Privacy policy What we do with your data

 Privacy and Security Policy

autodotbiography® will only use your information to fulfill our contract with you.  We will not pass your information to anyone else.

What follows is the proper legal language but it means the same.


We, Autodotbiography Limited (“ADB”), take the privacy of your information very seriously. This privacy and security policy (the “Policy”) explains how and for what purposes ADB uses the information collected about you via the website at (the “Website”). All such information will be processed and used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003. If you have any queries about the Policy, please get in touch with ADB using the contact details set out below and ADB will do its best to answer your questions. Words with capitals used in the Policy shall have the same meaning as the meaning given to them in the Terms. 

Personal data ADB collects

  ADB will collect the following personal data from you: 

  • first name;

  • second name;

  • e-mail address;

  • password;

  • postal address; and

  • telephone number.

When you open your Account with ADB, ADB asks you to provide a password to enable you to securely use the Website. Please keep this password safe and secure.

Once you have opened your Account you can start writing your life story including entering personal data about yourself.  This personal data may be in the form of postings, messages, text, files, images, photos, videos, sounds, or other materials you upload for your life story (“Information”).  ADB will only use this Information with your express permission.  For example, to convert your life story into book form and to produce further copies of your life story should you order them.  

  Your Information will be stored on ADB’s servers for the duration of your membership and for 6 months after the expiration or earlier termination of your membership.  During this 6 month period, ADB will ask you whether you want an electronic copy of your life story to be sent to your nominated e-mail address. If you confirm you do then ADB shall send it you at your nominated e-mail address. If you confirm you don’t or fail to respond to ADB’s request within a 6 month period ADB will then delete all Your Content and your Information from its servers.  

If you are in breach of ADB’s Code of Conduct or the Applicable Standards (as defined in ADB’s terms and conditions) then ADB may delete any Information or your account without giving you notice.  ADB may also remove or suppress Information on or from its server at any time for any reasonable reason at its sole discretion.

Your use of personal data 

ADB recognises that you may wish to include references to individuals in your life story that can be used to identify them and that might constitute personal data.

ADB deems you to be both data controller and data processor in relation to such personal data and to be solely responsible for the way in which you process it using the Website. ADB refers you to the following website to assist you in ensuring that you comply with your obligations to third parties when using personal data about them under the Data Protection Act 1998:

Information ADB receives from third parties

Third Party Website Sites:

You may link through to displayed third party websites or platforms when creating your life story in order to upload or otherwise offer access to certain content including music, news stories and articles.  Whenever you connect with a third party platform application or website, ADB may receive information from them, including information about actions you take.  In some cases, in order to personalise the process of connecting, ADB may receive a limited amount of information even before you connect with the third party application or website.

Advertising Partners:   

ADB may institute programs with advertising partners and other websites in which they share information with ADB  For example: (a) ADB may ask advertisers to tell ADB how customers responded to the ads ADB showed them (and for comparison purposes, how other users who didn’t see the ads acted on their website).  This data sharing, commonly known as “conversion tracking,” helps ADB measure its advertising effectiveness and improve the quality of the advertisements you see; or (b) ADB may receive information about whether or not you’ve seen or interacted with certain ads on other websites in order to measure the effectiveness of those ads.  If in any of these cases ADB receives data that ADB does not already have, ADB will “anonymise” it within 180 days, meaning ADB will stop associating the information with any particular user.  

How ADB uses your personal data

ADB will use this personal data in order to:

  • administer your account;

  • process orders submitted by you;

  • verify your identity in conjunction with credit reference agencies and fraud prevention agencies;

  • carry out marketing analysis and make general improvements to the Website;

  • to obtain your views or comments on the product and services ADB provides.


ADB will also use your personal data to send you further information about its products and/or services including special deals, sales and promotions. You can tell ADB to stop this at any time by sending an e-mail to, writing to ADB at PO Box 494, 66a York Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9WT, England or calling ADB on +44 (0) 208 653 5933. 

