A Sordid Tell-All by Chuck Bauer

Privacy Policy

Who We Are.

Our website address is: https://100shadesofdeception.com/. We are a micro-site for author Chuck Bauer to offer for sale his publication 100 Shades of Deception. Our contact information is Chuck Bauer, P.O. Box 1216, Addison Texas, 75001. You can reach us by email at chuck@chuckbauer.com.

What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It.

Our website is built on the WordPress platform and much of the information pertaining to the collection of data has to do with WordPress or WordPress plugins. The personal data we collect is name and email address on our contact, reviews, and newsletter sign up forms in order to create an email list of interested users. We also collect transactional data for people that are making purchases through the website. Cookies are used in our analytics but are non associated with individual users in particular.


When visitors leave reviews on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your review, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your review.

Contact Forms

Our contact form collects name, email address, and messages from people filling out the form. This information gets emailed to our chuck@chuckbauer.com email address so that someone on our team can review the question or comment for support. We keep contact form submissions in that email inbox for customer service purposes, but we do not use the information submitted through the form for marketing purposes.


If you leave a comment or review on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

We use Google Analytics for detecting user interactions with our website which sets cookies based on actions taken. None of this contains any personal data. We use Stripe and WooCommerce as payment processors for event tickets and donations. Cookies are used to determine conversions rates and may contain names.

Embedded Content from Other Website

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


100 Shades of Deception uses Google Analytics to track usage patterns on our website. Google’s  privacy policy and use of cookies can be found here.

Stripe Payments

We accept payments through Stripe. When processing payments, some of your data will be passed to Stripe, including information required to process or support the payment, such as the purchase total and billing information. The information you enter is sent to Stripe. Their privacy policy can be viewed here.

Who We Share Your Data With.

We do not share any date with third parties for marketing purposes. The third party providers with whom we share site data include payment processors Stripe and WooCommerce. This is done to process the payments for book purchases.

How Long We Retain Your Data.

If you make a purchase, we store your email address and name indefinitely for our purchase records. We do not store credit card data and have no access to this information once it is entered by the user.

If you leave a review, the review and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up reviews automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data.

If you have an account on this site, or have left reviews, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where We Send Your Data.

The following is information specifically around what plugins we use.

We collect information about you during the checkout process on our store. Visitor reviews may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

What We Collect and Store.

While you visit our site, we’ll track: products you’ve viewed, your location, IP address and browser type to be used for purposes like estimating taxes, shipping, and products that might be relevant to you. We’ll also use cookies to keep track of cart contents while you’re browsing our site.

When you purchase from us, we’ll ask you to provide information including your name, billing address, shipping address, email address, phone number, credit card/payment details and optional account information like username and password.

We’ll use this information for purposes such as: send you information about your account and order, respond to your requests, including refunds and complaints, process payments and prevent fraud, set up your account for our store, comply with any legal obligations we have.

If you create an account, we will store your name, address, email and phone number, which will be used to populate the checkout for future orders.

We generally store information about you for as long as we need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it, and we are not legally required to continue to keep it. For example, we will store order information for 10 years for tax and accounting purposes. This includes your name, email address and billing and shipping addresses.

We will also store comments or reviews, if you choose to leave them.

Who on Our Team Has Access.

Members of our team have access to the information you provide us. Order information like what was purchased, when it was purchased and where it should be sent, and customer information like your name, email address, and billing and shipping information. Our team members have access to this information to help fulfill orders, process refunds and support you.

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:

We will notify you via email within 7 business days

We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.