Cato Institute Online Privacy Policy

Cato Institute Online Privacy Policy
Last updated: November 7, 2018

The Cato Institute (“Cato”) respects the personal
information privacy of users of our online websites.  We
understand the need for secure handling and storage of such

This privacy policy describes the types of information we may
collect from you or that you may provide when you visit our online
resources, and our practices for collecting, using, protecting and
disclosing that information.

We may include on our websites features or links that allow you
to interact with or connect to websites or other online resources
of third parties (such as sharing through Facebook). This privacy
policy applies only to Cato’s websites and online resources;
it does not describe or govern the practices of any third parties.
 If you choose to provide information to any third parties,
including those to whom we may refer on our websites, you should
refer to the privacy policies of those third parties to understand
how they collect, use, and disclose the information you

Information Collection

In using our online resources, you may voluntarily provide
personally identifiable information or “PII” that
identifies you as an individual, including your name and contact
information.  For example, if you wish to register for an
event, subscribe to a publication, or make a donation, we will need
certain PII to fulfill your request.

We also collect information about your use of our Website
through technological tools that we and our partners may use to
collect data automatically from website users. The technologies
that we use may include, for example:

  • Log Files, which may collect information such as Internet
    protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, geographic location,
    Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating
    system, date/time stamp and clickstream data.
  • Persistent and session cookies.
  • Flash cookies (or local stored objects), which are not managed
    by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies.

To learn more about cookies, please visit

Your browser may offer tools to reject or delete cookies. If you
reject cookies on your browser, you may still use our site, but
your ability to use some areas of our site may be limited. Even if
you set your browser to reject cookies, we may continue to collect
data automatically through other technologies.  By using any
of the Sites, you are deemed to unambiguously agree to its use of
any cookies that you do not disable.

Cato may use service providers, such as Google Analytics, that
may use cookies to collect information about your online activities
across this and other sites over time for non-advertising purposes.
To learn more about how Google Analytics collects and processes
data and the choices Google may offer to control these activities,
please visit http://www/

Uses of Your Information

We may use the PII that you provide to us for our operational
purposes, including the activities such as e-mailing you with
relevant information or providing you with targeted offers.
 For example, we may use your PII to:

  1. Respond to your inquiries, such as those you may submit through
    our “Contact Us” page or send to us by email.
  2. Process your requests, such as to subscribe to a publication or
    make a donation.
  3. Send You Information.  We may use your contact information
    to send you various types of information, including information on
    your activities, updates, new services, and other related items of
    potential interest.  As further described below, you may
    unsubscribe to our commercial emails by using the
    “unsubscribe” function in any of those emails.
  4. Improving Our Service and Outreach.  We may use PII about
    you, such as your feedback and comments, to make our communications
    with you more relevant, including by requesting further feedback,
    and for related internal purposes such as data analysis, audits,
    identifying usage trends, and enhancing our services.

We use the automatically-collected data we obtain through
technological tools for our operational purposes, such as to
administer and improve the site. We also use these technologies to
personalize your experience with Cato and to provide functions such
as recording other preferences.

Disclosure of Your Personal Information

We do not sell or otherwise share the PII we collect with third
parties for their own marketing purposes.

With the exception of PII relating to donors, we may disclose
the PII that we collect online as follows:

  1. To contractors, agents, or service providers that we use to
    support our business and provide our services, in which case we
    make reasonable efforts to ensure that they are bound by
    contractual obligations to keep PII confidential and use or share
    it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
  2. As part of a merger, divestiture, restructuring,
    reorganization, dissolution or other sale or transfer of some or
    all of Cato’s assets, whether as a going concern or as part
    of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which PII held
    by Cato about users of our websites or other online resources is
    among the assets transferred.
  3. To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it; for example,
    if you give us an email address to use the “email a
    friend” feature of our website, we will transmit the contents
    of that email and your email address to the recipient(s).
  4. For legal purposes; including as required by law or when we
    believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights,
    property, or safety of Cato, our customers or others; and/or to
    comply with a judicial proceeding, court order or legal process
    served on the Cato Institute.
  5. For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the
    information or with your consent.

Children Under the Age of 13

Our Website is not intended for children under 13 years of age.
We do not knowingly collect PII from children under 13. If we
discover that we have received PII from a child under 13, we will
delete that information.


Newsletters and Promotional Communications: We provide you the
opportunity to opt out of receiving newsletters and promotional
email communications from us. If you no longer wish to receive
electronic newsletters and/or promotional communications, you may
opt out of receiving these communications by following the
instructions included in each newsletter or communication.
 Additionally, at any time, you may e-mail privacy [at] to request removal
of your information from our system.

Aggregate Information

At times, we share aggregated demographic information about our
user base with selected third-party partners. We may also share
de-identified information in our discretion. This aggregated or
de-identified information does not identify individual users.

Correcting or Updating Personal Information

You may ask us to correct, update or delete your PII within our
communications systems by emailing us at privacy [at]


Cato uses commercially reasonable safeguards to help protect the
security of the PII you provide to us. For example, we may encrypt
information using technologies such as Secure Sockets Layer
technology (SSL).  Please note, however, that no data security
protections are ever guaranteed to be 100% secure.

International Transfers of Information.  The Cato website
and other online resources are intended for users in the United
States.  By using any Cato online resource, you are deemed to
understand and unambiguously consent to the collection and
processing of your PII in the United States, with the awareness
that the laws of the United States may not provide as much
protection for PII as the laws of certain other countries or

Updates to This Policy.  We may periodically modify this
privacy policy, and if we do, the revised policy will be posted on
our website, replacing the prior version.  Unless the new
version materially changes the manner in which we collect, use or
disclose your PII, we will post the new version without further
notice to you. If we make a material change, we will post a note on
the home page of to
alert you that there has been such a change. The date the privacy
policy was last revised, as identified at the top of the policy,
will be the effective date of the revisions that version contains.
 You may wish to periodically review the policy to ensure you
understand and agree with its terms.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy
policy or our information practices, please contact us at:
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts, Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Attn: Chief Digital Officer

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