Privacy Policy

This policy is applicable to and, both publications of Portulans Institute (PI).

As a nonprofit organization that focuses on technology and innovation issues, we know that privacy is a concern for many visitors to our websites. This page describes PI’s practices in collecting and using information from our websites, and is intended to help you to make informed choices about how you interact with us.

If you have any concerns about this policy, please contact PI at We can also be reached at 201 Vermont Ave, Suite 201, Washington DC 20005.


This Privacy Policy is a long document. We understand that can be intimidating, and PI wanted to provide a few key guidelines for how we collect, use, and retain information:

What information does PI collect?

PI’s websites collect technical information about website visitors, including IP addresses and other data for website analytics (see below to learn more about this). We also collect non-technical data about you on occasion (e.g. for the purpose of downloading complete index data, for registering for an event or for signing up to our newsletter). The personal information we collect is generally limited to the following kinds of information:

We strive to collect the minimum amount of personal information necessary per activity to keep in touch with our network, supporters and others who reach out to us.

How and why does PI collect information?

We collect information when you visit our website, join our mailing lists, or contact us. We collect information about prospective employees and interns. We also collect information about current donors.

Cookie Policy

Web cookies are small text files that are placed on your machine to help sites retain user preferences, store information for things like language preference, shopping carts, and provide anonymized tracking data to third-party applications like Google Universal Analytics. As a rule, web cookies can make your browsing experience more seamless, but you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. If you choose to disable cookies on our website, you should notice no difference in your browsing experience. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

Note: PI does not adopt Google Analytics for any of our sites. These are the only cookies our site tracks and they serve to help you with language preference, site navigation and social media integration.

What other information is collected by third parties on PI’s websites?

Our website contains some third-party tools and integration with Social Media via buttons. We have limited the amount of information that these third-party tools can collect about you on our website.

What about Do Not Track?

Many browsers offer Do Not Track features that let you communicate to the sites you visit that you don’t want to be tracked around the web. Do Not Track was designed to limit tracking across different sites and services — such as by third-party behavioral ad networks who track users across unaffiliated websites. PI’s logfile and analytics collection is limited to the sites we own and operate. Since first-party data collection and use is outside the scope of a Do Not Track request, we do not limit our logfile or traffic data collection for users who have Do Not Track enabled.

How do we store and secure your information?

PI uses industry-standard security measures to protect the information we collect. All our contractors have confidentiality clauses in their contracts that also protect user and contacts data they have access to.

How does PI share or disclose information?

PI does not buy, sell, rent, exchange or otherwise disclose any information that we collect, except as described in this section or elsewhere in this policy. PI does share information about you to third parties in limited circumstances, including:

What rights do you have? What if you want to know what information we have about you?

You have the right to access, correct, update, or delete the information we may have about you. Please contact us to exercise these rights. We will endeavor to disclose to you any information we have about you, and we will attempt to comply with your request to the best of our capabilities.

DID YOU KNOW? Children under the age of 13 have special protections under law. While PI’s content is generally appropriate for most audiences, we do not knowingly market our websites or other materials to children.

Changes to our policies.

We have most recently revised our Privacy Policy in the spirit of the  California’s CCPA and EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Whenever we make substantial changes to our Privacy Policy, we will announce the changes on our Twitter and give users 30 days’ notice in advance of the policy taking effect. Regardless, any future privacy policy changes will not apply to information we collect pursuant to an older policy; the older policy will still apply to that data.

Any complaints or concerns?

If you have any concerns about this policy, please contact PI at We can also be reached at 1010 Vermont Ave, Suite 201, Washington DC 20005.