Privacy Policy

At The Barnes Bookshop we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to


How do we collect information from you?

• We request sign up to our email newsletters via our website

• We collect your details via enquiry forms on our website

• We collect your information on enquiry forms during face to face meetings at public events

• We collect details of your IP address when you view our website, we do this via cookies * (see definition below from Plain English Wikipedia which will be provided as a click through link.)

What type of information is collected from you?

The personal information we collect from you might include your name, email address , postcode and IP address (collected via cookies), and information about which pages on our website you have accessed and when.

How is your information used?

We may use your information to send you updates on the Barnes Bookshop.

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity.

Who has access to your information?

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

We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

Third Parties

Service providers acting on our behalf

Any services or contractors we employ that have access to data (IP addresses, email addresses) are bound by a contract that requires them to keep the information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes. Our email database is kept securely password protected at Mailchimp. You can see their privacy policies

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.

Cookies, Analytics & Functionality


Our website uses cookies*  which keep a browser record of which IP addresses are accessing the site for the following reasons:


We use Google analytics to see how many people have accessed our website and what pages they have spent time reading. It also tells us whether people are visiting our site as a result of search engine traffic or through links from other websites or marketing emails. Google analytics relies only on IP addresses to collect this information. You can read the Google data protection policy here.


Our site is built in WordPress which requires the collection of IP information for anyone with access to update the site.

Any transaction which involves a user of our website providing information on a form in which a thank you notice appears involves the use of cookies. It is possible to disable cookies via your browser but it may affect the functionality of our site.

Any data from information provided by cookies is only shared with the third parties listed above.

Data Breaches

Malicious activities

We take measures to avoid loss of data as a result of malicious activities, which include:

Hacking incidents / Illegal access to databases containing personal data 

Theft of computing devices (portable or otherwise), data storage devices, or paper records containing personal data 

Failure of cloud computing cloud storage security / authentication / authorisation systems.

Reporting breaches

Under the GDPR we are legally obliged to notify the Supervisory Authority within 72 hours of the data breach (Article 33). Individuals have to be notified if adverse impact is determined (Article 34). 

We do not have to notify the data subjects if anonymised data is breached. Specifically, the notice to data subjects is not required if the data controller has implemented pseudonymisation techniques like encryption along with adequate technical and organizational protection measures to the personal data affected by the data breach (Article 34).


* An HTTP cookie (usually just called a cookie) is a simple computer file made of text. The information stored in cookies can be used to personalise the experience when using a website. A website can use cookies to find out if someone has visited a website before and record information (data) about what they did.

When someone is using a computer to browse a website, a personalised cookie file can be sent from the website’s server to the person’s computer. The cookie is stored in the web browser on the person’s computer. At some time in the future, the person may browse that website again. The website can send a message to the person’s browser, asking if a cookie from the website is already stored in the browser. If a cookie is found, then the data that was stored in the cookie before can be used by the website to tell the website about the person’s previous activity. Some examples where cookies are used include shopping carts, automatic login and remembering which advertisements have already been shown.

Cookies have been a problem for Internet privacy. This is because they can be used to track browsing behavior. Cookies have often been mistaken for computer programs. But cookies cannot do much on their own. They are simply a piece of data. They are occasionally called spyware or viruses, but they are not either of these.

Most web browsers allow users to choose whether to accept cookies. If the user does not allow cookies, some websites will become unusable. For example, shopping baskets.