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Privacy Policy

Last updated: March 09, 2017

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their "Personally identifiable information" (PII) is being used online. PII, as used in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information.

While NationStates is not hosted in the US and has no American ownership, we aim to comply with US privacy law.

What personal information does NationStates collect from people who visit our website?

NationStates may collect:

When does NationStates collect information?

Your IP address is collected whenever you visit any page. This happens any time you browse any website: your browser transmits your IP address so that the remote site knows where to send back data.

Your e-mail address is collected if you supply one either during registration (i.e. nation creation) or by entering one later via your Settings. You do not need to supply an e-mail address to browse the site, nor to create an account. However, if you choose to join the World Assembly, an e-mail address is required, and a verification message is sent to this.

How does NationStates use your information?

NationStates uses the information collected from you:

How does NationStates protect visitor information?

NationStates is in the process of rolling out SSL (secure, encrypted connection) site-wide. Currently, SSL is optionally provided at If you use this SSL site, all information that passes between your computer and our site is encrypted, which prevents snooping by any third parties that may share your network.

If you do not use SSL, all information you send to NationStates, including your password and e-mail address, is transmitted in plain text, and could be compromised by an attacker who shares your network.

User passwords are encryped and never stored in plain text.

Moderators and administrators will not publicly disclose personal information

Does NationStates use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your browser (if you allow) that enables the site's or service provider's systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

NationStates uses cookies:

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser's Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you disable cookies in your browser:

Third Party Disclosure

NationStates does not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist in operating the website, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. NationStates may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety. In the event that ownership of NationStates transfers to a third party in the future, said party will be bound by these same conditions, and be required to notify users in advance should they wish to alter them.

However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for advertising or other uses.

In-Site Disclosure

NationStates does not disclose your personally identifiable information via forum post or any other kind of in-site communication to other users. For example, moderators are not permitted to inform users of another user's IP address or e-mail address.

A user may sometimes post their own information (IP address or e-mail address) in order to seek technical help. This is not recommended, and we instruct users to use a private channel instead (the Getting Help page).

Non-Personally Identifiable Information

Please be aware that NationStates may disclose non-personally identifiable information you provide. In particular, if you operate multiple accounts, site moderators may publicly disclose (by posting on the site) that these accounts are connected—operated by the same person—while not personally identifying you.

This is done in order to enforce site rules and etiquette, e.g. to combat "puppet wanking," when a person posts from multiple accounts in order to promote the false impression that many people agree with them.

Information that does not personally identify you is not the subject of this document.

Submitted Content

Users can voluntarily post content to NationStates in a variety of ways, such as:

All such content can be viewed by moderators and/or administrators.

With particular reference to telegrams, NationStates assumes a higher but incomplete level of privacy. Our policy:

Google AdSense

NationStates uses Google AdSense to display ads to most visitors. You can view Google's main Privacy Policy and their more specific Advertising Privacy Policy. Google lets you change your ad preferences via Google Ad Settings.

NationStates has implemented the following:

You should know that:

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the US to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law aims to reach beyond California to require any person or company that operates websites collecting personally identifiable information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals with whom it is being shared, and to comply with this policy. More information is available here.

In accordance with CalOPPA, NationStates agrees that:

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online.

NationStates does not specifically market to children under 13.

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In line with Fair Information Practices, NationStates will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur: users will be notified via a message posted on the site within seven business days.

NationStates also agrees to the individual redress principle, which requires that individuals have a right to pursue legally enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or a government agency to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.


The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

NationStates does not send any advertising or promotional e-mail messages. If you supply your email address, it may be used:

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future e-mails, you can

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, or you require help, you may contact us:

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