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Data for Research and Site Development

Aggregate data about visitor demographics are used by for research purposes and to develop the site further. In accordance with our “Site Privacy Policy”, however, individual privacy is respected absolutely.


Some areas of the site, such as the blog Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life, use cookies to identify returning visitors who have previously been approved to submit comments on published articles. In addition, cookies may at times be used throughout the site to assist in research and site development, as described above. Cookies may be placed either directly by our server, or by third parties assisting in our site evaluation and development efforts.

Finally, as part of Google’s AdSense advertising platform, Google may permit third parties to set cookies in users’ browser or to use web beacons to collect traffic data, in the course of Google’s placement of ads on this site. Google’s use of the DART cookie in particular enables it to serve ads based on a user’s visit to this site and other sites on the Internet. Google’s use of cookies is itself subject to its own policy, which also includes details of how to opt out of Google’s DART cookie.

Most web browsers will accept cookies by default, but they can be set to reject cookies, either from all websites or from specific sites. Users can also manually delete cookies directly via the web browser. These options are generally configured through a “Privacy” setting in the browser.

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We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

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Protection of Personal Data

We maintain technical, physical, and administrative security measures designed to provide reasonable protection for personal data against loss, misuse, unauthorised access, disclosure, and alteration.

Privacy at the User End

Site visitors should be aware of a number of factors which could impact privacy from their end of the network and which are therefore beyond the control of We would draw special attention to two particular categories of such factors. First are those which result from sharing a computer with another user. For example, the default behaviour of modern browsers typically keeps a history of the most recently visited sites. If this feature is not switched off or adjusted to keep a very minimal history, another user could identify many of the most recently visited sites by inspecting this log. Similarly, another user might access email records kept on a shared computer, in some cases even if those two users login to a shared machine with different usernames.

The second category of factors which can impact user privacy are those which result from visiting via an employer-operated network. Many employers log traffic to and from their networks, and virtually all large employers keep records of employee emails which pass through their servers. In the latter case, this means that copies of emails may be kept even after they have been deleted from an individual user’s machine. Encrypting emails can secure their content, but it cannot make them disappear.

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