiting our blog.

We only access the non-personal data gathered from visitors to our blog in an aggregate form, using statistical software such as Google Analytics (see below) and the in-built statistical reports of, in order to get a better understanding of where our visitors come from and to help us better structure and organise our pages and their contents.

6. Types of cookie

The CFI blog may use two types of cookie:

A session cookie is used during a visit, then deleted when the user leaves. For example, it can be used to "remember" an action that you have done on one screen when you go to another screen during the same browsing session

A persistent cookie isn't deleted at the end of the session, and can be used to recognise the visitor and specific information from session to session. For example, we may use a persistent cookie to check whether someone has previously voted in an online poll (even if they voted in the poll on a previous visit)

A third-party cookie either originates on or is sent to a website different from the one you are currently viewing. For example, a "Facebook like" button on our blog may set a cookie that can be read by Facebook.

We do not use cookies to:
  • Collect any personally identifiable information without your express permission
  • Collect any sensitive information without your express permission
7. Google Analytics

Our blog may from time to time use Google Analytics to measure site traffic. Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google").

Google Analytics uses cookies to help analyse how users use our blog. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our blog (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google uses this information to evaluate your use of websites, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage.

While Google Analytics collects the IP addresses of website visitors in order to give site owners a sense of where in the world the visitors come from, Google Analytics does not report the actual IP address information to site owners who use Google Analytics.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

By using this blog, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

One way to opt out of having your data collected by Google Analytics is to download and install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your browser. This add-on is available for many popular browsers.

8. Social website cookies

Some pages on our blog may include sharing buttons so that you can easily "Like" or share our content on other sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The privacy implications of using these sharing buttons will vary from one social network to another and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on the particular network.

Some pages on this blog may also contain embedded content from third-party websites such as videos from YouTube and Vimeo. Some of these sites may set persistent cookies when you load these pages or interact with the content.

9. Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on the browser that you are using to view this blog are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our blog, to mean that you consent to the use of cookies in the ways outlined on this page.

10. How to turn off cookies

You are always free to decline our cookies, if your browser permits, or to ask your browser to indicate when a cookie is being sent. You can also delete cookie files from your computer at your discretion.

Some browsers automatically accept cookies. You may disable cookies or set your browser to alert you when cookies are being sent. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you visit our blog. If you do allow cookies, you can later delete them at any time if you wish.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, but please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this blog.

For more information on how to view or delete cookies in various browsers, read this guide on