Privacy Policy

Who I am

I am Karen Kao and this is my website: I use this website to communicate with my subscribers and website visitors. Those communications include my blog,  book reviews and author events. You will also find announcements here regarding my new publications.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

If you subscribe to my newsletter Shanghai Noir News, I will collect the data you enter on the registration form in order to send you these newsletters as well as occasional marketing campaigns.

If you reach out to me using the contact information form, I will collect the data you enter on the contact form in order to reply to your query. Your information will not otherwise be used.

For security purposes, I have disabled the option to leave comments on this website.

Embedded content from other websites

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


I use Google Analytics (MonsterInsights) and Stats to get an idea of the traffic on my website.

Who we share your data with

This website is made possible by a host of third party providers:

  • The website is hosted by SiteGround,
  • The website content is powered by WordPress;
  • My newsletters and marketing campaigns are transmitted via MailChimp.

Please see the links to learn more about the data these third party providers collect when  you visit my site.

How long I retain your data

If you reach out to me using the contact form, your message and its metadata will be retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For subscribers to my newsletter, I will store the personal information you provide in your subscriber profile (first name, last name, email address and GDPR consent) indefinitely.

What rights you have over your data

If you choose to unsubscribe from my newsletter or contact me using a contact form, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

I use Akismet and WP-SpamShield, automated spam detection services, to check visitor comments.

My contact information

Inkstone Press BV owns this website. It is a company incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands. The company headquarters are in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Dutch Trade Register number is 810962998.

How I protect your data

I use the encryption and other security services offered by my third party providers in order to protect your data. In order to maintain this level of security, I update my website regularly.

What data breach procedures I have in place

I will inform you immediately in the event of a data breach. If you suspect that a data breach may have occurred, please contact me as soon as possible.

What third parties I receive data from

I do not receive any data from third parties on my users.

What automated decision making and/or profiling I do with user data

This website does not use automated decision making or profiling.