Privacy Policy

Before I get into the legal and technical stuff, let me just say that this is my personal author website. I use it to share information with current and future readers. I don’t have any other agenda.

That said, this is a website, and like nearly all websites it uses software that has implications for privacy. So I’m going to tell you about that.

Who I am

My given name is Paul von Hippel. I write children’s books as Paul Pineapple. I’ve had that name since I was three, when I couldn’t pronounce my own name and someone misunderstood me. I’ll tell you the whole story sometime.

What personal information does this website collect?

This website can collect personal information in a few different ways. We have taken steps to ensure that the personal information of children under 13 is protected in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Email list

If you subscribe to the email list (newsletter), you voluntarily share your email address. You don’t have to join the list, and if you do you can unsubscribe at any time. Your email address will be stored by my email program, currently MailerLite, which has its own privacy policy.
Parents, teachers, librarians, and others aged 13 and older may sign up for the email list. 

Contact forms

This site includes a contact form that lets you reach me through email. When you fill out the contact form, you share your name and email address. 

We have implemented reCAPTCHA v3 on our site and your use of reCAPTCHA v3 is subject to Google’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. reCAPTCHA is used to fight spam and abuse on our site. reCAPTCHA works by collecting hardware and software information, such as device and application data, and sending these data to Google for analysis. The information collected in connection with your use of the service is used for improving reCAPTCHA and for general security purposes. It is not used for personalized advertising by Google.

Embedded content from other websites

This site may include embedded content (such as videos, images, and articles). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website, which may collect its own data about you.

Cookies and Analytics

This website uses cookies from and WordPress from our own domain name to keep track of various things that improve the user experience such as logged-in status and returning visitors. This site uses uses Google Analytics, which has its own privacy policy. Google Analytics doesn’t identify individual visitors but it summarizes visitors demographics and how visitors find the site.  This is used to determine which pages are viewed and for how long, traffic information such as URL, ISP, IP addresses, entry page, exit page, and other statistical, demographic or aggregated information from its visitors. This non-personal information cannot be linked to your personal data but can be used to improve this website and the information it contains. You can always change your browser configuration if you do not want to accept cookies from this site although it could result in problematic viewing of the site. Read how to clear your cookies here.

Do we sell or share your data?


More information

If you would like clarification on how I handle your data or would like me to remove any personal data this website or my mailing list provider may have stored about you, please contact me.

Last updated: June 25, 2020

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