Privacy, Disclosure, & Cookie Policies

With added photos, because this stuff is not exactly thrilling…

Firstly, here’s a photo, in case you came here for the pretty pictures?

Dragonfly on Brick

…and another…

The Old Castle, Keiss, Caithness, Scotland

…and one more…

The Way Through the Woods

Below you will find the Not A Travel Writer Privacy Policy, Disclosure Policy, and Cookie Policy. And more pretty photos.

This policy is valid from the 11th of July 2019. Last update: 2nd of November 2022.

Dawn in Wick, Caithness, Scotland

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their information is saved and used online and outlines the principles and practices we follow in order to protect readers’ personal information. This includes ensuring the accuracy, confidentiality, and security of our readers’ personal information and allowing our readers’ to request access to, and correction of, their personal information.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?

  • When subscribing to the email list and leaving a comment on a blog post you will be asked to enter your name (which can be anything you’d like it to be) and email address.

When do we collect information?

  • We collect information from you when you subscribe to a newsletter or enter information on our site.
  • We also collect an email address and name (which can be anything you want it to be) when you download a free bonus book and sign up for the Not A Travel Writer newsletter at a hyperlink available on Book Cave. Book Cave’s specific Terms of Service can be found here:

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you in the following ways:

  • To identify preferences.
  • To send exclusive resources.

Please note that by leaving a comment on a blog post you will not be subscribed to the email list. The details you leave in the comments system is hosted by Disqus, who are also GDPR compliant. Please read more about their privacy policy here.

How do we protect your information?

Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible. We use regular Malware Scanning.

Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by the owner of Not A Travel Writer, who is required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information. All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.

Do we use ‘cookies’?

Yes. See the Cookie Policy below.

Third-party Disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.

Third-party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We, therefore, have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.


Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users.

Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on our site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our users based on previous visits to our site and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt-out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google Ad and Content Network privacy policy.

We have implemented the following:

• Demographics and Interests Reporting

We, along with third-party vendors such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.

Opting out:

Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. – See more at:

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

Users can visit our site anonymously.

Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.

Our Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’ and can easily be found on the page specified above.

You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes:

• On our Privacy Policy Page

You can change your personal information:

• By emailing us:

How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?

We honour Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does our site allow third-party behavioural tracking?

It’s also important to note that we allow third-party behavioural tracking.

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.

Should a data breach occur:

We will notify you via email:

• Within 7 business days

Misty, Damp, Highland Scotland

Disclosure Policy

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact Alexander M Crow at this address:

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. and Alexander M Crow are participants in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to,,,,,,, or

Find out about the Amazon Associates Program here:

Many product links on this website are Amazon affiliate links, which means that I will earn a commission if you click on the link and make a purchase using this link. When you make a purchase, the price you pay will be the same whether you use the affiliate link or go directly to the vendor’s website using a non-affiliate link. By using the affiliate links, you are helping support and I genuinely appreciate your support. I will also make it clear when I include affiliate links on a post.

This site links to products and services that may give me additional affiliate income, from other sites including, but not limited to, Amazon. As with the Amazon affiliate links, I shall make it abundantly clear when a post contains affiliate links.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. I believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content. We are not, however, likely to share anything we do not believe in, whether product or service. We are not great fans of people writing affiliate posts for things they do not use. Honesty is always the best policy.

The owner of this blog (me, Alexander M Crow) is from time-to-time compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner of this blog receives compensation for some posts or advertisements, I will always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. People may not like these opinions, but they are still mine. And, therefore, valid. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

Swirls of Leaves, Dunbeath River, Scotland

This is the Cookie Policy for Not A Travel Writer, accessible from

What Are Cookies?

As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or ‘break’ certain elements of the site’s functionality.

For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.

How We Use Cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately, in most cases, there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help function for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

The Cookies We Set

Site preferences cookies.

In order to provide you with a great experience on this site, we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences, we need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page is affected by your preferences.

Third Party Cookies

In some special cases, we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

This site uses Google Analytics, which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web, for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.

As we sell products it’s important for us to understand statistics about how many of the visitors to our site actually make a purchase and as such this is the kind of data that these cookies will track. This is important to you as it means that we can accurately make business predictions that allow us to monitor our advertising and product costs to ensure the best possible price.

The Google AdSense service we initially intend to use (as of October 2022, this has yet to be activated, but shall be soon) to serve advertising uses a DoubleClick cookie to serve more relevant ads across the web and limit the number of times that a given ad is shown to you. For more information on Google AdSense see the official Google AdSense privacy FAQ.

Several partners advertise on our behalf and affiliate tracking cookies simply allow us to see if our customers have come to the site through one of our partner sites so that we can credit them appropriately and where applicable allow our affiliate partners to provide any bonus that they may provide you for making a purchase.

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work, the following social media sites, including, but not limited to; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

Edinburgh Skyline; My Favourite UK City

More Information

Hopefully, all this has clarified things for you and, as was previously mentioned, if there is something that you aren’t sure whether you need or not it’s usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site. This Cookie Policy was created with the help of the

However, if you are still looking for more information then you can contact us through our preferred contact method:


Or fill in the contact form on the “work with me” section of the site.

This policy also covers the following social media channels operated by Alexander M Crow.


For more information, see the official social media policies for each platform. (Also, find me and follow me there! If you want to, of course, I mean, there’s no obligation. I can’t, nor do I want, to force you into anything. But, hey! if you are interested in my words, you may find some of these channels interesting too. Click here for more.)

And, finally, if you’ve made it this far, congratulations! I’m really happy for you and want to say thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the photos if nothing else…

Sunset With Sign
Millennium Clock Detail, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Light and Indigo Sky
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