About John Thomas

JOHN THOMAS (who, born in 1951, comes from the English Midlands) has been writing and publishing since 1973. Most of his early work concerned his academic interests ‐ historic/religious architecture and art, in which subjects he has four university degrees ‐ but at the same time he wrote a number of stories and novels which ‐ perhaps mercifully ‐ found no success. Work with various editors and publishers, brief study at the London School of Publishing, and other writing jobs, helped him, in 1999, launch Twin Books, whose list features mainly his own work, plus that of a few others. He has also devoted much time to writing plays, and even performing his own material (once, dressed as a gorilla), and even a short comedy sketch. He also performed (amateur!) in the musical drama Promise of Power, and in 2009 "author John Thomas" appeared in one of his works (played by a professional actor). While for long working in the provision of electronic academic information (including e-books), his commitment to the printed ‐ and illustrated ‐ word is considerable; producing Twin Books, above all, provides him with the pure pleasure of actually designing and making books.

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Privacy Notice

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Information we collect from you

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Information we collect about you

With regards to each of your visits to our site, we will automatically collect the following information:

technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform;

information about your visit, including items you viewed or searched for, page response times, length of visits to certain pages and any phone number used to call our customer service number.

Information we receive from other sources. This is information we receive about you:

from our third-party service providers (including, for example, sub-contractors in technical and delivery services)

If you are a user or have been a user of our services, your personal details may be recorded on our CRM database and we will cross-check information you give us with the information recorded on our CRM database.

Purpose for processing your information

We need to know basic personal information in order to provide you with the services that you have engaged us to provide and to assert our right to be compensated in return for those services as per the services agreement or other contract in place between us.

If you do not provide this information, we will not be able to provide the services and we will not collect personal data from you that we do not need for this purpose without your consent.

We will not use your personal data for any other purpose unless you explicitly instruct us to do so. All the personal data we hold about you will be processed by our staff in the UK.

We do not process any data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)

Personal Data that we hold

We will use this information:

to send you any information you have requested

to provide you with the services you have requested

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for the purposes of market mapping and customer base analysis so that we understand the potential market for our goods and services better and can tailor our goods and services to meet market and customer desires;

to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;

to administer our site and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes;

to improve our site to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;

to allow you to participate in interactive features of our services, when you choose to do so; and

as part of our efforts to keep our site secure.

Legal basis for processing your information

We will not rent, swap or sell your personal information to other organisations for them to use in their own marketing activities.

The legal basis that we rely on for processing your data will depend upon the circumstances in which it is being collected and used, but will in most cases fall into one of the following categories:

where you have provided your consent to allow us to use your data in a certain way;

where the processing is necessary to carry out for the performance of a contract with you;

where the processing is necessary in order for us to comply with a legal obligation; or

where it is in our legitimate interests to perform our functions.

Sharing your information

We may pass your personal data on to third-party service providers contracted to us in the course of dealing with you. Any third parties that we may share your data with are obliged to keep your details securely, and to use them only to fulfil the service they provide you on our behalf. When they no longer need your data to fulfil this service, they will dispose of the details in line with our procedures.

We may also share your personal information with analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our site.

We may also disclose your personal information to third parties:

If any or substantially all of our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held about our prospects and customers will be one of the transferred assets.

If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our website terms of use, terms of Services or other agreements entered into with us; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of us, any of the companies listed at the beginning of this notice, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

If you make a claim against us (such as our legal advisors and insurance providers).

Retention of your personal data

We will only keep your personal data within the timeframes allowed by law and for so long as is necessary to comply with our legal obligations. The length of time we keep your data will depend on the type of personal data we have collected. Please contact John Thomas for details of any specific retention period.

You decide how you want us to contact you, whether by mail, email or by phone and you can update your communication preferences at any time by telling us when things change. From time to time we will also send you a communication to update and refresh your communication preferences.

Your rights

At any point while we are in possession of or processing your personal data, you have the following rights:

Right of access ‐ you have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you.

Right of rectification ‐ you have a right to correct data that we hold about you that is inaccurate or incomplete.

Right to be forgotten ‐ in certain circumstances you can ask for the data we hold about you to be erased from our records.

Right to restriction of processing ‐ where certain conditions apply to have a right to restrict the processing.

Right of portability ‐ you have the right to have the data we hold about you transferred to another organisation.

Right to object ‐ you have the right to object to certain types of processing such as direct marketing.

Right to object to automated processing, including profiling ‐ you also have the right to be subject to the legal effects of automated processing or profiling.

Right to judicial review: in the event that we refuse your request under rights of access, we will provide you with a reason as to why.

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office if you have a concern about your personal data: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/

You can exercise your rights at any time by contacting John Thomas. You may also withdraw your consent to direct marketing by clicking the unsubscribe button on any of our communications

The site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Changes to our privacy notice

Any changes we make to our privacy notice in the future will be posted on this page. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy notice.

Contact ‐ if you have any questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy notice please contact John Thomas.

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