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Privacy policy

Hawthorn Press takes your privacy very seriously. This page explains how we use any information you give to us, and the ways in which we protect your privacy.

The Data Protection Act

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, we are legally obliged to keep secure any information you give us. We have strict security procedures in place and we will not pass your data on to anyone else.

What information do we collect?

We collect several kinds of information from this website: order and payment details for orders placed; details for additions to our mailing list; and server log files.

– Log files

Log files allow us to record visitors’ use of the website. This information is used to improve the website in the future. Log files do not contain any personal information.

– Credit/debit card transaction and security

For your security, authorisation on all orders will be checked with the credit card company before books are despatched. Additionally, our secure server software is industry standard and encrypts all your payment details, including credit/debit card number, name on card and expiry date.

– Mailing list

If you register for our mailing list, we collect the following information: your name, your e-mail address, password and your subject interests.


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The list below describe the cookies we use on this site and what we use them for. Currently we operate an ‘implied consent’ policy which means that we assume you are happy with this usage. If you are not happy, then you should either not use this site, or you should delete the cookies having visited the site, or you should browse the site using your browser’s anonymous usage setting (called “Incognito” in Chrome, “InPrivate” for Internet Explorer, “Private Browsing” in Firefox and Safari etc.). Firefox and Chrome users can also use the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s browser add-on Privacy Badger (, which can block trackers such as the third-party cookies listed below.

First Party Cookies

These are cookies that are set by this website directly.

Web shop cookies: To keep track of your shopping basket, our website makes use of 3 cookies:


The first two cookies contain information about the basket as a whole and helps the website know when the cart data changes. The final cookie (wp_woocommerce_session_) contains a unique code for each customer so that it knows where to find the right data in the database for each customer. No personal information is stored within these cookies.

WordPress cookies: Our website, which runs on WordPress, uses cookies to verify who users are. There are cookies for logged in customers and editors. If you choose to use the website as a guest, these cookies will not affect you. You can read more about WordPress cookies at


Third Party Cookies

These are cookies put on your device by third-party websites, for example social media providers. In order to implement share buttons, and connect them to the relevant external sites, scripts are often added from domains outside of the website you are visiting. You should be aware that these sites are likely to be tracking what you are doing all around the internet, even if you do not click any of these buttons. We want to protect your online privacy by making sure they don’t get your data in the first place. is therefore free from such third party cookies.

You should check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information. Firefox and Chrome users can also use the Privacy Badger add-on ( to block trackers like the sharing buttons mentioned above.

Share buttons that protect your privacy uses a solution called Shariff made by German computer magazine c’t and heise online. Shariff replaces the usual share buttons of social networks described above. As a result, buttons and share counts work without a connection between your browser and social networks (unless you decide to share, of course).

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect and how we use it.