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Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Future of Life Institute was founded by Max Tegmark, Meia Chita-Tegmark, Anthony Aguirre, Viktoriya Krakovna, and Jaan Tallinn. Our mission is to catalyze and support research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges. Our website address is: If you want to reach out to us, please contact us here.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

If you have applied for a grant, participated in one of our conferences, or signed one of our open letters, we collected personal information such as names, email addresses, profession, and accolades. This data is encrypted on the FLI servers, and is never released to any third party. If you signed an open letter, the information you provided us regarding your name, profession and accolades were added to the letter and are publicly available, but your contact information is kept private. If you’re concerned about your data and wish to have yourself removed, please contact us here.

If you sign up for our monthly newsletter, your name and email address are kept on Active Campaign and MailChimp. You can read about their privacy policies here and here, respectively. Again, we will never share this information with anyone else. Each newsletter will always include an unsubscribe option at the bottom.

We use the H5P plugin on a couple pages, and they say the following regarding data that’s collected:


“We may process and store personal data about your interactions using xAPI. We use the data to learn about how well the interactions are designed and how it could be adapted to improve the usability and your learning outcomes. The data is processed and stored until further notice.

“We may store the results of your interactions on our platform until further notice. The results may contain your score, the maximum score possible, when you started, when you finished, and how much time you used. We use the results to learn about how well you performed and to help us give you feedback.

“We may store interactive content that you create on our platform. We also may send anonymized reports about content creation without any personal data to the plugin creators. Please consult the H5P tracking information page for details.

“If you use interactive content that contains a video that is hosted on YouTube, YouTube will set cookies on your computer. YouTube uses these cookies to help them and their partners to analyze the traffic to their websites. Please consult Google’s Privacy policy for details. It is our legitimate interest to use YouTube, because we we need their services for our interactive content and would not be able to provide you with the video content and features otherwise.

“If you use interactive content that contains a Twitter feed, Twitter will set a cookie on your computer. Twitter uses these cookies to help them and their partners to make their advertizing more relevant to you. Please consult Twitter’s Privacy policy for details. It is our legitimate interest to use Twitter, because we need their services for our interactive content and would not be able to provide you with it otherwise.”

You can learn more about H5P’s GDPR compliance here.

Social Media Feather

We use the Social Media Feather plugin which explains the data it collects and its privacy policy here.


We use WordFence to protect the website, and you can learn about the data they collect and their GDPR compliance here.

Yoast SEO

We use the Yoast SEO plugin to improve search engine optimization and you can read their privacy policy here.


We use Cloudfare to ensure a positive user experience, and you can learn about their privacy policy here.

Hosting provider

The hosting provider for the FLI website stores IP addresses for security reasons and to maintain the integrity of the hosting platform. These are deleted when they are no longer needed.


When visitors leave comments on the site 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.

Contact forms

When you fill out a contact form, we ask for your name and email address so that we might respond, but we do not keep this data.


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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, 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.

The length of time with which the cookies remain in the user’s browser is also determined by the user’s preferences.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


This website uses Google Analytics to generally track number of visitors, the country from which the visitor accessed the website, how users find pages on the website, and whether users visit more than one page. Our Google Analytics settings are set to anonymize IP addresses. You can learn more about the Google Analytics privacy policy here. Google has also created an app that you can install in your browser that gives you the option to opt out of Google Analytics for any website, which you can download here.

Who we share your data with

We use Active Campaign and Mail Chimp for email services and to store names and email addresses. We only store your name and email address if you have given it to us.

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

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

If you have an account on this site, have left comments, have applied for a grant, have participated in a conference, or have signed an open letter, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

If you wish to have your name or information removed from an open letter, please contact us.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Our contact information

If you have privacy-specific concerns, please contact us here.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Any data you’ve provided us is stored on a secured server.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If a data breach occurs on one of our servers, we will notify you within 72 hours of our discovery.

What third parties we receive data from

We do not receive data from third parties.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We do not use user data for automated decision making or profiling.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

We are not part of a regulated industry.

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