Privacy Policy

At the Public Index we have a few fundamental privacy principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to make the site work or to comply with the law.
  • We don’t sell your personal information, ever.
  • We allow you to control how much of your personal information is available for public view on your profile.

Website Visitors

Like most websites, the Public Index 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. Our purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how our visitors use the site. From time to time, we may release aggregated summaries of non-personally-identifying information e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

As part of the same process of providing web pages, our server also collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and other potentially personally-identifying information. We may track and collect IP addresses in order to ensure the security and integrity of the system. Access to IP address information is limited to those who require the information to provide and manage the Website. We comply with applicable laws and industry standards when transferring, receiving and storing this information. We treat IP address information as being personally identifying and treat it with the same protections as the personally-identifying information you explicitly provide us.

We do not collect and will not display information about your browsing habits.

Aggregated Statistics

We may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to this website. For instance, We may monitor the most annotated sections of the proposed Settlement and extract general trends from the comment threads. We may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, we will not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

User Accounts

We require visitors who create accounts on the Public Index to provide a username, password, and email address. We collect this information so that we can contact you directly if necessary, so that we can associate posted content with specific users, and generally as part of providing the Public Index to its users. We also use it for the purpose of preventing misuse of the site, such as spam, defamation, copyright infringement, personal attacks, or other misconduct.

Access to your username, password, and email address information is limited to those who require the information to provide and manage the site. We comply with applicable laws and industry standards when transferring, receiving and storing this information.

If you don’t want to reveal your email address, you aren’t required to create an account to view content on the Public Index. You will not be able to post comments, upload material, or use certain other features of the site, however, unless you create an account. You may choose to use an email address that identifies you and/or your professional affiliation.

Personal Profiles

All information you enter on your Personal Profile, with the exception of email address, username and password, will be made public. You may choose to post using a pseudonym on your profile. This is an option we enable to facilitate candid discussion among Public Index users.

Even if you choose to identify yourself using a pseudonym on your account, we may require you to provide us with information about your identity, such as your full name, either when you create an account or thereafter. We will use this information for preventing misuse of the site, preventing impersonation, and similar purposes. We will not disclose this information except as described below. You may choose not to provide us this information, but we may choose not to give you an account unless you do.

Information We Post About Your Activity on the Website

Any information you choose to post on Public Index discussion pages (such as forum threads, wiki pages, and pages for commentary on sections of the proposd settlement) will be made public. We or others may collect this information, combine and analyze it, and disclose it to others. It may also be automatically collected and published (for example on your personal profile or in a “recent comments” section of the site). Any such information could also be archived indefinitely and republished at any time, by us or by others.

Protection of Personally-Identifying Information

The Public Index discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on The Public Index’s behalf or to provide services available at The Public Index’s website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using The Public Index’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The Public Index will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.

Other than as described above, we disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of the Public Index, third parties or the public at large.

We take all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


If you are a registered user of the website and have supplied your email address, we 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 The Public Index and our products. We primarily use our various blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. 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.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. We use cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of the site and their website access preferences. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the website. Unfortunately, certain features of the site may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, we may change this Privacy Policy from time to time, and in our sole discretion. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its 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 forms part of the Public Index Terms of Use.