Privacy Policy

This policy was last updated June 17, 2022.

Your privacy is important at JANE READS. The policy below outlines how how I collect, share and use Personal Information, and how you can exercise your privacy rights.

You agree to the terms of this policy when you use this website. This privacy policy may change from time to time. If any changes are made, the revision date will be noted at the top of this policy.

Founded in 2013, JANE READS is an independently operated public blog run by Jane Carraway. This website is a book blog — mostly mysteries, especially cozies — with reviews, excerpts, guest posts, and giveaways. JANE READS’ web host is Blogger, a Google affiliate (read their privacy policy here []).

How Information is Collected
Here is how your information is collected on JANE READS:

  • if you sign up for email updates of blog posts
  • if you subscribe to the blog by RSS feed
  • if you leave a comment on the blog
  • If you enter a giveaway by Rafflecopter
  • through website cookies and log files

Email Updates
If you decide to subscribe to email updates of blog posts, via the Follow by Email text box on this website, then your email address is required in order to send you the emails. 

At the bottom of every email I send, you will find a link to unsubscribe. You may unsubscribe at any time. If you are having trouble unsubscribing, or would like to be removed from the mailing list, then simply send me an email at asking to be removed.

I use as my data processor and email service (read their privacy policy here []). Your data is collected and then passed to them. They will deliver an email to you if I have published new content on that day. No new content, no email for you.

Participation in a Giveaway is completely voluntary. Information requested with your entry may include Personal Information such as your name, email address, username, and similar details. I and the blog tour hosts use the information you provide to administer the giveaways, powered by Rafflecopter (read their privacy policy here []). 

We will also use the information you provide to email you, if you are a winner. If your prize is an e-book, it will be emailed to you. Otherwise, we will ask you for your mailing address, so we can send you your prize. We may share this information with the books’ authors and publishers, in line with this privacy policy and the rules posted for our Promotions.

If you enter your personal information in a Rafflecopter for a giveaway, that information will never be sold or shared, with the exception of passing on information required for authors or publishers to send a prize. Other than the above exception, your email and name are never sold or given away to a third party.

Blog Comments
Love something you read on my blog? Then leaving a comment is a great way to do that! I personally love hearing your feedback, as do the authors about their guest posts and books.

If you choose to leave a comment on a blog post, then please be aware that the comment is then public and visible to anyone who reads the comment section. Any information you include in a comment on my blog may be read, collected, and used by anyone. It is highly recommended that you avoid leaving detailed personal information in your comments.

I reserve the right to remove comments deemed as inappropriate or spammy, without notice.

I use Disqus as my Comment Platform on JANE READS (read their privacy policy here []). 

  • You can comment as a guest, by entering your name and email address. Only your name and comment will be visible to others.
  • You can register for a Disqus account, by entering your name, email address, and a password.
  • You can comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, or Google profile. You can then subscribe to the comments for a blog post, and receive email replies to your comments. Only your name and comment will be visible to others.

Links to third-party websites
My Website includes links to other websites, whose privacy practices may be different from mine. If you submit Personal Information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. I encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any website you visit. JANE READS is not responsible for the privacy policies of other websites or the third party applications it uses.

Social Media Privacy
JANE READS uses various social media platforms, such as the Facebook Like button. These features may collect information about your IP address and which page you are visiting on my Website, and they may set a cookie to make sure the feature functions properly. JANE READS is not responsible for what you post on these social media channels.

Children’s Privacy
JANE READS and Disqus do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13, or knowingly allow such persons to register for an account. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete it.

Data Protection Rights
To access, correct, update, or request deletion of your Personal Information. JANE READS takes reasonable steps to ensure that the data collected is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete, and up to date. You may contact me directly at any time about accessing, correcting, updating, or deleting your Personal Information, or prohibiting certain data uses, by emailing me at I will consider your request in accordance with applicable laws.

Even though your Personal Information was collected and processed with your consent, you can withdraw your consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing we conducted prior to your withdrawal, nor will it affect processing of your Personal Information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.

Processing and Retention of Personal Data

  • I have a legal basis to process your personal data, because it is necessary to the performance of a contract (to receive blog posts by email, to enter a giveaway, or to receive a prize by mail).
  • The purpose of the data is to provide such services as receiving blog posts by RSS or email, entering giveaways, or receiving prizes by mail. I collect the minimum amount of data needed for these services.
  • Data for Feedburner is retained until you remove it or until your Feedburner is closed or terminated. Data for giveaways is retained until the prizes have been received, or for three months after the giveaway ended, whichever is shorter
  • You can contact me, as the data controller, concerning your personal information here [].

International Transfer of Data
JANE READS operates in the United States
The servers are located in the United States, so your information may be transferred to, stored, or processed in the United States. While the data protection, privacy, and other laws of the United States might not be as comprehensive as those in your country, many steps are taken to protect your privacy

Data transfers from Switzerland or the EU to the United States
Google participates in, and has certified its compliance with, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. To learn more about the Privacy Shield Frameworks, visit the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Privacy Shield website here []

If you have questions or concerns about this privacy policy, please feel free to contact me at [].