The Fiscal Ship's Privacy Statement


Thank you for visiting the The Fiscal Ship and reviewing our Privacy Statement. The Fiscal Ship game does not collect personal information about visitors to our Websites unless you choose to provide that information to us. The Fiscal Ship is a joint effort of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the Hutchins Center for Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

When you visit our Website, we automatically gather and store the following information about your visit so that we can track the use of our Websites in order to make improvements. This information is stored and used in the aggregate only, and is not used to contact you personally:

  • The IP address from which you access our Websites;
  • The name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example,, if you are connecting from a Google account);
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our Websites;
  • The date and time you access our sites;
  • The pages, files, documents and links that you visit;
  • The domain of the website which referred you to this Website (the last website you visited before visiting this one); and
  • The choices and actions you make while playing the game.


The Fiscal Ship uses Google Analytics, to place cookies and analyze the information collected by cookies in order to make the The Fiscal Ship better and to track trends in usage. No personally identifiable information is collected. Information that we collect from cookies will not be used to create profiles of individual users and only will be used in aggregate form. The data is retained for as long as necessary to support the mission of The Fiscal Ship. You may set your browser to refuse cookies from any website that you visit. If you so choose, you may still gain access to the game. You may opt-out of Google Analytics using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

If You Send Us Personal Information

The Fiscal Ship will only collect personal information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide by completing a survey or sending emails. If you provide us with personal information, we may reply to your inquiry or request. We use survey and gameplay data to improve the game, and provide public insight into aggregate choices players make in the game. We will not publish how any individual plays, but players may share this information with others.

When we send you such information by email, you will always have an immediate opportunity to decline further communication. Please use the contact specified in the email so that we can remove you from the list that contains your name. If you are uncertain about whom to contact, you may contact our webmaster

Please note that The Fiscal Ship may also provide your information to: (1) a court or party in a court or Federal administrative proceeding if The Fiscal Ship is a party or in order to comply with a subpoena; (2) the Department of Justice or in certain legal proceedings when The Fiscal Ship, an employee of the Wilson Center or the Hutchins Center, or the United States is a party to litigation or has an interest in the litigation and the use of such records is deemed relevant and necessary to the litigation; (3) a Committee of Congress in response to a formal request; and (4) any other person or entity as required by law.


The Fiscal Ship is committed to ensuring that its IT systems, applications and information technology infrastructure are secured.

Unauthorized access and/or unauthorized attempts to change information on this website are strictly prohibited and punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.


Within The Fiscal Ship Website there are links and widgets to non-Wilson Center websites. These sites operate independently of The Fiscal Ship and have their own privacy policies. When you link to third party websites, you leave our Website and no longer will be subject to our privacy and security policies. The Fiscal Ship is not responsible for the privacy or security practices nor the content of non-Wilson Center websites, and such links are not intended to be an endorsement of the non-Wilson Center website or its content.