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Commonweal Online Privacy Policy

1. When and why we collect personal information

Commonweal collects information when you interact with us, including when you visit our website, sign up for our emails, make a donation, or purchase a subscription.

We collect information that is necessary to fulfill the services you have requested, to keep you informed (via email and other means) on new content and activities, and to make our website easier to access. There are circumstances where you may limit or remove the information you provide us with, but this may affect the service you receive or the information we can provide to you.

2. On sharing your information with third parties

With the single exception noted below, Commonweal will not share, sell, or otherwise make available any personally identifiable information about you to third parties.

Exception: If you are a subscriber to Commonweal in the United States, we will, on occasion, rent or exchange your name and postal address (and no other information) with other reputable businesses, and you may receive postal mail from those companies. This provides Commonweal with a helpful source of revenue, and in some cases access to marketing opportunities that would not otherwise be available to us. However, you have the option of withholding your information from this use. Contact us at [email protected], or write to us at Commonweal, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 244, New York, NY 10115.

3. Your data rights

You have certain rights in relation to the personal information we hold and are using about you. Your rights include asking for a report on the information we hold about you, having any inaccurate information corrected, or requesting that we stop using your personal information in a particular way (for example, you may request that we stop emailing you). You may contact us at any time at [email protected], or write to us at Commonweal, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 244, New York, NY 10115.

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You can browse our website to a limited extent without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. However, if you have cookies enabled on your web browser, our website will collect information about your visit. This may include technical information about your browser and operating system, the IP address your computer is using, and your login information (if you are a registered user of our site). If you are not a paid subscriber, we also use cookies to limit the number of articles you may read each month.

If you are a registered user or a paid subscriber, we will collect personal information about you during the registration and purchase process. Cookies are also the technology that we will then use to avoid asking you to log in on every site visit.

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