Privacy Policy


Your privacy is important to The MIT Press, and we are committed to respecting that privacy. This statement describes the personal information practices for, including what type of information is gathered and tracked, how the information is used, and with whom the information is shared.  Your use of an MIT Press website indicates your consent to this Policy.

Personal Information

In general, you can visit any MIT Press website without telling us who you are and without revealing any personal information about yourself.

In using specific features of a site, however, such as online commerce functionality, you will be asked to give us personal information, such as your name or e-mail address, that will be needed to (for example) correspond with you, process an order, or provide you with a subscription. Aside from aggregating data, with all personal information removed, to allow us to check on our own performance, it is our intent that your personal information will be used only to fulfill the request(s) you make of us, and to allow us to contact you if there are any problems with your request.  Where financial information is collected, this information is used to check the validity of your order, and then bill for products and services. We will not exchange or sell your email address to third parties.

Information Security and Quality

We intend to protect the integrity of your personal information. To do this, we have implemented appropriate technical and organizational measures, such as using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption for transmission of credit card numbers and passwords, to help us keep your information secure, accurate, current, and complete.  For security reasons, please do not email us your credit card information.  We will make a sincere effort to respond in a timely manner to your requests to correct inaccuracies in your personal information, to remove personal information you do not want stored, or to answer any questions you may have about our use of your information.

Information Gathered through Cookies and Other Technologies

MIT Press websites are designed to work without using the technology known as “cookies,” so if you turn them off, you may still browse, search, and shop at our site.  (A cookie is a short identifier, stored on your computer, which a site may use to identify you when you make return visits to it.)  Performance may be slower, however, and the “Remember Me” feature (for registered site users) will not function.

We may collect anonymous information from visits to The MIT Press site to help us provide better customer service and a better customer experience. For example, we keep track of the domains from which people visit, and we measure aggregate user activity on MIT Press websites, but we do so in ways that keep users’ personal identity and information anonymous. The Press or the analytic vendors it selects may use this data to analyze site usage trends and statistics, to help us improve our site.

When we collect personal data from you in connection with a transaction (an order, e-mail request, etc.) we may extract some information about that transaction in an anonymous format and combine it with other anonymous information such as clickstream data. This anonymous information is used and analyzed to (for example) help us understand trends and patterns in our site’s usage.

Notwithstanding anything else in this Privacy Policy, The MIT Press expressly reserves the following rights:

  • to share current or past user information internally within MIT.
  • to disclose aggregate user information (such as the geographic spread of users, or general age or gender cohorts) to third parties.
  • to release current or past user information to third parties for limited purposes in the event The MIT Press believes that a user or user’s account is (i) in violation of the Terms of Use governing the particular MIT Press website, (ii) used to commit unlawful acts, and/or (iii) is required to be disclosed to comply with applicable laws or regulations, or with a court or administrative order.

Except as stated in this paragraph, The MIT Press will not share information specific to users with third parties.

Linked Sites

MIT Press websites may contain links to other websites. The Press is not responsible for the privacy practices of those websites.

Questions Regarding this Policy

Any questions regarding this statement or our privacy policies should be directed to The MIT Press site manager at:

Senior Digital Marketing Coordinator
The MIT Press
55 Hayward Street
Cambridge, MA USA 02142


This Policy may be amended at any time, and the amendment will become effective immediately upon posting.  This privacy statement was last amended on August 15, 2013.