Fatal Encounters

A step toward creating an impartial, comprehensive and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with police

Privacy Policy

This is our ancient, mostly boilerplate, not entirely accurate Privacy Policy page. The biggest problem with Privacy Policy pages is that nobody really knows where the data goes. If traffic is watched at the server level, anybody can collect anything. Maybe you’re on Chrome or Edge–you can figure they’re collecting everything about your internet use. We have third-party plugins that we don’t know for sure collect information, but we’d be naive to think they don’t. We’re connected to Facebook and Google. We at Fatal Encounters Dot Org don’t give a damn about your data. We were founded on anonymous contributions. If we have anything–like your email address–it’s because you gave it to us. We only have that pop-up subscription thing for when we’re contemplating a fundraiser, and even then we don’t care if you use a burner address, and it’s so irritating and invasive that it’s turned off much of the time anyway.

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.fatalencounters.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


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.

Contact forms


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.

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.


We tried to use Google Analytics, but couldn’t figure it out. We’ve recently tried Monster Insights and JetPack, but we’re not having much luck with them, either. Any or all of them may work at some point. They may even work now, but we don’t know how to access them.

Who we share your data with

We don’t.

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, or have left comments, 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. So, if you’re interested in the name and email address you provided on our subscription popup, please send name, credit card number, and secret PIN on back of your card with the email address and name you provided when you filled out the little subscription popup.

Where we send your data

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

Your contact information

Please feel free to contact the site host, D. Brian Burghart at d.brian@fatalencounters.org

Additional information

To be honest, Fatal Encounters doesn’t look at any of your personal data. All the above is from WordPress partners.

How we protect your data

Other than having a secure website and not sharing data, we don’t have any way of protecting data you share publicly on the internet.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Everything is publicly available on this website. We don’t store any credit card or personal information on the site. From one point of view, everything here is breached.

What third parties we receive data from

We don’t.

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

We don’t.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

I don’t even know what this means.