Cookies and Privacy Policy

The following cookies and privacy policy outlines the Giles J.M. Blackley Author website’s use and protection of your personal data in compliance with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

Cookies policy

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your device to help me provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping baskets, and provide anonymised tracking data to third-party applications like Google Analytics. That also includes cookies from third-party social media websites on pages which contain embedded content from social media. Such third-party cookies may track your use of the Giles J.M. Blackley Author website.

As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser, and also remove them in your search history. I suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

Please notice that the Giles J.M. Blackley Author website, with use of cookies, stores an IP address on your web server logs which also constitutes a processing of personal data of users. Some usual ways in which the Giles J.M. Blackley Author website as a standard WordPress site might collect user data are:
• user registrations
• comments
• contact form entries
• analytics and traffic log solutions
• any other logging tools and plugins
• security tools and plugins

Email Subscriptions
By opting in for receiving any email from me, you are agreeing for the Giles J.M. Blackley Author website to store your name and email address in my database. None of the information you provide me with will ever be shared or given to anyone else without a good reason, for example the Giles J.M. Blackley Author website is using a MailChimp as a newsletter and subscribers email provider, and because of that, MailChimp is one of the only third parties which stores your personal data on behalf of the Giles J.M. Blackley Author website.

MailChimp WILL NEVER share your information with anyone else and they are protected by enhanced security measures. Use of an external email provider is required as it is illegal for me to just store your information and email you directly from my Gmail account.

If you would like to have access to or have your personal data removed from the Giles J.M. Blackley Author newsletter subscription list, you can unsubscribe from emails by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ button on the bottom of any of my emails or contact me, the site’s GDPR data controller: Giles at

Comments and Contact Form 
By commenting on a post or submitting a message through the contact form, you are agreeing to the above privacy policy by typing in your name and email address. Your data will not be given to any other parties and the reason I ask you to input your details is to allow double security of the website and avoid spam comments by verification of each comment by an actual human being. This helps everyone to have a better experience and helps me to engage with you and your comments to my posts.

Your email address WILL NOT be visible anywhere on the website and is securely stored. If you have a Gravatar attached to your email address, it may shop your photo next to your name and comment.