Privacy Policy

The following Privacy Policy contains information that outlines how the Russia Matters website (, hereafter referred to as the “Site”) collects, uses and stores Site visitors’ information. The policy does not extend to the Site’s partners, which maintain separate privacy policies, most of which are linked to below. Your use of the Site constitutes your agreement to the policies set forth below.

Information Collection

The Site is hosted by Pantheon, whose full privacy policy, including sections on information gathering and storage, is available here. The data gathered by the Site are used by Site staff to generate aggregate reports that allow us to monitor and improve the Site’s performance and enable certain site features. The Site does not knowingly collect information that is personally identifiable (i.e., linked to a particular user) except for voluntarily submitted information used for subscriptions and comparable mailings (more on that below).

Type of Information Gathered

  • User and visitor data: When a user visits the Site s/he may be offered the opportunity to opt in to certain features, such as news digests or a newsletter. When opting in, a user will be asked for certain personal information such as name and email address in order to provide the user with the requested service. This information will not be shared with or sold to any third parties, except as required by law.
  • Technical data: In order to continuously improve the Site and quality of service, the Site will use various internet technologies, including but not necessarily limited to cookies and local storage tools. These tools will collect data such as internet addresses, browser types, referring domains, time stamps, keyword searches, entry/exit pages and the like. In addition to Pantheon, the Site’s primary tool for such data collection is Google Analytics; more information on how it operates and how users can control the information collected may be found in the relevant sections here. Users’ Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are used in order to effectively administer and monitor the Site’s technical performance.

Opt Out

If a user no longer wishes to receive the Site’s newsletter, news digests or other such communications, s/he may unsubscribe by following the instructions at the bottom of the respective communication.

If a user wishes to opt out of having her/his data be used by Google Analytics, instructions on how to do so may be found here.


As mentioned above, the Site is hosted by Pantheon, whose full privacy policy is available here. The section on security reads as follows: “Pantheon uses appropriate administrative, technical and physical security measures to protect our users’ and visitors’ information and data against loss, misuse and alteration. We use standard industry practices to help prevent unauthorized use of, access to or alteration of visitor and user information and hosted data. These practices include the appropriate use of firewalls, SSL encryption, limiting storage of financial information to a PCI compliant third party provider, system redundancies and co-location at a 24/7 secured, controlled environment.” Extra Site security is provided by Cloudflare whose privacy and security policy can be read here.

Third-Party Services

In addition to Pantheon, Google Analytics and Cloudflare, the Site uses data-visualization software, whose privacy statements may be found here and here. Commenting features are provided through Disqus, whose privacy statement is located here. Social-media sharing is provided through AddThis, whose privacy policy is here, but will be replaced by the Oracle privacy policy in the foreseeable future. Finally, mailings to subscribers are done through MailChimp, whose privacy policy can be read here.

Users Located in the European Economic Area

If you are located in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway (the “European Economic Area”), please click here for additional information about ways that certain Harvard University Schools, Centers, units and controlled entities, including this one, may collect, use and share information about you.


In the event that this privacy policy is updated, changes will be posted on the Site and will be effective the date of the posting.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact [email protected].

This Privacy Policy was last updated on May 24, 2018.