Forum Policy

We, the operators of this website, provide this website and its content as a public service to our users.

Your privacy is important to us. Our goal is to offer a personalized online experience that provides you with the information, resources, and services that are most relevant and helpful to you.  This Privacy Policy describes the conditions under which this website is being made available to you.  By using this website, you agree to be bound by the terms of this Privacy Policy.  If you do not accept the terms of the Privacy Policy, you are directed to discontinue access or other use of the website or any materials obtained from it.  If you are dissatisfied with the website, please contact us, or you may instead choose to disconnect from the site and refrain from visiting it in the future.

The operators of the website may decide without advance notice to modify the terms of this Privacy Policy.  Your use of the website, or materials obtained from the website, indicates your assent to the Privacy Policy at the time of such use.

Sites Covered by this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to all of the websites, domains, information portals and registries maintained by the operator.

Children’s Privacy

The operators are committed to protecting the privacy needs of children, and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests.  The operators do not intentionally collect information from or target minors.

Links to Non-Operators’ Websites

The operator’s website may provide links to third-party websites for the convenience of our users.  If you access those links, you will leave the operator’s website.  Operators do not control these third-party websites and cannot represent that third party policies and practices will be consistent with this Privacy Policy.  For example, other websites may collect or use personal information about you in a manner different from the description in this document.  Therefore, you should use other websites with caution, and do so at your own risk.  We encourage you to review the privacy policy of any web site before submitting personal information.

Examples of Types of Information We Collect

Non-Personal Information, Aggregate Information, Log Files, Cookies, Web Beacons, Personal Information such as name and email address, Members-Only Websites.

How We Use Your Information

The operators may use non-personal data that is aggregated for reporting about the operator’s website usability, performance and effectiveness.  It may be used to improve the experience, usability and content of the site.

When accessing the operator’s members-only web pages, your personal user information may be tracked by the operators in order to support collaboration, ensure authorized access and enable communication between members.

Information Sharing

The operators do not sell, rent or lease any individual’s personal information or lists of email addresses to anyone for marketing purposes, and we take commercially reasonable steps to maintain the security of this information.  However, the operators reserve the right to supply any such information to any organization into which the operators may merge in the future or to which it may make any transfer in order to enable a third party to continue part or all of its mission.  We also reserve the right to release personal information to protect our systems or business, when we reasonably believe you to be in violation of our Terms of Use or if we reasonably believe you to have initiated or participated in any illegal activity.  In addition, please be aware that in certain circumstances, the operators may be obligated to release your personal information pursuant to judicial or other government subpoenas, warrants or other orders.

In keeping with our open process, the operators may maintain publicly accessible archives for the majority of our activities.  For example, posting an email to any of the Operator’s hosted public mail lists or discussion forums, subscribing to one of our newsletters or registering for one of our public meetings may result in your email address becoming part of the publicly accessible archives.

On some sites, anonymous users are allowed to post content and/or participate in forum discussions.  In such a case, since no username can be associated with such a user, the IP address number of a user is used as an identifier.  When posting content or messages to an Operator’s site anonymously, your IP address may be revealed to the public.

If you are a registered member of an Operator’s website or email list, you should be aware that some items of your personal information may be visible to other members and to the public.  The Operator’s member databases may retain information about your name, email address, company affiliation (if an organizational member) and such other personal address and identifying data as you choose to supply. That data may be visible to other Operator’s members and to the public.  Your name, email address and other information you may supply also may be associated in the Operator’s publicly accessible records with the Operator’s various committees, working groups and similar activities that you join, in various places, including: (i) the permanently-posted attendance and membership records of those activities; (ii) documents generated by the activity, which may be permanently archived; and, (iii) along with message content, in the permanent archives of the Operator’s email lists, which also may be public.

Any information (including personal information) that you disclose in public areas of our website, such as forums, message boards and news groups, becomes public information that others may collect, circulate, and use.  Because we cannot and do not control the acts of others, you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose information about yourself or others in public forums such as these.

Given the international scope of the Operator’s websites, personal information may be visible to persons outside your country of residence, including to persons in countries that your own country’s privacy laws and regulations deem deficient in ensuring an adequate level of protection for such information. If you are unsure whether this Privacy Policy is in conflict with applicable local rules, you should not submit your information.

If you do not want your personal information collected and used by the Operators, please do not visit the Operator’s website or apply for membership of any of the Operators’ websites or email lists.

Access to and Accuracy of Member Information

The Operators are committed to keeping the personal information of our members accurate.  All the information you have submitted to us can be verified and changed.  In order to do this, please email us a request. We may provide members with online access to their own personal profiles, enabling them to update or delete information at any time.  To protect our members’ privacy and security, we also may take reasonable steps to verify identity, such as a user ID and password, before granting access to modify personal profile data.  Certain areas of the Operator’s websites may limit access to specific individuals through the use of passwords or other personal identifiers; a password prompt is your indication that a members-only resource is being accessed.

Security

The Operators make every effort to protect personal information by users of the website, including using firewalls and other security measures on its servers.  No server, however, is 100% secure, and you should take this into account when submitting personal or confidential information about yourself.  Much of the personal information is used in conjunction with member services such as collaboration and discussion, so some types of personal information such as your name, company affiliation and email address will be visible to other Operators’ members and to the public.  The Operators assume no liability for the interception, alteration or misuse of the information you provide.

Opting Out

From time to time the Operators may email you electronic newsletters, announcements, surveys or other information.  If you prefer not to receive any or all of these communications, you may opt out by following the directions provided within the electronic newsletters and announcements.

If you have questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us.