Thank you for visiting The Iranian, which is owned and operated by Iranian LLC (“we” “our” or “us”). We want you to know how information about you is collected, used, and shared with others. We also want you to know about the choices you have when you visit us at (the “Site”).

The Iranian has updated its Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, effective May 25, 2018. These changes were made primarily in preparation for the EU’s new data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We will be clear about what data we collect from you and how we use it. We will protect all personal data you share with us using the most up-to-date security and will not share it with anyone except those described in this policy.

If you have any queries regarding this privacy notice please contact us on

Individual’s Rights

You should check your procedures to ensure they cover all the rights individuals have, including how you would delete personal data or provide data electronically and in a commonly used format. The GDPR includes the following rights for individuals:  the right to be informed;  the right of access;  the right to rectification;  the right to erasure;  the right to restrict processing;  the right to data portability;  the right to object; and  the right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling.

Who are we?

The Iranian is an independent media platform covering world affairs, ideas and culture. We seek to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world.

What kinds of information do we collect?

The Iranian requests information from you when you subscribe our mailing list or donate money to us. When you sign up for these reasons, we will ask you for personal information so that we can contact you. Website usage information is collected using cookies.

How do we get your consent?

When collecting information from you, we always

When you provide us with your personal information, we will tell you why we want to collect and use it. We will ask you to explicitly give us consent to our collecting and using it for that specific reason only. We will ask you to positively opt in to our services, through a two-step process.

Making a donation

When you make a donation via our website, The Iranian uses third-party organizations to manage the transfer of your money.

Direct email marketing

If you actively give us consent to contact you,  we will send you direct email marketing. This will ONLY include the newsletters or campaign information you have requested. You can opt out of these services at any time by unsubscribing to the relevant communication. The Iranian uses SendGrid/MailChimp software to produce our newsletter content.

We will not share any personal information you give us through donations or email subscriptions with anyone else for marketing or sales reasons.

How is your information used?

The personal information we collect might include your name, address, email address, IP address, and information regarding what pages are accessed and when. The type of personal information we will collect about you will depend on why we are collecting the information. We may use your information to:

What will we do with things you submit yourself?


The Iranian invites you to submit articles, or pitches for articles, that you would like us to publish on our site. We will assess pitches and articles and let you know if we are interested in publishing them; we aim to do this within three weeks. We require you to give us an email address so that we can communicate with you about your article or pitch.

Normally we will publish your name with the article. We will also write a short biographical summary based on information that you supply. If you wish the article to be published anonymously or under a pen name, please make this clear on initial submission and in subsequent communications.

We may edit the article before or after publication. Normally we will try to agree any changes with you before publishing them, but we this may not always be possible, so we reserve the right to alter your article without notice.

Social media

When you send Direct Messages via Twitter or Facebook, these companies will store and process your communications and information related to them. openDemocracy will not copy, store or re-share the contents of your communications via these social media sites.

Online comments

The Iranian may remove any comment on our website or social media channels that we deem inappropriate, spam or offensive.


From time to time The Iranian will conduct voluntary surveys of site visitors to obtain aggregate demographic information. This information may be aggregated and then compiled and shared with third parties, but no personal details will be traceable or associated with specific individuals.

Links to other sites

openDemocracy contains many links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

What is our lawful basis for processing your data?

The lawful basis for processing your information is set out in article 6 of the GDPR. This requires us to be accountable and transparent about any information we ask from you. In line with the GDPR we will provide clear consent from individuals and only ask for information that is necessary. openDemocracy will ensure that we comply with the law. For more information, please see the ICO website in regards to processing data.


The Iranian will ensure that we have all the necessary processes in place to store your data safely. We follow industry-best practices to make sure your information is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed. As part of our security process we have trained and dedicated members of staff who regularly audit our security access. This ensures that only the appropriate individuals have access to your data.

All third-party organisations we work with are also GDPR-compliant and we work continually to ensure the security of our online data. We do not share your data with any third parties unless you have given your explicit consent.

Use of cookies

Like most other sites, The Iranian uses cookies – small files placed on your computer – to track which pages you visit, for how long, and what openDemocracy services you use. Cookies also let us recognize you whenever you return. We use Google Analytics to analyze the use of our website. This is collected in a way that doesn’t trace personal information for The Iranian to use. Google Analytics stores this information.

Cookies make it possible for us to identify registered users without needing to ask for registration details every time you visit the site, and makes it more convenient for you as you don’t need to enter your email address and password each time you visit.

Occasionally, we may also use cookies to track registered or unregistered users on the site – for instance, we might use cookies so that you don’t see a particular advert more than once. This information will never be shared with a third party, and is used only to make our systems more efficient and improve the service we offer you.

We use two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies.

Session cookies are temporary and remain in your browser’s cookie folder only until you leave the site. No personal or identifying information is held in these cookies. As soon as you leave our site or close your browser, they are automatically deleted from your computer.

Persistent cookies stay in your browser’s cookie folder for a longer period, though how long will depend on the settings of the specific cookie. This cookie uniquely identifies you, so you can access member services without logging in to the site each time. If you are concerned about cookies we recommend the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s website, which explains their use and the privacy implications.

How to exercise your rights under GDPR

Under the GDPR, you have the right to access, rectify and erase your data, as well as the right to restrict processing and data portability. Those who object to our processing or do not wish to be subscribed to our services can use the “unsubscribe” link, which is clearly linked on our website and in any correspondence we have with a subscriber.

If you wish to amend any data we hold that you have the right to change, or exercise any of your other rights, we will require identification before making any changes. As part of our lawful responsibilities, upon request openDemocracy will erase any personal information within a month of receipt.

Changes to our privacy policy

We regularly review our privacy policy and we will place any updates on this web page. This privacy notice was last updated on May 25, 2018.

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