Privacy Policy

Updated: February 9, 2023
Within this page, we detail the reasons why we ask you for information, what we do to keep your information secure, and how we use your information.


Who We Are

GeoHistory.Today is run as a free service of SRAS. SRAS is a study abroad organization that also promotes the understanding of languages, cultures, and societies. GeoHistory.Today provides information and resources written by SRAS staff and students to further this mission.


How You Can Contact Us

You can either email the editor of GeoHistory.Today or you can contact us through SRAS’ contact page.


What Data We Collect and Why

  • Website users – SRAS collects personal information when you register on this site for the SRAS newsletter (where MailChimp, our third party email provider, collects name and email). This is necessary because without an account on the SRAS database, it is impossible for us to provide these services to you.  We also automatically collect the following information: IP address, the domain from which you access the internet, date and time you accessed our site, the type of browser, operating system, screen resolution, javascript status, and media player versions used.  We use Google Analytics to track this information.  To opt out of Google Analytics tracking, click here. We use Mailchimp for our email newsletter.  To opt out of Mailchimp tracking, click here.
  • Website contributors – each contributor has their name and bio listed with the material they have created. This is done to properly credit them and to help them build a portfolio of published material for inclusion in a resume and/or CV. Email may also be collected within the accounts system for our records so that we may easily contact the author later. Emails are never shown or shared. Gravitar images may be automatically collected by the system if the user has a Gravitar account. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here. If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
  • When visitors leave comments on the site where allowed we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
  • This site uses cookies and other technologies to record how our site is used and by whom. This is done so that we can continue to develop our site and services in a way that best serves those who use them.



  • If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


Technical Information

  • GeoHistory.Today may set and access its own cookies on your computer. GeoHistory.Today may use cookies to identify you as a repeat visitor or customer of the website, to maintain session information for users who log in to our site, and to track usage trends and patterns in order to better understand and improve areas of our website.


Embedded content from other websites

  • Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
  • These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

  • We may share information with universities and government organizations if those institutions require such information to provide services you have requested from us or as otherwise required by law.
  • We will never share or sell information to any third party, excepting general statistics such as the number of subscribers to our newsletter or how many people visit our site, and as part of a transfer of information to a third party who acquires any or all of SRAS’s assets, whether such acquisition is by merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a substantial portion of SRAS assets. In addition, in the event SRAS becomes the subject of an insolvency proceeding, whether voluntary or involuntary, SRAS or its liquidator, administrator, receiver or administrative receiver may dispose of such information in a transaction approved by the court.
  • We store all information on secure servers located inside the U.S. and the U.K.
  • We process information on servers located inside the U.S. and in other countries.


How long we retain your data

  • If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
  • For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

  • You may refuse to provide information and/or to refuse cookies on your browser, but some features or services will be unattainable or may not function properly because of this.
  • We make good faith efforts to provide you access to your personal information upon request and to let you correct such data if it is inaccurate and delete it if you desire, whenever reasonably possible.