Online Privacy Statement
Your privacy is important to GlobalPlatform (the "Company"). Our goal is to provide you with a personalized online experience that provides you with the information, resources, and services that are most relevant and helpful to you. This Privacy Statement has been written to describe the conditions under which this website is being made available to you. The Privacy Statement discusses, among other things, how data obtained during your visit to this website may be collected and used. We strongly recommend that you read the Privacy Statement carefully. By using this website, you agree to be bound by the terms of this Privacy Statement. If you do not accept the terms of the Privacy Statement, you are directed to discontinue accessing or otherwise using the website or any materials obtained from it. If you are dissatisfied with the website, by all means contact us at the GlobalPlatform Secretariat, but otherwise, your only recourse is to disconnect from this site and refrain from visiting the site in the future.
The process of maintaining a website is an evolving one, and the Company may decide at some point in the future, without advance notice, to modify the terms of this Privacy Statement. Your use of the website, or materials obtained from the website, indicates your assent to the Privacy Statement at the time of such use. The effective Privacy Statement will be posted on the website, and you should check upon every visit for any changes.
Sites Covered by this Privacy Statement
This Privacy Statement applies to all Company-maintained websites, domains, information portals, and registries.
The Company is 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 Company does not intentionally collect information from children under the age of 13, and the Company does not target its website to children.
Links to Non-Company Web Sites
TYPES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Non-personal information is data about usage and service operation that is not directly associated with a specific personal identity. The Company may collect and analyze non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use the Company website.
The Company may gather aggregate information, which refers to information your computer automatically provides to us and that cannot be tied back to you as a specific individual. Examples include referral data (the websites you visited just before and just after our site), the pages viewed, time spent at our website, and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet. For example, when you request a page from one of our sites, our servers log your IP address to create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns and for purposes of system administration.
Every time you request or download a file from the website, the Company may store data about these events and your IP address in a log file. The Company may use this information to analyze trends, administer the website, track users' movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use or for other business purposes.
Most browser software can be set up to deal with cookies. You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to cookies. You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, certain functions and conveniences of our website may not work properly, and you may be unable to use those Company services that require registration in order to participate, or you will have to re-register each time you visit our site. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the 'Help' section of the toolbar. We do not link non-personal information from cookies to personally identifiable information without your permission.
The Company's website may also use web beacons to collect non-personal information about your use of our website and the websites of selected sponsors and advertisers, your use of special promotions or newsletters and other activities. The information collected by web beacons allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our website and selected sponsors' sites; how many people open our emails; and for what purposes these actions are being taken. Our web beacons are not used to track your activity outside of our website or those of our sponsors. The Company does not link non-personal information from web beacons to personally identifiable information without your permission.
Personal information is information that is associated with your name or personal identity. The Company uses personal information to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service. On some Company web pages, you may be able to request information, subscribe to mailing lists, participate in online discussions, collaborate on documents, provide feedback, submit information into registries, register for events, apply for membership, or join technical committees or working groups. The types of personal information you provide to us on these pages may include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, user IDs, passwords, billing information, or credit card information.
Members-Only Web Site
Information you provide on the Company membership application is used to create a member profile, and some information may be shared with other Company individual member representatives and organizations. Member contact information may be provided to other members on a secure website to encourage and facilitate collaboration, research, and the free exchange of information among Company members. The Company's members are automatically added to Company-member mailing lists. From time to time, member information may be shared with event organizers and/or other organizations that provide additional benefits to Company members. By providing us with your personal information on the membership application, you expressly consent to our storing, processing, and distributing your information for these purposes.
Company information is information that is associated with the name and address of member organizations and may include data about usage and service operation. The primary representative of any Company member organization may request usage reports to gauge the extent of their employees' involvement in consortium activities. You should be aware that information regarding your participation in technical committees or working groups, for example, may be made available to your company's primary representative and to Company staff members.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
The Company may use non-personal data that is aggregated for reporting about Company website usability, performance, and effectiveness. It may be used to improve the experience, usability, and content of the site.
The Company may use personal information to provide services that support the activities of Company members and their collaboration on company specifications. When accessing Company members-only web pages, your personal user information may be tracked by the Company in order to support collaboration, ensure authorized access, and enable communication between members.
Currently, all credit card payment processing services are provided by a third-party payment service, on a third-party website, and a management company external to the Company provides support for the Company's financial activities. Accordingly, the Company does not currently gather any credit card information from its website visitors. If the Company collects credit card information from visitors in the future, for example, to facilitate membership applications or to enable visitors to purchase products or services from our website, such information will not be kept longer than necessary for providing the services requested, such information will be used only for processing payments and not for other purposes, and the Company may share your personal information with its partners to facilitate such payment transactions.
In keeping with our open process, the Company may maintain publicly accessible archives for the vast majority of our activities. For example, posting an email to any Company-hosted mail list or discussion forum, subscribing to a Company newsletter or registering for one of our public meetings may result in your email address becoming part of the publicly accessible archives.
If you are a registered member of the Company, you should be aware that some items of your personal information may be visible to other Company members and to the public. The Company member database may retain information about your name, e-mail address, company affiliation (if an organizational member), and such other personal address and identifying data as you choose to supply. That data may be generally visible to other Company members and to the public. Your name, e-mail address, and other information you may supply also may be associated in the Company's publicly accessible records with the Company'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 Company's e-mail lists, which also may be public.
Please remember that 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 Company, personal information may be visible to persons outside your country of residence, including 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 statement is in conflict with applicable local rules, you should not submit your information. If you are located within the European Union, you should note that your information will be transferred to the United States, which is deemed by the European Union to have inadequate data protection. Nevertheless, in accordance with local laws implementing European Union Directive 95/46/EC of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data ("EU Privacy Directive"), individuals located in countries outside of the United States of America who submit personal information do thereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this Privacy Statement and to its transfer to and/or storage in the United States of America.
If you do not want your personal information collected and used by the Company, please do not visit the Company's website or apply for membership.
Access to and Accuracy of Member Information
The Company is 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 at the GlobalPlatform Secretariat. 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 Company'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.
The Company makes 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 on any website, including this one. 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 Company members and to the public. The Company assumes no liability for the interception, alteration, or misuse of the information you provide. You alone are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please use care when use access this website and provide personal information.
If you have subscribed to receive specification updates by email from the GlobalPlatform website home page, then you may, from time to time receive 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.
Questions about this Privacy Statement can be directed to the GlobalPlatform Secretariat.