Privacy Policy

NewTalk is a nonpartisan online discussion forum organized under the auspices of Common Good, a nonprofit and nonpartisan coalition to restore reliability to America’s legal system.

NewTalk takes the privacy of its users very seriously, and we are committed to maintaining the privacy of any personal information our users provide through Please review this Privacy Policy to learn more about what information we gather and how it is used.

The information we gather falls into two categories: 1) personal information you voluntarily supply when you register for an account or provide an email address to receive our newsletter, and 2) non-personal tracking information collected as you navigate through our site.

User Registration and Newsletter

Users are asked to submit a minimal amount of personal information (such as your name and email address) to establish an account with An account is necessary to submit User Comments, but NewTalk does not use the personal information provided for any purpose other than establishing the account.

NewTalk also collects email addresses from users and account holders when they subscribe to NewTalk’s periodic e-newsletter.

NewTalk may use the email address you supply to create an account and/or receive our e-newsletter to contact you in the future to keep you informed about our work. If you do not wish to receive further information from NewTalk, contact us at

We will not sell or transfer any personal information that you have provided us to any third party. However, we may disclose personal information if we are required to by law, or we believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law or with legal process, (b) protect and defend our rights and property, (c) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of site, or (d) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public.

Please be aware that if you submit a User Comment containing personally identifiable information (such as your name or location), such information may be disclosed as part of your User Comment and become available to all readers of the User Comment section on

“Email this Page” Feature discussion pages include a link to “Email this page”, allowing users of the website to send an email to friends to inform them about a discussion they might be interested in reading. If you use this feature, we will ask you for your friend’s email address, which we will use only to send the page to your friend. We do not collect or retain your friend’s email address through this feature.


NewTalk uses “cookies” to improve the user experience on our website. A cookie is a small alphanumeric file containing information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive or temporarily in its memory. We use cookies to recognize repeat visitors and to enable those who have registered to submit User Comments to continue to do so without having to repeatedly log in.

You do not have to accept cookies to visit site, although your access to certain features of the website may be restricted or made more difficult if you do not accept cookies. Although most browsers are initially set to accept cookies, you may reset your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie or to reject cookies generally.

Traffic Data

Each time a visitor comes to, our servers collect some basic technical information, including, for example, the visitor’s domain name (e.g., whether the user is logged on from or We also collect data about traffic on our website, such as the number and type of pages viewed by visitors to the website. We use the information to manage and improve, and we may aggregate information about visitors and visits to monitor overall website activity. This general site activity information may be shared with third parties, but we will not disclose your individual identity or personally identifiable data without your permission. When we do present aggregated information to third parties, no one will be able to identify you or contact you from that information.


NewTalk may contain links to other websites, whose privacy policies may differ from ours. NewTalk is not responsible for the privacy practices of these other websites, and we encourage our users to review the privacy statements of each website that solicits personal information from you.

Security Procedures

We take measures to protect the privacy of all information collected through our website. Only employees and contractors with specific authorization have access to databases containing the personal information that users have provided.

We review our security measures and Privacy Policy on a periodic basis, and we may modify our policies as we deem appropriate. We may also change or update our Privacy Policy if we add new services or features and will post these changes in this policy. We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy on a regular basis.

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, please direct them to

Date Posted: June 9, 2008

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