Privacy Policy

Who we are

Blue Steens’ website address is: It is an outlet for Dr Christiane Wirrig to express her personal views and insights. Sources and the work of other authors are referenced where appropriate.

What this is about

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. While we endeavour to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.


Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, we take no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

Usage restrictions

You must not:

  • attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site in any way;
  • use our website in any way or take any action that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the performance, availability or accessibility of the website;
  • use our website in any way that is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity;
  • reproduce or share our content without citing us appropriately as the source.

Embedded content from and links to 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.

Through this website you may be able to link to other websites which are not under our control. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s device, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Cookies make websites work, improve your user experience and provide information to the operators of the website.

Blue Steens uses built-in Server-Side Analytics. We do not manage or and statistically analyse cookie data.

Find out more about cookies here:

Lawful Basis for Processing Data


We will ask for your consent to use your information to send you electronic communications for marketing purposes.

Legal obligations

We will process your personal information due to legal obligations that are strictly necessary and binding on us.

Legitimate interests

We will rely on this ground to process your personal data when it is not practical or appropriate to ask for consent. In such cases, we will only process your data where we have a compelling justification; for example, when you have contacted us with an enquiry or comment, or somebody has recommended that we contact you directly. Data will be processed in ways you would reasonably expect and that have minimal privacy impact.

Information we collect

Blue Steens may collect information about you through our site as follows:

  • in the form of our web logs, which consist of information about site traffic and usage;
  • personal information submitted by you when you subscribe to our newsletter or other means of direct contact.

We collect information about you for various purposes including:

  • to understand better how site visitors use our website with a view to assess and improve content and performance;
  • to ensure that the content of our site is presented in an effective manner to you through your computer or other devices;
  • to provide you with any website or other updates, which we believe may be of interest to you.

Right of Access and Rectification


You can request a copy of the personal data we hold about you by emailing us at Verbal requests must be confirmed by email. We will provide the requested information within one month from the receipt of your written confirmation.


If the personal data we hold about you are inaccurate or incomplete, you can ask us to update your personal data by emailing us at Verbal requests must be confirmed by email. We will make the requested amendments within one month from the receipt of your written confirmation.


You can request access to a copy of your personal data held by us or their rectification free of charge.

However, should you request further copies of your data following the original request, or should we deem your requests manifestly unfounded or excessive, we will charge an administrative fee of EUR 10 per request to be paid upfront. Upon receipt of such payment, we will comply with your request within one month.

Right to Restrict and Object


If you have a particular valid reason, you can request the restriction of your personal data by emailing us at Verbal requests must be confirmed by email. We will implement the requested restriction within one month from the receipt of your written confirmation.

When processing is restricted, we are permitted to store your personal data, but not use it. Such a restriction generally applies only temporarily depending on the situation.


In certain circumstances you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data by emailing us at Verbal requests must be confirmed by email. We will implement the objection within one month from the receipt of your written confirmation unless we have a compelling reason for the processing of your personal data. In such a case we will explain this to you.

You have an absolute right to stop your data being used for direct marketing. If you have previously opted into receiving any email marketing, there is generally an in-built option to unsubscribe from the mailing list. Where this is not the case, you can let us know by email to that you want to be removed from the mailing list, and we will delete your details as requested within one month.

Data Retention

We keep your personal data for as long as is required in connection with the purpose(s) for which it was collected and processed.

Right of erasure

You can request that we remove your personal data from our records by emailing us at Verbal requests must be confirmed by email. We will remove your personal data within one month from the receipt of your written confirmation unless we are required to keep your personal data for legal or other compelling reasons.

However, should we deem your request invalid, manifestly unfounded or excessive, we will refuse to deal with your request.

Data Security

We take all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorised access, use, alteration or destruction of any information that we hold about you.

Remember that data transmission via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted online or through our website. Any transmission is at your own risk, and we do not accept responsibility for any unauthorised access to or loss of personal information due to circumstances beyond our control.

Aggregated statistics

We may compile statistics about the use of our site including data on traffic, usage patterns, user numbers, sales and other information. All such data will be anonymised and will not include any personally identifying information. We may from time to time display site usage information publicly or share such data with third parties such as prospective investors, affiliates, partners and advertisers. Data will only be shared and used within the bounds of the law.

Disclosure of Your Personal Information

We may disclose your data to other third parties who act for us for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy or for purposes approved by you. This may, for example, include submitting details to third-party software that manages some of our processes, such as Substack.

Unless required to do so by law, we will not otherwise share, sell or distribute any of the data you provide to us without your consent.

Privacy policy changes

We may change this Privacy Policy at any time by posting amended terms on this page as deemed necessary in our sole discretion or as required by law. Any such changes will become binding on you upon your first use of our site after the changes have been implemented.  You are therefore advised to check this page from time to time.

Further Information

To find out more about personal data protection, visit

Of particular interest to users of our site and Services might be Individual Rights.