Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. At Data Humanism by Design, we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don't ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can't stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don't share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products and services, or protect our rights.
  • We don't store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

Our privacy policy below incorporates these goals. If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data, please contact us. Data Humanism by Design (“DHxD”) operates several websites including It is DHxD's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, DHxD collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. DHxD's purpose in collection non-personally-identifying information is to better understand how DHxD's visitors use its website. From time to time, DHxD may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

DHxD also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on blog pages. DHxD only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to DHxD's websites choose to interact with DHxD in ways that require DHxD to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that DHxD gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who want to receive updates from any of our websites to provide a name and email address. In each case, DHxD collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with DHxD. DHxD does not disclose personally-identifying information other than described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

DHxD may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, DHxD may monitor the most popular links on theCommons or the viewed data on Urban Form Impact. DHxD may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, DHxD does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

DHxD discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations who: (i) need to know such information in order to process it on DHxD's behalf or to provide services available at DHxD's websites, and (ii) have agreed not to disclose such information to others. Some of those employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country. By using DHxD's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.

We not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying or personally-identifying information to anyone.

Other than to its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations, as described above, DHxD discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request, or when DHxD believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of DHxD, third parties, or the public at large.

If you are a registered user of a DHxD website and have supplied your email address, DHxD may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with DHxD and our work. If you send us a request (for example, via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. DHxD takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer and that the visitor's browser provides back to the website each time the visitor returns. DHxD uses cookies to help DHxD identify and track visitors, their usage of DHxD's websites, and their website access preferences. DHxD visitors who do not wish to have cookies places on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using DHxD's websites, with the drawback that certain features of DHxD's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If DHxD, or substantially all of its assets, were to be acquired, or in the unlikely event that DHxD ceases operations or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that may be transferred or acquired by a third party. By using DHxD websites, you acknowledge that such transfers may occur and that any acquirer of DHxD may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by DHxD and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, DHxD may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, at DHxD's sole discretion. DHxD encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to DHxD's Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

This privacy policy has been adapted from the one made publicly available by Automattic Inc. and shared under a Creative Commons Sharealike license.