At ACLED, we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Policy explains how and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time so please check back on this page now and again to ensure that you’re happy with any changes we make. By using our website, you are agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Any questions regarding this Privacy Policy should be sent by email to or by writing to:

Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project

ACLED Analysis
P.O.Box 260271
Madison, WI 53726-0271

Who are we?

ACLED (Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project) is a disaggregated conflict collection, analysis and crisis mapping project. ACLED collects the dates, agents, type of violence, locations, and fatalities of all reported political violence and protest events across Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East. Political violence and protest includes events that occur within civil wars and periods of instability, public protest and regime breakdown. ACLED’s aim is to capture the forms, agents, dates and locations of political violence and protest as it occurs across states. The ACLED team conducts analysis to describe, explore and test conflict scenarios, and makes both data and analysis open to freely use by the public.

How do we collect your information?

We collect information about you when you contact us about our services using our contact forms on our website or you sign up using our subscribe form to be included on our MailChimp email list. We also collect user and technical information about you when you use our website, via our StatCounter and Google analytics tracking.

What type of information is collected from you?

The user, technical, and communication data we collect might include your name, address, email address, IP address, information regarding session length as well as what pages are accessed and when, your login information, device and browser details, views and navigation paths, frequency of use, and analytics data that enables ACLED to properly administer and optimize our website and content. We also keep records of this information for the purposes of communicating with you. Additionally, our communication data includes any information that you send to us, including through our website, email, text, and/or social media.

How do we use your information?

We may use your information to:

  • notify you of changes to our services
  • send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you.
  • reply back to you when you contact us using our contact forms
  • send you a password reset link when you request your password to be reset
  • properly administer our website and content

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, including legal, accounting, and reporting requirements, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us. ACLED works to hold up-to-date information. Please notify us if at any time your relevant information changes by emailing

We will not contact you for marketing purposes by email, phone or text message unless you have given your prior consent. We will not contact you for marketing purposes by post if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted.

Who has access to your information?

We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.

We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

Disclosures of your data may be necessary with the following parties:

  • Service providers (IT and system administion services).
  • Professional services including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers for advisory and/or consulting purposes.
  • Government

How you can access and update your information

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information ACLED holds about you. You can contact us to request this information or to ask us to delete or change it. You can update your information or change your preferences at any time by contacting us by email at

Security precautions in place to protect your information

When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely.

Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) are transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems by using secure servers and SSL (security certificates). Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

Use of ‘cookies’

Like many other websites, the ACLED website uses cookies. ‘Cookies’ are small pieces of information sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that website to recognise you when you visit. They collect statistical data about your browsing actions and patterns and do not identify you as an individual. This helps us to improve our website and deliver a better, more personalised service.

It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences.

Links to and from other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.

16 or Under

We are concerned to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under. If you are aged 16 or under‚ please get your parent/guardian’s permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information.

Transferring your information outside of EU

As part of the services offered to you through this website, the information which you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Union (“EU”). By way of example, this may happen if any of our servers are from time to time located in a country outside of the EU. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to Ireland. By submitting your personal data, you’re agreeing to this transfer, storing or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Policy.

If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU in order to provide you with those services.

Review of this Policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated in June 2018.