Below is all the usual explanation of why and how I might end up with personal information you actively choose to give me. I say 'usual', though I've amended it so it's in slightly plainer English than the 'usual' in reality.
Information to complete orders
When you place an order with me you will have given me your name, email address, delivery address and a telephone number. Not via this website, but via third parties such as PayPal, who have far more resources and expertise with which to protect your information than I could ever have. I may have to disclose your contact information to product/service suppliers and carriers so that your order can be completed. The suppliers/couriers may not pass on this information to others or use it for their own marketing purposes.
I do not pass-on any information you choose to give me, to other parties for advertising, marketing or anything unconnected with completing your order, or request.
I also do not store any information you give me in a database on the web owned by me, or as part of this website. The third parties I use are Paypal for orders and MailChimp for email lists – they're far more expert and have more resources keeping your information secure than I can ever have.
I've not connected my site yet to PayPal, however, I intend to and this information may be helpful
PayPal is a company that processes customer card payments, providing secure online credit card and debit card payment solutions. When your order is placed from my website, your credit card information is handled via encrypted PayPal secure online payment processing on paypal.com – payment is not processed by this website. I do not receive any of your credit/debit card details as this is all done entirely on the PayPal website, which does not reveal these details to me (and that's as it should be). Paypal only supplies sufficient information to allow me to contact you if it's appropriate to and to send your order to you.
In fact none of your personal information necessary for purchases is handled/processed/stored by my website at all – it is all done on the PayPal website.
My website has an 's' on the end of 'http' in the website address bar in your browser. You might be able to see a green lock there depending on the browser you're using. The 's' is for 'secure'. https means your browser will talk with my website using encrypted messages all the time, even when you're 'just looking'.
It is good practice, for a website which has a contact form to be a https website, so this website is. It means the contact form will be processed using secure methods. My advise, though, is always that you should never put anything personally identifiable into an email form other than your email address, which is unfortunately necessary if you want a reply.
I collect contact information for my mailing list to enable me to let you know about new art, events or exhibitions I am involved in. You will have to actively choose to be on my mailing list, I do not sign people up automatically (I hate that myself, so I'm not about to do it to you!). You'll always be offered the opportunity to unsubscribe if you change your mind about having signed up. If you decide you prefer not to be contacted afterall, I will remove you from my mailing list.
Cookies are small text files my website puts in your browser to monitor how my site is used. They do not contain personal information and cannot tell me anything about who you are.
Like many other e-commerce websites, I may use 'cookies' to store and track information about your usage of my site. The cookies record temporary data that expires relating to your visit, to manage the delivery of web pages to you, and ordering processes; and to help me monitor traffic through the site.
Cookies help sole traders, like me, decide how best to spend their time. Cookies are not automatically bad.
BY USING THIS WEBSITE YOU AGREE TO ALLOW IT TO SET COOKIES ON YOUR COMPUTER.
If you do not want to use 'cookies', most Internet browser programs will permit you to turn them off. If you do this, you will still be able to access my site as normal, but some processes such as those outlined above that depend on cookies may not work properly.