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Online Privacy Policy

We at The Village Square Journal are committed to protecting any personal information that you may provide to us. Therefore, we believe that it is important to inform you of how we treat information that we may collect from you and what we will and will not do with this information.

Who we are

The Village Square Journal is a literary magazine set up for the promotion and appreciation of all forms of visual arts & photography, contemporary literature and an abode for a variety of literary genres as well as other forms of written arts, publishing high level essays on political situations around the world, religion and its interaction with the wider society, cultural and traditional experiences, as well as cutting-edge fiction and creative-nonfiction that addresses personal experiences, travel and more. We also accept and publish poetry, interviews, as well as book/music/film reviews.

The Village Square Journal is managed by a Board of Editors answerable to a Committee of Advisers which we report all our activities to on a quarterly basis. The Village Square Journal is owned by a parent company called Grapeville Shadock LTD registered in Nigeria by the Corporate Affairs Commission with registration number CAC 907654.

Our website address is: http://www.villagesquarejournal.com.

Our Commitment to Children’s Online Policy

The Village Square Journal is a magazine publishing contents suitable for people of all ages and sex, therefore we do not restrict children from accessing our website but we will never knowingly solicit or collect information from anyone under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13 do not attempt to comment on any of our posts or send any personal information about yourself as your email address, website details and name may be captured and stored for the purpose of sending you information on our activities. If we learn at any time that personal information of persons under the age of 13 have been collected through our comment sections, subscription page or through the products we may offer for sale, we will take appropriate steps to delete such information and deactivate such account.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We collect information from you directly or indirectly when you register on our website by subscribing to our newsletter/mailing list, fill out a form or register to purchase an eBook version or print version of our magazine.


When visitors 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 anonymized 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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If in any case we change our magazine features to allow 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.

Contact forms

When you contact us via email or the contact form provided on our website contact us page, your data is stored for the sole purpose of responding to you and not for sending you information regarding our activities and publications unless you request that we do so or subscribe to our newsletter in which case you will receive notifications whenever new posts are made.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving 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 an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies 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.


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.

Who we share your data with

The Village Square Journal can only share your data with the following parties:

a. Professional advisers including lawyers and auditors.

b. Government bodies that may require that we provide them with processing activities.

c. Our in-house editors that may need to contact you or follow up on messages you leave with us.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

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.

Your contact information

We use your contact information for the purpose of sending you newsletters or information abut our projects and activities. Your information will be deleted on request.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We implement security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information. We allow access to your personal data only to those employees and partners who have a business need to know such data. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they must keep it confidential. We also apply the use of a secure server. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach if we are legally required to.

What are your legal rights?

Under data protection laws you have rights in relation to your personal data that include the right to request access, correction, erasure, restriction, transfer, to object to processing, to portability of data and (where the lawful ground of processing is consent) to withdraw consent.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive or refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

We will try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you.

Your Consent:
By using any part of our website or application, you consent to our web site privacy policy.


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



Third Party Websites:
Our website may contain links to third party websites. This policy only applies to this site, so if you follow a link to a third party site, please make sure you read the privacy policy on that site. We do not accept responsibility for third party sites.

What third parties we receive data from

For now we do not receive data from any third party but will update and notify you as soon as this changes.


Our Marketing Communications:

Our lawful ground of processing your personal data to send you marketing communications is either your consent or our legitimate interests (namely to grow our business).

Under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, we may send you marketing communications from us if (i) you made a purchase or asked for information from us about our goods or services or (ii) you agreed to receive marketing communications and in each case you have not opted out of receiving such communications since. Under these regulations, if you are a limited company, we may send you marketing emails without your consent.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email. If you opt out of receiving marketing communications this opt-out does not apply to personal data provided as a result of other activities, such as website or application analytics, purchases, comments, etc.

In Event of a merger or sale:
In the event of a merger or sale, with a third party entity, we reserve the right to transfer or assign the information that we have collected from users as part of that merger, acquisition or sale.

Questions or Concerns:
If there are any questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy please contact us via email:
info@villagesquarejournal.com. We will endeavour to address any concerns you may have.


Changes to our Privacy Policy:
If we decide to change our privacy policy at any time, we will post those changes on this page, and/or update the Privacy Policy modification date below.
This policy was last modified on 25th May 2018.