Matt Gemmell

Privacy Policy

This page contains the privacy policy for users of (and visitors to) this site. It’s also where you’ll find details of any changes to that policy in future.

It was last updated in May 2018.

General information

This site currently uses no cookies or third-party analytics, and I don’t share information with anyone else, except as outlined on this page.

My web server logs the usual details about each visitor, such as IP address, browser version, and which pages were accessed. Those logs are kept for one week, and then overwritten. I don’t currently use them for any purpose except to see which other web sites are currently bringing visitors to my site.

This site is HTTPS-only, for your privacy and security. You can verify its status here.

I use third-party companies to help me provide services. It’s always opt-in for you, and I don’t retain a separate copy of any of the data you might choose to provide to those companies. You can find the specifics below. Please contact those companies directly with any corresponding queries.

Mailing lists

My mailing lists, such as my Readers’ News list, are handled by MailChimp. Here’s MailChimp’s privacy policy.

You can unsubscribe from any mailing list at any time; there’s an unsubscribe link in every message. If you need help with that, email me (details below).


If you sign up as a site member, you’ll be joining a mailing list (see above), and also pay a monthly subscription. If you signed up before August 2017, the payment will have been handled by FastSpring. If you signed up more recently than that, it’ll have been handled by Stripe, via Memberful. Here are the relevant privacy policies:

I don’t have access to your payment information, such as credit card details.

Buying my books

My books are available in both electronic and paper formats from various retailers, as detailed on this site’s pages for each book. I don’t receive any personal information about you when you buy a book, with one exception: when you buy an autographed copy of a novel, my payment provider Gumroad sends me your delivery address (because I physically sign and ship your book myself). I don’t retain your information myself after your book has been shipped. Here’s Gumroad’s privacy policy.

Contact me

If you have questions about any of this, you can find my contact information here.