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Privacy policy

This privacy policy provides information on how the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) collects, manages and uses information provided by its users through the ISN website.

This statement contains information about the way we collect information about our users and how we use that information. If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email.

Security of your personal information

The ISN takes online privacy very seriously. We are committed to protecting your personal information and have implemented all necessary measures to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of any data submitted to us or stored under our control.

Collection and use of personal information

Like many websites, we aggregate information about our users for two purposes - to analyze traffic and user patterns on our website, and to better tailor our products and services to the needs of our user community. The ISN uses a number of tools to this end. Any information we collect locally remains strictly confidential. The ISN will not sell, rent or release personal information to a third party unless ordered to do so by a Swiss or international court of law. For "Primary Resources", however, usage patterns are monitored by Google Analytics. The ISN has no control over the information Google collects on our behalf, nor are we liable for the uses Google makes of this information. Please consult Google’s privacy policy for more information here.

Cookies and log files

Our servers log your interaction with the ISN website via cookies and log files. Standard log files like ours contain basic information such as the date and time of your visit, your internet protocol (IP) address, and the number of bytes your computer sends and receives. We collect this information to analyze user and demographic trends, and administer the website. We do not match IP addresses to individual users.

Newsletters and other subscription-based services

If a user wishes to subscribe to one of our newsletters or mailing lists, we ask that they provide, at minimum, an email address. Additional information, such as your name and organizational affiliation, is optional. Users can unsubscribe from a mailing list at any time. Once a subscription is cancelled, the user's personal information is deleted from our servers.

From time to time, the ISN will contact subscribers to update them on changes to its information services as well as the activities of ISN staff, partners and affiliates. Users are welcome to decline these emails.


Users are invited to contact ISN staff via our standard email template. Any information submitted here is only used to respond to your question or request. However, we may forward your email to another person or organization if we think they are in a better position to help you.

User comments

The ISN does not collect the information of users wishing to comment on our news stories or the ISN blog (e.g. your email address). Please note, however, that users are liable for any personal information they disclose on the ISN website via their comments.


On occasion, the ISN undertakes user surveys. Participation in these surveys is voluntary. Information requested here may include personal data such as name, gender, age, nationality and profession, as well as the users personal or professional interests. This information is aggregated and used to monitor and improve our website.

ISN Communities

As part of our efforts to encourage greater collaboration among IR and security policy professionals, the ISN hosts a number of online communities. While access to all of our communities is free, some policy-oriented working groups require the creation and use of a username and password. Information provided here is kept strictly confidential.

Privacy policy disclaimer

This privacy policy applies solely to the ISN and its sister services, namely the Parallel History Project (PHP), the Russian and Eurasian Security Network (RES), The Crisis and Risk Network (CRN), and the Swiss Foreign and Security Policy Network (SSN). The ISN is not liable for the privacy practices of the websites or organizations we link to. We encourage our users to study the privacy policy of any website that collects personally identifiable information.

Further, the ISN reserves the right to delete any content - including personal data - without notice to the provider should we consider this content inappropriate.

Enforcement of our privacy policy

The ISN welcomes comments or concerns regarding our privacy policy. These can be submitted via our general contact form

Privacy policy changes

This policy was updated on 3 July 2008.