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Privacy Policy

Effective Date:  February 6, 2018

Protecting your privacy is very important to us.  We wrote this statement (the “Privacy Policy”) to explain how we handle and collect your information on The Center for Investigative Reporting’s (“CIR”) digital platforms, including this website, and any other sites, applications, and services that we operate and that link to this Privacy Policy (collectively, our “Services”). By using our Services, you are consenting to the following collection and use of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.  



We may collect the following kinds of information when you use the Services:

Information you provide directly to us.  For certain activities, such as when you subscribe to our newsletter, respond to surveys, submit a donation, engage with interactive features on the Services, or contact us directly, we may ask you to provide some of the following types of information:

  • Contact information, such as your name, email address, telephone number, and address;
  • Demographic information, such as age, city, state, zip code, and similar survey data;
  • Payment information, where needed to complete a transaction;
  • Other types of information you share with us, as disclosed to you at the time we collect that information.

Information we collect automatically.  Some information we collect automatically when you use our Services, including your Internet protocol (IP) address and other device identifiers that are automatically assigned to your computer or device when you access the Internet, browser type, operating system, Internet service provider, pages that you visit before and after using our website, the date and time of your visit, information about the links you click and pages you view within our website, and other standard server log information.  CIR also collects information about listener interactions with CIR podcasts and other media files.

We may use cookies, pixel tags, and similar technologies to automatically collect this information.  Just so you know, cookies are small bits of information that are stored by your computer’s web browser.  Pixel tags are very small images or small pieces of data embedded in images, also known as “web beacons” or “clear GIFs,” that can recognize cookies, the time and date a page is viewed, a description of the page where the pixel tag is placed, and similar information from your computer or device.  By using our Services, you consent to our use of cookies and similar technologies.


We generally use the information we collect from you to:

  • Provide, improve and develop our content and Services;
  • Send newsletters, news updates, personalized content, opportunities to support CIR, and other information you might be interested in;
  • Analyze the use of our Services and user data to understand and improve our Services;
  • Prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities and otherwise in accordance with our Terms of Use; and
  • For any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect your information.

We want you to understand when and with whom we may share the information we collect:

  • Authorized third-party vendors and service providers.  We share your information with third-party vendors and service providers that help us with specialized services, including email deployment, processing and fulfillment of credit card transactions, collection and processing of survey responses, and website analytics and data processing.
  • Partners.  We may share your information with partner news organizations. For example, we may share your information with local public radio stations when you respond to our surveys in order to assist with our news gathering.
  • Business transfers.  We may share your information in connection with a substantial corporate transaction, such as an acquisition, a merger, consolidation, asset sale, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy.
    • Legal purposes.  If we believe it is reasonably necessary, we may read, preserve, and disclose your information, to comply with the law, including to respond to law enforcement; to protect and defend ourselves (including enforcing our Terms of Use) or others; and to stop any activity that we consider illegal, unethical, or legally actionable. If we receive a subpoena, warrant, discovery order or other request or order from a law enforcement agency, court, other governmental entity, or litigant that seeks data relating to the Services, we will make reasonable attempts to direct the requesting party to seek the data directly from you. We will make reasonable efforts to notify you, unless we are legally prohibited. Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal defenses or objections that you may have to a third party’s including a government’s, request to disclose your information.   
  • With your consent.  We may share information for any other purposes to which you consent.  

If you choose to engage in public activities on the Services, you should be aware that any information you share there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these areas.  You should use caution in disclosing personal information while participating in these areas.  We are not responsible for the information you choose to submit in these public areas.


Some of our Services may contain links to content maintained by third parties that we do not control. We may allow third parties to place and read their own cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies to collect information automatically through our Services.  If you access third-party services, such as Facebook, Google, or Twitter, through the Services—e.g., to share a story—these third-party services may be able to collect information about you, including information about your activity on the Services.  We are not responsible for the privacy practices of these third parties, and we recommend that you visit the privacy policies of each website that you visit.  We use Google Analytics to aggregate and analyze data about your use of our Services.  To opt out, click here.  To learn more about how Google collects and processes data, click here.



Emails.  We may periodically contact you with offers and information about our Services or our affiliates, including in connection with your accounts, online surveys, legal notices, news stories, and other important information.  You may opt out of receiving commercial email messages from us by following the instructions contained in those email messages.

Cookies and Similar Technologies.  You may be able to refuse or disable cookies by adjusting your web browser settings.  Because each web browser is different, please consult the instructions provided by your web browser (typically in the “help” section).  If you choose to refuse, disable, or delete these technologies, some of our Services’ functionality may no longer be available to you.

Do-Not-Track.  Our Services do not recognize or respond to “Do Not Track” signals.


We use reasonable measures to help protect information that we possess.  You should understand that no data storage system or transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure.  Please note that information collected by third parties may not have the same security protections as information you submit to us, and we are not responsible for protecting the security of such information.


Our Services are designed for and targeted to United States audiences and are governed by and operated in accordance with United States law, which may not be equivalent to the laws in your country of residence.  We make no representation that our Services are operated in accordance with the laws or regulations of any other nations.  By using our Services and providing us with information, you understand and agree that your information may be transferred to and stored on servers located outside your resident jurisdiction and, to the extent you are a resident of a country other than the United States, that you consent to the transfer of such data to the United States for processing by us in accordance with this Privacy Policy.


We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time.  When we update the Privacy Policy, we will revise the “Effective Date” date above and post the new Privacy Policy.  We recommend that you review the Privacy Policy each time you visit the Services to stay informed of our privacy practices.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our practices, please contact us via  If you want us to delete your information, please contact us at with your request.  We’ll take steps to delete your information as soon we can, but some information may remain in archived/backup copies for our records or as otherwise required by law.