Data Use Policy

Read our data policy to understand how our website behaves with your data.

Why isn't this a "Privacy Policy"?

Many websites link to their “privacy policies” from their homepages, but those policies are less about describing how much privacy they offer and more about how they plan to use your data. We believe that it is important to be transparent that this policy is a promise about how we will use the data you leave when you visit this site, but neither this promise nor the promise of any other site gives you full privacy.

The Data Use Policy is a compulsory legal disclosure of how a website operator collects, retains and shares personally identifiable information. In other words, it’s often a list of ways your personal data is not private and under their control. There are legitimate reasons that people and organisations running websites need to keep data about your visits. We limit the data that we keep to only what we need for maintaining the site and satisfying legal and funding-related reporting requirements.

Visiting Exposing the Invisible

Exposing the Invisible is operated by Tactical Tech, a non-profit based in Berlin, Germany and is governed by EU Data law.

When you visit this site, we collect information about your visit of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available. This is information like:

  • the time and date you visited the site
  • the first page you visit
  • how many times you click on links
  • how long you stayed on the site
  • the last page you visit before leaving
  • what site brought you to the page (if you followed a link form another page, like on a search engine or social media)
  • what sites you visited through links on our site
  • what you download from our site
  • what keyword or keywords you used if you found the site through a search engine
  • what browser you use
  • some of the plugins you use on your browser
  • what operating system you use
  • what kind of device you use (computer vs smartphone vs feature phone)
  • what brand device you use
  • what model device you use
  • your country
  • your IP address (we anonymise Visitors' IP addresses in our stats)
  • your screen resolution
  • language of your browser
  • number of times you have visited the site
  • days since the last time you visited the site

We do this to better understand how people use the site and so we can fix problems with the site when they arise. From time to time, we also compile reports that include very general information about who visits this site, like the total number of visitors or which countries or other websites comprise the most visits.

We also collect information that is unique to you, like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. We use this information to protect our servers from misuse. We do not use this information to identify Exposing the Invisible's visitors.

We may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to Exposing the Invisible. We do this so that we can figure out how we can improve the site.

We collect this information using open source analytics software, which we host ourselves. This means that even the people who wrote the software do not see any of your information. We do not partner with third parties to collect this information, nor do we share information with third parties, with the exception of the release of non-personally-identifying information in formats described above.

Using Exposing the Invisible and Related Services

Occasionally, we may link to other Tactical Tech projects from this site. Sometimes, these features will encourage engagement with other Tactical Tech projects in a way that requires collecting personally-identifying information, like providing an email address so that we can send you updates that you have decided that you want to receive. In each case, Tactical Tech collects such information only as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction.

You can always refuse to supply your unique information or withdraw your consent at any time. This may prevent you from fully engaging in certain activities, but we try hard to make as much of our content available without any kind of barrier. Any way that you chose to engage with a Tactical Tech site is voluntary and will not affect your use of Exposing the Invisible. Through your use of Exposing the Invisible website, you will not be asked to provide personally identifying information.


We use JavaScript in your web browser as well as popular open source frameworks to render some of the graphical interface that you see.

At this time, Exposing the Invisible requires JavaScript to render graphical interface elements fully. Should you choose to disable JavaScript, the graphical interface will not render properly.

Changes to this Policy

Although most changes are likely to be minor, we may change Exposing the Invisible's Data Use Policy from time to time, in response to legal and technical changes and at our discretion. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to this Data Use Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Data Use Policy constitutes your acceptance of these change.


All questions related to the data use policies of Exposing the Invisible should be directed in writing to the Tactical Tech Data Protection Officer.

Reusing this Data Use Policy

You are welcome to reuse and be inspired by this Data Use Policy after making sure it complies with the way your website tracks, uses and discloses users' information.

Last updated in July 2020