Privacy Policy

Who We Are

Our website address is: investigates how the ultra-rich influence politics.

Our project is non-partisan and non-profit.

This website is being developed by students and Prof. Peter Hägel within the “” course at The American University of Paris (AUP). We thank all the students that have made contributions to it.

In 2016/17, we received financial support from AUP’s Civic Media Lab.

The website is currently in its prototype phase.

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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

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.


All uploaded files are usually accessible.

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 does not currently use any 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 one day.

Additional cookies are used for necessary, statistical and marketing purposes. All data is sent to the United States.

JSESSIONID, which is a necessary cookie for the website to run properly, preserves users states across page requests.

Three statistics cookies from register a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

Ten cookies are utilized for marketing. One registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical location. One registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses Youtube videos across different websites. One tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos. One registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen. Six store the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.

Two cookie are used for marketing. One is used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user. Another is used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.

Upon entering, an automatic Cookies notice will appear at the bottom of the screen. If you wish to reject the authorization of non functional cookies, click “No”. If you subsequently would like to revoke your cookies, a “Revoke Cookies” button will appear in the same bar upon selection of either “No” or “Ok”.

Embedded content from other websites

This website also contains third-party cookies. The third-party cookies arise from websites such as YouTube, Facebook, or other social media sites for which has implemented plug-ins or embedded content. has no control over the cookies in this content. You should consult the privacy and cookie policies of the third-party sites before you submit data.


Google Analytics, a free web analytics service provided by Google, tracks and reports on all traffic that passes through our website or app. It also integrates with AdWords, allowing us to review the performance of our online ad campaigns by tracking site visits, conversion rates, and other key metrics.

Google Analytics uses a technical tool called cookies to collect information about your website visitors, app users and their online behaviors. For further information, consult Google’s privacy policy here:

Who we share your data with

We do not send user’s data to any additional third parties.

How long we retain your data

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.

Refer to the comment, cookies and contact form sections for information regarding their data retention.

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.

For further information, see the European Union’s GDPR:

Where we send your data

All of our data is hosted by DreamHost, based in the USA. DreamHost is compliant with the European Union’s GDPR. You can find their privacy policy at

How to Contact Billionaires Watch

The data controller responsible for your personal information for the purposes of the applicable European Union data protection law is:

The American University of Paris,

ATTN: Peter Hägel

5 Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007 Paris

Telephone: 01 40 62 06 00


If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice or our data collection practices, please contact us at the address, telephone number or email listed above and specify your country and nature of your question.