Privacy Policy & Data Protection

Privacy Policy

By subscribing to my list, you provide me with some information about you (such as name and email address). In accordance with new EU laws from May 2018, I want to let you know how I use that data and what your rights are. If you want to have a look at the law itself, you can click here

Who am I?

In case you don’t know who I am, here’s a little information about the guy (i.e. me) behind the SchoolofComposition.com

My name is Matthew Ellul. I’m the founder and owner of this website. You can contact me here by email on: matt@schoolofcomposition.com

What is 'data' and why do I process it?

By ‘data’, I mean that little bit of information that you provide when subscribing to an email list. Normally it’s just your name and email address. I use this data simply to email you updates about School of Composition. Updates can include anything from a new article, a new video, a poll or just something I’d like to share with you and/or the community. Sometimes it can be some information about a product or service that I sell such as a book, a course or online tuition.

You can unsubscribe to these updates any time you like. In every email, you will find the unsubscribe option at the bottom. You can also email me to ask me to remove you from the list and I’ll do it manually.

Do I share your data?

No. I don’t share your information with anyone.

However, in order for me to be able to collect email addresses, I use a platform called ‘Mailerlite’ (www.mailerlite.com). This means that when you subscribe to my list, your information goes to my account on the Mailerlite platform. From here, I can see who’s subscribing, look at each individual subscriber and send emails. This also means that both you and I trust that this platform protects our privacy.

Mailerlite is a solid company and many companies use it to handle their email marketing. Their business is ethical and their security is top notch. Our information is safe.

Other Information

In order to comply with the law, Mailerlite automatically saves this information as well:

  1. The date when you subscribed;
  2. Which form you subscribed with;
  3. Your computer’s IP address and its location;

Your Rights

Also in accordance with EU law, you have the rights to:  

  • Request from me the access to and rectification or erasure of your personal data;
  • Restrict processing concerning your data or you can object to processing your data;
  • Ask for data portability if this is technically doable and not excessively troublesome;
  • Lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
  • Change your mind and withdraw your consent anytime. This means that whatever I have sent you while your consent was granted is ok, but I won’t be able to send you anything else. As I’ve mentioned, you do this simply by unsubscribing (there is a link to unsubscribing in the footer of every email). You can also send me an email at matt@schoolofcomposition.com and I’ll delete your information permanently.

Obviously, if I would like to use your personal data for something not described here… I will ask you about it first. Makes sense right?

Final Remarks

It’s important that you understand that the data your provide is used to provide certain services – for example, if you want to do the free course, I need to know your email address to send you access. If you want to buy one of my books, I need some information for delivery and tax purposes. This data is stored automatically (through Mailerlite) when you interact with the website.

If you don’t provide me with this data, I won’t be able to do whatever you asked for (like subscribing or buying a book) and so nothing will happen. By this I mean I won’t send you anything, provide you with a service and so on.