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Comment Policy
Comments that violate the policy outlined below will not be posted. Users may flag certain comments for removal by clicking the link "suggest removal" under a specific comment. The HCER comment section exists as a forum for respectful and relevant discussion and debate. To that end, the HCER reserves the right to remove comments, without any notice to the commenters, if they fall into any of the following categories:

  • Comments that contain threats, or condone/encourage illegal behavior

  • Profanity

  • Hate speech

  • Comments containing personal information, such as phone numbers or email addresses

  • Commenters who post under an identity other than their own

  • Excessively-long, off-topic comments, including spam and advertisements

  • Target or single out a Harvard International Review staff member.

The HIR may bar commenters entirely if they fail to adhere to the content policy.

Advertising rates posted on this site may not be current or accurate. The Harvard College Economics Review shall not be bound to honor any incorrect advertising rate published herein.

Trademark Policy
The Harvard College Economics Review is a student-run organization at Harvard College. The Harvard College name and/or shield are trademarks of the President and Fellows of Harvard College and are used by permission of Harvard University.

This policy was last updated on August 11, 2019. It is subject to change, and changes will be posted to this page. If any of those changes are significant and deal with our use of personal information, we will post those changes at least 30 days before they take effect.

Collection & Use of Information
The information we collect falls into two categories: personal information, which you voluntarily provide to us, and non-personal information, which is automatically collected when you use our website.

Personal Information
Personal information is information that identifies you. You may choose to provide us with personal information such as your name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, credit card information, demographic information such as your age and gender, and other information about yourself when you subscribe to the Harvard International Review, sign up to receive our email newsletters or special offers, post a comment, place a classified advertisement, contact us via email or by letter, participate in in one of our promotions, complete a survey, or register for one of our journalism programs.

You may also decide to provide us with personal information on behalf of others. For example, you will need to submit a person’s name and email address to purchase a gift subscription for that person through our website. If you want to send a gift subscription directly to that person, you will also need to submit his or her address and telephone number.

Non-personal Information
Non-personal information is information that we collect in aggregate, without identifying you. We automatically collect non-personal information from you when you visit the Harvard College Economics Review’s website. For example, we may collect information about the type of browser you use when accessing the site, the language of your browser, and the name and version of the operating system you use. We may also collect information about your Internet Protocol address (the numerical address assigned to your computer by your internet service provider), which can sometimes be used to determine your general geographic area. We may collect information about the website you visited before and after visiting the Harvard International Review’s website, and the ads and links on which you click while browsing the website. If we send you an email, we may collect information about whether you open or forward that message, and whether you click on the links contained in the message.

One of the ways in which we collect non-personal information is by issuing a "cookie," which is a small text file placed on your hard drive. Cookies help to prevent you from repeatedly seeing the same advertisements, being asked to register or to re-enter your password every time you visit the Harvard College Economics Review’s website. Cookies are also used to authenticate your identity. Cookie delivered by the Harvard College Economics Review’s website should not interfere with the operation of your computer. You can disable cookies through your browser, but doing so may disable certain functionalities of the Harvard College Economics Review’s website.

The Harvard College Economics Review may use non-personal information for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We may use IP address logs to track your participation in our readership polls in order to ensure accurate results. We may also gather general demographic information automatically available about website visitors for statistical purposes.

Sharing Information
The Harvard College Economics Review shares aggregate, non-personal information with advertisers, partners, and service providers. We may also provide personal or non-personal information if we have a good faith belief that disclosure is necessary to comply with the law or with legal process, such as to comply with a subpoena, protect and defend our rights and property, to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our websites, or to protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public.

Data Security
We use commercially reasonable controls to protect our readers’ personal information. We cannot, however, guarantee that the information will remain permanently secure. It’s possible that technical problems could cause your information to be lost, or that the information could be stolen from our databases. We are not responsible for any such loss, theft, or other security breach.  

Although the Harvard College Economics Review makes concerted efforts to protect its servers and databases from unauthorized access, we are unable to accept liability for information accessed illegally via our servers, clients, or network. Your personal information is protected by the most advanced security systems available to us. However, no system is entirely secure and, as such, the HCER makes no legal guarantees regarding the protection of any data that may reside on our servers.

Children Under 13
If you are under age 13, do NOT send us your name, phone number, address, email address, or other personal information about yourself. We do not knowingly collect or store personally identifiable information from children under 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected any personal information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information from our database.

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