Privacy Policy

Books & Ink Bookshop (“we” or “us”) are a data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679. This means that we are responsible for, and control the processing of, the personal information you provide to us in accordance with this privacy policy.


Collection of personal information

We collect personal information about you when you:

  • Order books from us, via our website, by telephone, by email, or other means, or in person in the shop
  • Enquire about our books via email, website or telephone.


The personal information collected in the above manner may include the following:

  • Name
  • Postal address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Payment details, including billing address and payment card details
  • Profile data, including your username and password, details about your purchases


How we use your information

We will collect personal information in order to take the necessary steps in preparation of, or to fulfil our obligations under, a contract:

  • To initiate and process a book order
  • To update you on the progress of a book order
  • To provide information to you on a book enquiry 


How long we will keep your personal information

We retain your information for purposes which determine the period of time for which we need to keep such information:

  • To allow for simplified ordering for returning customers, we keep customer contact information for an indefinite period, unless requested to delete the information by the customer or their legal representatives. Customer contact information is only ever used at the customer's request, is never used proactively by us and is never shared with any other party.
  • Financial payment information is never stored once an order, and payment, have been successfully processed. 


Protection of your personal information

The personal information that you provide in connection with the use of this site is protected in several ways:

  • Access by you to your account profile is available through a password and unique customer ID selected by you. The password is encrypted. You should strive to use a strong, alpha-numeric password which you should not divulge to anyone.
  • Your personal information resides on secure servers that only our selected personnel have access to via password.
  • Your personal information is encrypted whenever it is transmitted to us.
  • When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number) on our registration or order forms, we encrypt that informtaion using transport layer security technology.


We strive to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during the transmission and once we receive it. However, no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we take into account the sensitivity of the personal information we collect, process and store, and the current state of technology to use these measures to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

If you have any questions about security on our web sites please email us at the contact details below.


Your rights

In order to process any of the requests listed below, we may need to verify your identity for your security. In such cases your response will be necessary for you to exercise this right.


The right to access information we hold about you

At any point you can contact us to request details concerning the information we hold about you, why we have that information, who has access to the information and where we got the information. In most cases you may be entitled to copies of the information we hold concerning you. Once we have received your request we will respond within 30 days.


The right to correct and update the information we hold about you

If the data we hold about you is out of date, incomplete or incorrect, you can inform us and we will ensure that it is updated.


The right to have your information erased

If you feel that we should no longer be using your data, you can request that we erase the data we hold. When we receive your request, we will confirm that the data has been deleted.


The right to complain

You can make a complaint to us by contacting us via [email protected] or to the data protection supervisory authority – in the UK, this is the Information Commissioner’s Office, at


Sharing your information

We do not disclose or transfer your data or personal information to other companies, data processors or agents. Information will only ever be held within our own secure systems.

Our website has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. We use 128-bit SSL encryption to protect your financial information.


Data Protection Officer

As a small business, we do not have a Data Protection Officer. If you have any questions about this privacy statement, our data protection policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, you can contact:


by post:

The Manager
Books & Ink Bookshop
6 North Street
Winchcombe, GL54 5LH
United Kingdom

by telephone:

01242 603625

or by email:

[email protected]

Cookie and Tracking Technologies

This site may automatically collect information as you browse, such as Internet Service Provider, browser type and version, operating system and device type, average time spent on our site(s), pages viewed, information accessed, the Internet Protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet and other relevant statistics. Such information is sometimes referred to as web analytics and/or clickstream data.

Technologies such as: cookies, beacons, tags and scripts are used by us and our affiliates' analytics services to provide site features and functionality. These technologies are used in analysing trends, administering the site, tracking users movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.

A cookie is a small, unique text file that a website can send to your computer when you visit a site. We may use session cookies, which terminate when a user closes their browser or persistent cookies, which remain on the user's computer until manually deleted. Most we browsers can either alert you to the use of cookies or refuse to accept cookies entirely. If you do not want to deploy cookies to your browser you can set your browser to reject cookies or to notify you when a website tries to put a cookie on your computer. Rejecting cookies may affect your ability to use the site.


Links to Third Party Sites

Our site includes links to other web sites whose privacy practices may differ from our own. If you submit personal information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any web site you visit.


Social Media Widgets

Our web sites may include social media features, such as the Facebook like button and widgets such as the Share This button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site. These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social Media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party of hosted directly on our site. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.