Privacy Policy

Who We Are

W. Scott Blackmer of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, the author of the Traynor’s World™ book series, is the owner and operator of and related websites and social media sites, supported by volunteers and carefully selected contractors (collectively, “we,” “us,” “our”). Our website address is: This privacy policy applies to that website, any other sites of ours that refer to this policy, and our communications with users such as you.

Please note that this website and our social media sites are hosted in the United States of America and are subject to US laws, which may differ from the privacy laws where you live. By using our sites and furnishing your personal data, you consent to the transfer of that data to the US, where they are subject to legal protections and demands under US law.

What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It


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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture (if you furnished one) is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


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.

Contact Forms

If you enter your contact details (such as name or alias, email or social media address, or location) on a contact form, we keep that data to enable contact with you.


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 visit our login page, 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.

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.


Google Analytics is a Google tool that we use for web analysis. This tool – along with others such as services provided by Facebook – allow us to understand how our users interact with our sites, collect demographic information for aggregate use, and collect other non-personal information such as device type, location, and the websites that are visited by users before or after our sites. For more information on Google Analytics, please visit You can learn more about the cookies used by Google and how to manage them in your browser at

Who We Share Your Data With

We do not sell or lease your personal data. We share data with contractors and social media operators for purposes of analytics, spam detection, security, compliance with laws, and communicating with users.

How Long We Retain Your Data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata normally are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. (We reserve the right to remove unlawful or offensive comments, and you may ask us to delete comments that you posted, as described below.)

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. We will inform you if we choose to retain (but not display) data that 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 furnished by a third party.

Your Contact Information

Required or optional contact details will be specified on any web form, email request, or other point where we ask you for contact information, along with information about how you can update or delete that information.

Additional Information

If you choose to participate in a game or puzzle on our sites, you may enter your username or alias to be listed on a leaderboard. You may submit story ideas or comments, and at your option you may be credited by name or alias. You will always be given the choice of submitting personal data and having it made public or not.

How We Protect Your Data

We do not collect and store sensitive personal data in the first place, such as payment card details. Users who want to purchase books or other items are directed to Amazon and other platforms with commercial security. We simply built a secure website for keeping in touch with our readers, with advanced email security and security-conscious vendors to send bulk notices to our users about upcoming publications and events.


The Traynor’s World™ book series is written and marketed for a “Young Adult” audience, and our sites are not intended for children under the age of 13 years old. We know that some younger readers are quite capable of enjoying the books and may visit the sites to read the stories and puzzles. But if you are under the age of 13, please DO NOT USE the sites by registering and posting comments or giving us (and strangers!) any information about yourself. We do not purposefully or knowingly collect personal information (as defined in COPPA, 15 U.S.C. § 6501) from children under the age of 13, and no one under the age of 13 has permission from us to provide any personal information to or through our sites.

If you are underage and really want to make comments or participate in an “Easter Egg hunt” or code cracking contest, just drag your parent or guardian along to sign up, and then let them brag about how they got all their winning ideas from their genius 5th-grader!

If you are a parent or guardian of a child in the US under 13 years of age (or a relevant age in another country), and believe that he or she disclosed information to us, please contact us at the address below. If we learn that we have collected or received personal information of persons who are under 13 years of age without verification of parental consent, we will exercise reasonable efforts to locate and delete such information.

See the California Privacy Rights section below for additional information on the right to delete content publicly posted by California residents under the age of 18.

Again, we do not sell or lease personal data to third parties, about children or anyone else.

Your California Privacy Rights

If you are a California resident, you have certain rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

You have the right to request, up to two times each year, access to categories and specific pieces of personal information about you that we collect, use, disclose, and sell. We do not sell any personal information about you.

You also have the right to request that we delete personal information that we collect from you, subject to applicable legal exceptions.

To make an access or deletion request, please contact us at [email protected]. Before completing your request, we may need to verify your identity or the identity of your authorized representative. We will send you a link to verify your email address and may request additional documentation or information solely for the purpose of verifying your identity. You have the right not to receive discriminatory treatment for the exercise of your privacy rights conferred by the CCPA.

If you are a California resident under the age of 18, and a registered user of any site where this policy is posted, California Business and Professions Code Section 22581 permits you to request and obtain removal of content or information you have publicly posted. To make such a request, please send an email with a detailed description of the specific content or information to [email protected]. Please be aware that such a request does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information you have posted and that there may be circumstances in which the law does not require or allow removal even if requested.


For any privacy-related questions or requests, contact [email protected].