Note: Before all the legal-ly stuff below that generally applies to everything ActualTech Media does online, here’s the deal, in plain english, as to how we use your subscription information here on The Countermeasure newsletter and website:
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OK, on to the lawyers:
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Last Updated: March 5, 2018