Privacy Policy

Effective November 8, 2018 is operated and maintained by the RAND Corporation. RAND is a U.S.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides objective analysis and effective solutions to public policy challenges that impact people around the world.

RAND is the administrator of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence ("the collaborative"). The collaborative is committed to protecting your privacy and providing a safe and rewarding online experience. This Privacy Policy describes our policies and procedures for the collection of personally identifiable information (“personal information”) by the collaborative, and our use and dissemination of such information on our website.

Privacy Principles

Because your privacy is important to us, we will operate by the following principles of Notice, Choice, Security, and Reasonable Access. Users seeking additional information regarding the principles may provide feedback.


The collaborative explicitly asks when it needs any personal information from you. You can visit our site and sign up for our email alerts without disclosing information such as your name or address.

If necessary to achieve the purpose for which your personal information was submitted, or if you give your consent, the collaborative may use your personal information to operate its site and provide services, to communicate with you regarding your submission, to allow participation in voluntary activities (such as discussion forums), or to compile general demographic statistics.


The collaborative uses personal information collected on this site only for the purpose for which it was submitted by you. If you elect to subscribe to the collaborative e-newsletters the collaborative will not send you commercial offers, or advertisements, or share your data without your consent. To unsubscribe, use the unsubscribe link provided in the email.

If the collaborative decides to change this privacy policy, we will post those revisions on this page so that our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and the circumstances, if any, under which we disclose it. If at any point the collaborative decides to use personal information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not the collaborative uses their information in this different manner. the collaborative will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.


When a visitor comes to, the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research servers will request a digital cookie(s) be placed on the visitors computer. If the visitors browser is set to accept these cookies, the collaborative will track, among other things, which pages were visited, the order in which they were visited, and which hyperlinks, if any, were clicked. Our analytics partners also record data including the visitor's IP address, operating system (e.g., Windows or macOS), browser software (e.g., Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer), and internet service provider (e.g., Comcast, Verizon). Although these data are not personally identifiable information on their own, they can be used to determine the approximate geographic location of a visitor's point of connectivity to the internet.

The collaborative uses non-personally identifiable information and information obtained through the use of cookies to improve the site. By tracking how many people visit and where visitors go on, we are able to determine which parts of the site users like the best, which parts need improvement, and what changes should be made. By obtaining this information, we are able to continually improve and bring you the best online experience possible.


The collaborative and the third-party service providers it uses have established and maintain reasonable procedures to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of personal information collected by our websites. The collaborative will disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to conform with applicable laws, or to comply with legal process served on you, the collaborative, or the site.

Reasonable Access

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, terms of use for this site, or the practices of the collaborative, please provide online feedback, write to National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research, 1776 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA, 90407-2138.