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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy governs the manner in which SCOTUSblog collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from readers (each, a “Reader”) of the website (“Site”). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by SCOTUSblog.

Personal identification information

We may collect personal identification information from Readers in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Readers visit our site, subscribe to emails we send through MailChimp and Feedburner, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site. Readers may be asked for, as appropriate, name and email address. We will collect personal identification information from Readers only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Readers can always refuse to supply personal identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site-related activities.

Nonpersonal identification information

We may collect nonpersonal identification information about Readers whenever they interact with our Site. Nonpersonal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about Readers’ means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the internet service providers utilized, and other similar information.

Web browser cookies

Our Site may use “cookies” to enhance Reader experience. A Reader’s web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. Readers may choose to set their web browsers to refuse cookies, or to alert them when cookies are being sent. If they do so, some parts of the Site may not function properly.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor had visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How we use collected information

SCOTUSblog collects and uses Readers’ personal information for the following purposes:

  • – To personalize Reader experience
    We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Readers as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.
  • – To improve our Site
    We continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from Readers.

How we protect your information

We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Site.

What rights you have over your data

If you formerly left comments (which we’ve discontinued), you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.

Sharing your personal information

We do not sell, trade or rent Readers’ personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding Readers with our partners for the purposes outlined above. We may use third-party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Third-party websites

Readers may find content on our Site that links to the sites and services of our partners, contributors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer-service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites that have a link to our Site, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

Changes to this privacy policy

SCOTUSblog has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. We encourage Readers to check this page frequently for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us at:

7475 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 850, Bethesda, MD 20814 
feedback [at] scotusblog [dot] com

This document was last updated on May 25, 2018.

Privacy policy created by Generate Privacy Policy, with adjustments by the editors.