Privacy Policy

[ Drumming is fun! ]We play nice - we don't sell or misuse your data

Personal data we keep

For workshops, we legally have to keep customer records for seven years, which include name, phone number, email address, sometimes postal address, website, along with details of what projects were delivered. Workshop enquiries that never happened are also kept in case people rebook later.

For people who come to my classes, I just record their name, email, mobile number (for emergencies), town where they live (so I know how far they are likely to travel to gigs), and their website if they have one, plus brief records of their level of drumming experience/progress. This data is used for sending monthly newsletters about classes and upcoming events. You can unsubscribe at any time.

If students have lessons at their home addresses, that information is obviously needed as well.

Website page requests are logged and just include visitors' IP addresses, referring link and time of page request. This archived data is only very rarely used to investigate cases of foul play, such as aggressive hotlinking.

Any photographs are only published with permission, crediting photographers where possible.

Accessing or deleting your data

You are legally allowed to request to see what data is held about you. Just send an email to ask, and I will reply. Similarly you can ask me to delete your data, or just unsubscribe from monthly email newsletters but retain info for future project announcements. Since this website is managed by hand by a human not a computer, there are no <Unsubscribe> buttons to click, but just send me a text/email with a clear simple message, like UNSUBSCRIBE in the email subject.

Class+private student data is periodically deleted if they are inactive for more than two years (unless they request otherwise).

What we don't do

We are proud netizens of The Proper Internet before all the corporations and advertisers came along and spoiled it all.

Data security

No computer is completely secure (despite whatever your bank may claim) but we do our best to keep our systems safe from intrusion, updated with security fixes and even airgapped when not actively online. Most data is stored in simple text files (plus some spreadsheets) and backed up locally (not in "The Cloud" as that just means someone else's computer which we're not in control of and may get hacked). Emails are hosted locally, not in some spying cloud "provider"'s servers.

Class students' names and mobile numbers are also stored in my oldskool Nokia mobile phone for emergencies. I do not use "smart"-phones because I've not found any that are smart enough yet - most are walking security disasters that track you and eavesdrop on you.