Privacy Policy FAQs

We have updated our Privacy Policy to provide visitors to the CR Publications, Services and Programs with a single, unified policy consistent with our core privacy principles. Please find answers below to some questions you may have about our updated Privacy Policy. To review our Privacy Policy, click here.

Why are you updating your Privacy Policy?
We now have a single unified privacy policy that applies to our family of digital services, print publications, our other products, services and programs, including our consumer policy and mobilization activities, and our associated websites (including Consumer Reports, Consumerist and Consumers Union), applications and digital tools. We also updated our Privacy Policy to simplify the language and make it easier to understand. Our goal is to deliver a simplified, unified privacy statement consistent with our core Privacy Principles across our organizational activities.

Have you made any changes to the Privacy Policy?
We now have a single unified privacy policy across our organizational activities that link to or refer to this Privacy Policy. If you participate in our policy and mobilization online activities via our Consumers Union web site and related tools that previously linked to the Consumers Union privacy policy, or if you are a user of our Consumerist website, your information is now governed by the Consumer Reports privacy policy as described above.

How does this affect the prior privacy policies of Consumer Reports and its associated websites?
Individuals engage with us in multiple ways, for example, as subscribers, donors and consumer policy activists.  We hope it is useful to have a single unified privacy policy that explains our policies across our products, services and programs. If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, please contact us.

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.