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Privacy Policy

IVI Foundation Online Privacy Statement

Your privacy is important to IVI Foundation. 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 web site is being made available to you. The Privacy Statement discusses, among other things, how data obtained during your visit to this web site may be collected and used. The Privacy Statement also discusses important limitations about the way you may use materials you find on the web site. Read the Privacy Statement carefully. By using this web site, you will be deemed to have accepted the terms of this Statement. If you do not accept the terms of the Privacy Statement, you are directed to discontinue accessing or otherwise using the web site or any materials obtained from it.

The process of maintaining a web site is an evolving one, and IVI Foundation may decide at some point in the future, without advance notice, to modify the Privacy Statement. Your use of the web site, or materials obtained from the web site, indicates your assent to the Privacy Statement at the time of such use. The effective Privacy Statement will be posted on the web site, and you should check this site regularly for any changes.

Sites Covered by this Privacy Statement

This Privacy Statement applies to all IVI Foundation-maintained web sites, domains, information portals, and registries.

The Materials on the Web Site are Provided ‘As-Is”

The materials on this site are provided ‘as is” to visitors. IVI Foundation does not represent that the materials are complete, up-to-date, error-free, or applicable to your situation. For example, an article published on the web site may not cover all aspects of a given topic, may not reflect the most recent technological developments, or may otherwise fail to give an accurate picture of how the content provided relates to your particular circumstance.

IVI Foundation’s web site may provide links to third-party web sites for the convenience of our users. If you access those links, you will leave IVI Foundation’s web site. IVI Foundation does not control these third-party websites and cannot represent that their policies and practices will be consistent with this Privacy Statement. For example, other web sites may collect or use personal information about you in a manner different from that described in this document. Finally, materials available through third-party web sites may be protected from unauthorized copying and dissemination by U.S. copyright law, trademark law, international conventions, and other intellectual property laws, and the usage of such materials may be subject to limitations that are more or less restrictive than those expressed herein. Therefore, you should use other web sites with caution, and you do so at your own risk. We encourage you to review the privacy policy of any web site before submitting personal information.

You can use materials authored by us that you find on this web site, with certain restrictions.

There are two types of materials that are accessible through this site: materials hosted at this site, and materials that you view as a result of following the links that exist at this site. The rules are different for each type of material, as follows:

  • Information Hosted at Linked Sites

    We do not have the right to grant you permission of any kind with respect to materials found at linked sites. You should assume that all materials found at such sites are protected from unauthorized copying and dissemination by U.S. copyright law, trademark law, international conventions, and other intellectual property laws, unless clearly indicated to the contrary. Any rights that you may have to make any use of materials found at linked sites, other than viewing the material through your web browser, will be only as provided at the linked site.

  • Information Hosted at Our Web Site

    This web site and all materials owned by, or licensed to IVI Foundation also are protected from unauthorized copying and dissemination by U.S. copyright law, trademark law, international conventions, and other intellectual property laws. Subject to your full compliance with this Privacy Statement and any applicable further restrictions contained in the materials in question, however, you are allowed to view, copy and print the materials hosted at this web site for your own personal, legal, non-commercial use, as long as you retain any copyright, trademark and other similar notices on the materials and do not modify them in any way.

Children’s Privacy

IVI Foundation 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. IVI Foundation does not intentionally collect information from children under the age of 13, and IVI Foundation does not target its web site to children.


Non-Personal Information

Non-personal information is data about usage and service operation that is not directly associated with a specific personal identity. IVI Foundation may collect and analyze non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use the IVI Foundation web site.

Non-personal data we may collect may track pages visited on the IVI Foundation web site, web browser type and IP address, files downloaded, and referring web sites. IVI Foundation web pages may use ‘cookies” and other technologies for data analysis and personalization services. Cookies are pieces of information that we may place on your computer to help ‘personalize” your visit to the site. Cookies do not identify who you are or where you are. The cookie only tells us that you have visited the site before and may contain certain information about your prior visits. No cookie used by the web site collects or distributes personal information to third parties for marketing purposes.

Company Information

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 IVI Foundation member organization may request usage reports to gauge the extent of their employees’ involvement in consortium activities. Employees should be aware that information regarding their participation (e.g., IVI Foundation Technical Committees or Working Groups they join) is available to their Primary Representative and IVI Foundation staff.

Personal Information

Personal information is information that is associated with your name or personal identity. IVI Foundation uses personal information to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service.

On some IVI Foundation 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 Gathering

Access to various sections of the IVI Foundation web site may be restricted to members of the consortium. Access to these resources may be controlled by a user name and password; a password prompt is your indication that a members-only resource is being accessed.

How We Use Your Information

IVI Foundation may use non-personal data that is aggregated for reporting about IVI Foundation web site usability, performance, and effectiveness. It may be used to improve the experience, usability, and content of the site.

IVI Foundation may use personal information to provide services that support the activities of IVI Foundation members and their collaboration on IVI Foundation standards. When accessing IVI Foundation members-only web pages, your personal user information may be tracked by IVI Foundation in order to support collaboration, ensure authorized access, and enable communication between members.

Credit card information may be collected to facilitate membership applications; such information will not be kept longer than necessary for providing the services requested. Credit card numbers are used only for processing payment and are not used for other purposes. Payment processing services may be provided by a third-party payment service and a management company external to IVI Foundation may provide support for the financial activities of the consortium.

Information Sharing

IVI Foundation will not give away, share, 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, IVI Foundation reserves the right to supply any such information to any organization into which IVI Foundation 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. In addition, please be aware that in certain circumstances, it is possible that personal information may be subject to disclosure pursuant to judicial or other government subpoenas, warrants, or orders.

In keeping with our open process, IVI Foundation may maintain publicly accessible archives for the vast majority of our activities. For example, posting an email to any IVI Foundation-hosted mail list or discussion forum will result in your email address becoming part of the publicly accessible archives.

If you are a registered member of IVI Foundation, you should be aware that some items of your personal information may be visible to other IVI Foundation members and to the public. The IVI Foundation 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 IVI Foundation members and to the public. Your name, e-mail address, and other information you may supply, also may be associated in the IVI Foundation’s publicly accessible records with IVI Foundation’s various committees, working groups, and similar activities that you join, in various places, including: 1) the permanently-posted attendance and membership records of those activities; 2) documents generated by the activity, which may be permanently archived; and, 3) along with message content, in the permanent archives of IVI Foundation’s e-mail lists, which also may be public.

Given the international scope of IVI Foundation, 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 do not want your personal information collected and used by IVI Foundation, please do not visit IVI Foundation’s web site or apply for membership.

Access to and Accuracy of Member Information

IVI Foundation 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 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 IVI Foundation’s web sites may limit access to specific individuals through the use of passwords or other personal identifiers.

Keeping Your Information Secure

IVI Foundation makes every effort to protect personal information by users of the web site, 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 web site, 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 IVI Foundation members and to the public.

Opting Out

From time to time IVI Foundation 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.

Contacting Us

Questions about this Privacy Statement can be directed to