Privacy Policy


This page explains what personal information we gather when you visit The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk website ( and details how that information is used.

Who will process my personal information?

The information published here applies to the use of your personal information (also known as ‘personal data’) by The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) through the viewing or use of its website ( The information published here is limited to the use of personal information by the Centre’s website.

Personal information collected

When you visit we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. For information about how Google Analytics uses your personal information, please see and

We also collect the request made by your browser to the server hosting our website which includes the IP address, the date and time of connection and the page you ask for. We use this information to ensure the security of our website. These logs are deleted automatically after one year. We may use and disclose it as necessary in the event of a security concern or incident (see 'Third parties' below).


Cookies are small files which sit on your computer and record specific interactions between you and this website. Below is more detail about the cookies we use, what they record and who the information is shared with. You are of course free to disable cookies.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • measuring how many people are using services so they can be made easier to use
  • analysing anonymous data to help us understand how people interact with our website so we can make it better
  • Learn how to remove cookies set on your device.

Cookies set by

Cross-site request forgery protection (csrftoken)
This is used to protect you and our website against cross-site request forgery attacks; it ensures that any submission of a form (such as our contact form) was initiated and requested by you rather than a third party website. It is never used to track you or your interactions with this website.

Cookies set by third party websites

Google Analytics (_ga, _gid, _gat _utma, _utmb, _utmc,_utmt, _utmv, _utmz)
Purpose: These cookies assist with collecting information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. Read more here.

How to disable cookies

Your web browser will have an option you select which will block cookies. Below are links to popular web browsers, and how to block cookies using them.

Google Chrome
Internet Explorer
Other web browsers

Anti-spam policy

We enforce a strict 'Anti-Spam' policy that means we do not intend to sell, rent, or otherwise give your e-mail address to a third-party without your consent. In addition, The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) will not send you email that you have not agreed to receive.

If you have subscribed to our mailing list, you may be contacted with announcements, news and upcoming events. With each email sent, you have the option of 'unsubscribing' from our mailing list at any time, thereby disabling any further such email communication from being sent. If you wish to have specific communications with a member of the CSER staff, you will be required to provide specific information that will be routed to the appropriate contact within CSER.

Third parties

CSER will only disclose your personal information or any of its log file information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such actions are necessary.


CSER uses all reasonable precautions to keep the information disclosed to us secure.

The use of your personal information in the above ways is necessary for the legitimate interests of The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk in operating and improving our website, analysing their use, and ensuring our website's security. Our website collects very little personal information and we use it in ways that are compatible with your individual rights and freedoms. Where you enter your personal information into an online form on our website for any specified purpose, you will be told about the use we will make of that information (e.g. to send you newsletters or to enable your attendance at an event).

Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted so that you are always aware of the information that we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.