Jonathan LaPoma

Author / Screenwriter / Songwriter

Privacy Policy

Privacy Notice for

This privacy notice tells you what personal data and non-personal data we may collect from you as you use this website and its services. It includes how the data is collected, protected and in some limited cases, shared with other parties. You can also make requests to access, change and delete personal data that has been collected.

We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our services, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.


Data Collection

Legal basis for collecting and processing your personal and non-personal data

When you load a page on, data is collected for the technical operation of the website, such as security protocols looking for malicious activity that could lead to defacement or a data breach. We thereby have a legitimate interest in monitoring the site’s performance in order to provide a positive experience for visitors. The legal basis for other data collection, such as names and email addresses you submit when signing up for a newsletter, is based on the consent you provide when you elect to join the mailing list, use a contact form, or other direct interaction.


We Collect Your Personal Data in the Following Ways

Automatic Collection

We automatically receive information from your web browser or mobile device. This information may include the name of the website from which you entered our website, if any, as well as the name of the website you’ll visit when you leave our website, your Internet service provider’s name, your web browser type, the type of mobile device, your computer operating system, and data about your browsing activity when using our website. We use all this information to analyze trends among our users to help improve our website. From time to time, may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Contact Forms

The contact form asks for your consent to transmit personal data, such as your email address and name in order to facilitate communication. That data is not stored in our database, and is instead collated into an email and sent to us over the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). Our own SMTP servers are protected by TLS (sometimes known as SSL) meaning that the email content is encrypted using SHA-2, 256-bit cryptography before being sent across the internet. The email content is then decrypted by our local computers and devices. However, not all mail servers are secured in such a way. Therefore, we would suggest that you always consider email as an insecure medium and not include confidential or sensitive information within an email.

Concluded conversations will be deleted from those inboxes after 90 days. None of this personal information will be used for marketing purposes.

Email Newsletters

If you choose to join our email newsletter, the email address will be stored with for email marketing services. We consider MailChimp to be a third party data processor. The email address that you submit will not be stored in’s database or other computer systems.

Your email address will remain within MailChimp’s database for as long as we continue to use MailChimp’s services for email marketing or until you specifically request removal from the list. You can do this by unsubscribing using the unsubscribe links contained in any email newsletters that we send you or by requesting removal via email. When requesting removal via email, please send your email to us using the email account that is subscribed to the mailing list.

If you are under 16 years of age you must obtain parental consent before joining our email newsletter.

This data is not shared or resold to other parties.


Our website uses Google Analytics to collect information about the use of our website, but not to collect any personal data. When you load the site, your IP address is anonymized so that it cannot be used to trace you as an individual while still allowing us gather information about how users interact with our site. Google Analytics will still place cookies on your computer to track items like visit duration, but it does so without including personal information.

All activity falls within the bounds of the Google Analytics Terms of Service. For more information on how Google collects and processes your data, visit Or to opt-out of Google Analytics across all websites, consider using the tool at

Language Preferences

The WordPress Multilingual Plugin (WPML) uses cookies to identify the visitor’s current language, the last visited language and the language of users who have logged in. While you use the plugin, WPML will share data regarding the site through Installer. No data from the user itself will be shared.


We use security plugins like Wordfence to prevent hacks, break-ins, etc. Those plugins necessarily look at your IP address to ensure that you’re not engaged in malicious activity, as well as block IP addresses as that violate security rules. Wordfence does analyze the activity of IP addresses to look for larger security trends and risks across the internet, and as such we consider Wordfence and their parent company, Defiant, Inc., to be a third party data processor.  Contact us if you need the data they process to be removed.


Data Integrity


This site is hosted by SiteGround, based in the United States. Any data originating or stored on the site, including any personal information submitted by users, will be stored and/or processed in the United States. Data is hosted from a secured environment, and backups are only accessible by the site owner and administrator.

We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software to encrypt the information you enter on our Site in order to protect its security during transmission to and from our Site.

Data Breaches

We will report any unlawful data breach of this website’s database or the database(s) of any of our third party data processors to any and all relevant persons and authorities within 72 hours of the breach if it is apparent that personal data stored in an identifiable manner has been stolen. Since we don’t keep your personal data on our server, this is unlikely to happen, but of course it’s good to have a plan in place.

Internal Data Retention

No personal data is stored internally. Please see details about our third party processors for more about collected email addresses, names, etc.

Third Party Processors

We use a number of third parties to process personal data on our behalf. These third parties are based in the USA and are EU-U.S Privacy Shield compliant.

We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.

Third Party Cookies

While data is not shared with, cookies may be set by via their ‘bookshelf’ widget. Find out more about Goodreads’ privacy policy here. Additionally, will place their own set of cookies when you visit their site to sign up for a writing course or class. Find out more about Udemy’s privacy policy here.


Your Rights

When using our website and submitting personal data to us, you may have certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other laws. Depending on the legal basis for processing your personal data, you may have some or all of the following rights:

  • You have the right to be informed about the personal data we collect from you, and how we process it.
  • You have the right to get confirmation that your personal data is being processed and have the ability to access your personal data.
  • You have the right to have your personal data corrected if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • You have the right to request the removal or deletion of your personal data if there is no compelling reason for us to continue processing it.
  • You have a right to ‘block’ or restrict the processing of your personal data. When your personal data is restricted, we are permitted to store your data, but not to process it further.
  • You have the right to request and get your personal data that you provided to us and use it for your own purposes. You may also request that we remove that data from our records here.

All that said, there are some unusual instances when we may be legally required to disclose your Personal Data. These may include the following:

  • We are required by subpoena, law, or other legal process;
  • Disclosure is necessary to assist law enforcement officials or government enforcement agencies
  • Disclosure is necessary to investigate violations of or otherwise enforce our Legal Terms
  • Disclosure is necessary to protect us from legal action or claims from third parties, including you and/or other users or members;
  • Disclosure is necessary to protect the legal rights, personal/real property, or personal safety of our company, users, employees, and affiliates.

If you have privacy-specific questions, please contact us here.

If you feel that you need to file an unaddressed complaint about how your personal data is handled, you have the right to contact regulatory or judicial authorities about the matter.