Privacy Policy and Terms of Use


Terms of Use

If your use of this website is for teaching, learning or research purposes arising from your association with a school, college, or university (“Academic Use” ) the Ethnologue ACADEMIC TERMS OF USE apply to you. All other uses are governed by the Ethnologue GENERAL TERMS OF USE.

Community Norms

Comments and contributions provided by registered users of the Ethnologue represent the views of those users and are not endorsed or attested to by the Ethnologue or SIL International. Registered users are expected to abide by the Ethnologue User Community Norms. If you violate those norms, we generally will bring that to your attention gently. We reserve the right to delete offensive comments at any time. Repeated violations of those norms may result in cancellation of the registered user’s subscription.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes how the website Ethnologue: Languages of the World (“Ethnologue” or “we”, “us”, or “our”) collects, uses, shares, and safeguards the categories of personal information listed below. This Privacy Policy also tells you about your rights and choices with respect to your personal information, and how you can reach us to get answers to your questions. Ethnologue is committed to protecting your privacy and providing a safe online experience. We want to transparently explain how we collect, store and use your personal data so you’re comfortable with the choices you make about using our website. 

Types Of Information We Collect

The following provides examples of the types of information that we may collect from you and why.  


Types of Data

Primary Purpose for Collection
and Use of Data

Account Registration

We collect your name and contact information when you create an account. We also collect information relating to the actions that you perform while logged into your account.

We have a legitimate interest in providing account related functionalities to our users. Accounts can be used to save your preferences and transaction history.  

Cookies and first party tracking

We use cookies and clear GIFs. See our Cookie Policy below for more information.

We have a legitimate interest in making our website operate efficiently. 

Cookies and Third Party Tracking

We participate in behavior-based advertising, which means that a third party uses technology (e.g., a cookie) to collect information about your use of our website so they can provide advertising about products and services tailored to your interests on our website.  See our Cookie Policy below for more information. 

We have a legitimate interest in engaging in behavior-based advertising and capturing website analytics.

Demographic Information

We collect personal information, such as your age or location.  

We have a legitimate interest in understanding our users and providing tailored services.

Email Interconnectivity

If you receive email from us, we use certain tools to capture data related to when you open our message, click on any links or make purchases.

We have a legitimate interest in understanding how you interact with our communications to you.


If you provide us feedback or contact us for support we will collect information sufficient to reply.

We have a legitimate interest in receiving, and acting upon, your feedback or issues.

Mailing List

When you sign up for one of our mailing lists we collect your email address or postal address.    

We have a legitimate interest in sharing information about our products or services.

Mobile Devices

We collect information from your mobile device broadcast from your device when visiting our website.

We have a legitimate interest in identifying unique visitors and in understanding how users interact with us on their mobile devices.

Online Registration

We collect your name and contact information when you create an online account. We also collect information relating to the actions that you perform while logged into your account.

We have a legitimate interest in providing account relating functionalities to our users.

Order Placement 

We collect your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and credit card number when you place an order.

We use your information to perform our contract to provide you with products or services.

Partner Promotion

We may collect information that you provide as part of a co-branded promotion with another company.

We have a legitimate interest in fulfilling our promotions. 


When you participate in a survey we collect information that you provide through the survey.  

We have a legitimate interest in understanding your opinions, and collecting information relevant to our organization.

Website interactions

We use technology to monitor how you interact with our website. This may include which links you click on, or information that you type into our online forms.  This may also include information about your device or browser.

We have a legitimate interest in understanding how you interact with our website to better improve it, and to understand your preferences and interests in order to select offerings that you might find most useful.  We also have a legitimate interest in detecting and preventing fraud.

Web logs

We collect information, including your browser type, operating system, Internet Protocol (IP) address (a number that is automatically assigned to a computer when the Internet is used), domain name, click-activity, referring website, and/or a date/time stamp for visitors.

We have a legitimate interest in monitoring our networks and the visitors to our websites.  Among other things, it helps us understand which of our services is the most popular.

Use Of Information Collected

In addition to the purposes and uses described above, we may use information in the following ways: 

  • To communicate with you: regarding the Ethnologue website, such as for administrative purposes, customer service purposes, or rights of privacy; or regarding an order or request you have submitted on the website. 

