Privacy Policy FAQs

We have recently updated our Privacy Policy. Please find answers below to some questions you may have about our updated Privacy Policy. To review our Privacy Policy, click here.

What changes have you made to the Privacy Policy?
We update our Privacy Policy from time to time to reflect changes in our business practices and in the law:

  • As of May 25, 2018, a new privacy law is in effect in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR expands privacy rights of individuals in the EU and EEA with respect to their “personal data.” For purposes of the GDPR, “personal data” constitutes any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as name, identification number, location data, online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person. For those of our members, customers, activists, donors, suppliers and business contacts who are natural persons located in the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland, we provide additional information in our Privacy Policy about how CR treats your personal data, our valid bases for processing your personal data, and your rights under the GDPR.
  • We have clarified those provisions that impact only our members and other users of the CR Publications, Services and Programs located in the United States and Canada.
  • Our Privacy Policy now links to our Cookie Policy, which provides more specific information about the cookies and similar technical methods CR and its service providers use, and identifies how you can make choices about them when you use our websites and mobile applications.

What are the "core" privacy principles that Consumer Reports follows?
We abide by our core privacy principles of transparency, consumer control and choice, notice and disclosure, security and access. For more information, please click here.

Will you share my contact information with third parties?
We share contact information with third parties such as service providers who perform services on our behalf and as otherwise disclosed in our Privacy Policy, for example, we share the names and mailing addresses of our print publication subscribers with third parties for their promotional purposes. If you participate in one of our consumer advocacy campaigns, for example, by sending a message to a policy decision-maker through an online form, your contact information is shared along with your message. For more information, please click here.

Does Consumer Reports share contact information across CR Publications, Services and Programs?
We share information within the Consumer Reports family of publications, services and programs so we can better inform our users about offerings in which they may be interested and to otherwise help support our mission. For more information, please click here.

Do you use my data for advertising purposes?
Consumer Reports does not accept third party advertising. However, we may use some data about you to tailor advertisements for products and services from the Consumer Reports family of companies. For more information, please click here.

For more information, please read our complete Privacy Policy.