ADB may transfer your personal data to a third party as part of a sale of some or all of our business and assets to any third party or as part of any business restructuring or reorganisation, but we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.

Other than as set out above, ADB will not disclose any of your personal data without your permission to anyone unless ADB is required by law to do so (for example, if required to do so by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime).

Tell-a-Friend/Gift Vouchers.

The Website may allow you to send details of ADB and its products and services or ADB gift vouchers to your friends by e-mail. Before you use our “tell-a-friend” or “gift voucher” service please satisfy yourself that your friend will want to receive the email from you. Before ADB sends on your “tell-a-friend”/”gift voucher” email ADB will check that your friend has not previously asked us not to send emails to them about ADB’s products and services. On the basis this is not the case, ADB will send on your email and message to your friend and in doing so confirm to them who ADB is.


When you visit the Website, ADB may store some information (commonly known as “cookies”) on your computer. Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your hard drive to store and sometimes track information about you. Cookies are specific to the server that created them and cannot be accessed by other servers, which means that they cannot be used to track your movements around the web. Passwords and credit card numbers are not stored in cookies. A cookie helps you get the best out of the Website and helps ADB to provide you with a more customised service. ADB uses cookies for the following purposes:

  • ADB uses cookies so that you will not have to re-enter your details each time you visit the Website; and

  • ADB uses cookies to track how the Website is used and to improve and update it.
  • ADB uses cookies to track contacts from affiliates.

You can block or erase cookies from your computer if you want to (your browser’s help screen or manual should tell you how to do this), but certain parts of the Website are reliant on the use of cookies to operate correctly and may not work correctly if you set your browser not to accept cookies.

The Information Advertising Bureau provides in-depth information about cookies. Their website at also tells you how to remove cookies from your browser.

Transferring your information outside of Europe

As part of the services offered to you through the Website, the information you provide to ADB may be transferred to countries outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”). By way of example, this may happen if any of our servers are from time to time located in a country outside of the EEA or if one of ADB’s service providers is located in a country outside of the EEA. By way of example, this may also happen if you access the Website and receive the services in a country outside the EEA whether or not as a resident of one of these countries or as a visitor.

If you use ADB’s services while you are outside the EEA, your information and content (containing third party personal data) may be transferred outside the EEA in order to provide you with those services. In particular, this may happen when your membership expires or is terminated early in accordance with the Terms and ADB then agrees to provide you with one copy of Your Content.

The countries in which you receive personal data and Your Content may not have similar data protection laws to the UK. If ADB transfers your information and content outside of the EEA in this way, ADB will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this privacy policy. However, members who access the Website from outside the United Kingdom do so at their own risk and on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with their own local laws, to the extent that any local laws are applicable when ADB transfers your information and content outside the EEA on your request.

 Changes to your details

ADB aims to keep its information about you as accurate as possible. If you would like to review or change the details you have supplied ADB with, please contact ADB as set out below or use the “Change Personal Details” section of the Website.

Use of forums or chat rooms

The Website may from time to time include chat rooms, forums, message boards, and/ or news groups on which you can post information. Any information that you post in these areas becomes public information and you should always be careful when deciding to disclose your personal details as part of that information.


ADB is aware of our obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 to have in place appropriate technical and organisational measures against unauthorised or unlawful processing of your personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, it. ADB has implemented technology and policies to safeguard your personal data against this.


  • Where the Website contains links to other websites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. ADB has no control over the contents of those websites or resources, and accepts no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. ADB is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites and ADB encourages you to read their privacy policies. 

 Contact ADB

  If at any time you would like to contact ADB with your views about ADB’s privacy practices, or with any enquiry relating to your personal data, you can do so by sending an e-mail to, writing to ADB at PO Box 494, 66a York Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9WT, England or calling ADB on +44 (0) 20 8653 5933.

Amendments and up-dates to this Policy may be made from time to time. Any revisions will be posted on this page so you will always be aware of what information ADB collects.


Date Published: November 2010

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