Privacy Policy

This site is owned and operated by the Connecticut Policy Institute. Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand our policy and the Terms and Conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. 

The Connecticut Policy Institute gathers two types of information about users
Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to receive our electronic newsletters, to participate in our forums, to email a friend, and from participation in surveys.

Information that the Connecticut Policy Institute gathers through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our sites. This information allows us to better tailor our content to readers' needs and to help our funders better understand the demographics of our audience. Under no circumstances does  divulge any information about an individual user to a third party.

Email Policy
Our email outreach is permission based. If you received a mailing from us, our records indicate that (a) you have expressly shared this address for the purpose of receiving information in the future ("opt-in"), or (b) you have registered or otherwise have an existing relationship with us. We respect your time and attention by controlling the frequency of our mailings.

We may periodically send email about new paper releases or events which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided. If you believe you have received unwanted, unsolicited email sent via this system or purporting to be sent via this system, please email us.

Each email sent contains an easy way for you to cease receiving email from us. If you wish to do this, simply click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the any email, or contact ben.zimmer@ctpolicyinstitute.org.

Forums policy
Users of the site's forums may be required to include an email address and/or login with a social media account. This email address may be used by staff of  to contact the commenter.

Children
Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.

Usage tracking
Connecticut Policy Institute tracks user traffic patterns throughout all of our sites. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. Connecticut Policy Institute does break down overall usage statistics according to a user's domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser).

Connecticut Policy Institute sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you.

Cookies
We may place a text file called a "cookie" in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable us to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites.

Connecticut Policy Institute uses cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above). You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you've set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site. 

Use of Information:
The Connecticut Policy Institute uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our network of sites, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.

As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in forums. We send out newsletters to subscribers on a regular schedule (depending on the newsletter). The Connecticut Policy Institute never shares mailing lists with any third parties.

When we use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas, we do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users. But we don't track which terms a particular user enters.

Sharing of Information
The Connecticut Policy Institute uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help our funders better understand our audience's demographics. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

Security
The Connecticut Policy Institute operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our customers.

Unsubscribe
We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include:

  • Opting not to register to receive our electronic newsletters.
  • Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our users

Your Consent
By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by the Connecticut Policy Institute. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.