  • To provide and and personalize features and services of the website for you, such as by remembering your information so that you do not have to re-enter it.

  • To help us understand how visitors interact with the website, so that we can continually improve the website, our services and product offerings.

  • To conduct analytics, including through Google Analytics, to know how the website is used.

  • To respond to inquiries related to support or other requests.  

  • To send marketing and promotional materials.

  • For internal administrative purposes, as well as to manage our relationships.

Sharing Information

Our collection and processing of your information is different based upon your consent, our need to perform a contract, our obligations under law, and our legitimate interest in conducting business. Please know that we do not send unsolicited or “spam” e-mail, and we do not sell, rent or trade e-mail lists to third parties. However, we may disclose information in the following situations:

1. Affiliates. We may share information with our corporate affiliates (e.g., parent company, sister companies, subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other companies under common control).  

2. Other Disclosures with Your Consent.  We may ask if you would like us to share your information with other unaffiliated third parties.

3. Other Disclosures without Your Consent. We may disclose information in connection with any legal process and to comply with relevant laws. 

4. Public.  Areas of our website provide the opportunity to post comments in a public forum. If you decide to submit information, that information may be publically available. 

5. Partner Promotion. We may offer promotions with third party partners. Their use of your information is not governed by this privacy policy. 

6. Service Providers. We may share your information with service providers.  Among other things, service providers may help us to administer our website, provide technical support, and process payments.

Your Choices

You can make the following choices regarding your personal information:

  1. Access, Change or Delete Your Personal Information. If required by law, we will grant you reasonable access to personal information we have for you upon request to the address below. You may also update, correct, or delete your profile information and change your preferences at any time. We retain your information for a time period permitted by law for a variety of purposes, including backups and archiving, prevention of fraud and abuse, and analytics. You may, however, request that we delete your personal information by contacting us at the address below.  

  2. Objection to Certain Processing.  You may object to our use or disclosure of your personal information by contacting us at the address described below.  

  3. Promotional Emails. You may choose to receive promotional emails. You can stop receiving promotional emails by following the unsubscribe instructions in e-mails you receive.  If you decide not to receive promotional emails, we may still send you service related communications. 

  4. Promotional Mailings.  If at any time you do not want to receive offers and/or circulars from us you can remove yourself from our mailing lists by emailing us with "NO SNAIL MAIL" in the subject line along with your name, address and zip code. 

  5. Promotional Text Messages.  If you receive a text message from us that contains promotional information you can opt-out of receiving future text messages by replying “STOP.”

  6. Revocation Of Consent.  If you revoke your consent for the processing of personal information then we may no longer be able to provide you services. In some cases, we may limit or deny your request to revoke consent if the law permits or requires us to do so, or if we are unable to adequately verify your identity. 

How We Protect Personal Information

We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. We also employ other physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of personally identifiable information in our control. Although we undertake all reasonable efforts to safeguard information, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage, is fully secure and we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information. In the event that we are required by law to inform you of a breach to your personal information we will notify you in writing. We dispose of your personal information when we no longer need it to comply with our legal obligations or for a legitimate business purpose.

Cookie Policy

This website uses “cookies,” which are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. We use cookies to improve the performance of the website by showing us the most frequently visited pages and recording any difficulties experienced on a webpage. We also use cookies to store your preferences, which in part allows you to move from page to page within the website without having to sign in again on each page. For any non-essential cookies used on our website, we will require your consent to proceed and record that consent. 


    • Transmission Of Information To Other Countries. As a research institution and international organization, your information may be processed in a foreign country where privacy laws may be less stringent. By submitting your personal information to us you agree to the transfer, storage and processing of your information in a country other than your country of residence.  
    • Third Party Applications/Websites.  We have no control over the privacy practices of websites or applications that we do not own. 
    • Changes To This Privacy Policy.  We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. Changes will be posted on this page with the new effective date. If changes are significant, we will attempt to notify you by emailing you and/or posting a prominent notice on this website.

Contact Information.  If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us at:   

SIL International,
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd,
Dallas, TX 75236, USA,

If you are not satisfied with our response and are in the European Union, you may have a right to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory authority.