Privacy & cookies

Privacy and cookies

The Geological Society of London is committed to protecting your privacy online. We will treat any personal information (data that is unique to an individual, such as a name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number) that you provide to us, or that we obtain from you, in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act of 1998.


In line with the new “Cookie law” which comes into effect on 26 May 2012, we will be making changes to how we use cookies on our website. If you would like to know any further information on how we use cookies or the changes we plan to make, please email us.

What information do we collect?

We obtain personal information from you when you enquire about our activities, register with us, or otherwise provide us with personal information. When you visit our website, we also collect certain information that does not identify you personally, but provides us with “usage data,” such as the number of visitors we receive or what pages are visited most often. This data helps us to analyse and improve the usefulness of the information we provide on our website. We do not hold or store any financial data.

Cookies are used to store your session data, which stores details such as your username to identify your user session. These cookies are set to expire after a predetermined time and are not maintained. If you choose to disable the cookies, the site will still continue to function correctly, although performance may be affected.

How to disable cookies?

You can accept or decline cookies by changing the settings in your internet browser. If cookies are disabled, you may find that some features of the website may be affected. For further information on how to disable cookies, please see this external third party website:

What use do we make of personal information?

Your personal information will be used only for the purposes of communicating with you in relation to our products and services, or for administration purposes.

We will not provide it to any third parties without your permission unless we are required, by law, to do so, other than to contractors and partner organisations for the sole purpose of administering member/customer services on our behalf.

How can you amend your personal information, or ask us to remove it ?

If you do not wish to receive any future marketing communications from us, please email the Geological Society Library.

If you have any requests concerning your personal information or queries about this Privacy Policy, please contact the Geological Society Library.