Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to the data gathering and visualization services (the "Service”) that we offer through our website located at, downloadable software for supported mobile devices and other consumer electronics devices ("App”). The Service collects information about its users ("data”) to facilitate the location tracking and mapping features of the Service. If you elect to share your information with third parties who have requested it ("Permitted Researchers”), your Permitted Researchers will be able to access your information for the period of time and the purposes documented in their request to you.

The Service is brought to you by the Research and Development Lab at The New York Times Company.

The types of information we collect.

The purpose of the Service is to gather your personal location information for your own use as well to enable your sharing of that information for purposes of research. In the course of providing the Service to you, we collect the following information:

How we use the information we collect.

We use the information that we collect for the following purposes:

We will not share or make available your personal information to any third party except your Permitted Researchers without your express consent. We may use aggregated geohashing information to produce and display graphics on the Service for explanatory purposes.

How we protect your information.

Your location data is stored in an encrypted format. Your data can be unencrypted with your direct participation. In addition, we have implemented commercially reasonable physical and electronic security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of your personally identifiable information. Despite our efforts, however, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.

What are my privacy options and how can I change my settings?

In all cases, you must authenticate with your username and password to be granted access to your data. If you have lost or forgotten your password, we can delete all the data in your locker by username. We will not issue a new password and you will have to register for a new account.

To modify your registration information: You may change your password and email address at

To change the settings on your device: You may change the settings on your device by choosing "Settings” within the App.

To delete the information stored in your locker: You can delete your data from your locker at any time by clicking "Delete my data” at Please note that deleting your data from the Service does not affect data that has been previously downloaded by Permitted Researchers.