Rugged Research Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Rugged Research we have a few fundamental principles we live by:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We don’t agree with services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.
  • If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Rugged Research collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Our purpose for collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Rugged Research visitors use our website. From time to time, we may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of our website.

Rugged Research also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Rugged Research blogs. Rugged Research only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Rugged Research’s websites choose to interact with Rugged Research in ways that require Rugged Research to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Rugged Research gathers depends on the nature of the interaction.  In each case, Rugged Research collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Rugged Research. Rugged Research does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain activities related to our website.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Rugged Research discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Rugged Research’s behalf or to provide services available at Rugged Research’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Rugged Research’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Rugged Research will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Rugged Research discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Rugged Research believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Rugged Research, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a Rugged Research website and have supplied your email address, Rugged Research may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Rugged Research and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Rugged Research takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Aggregated Statistics

Rugged Research may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. Rugged Research may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Rugged Research does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described above.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Rugged Research uses cookies to help Rugged Research identify and track visitors, their usage of Rugged Research website, and their website access preferences. Rugged Research visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Rugged Research’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Rugged Research’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Rugged Research, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Rugged Research goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. By your use of the Rugged Research websites, you acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Rugged Research may continue to use your personal information, but only as set forth in this policy.


Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Rugged Research and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.


Comments and other content submitted to our website are saved on our server long enough for us to use them to improve our products and services.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Rugged Research may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Rugged Research’s sole discretion. Rugged Research encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.