Privacy Policy

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For the purposes of this privacy policy “How to make friends” refers to this website, blog, podcast, courses, tutorials, downloads, newsletters and emails. It also includes all How to make friends social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest) in respect of information posted by How to make friends (please note, responsibility cannot be accepted for posts made by other people).

By using How to make friends, you are consenting to this privacy policy.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

How to make friends may collect personal and non-personal information when you provide it to us in the course of using How to make friends. To use How to make friends, you may provide personal information including your name, address, email address and billing information (confidential information), or you may offer or provide comments, photos, images, videos or any other submission when visiting or interacting with How to make friends. By providing such information, you grant How to make friends permission to use and store such information.

When you subscribe to any service or otherwise make a purchase through How to make friends, we may collect your name, address, telephone number, debit or credit card number, email address, and other information requested during the registration process.

Email Subscribers

Thank you for joining the How to make friends Community by signing up to receive emails. We will use your email address to keep you up to date with How to make friends by email. If you choose to subscribe to the email list, we will not pass on your contact information to any third parties and will only ever use your email address to send our own blog post updates from this site only. Information stored includes your email address and the date of opt-in only. This information is securely managed via Mailchimp and only the administrator can access the list. Please refer to Mailchimp’s Privacy Policy for more information.

We will only collect the minimum data needed to send you the newsletter so name/address/location details are NOT required to subscribe. Only your email address is required to subscribe to the “How to make friends” newsletter.

Once you have confirmed your email subscription you will receive newsletters from us via email to the email address you have provided. The “How to make friends” email contains inspirational messages, actionable top tips and advice.

You can unsubscribe at any time by following the links in any of the emails you receive from us. Every email you receive contains an ‘Unsubscribe’ link. If you choose to unsubscribe, your email address will be removed from the subscriber list and you will no longer receive emails from us. How to make friends will not sell, rent or share your email address.


Thank you for getting involved in the conversation on How to make friends. When you leave comments 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 anonymised 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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

You have the choice what personal information you share. If you do not enter a name it will be automatically filled as ‘anonymous’. You have ‘the right to be forgotten’ so if you have left comments and wish to change the information displayed or remove your comment altogether please email us and we will make the edits for you or erase your comment ASAP to protect your privacy.

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, 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

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Viewing by others

Please note that whenever you voluntarily make your information (confidential or otherwise) available for viewing by others online through How to make friends, it may be seen, collected and used by others. How to make friends, therefore, cannot be responsible for any unauthorised or improper use of the information you share.

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


The cookie settings on this website are set to “allow cookies” to give you the best browsing experience possible. Cookies collect information about a user’s interaction with a site but no personal information and are erased at the end of your session. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click “Accept” on the cookies pop-up bar, then you are consenting to this. Any information gathered is anonymous and will not be used for marketing purposes. When you navigate away from this website, all cookies from your session will be deleted. You will, therefore, be asked to accept cookies again when you return to the website in the future. If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save 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 a WordPress account and you are logged in while viewing this site, we will set up temporary cookies to determine to save your login information and your screen display options. These cookies contain no personal data and 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 immediately.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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

How to make friends has no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of any other individual, company or entity whose website or materials may be linked to How to make friends or its content, and How to make friends cannot be held liable for the privacy of the information on their website or the information that you voluntarily share on their website. Please review their privacy policies for guidelines as to how they respectively store, use and protect the privacy of your information (confidential or otherwise).


This website is installed on an https server to ensure a secure browsing experience for readers. Look for the green padlock and ‘Secure’ rating in the address bar when you access When you submit your data (in comment forms, email sign-ups etc) to this website your information is encrypted and transmitted to the site via a secure connection.

Date Breach Notification

In the unlikely event that a data breach occurs, you will be informed as soon as possible via email to the address you provided in your interactions with this website.


This website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage. You can read more about Google’s Privacy Policy here.

Notification of changes

How to make friends may use your contact information to inform you of changes to How to make friends and its content, or, if requested, to send you additional information about us. How to make friends reserves the right to change, modify or otherwise alter the website, its content and this privacy policy at any time. Such changes and/or modifications shall become effective immediately upon posting an updated privacy policy. Please review this policy periodically.


All information provided by How to make friends is designed to support, inform, uplift and empower, not to replace, therapeutic, medical or psychiatric treatment and care. Please seek professional support if you believe you may need help or guidance. Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk.