Website Visitors

Like most website operators, (SOP)—a collaboration of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)—collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. SOP’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how SOP’s visitors use its website. From time to time, SOP may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Aggregated Statistics

SOP may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, SOP may monitor the most popular blog posts on the SOP site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. SOP may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, SOP does not disclose personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. SOP uses cookies to help SOP identify and track visitors, their usage of the SOP website, and their website access preferences. SOP visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using SOP’s website.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, SOP may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in SOP’s sole discretion. SOP encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy.