Privacy Policy

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Who we are

Our website address is:

Our Privacy Policy

This privacy policy (“Policy”) only pertains to visitors and users of the official FTC site at and the web pages, applications, platforms, products, and services offered therein (“the site”). It does not govern offline activities. It also does not govern activities on third-party sites linked to our site. By using the site, the user (“you”) agree to be bound by the Policy. If you do not agree, please do not use the site in any way.

To effectively advance our advocacy of equality in the workplace, some necessary tracking and data collection of the site’s visitors and users does occur. The what, how, and when of these practices are explained below. As our practices evolve, we may update the Policy and will alert you that changes have been made by indicating the date it was last updated at the bottom of the Policy. We also encourage you to periodically review this Policy. By continuing to use the site after any changes are made, you are accepting these changes.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We collect the information and content that you voluntarily provide, at your sole discretion, when you choose to use the site, access its features, make purchases, and join our public online forum for discussing important socioeconomic issues. For instance, you may choose to provide your name, contact information (address, email, and phone number), employer, title, industry, interests, gender, photos, videos, messages, and financial information (credit card number, billing address, etc.), where applicable.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We may utilize Google Analytics or other third-party data analytics tools to identify and track how our users engage with the site. Such analytics tools utilize cookies, described more fully above, to collect information and trends on how people engage with our site. For example, they might collect and summarize information on the number of visitors to the site, how many visitors are new or returning, how long visitors stay on the site, and which webpages of the site get the most online traffic. This, in turn, allows us to evaluate and improve the site’s features.

Who we share your data with

Sometimes we need to rely on third-party partners and vendors to help us operate and improve our site. We share our data with them on an as-needed basis. To be clear, we do not sell any of our data, especially data containing your personal information, to anyone. Data may be shared with analytics vendors. We may need to provide information to vendors and service providers who support our business and the functionality of our site, such as by providing technical infrastructure services and facilitating payment processing. We might be forced to share data with law enforcement in response to legal requests. We expressly reserve the right to transfer any data to a successor in interest that acquires rights to that information because of a sale. Finally, if you choose to share your information publicly, it is no longer in our control.

Our site is also connected in a variety of ways to content on other platforms. For instance, we provide links to content on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and to content on other sites, such as news and press release sites. Our site also features embedded media, such as videos and podcasts, that may be hosted on these other platforms but viewable from links on our site. The providers of such external content might place their own cookies on your device or otherwise collect user data, which is subject to their, not our, respective online privacy policy.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data that we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

We may collect some personal information passively, while you are visiting or interacting with the site. We refer to this collection practice as “passive,” because it is automated and collected just by your visit to and browsing of the site. Generally, this data collection practice does not include the collection of your personal information aka information identifying you personally. Rather, it collects and aggregates data on user and visitor activity on the site (“Aggregated Information”).

Additional information

How we protect your data

Any data we have that contains your personal information is stored on our secure server and not publicly accessible (unless, as discussed above, you have chosen to publicly disclose information about yourself). Additionally, all data transmitted to and from our website, when and where applicable, is encrypted using industry-standard security measures. We store our data for as long as necessary for the purpose for which we originally collected it. We may retain certain data for legitimate business purposes or as required by law.

We are based in the Netherlands, and we process and store our data according to the EU laws. It is possible that we and our service providers may process, transfer, access, store, or receive data from foreign jurisdictions with different data protection laws. We recommend you consult the data privacy protection laws in your home jurisdiction if you do not live in the EU. In certain circumstances, local data protection laws (such as the GDPR) may give you rights with respect to personal information if you are located in or are a resident of that country, state, or territory (including if you are located in the EU/EEA).

We will take all reasonable steps and measures to ensure that our data receives an adequate level of protection to prevent loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Please be aware, however, that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable, and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. To protect the confidentiality of personal information, you also have a duty to keep any passwords confidential and actively prevent unauthorized use of your devices and site log-ins.

Last Updated: May 5, 2021.

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