The importance of privacy is something we know a little bit about at ProPublica (formally, Pro Publica, Inc.). We’ve covered the ways in which businesses and government have breached the privacy and trust of consumers and citizens, and we think hard about how we protect the privacy of our sources. We hold ourselves to a high standard on these issues. ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Please note that this policy may be updated from time to time.
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Protecting the privacy of young children is important to us. Our site and services are not directed to children under 13 (or other age as required by local law), and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children. If you learn that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, you may contact us. If we learn that we have collected any personal information in violation of applicable law, we will promptly take steps to delete such information
By using the site and services or providing personal information to us, you agree that we may communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues related to such use. If we learn of a security system’s breach, we may attempt to notify you electronically by posting a notice, by mail or by sending an email to you.
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 the bankruptcy.
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 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 your data, we will make reasonable attempts to direct the requesting party to seek the data directly from you. Nothing in this policy is intended to limit any legal defenses or objections that you have to a third party’s (including a government’s) request to disclose your information.
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Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability
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Last updated March 2, 2021