Read below for specific details related to privacy and cookies on IEEE websites.
General. Except as noted below, this policy takes precedence over and supersedes any other policy concerning the treatment of personal information that we may collect from your use of the websites and your interactions with IEEE offline.
Personal information. This policy covers the following personal information that IEEE collects through your use of the websites and in connection with offline interactions. Specifically, we may collect this information from offline and online registrations and forms, communications and interactions, and sales inquiries and transactions. IEEE also may use third-party sources, such as opt-in lists, as specified below.
Embedded URLs. IEEE may use a tracking technique that employs embedded URLs to allow use of the site without cookies. Embedded URLs allow limited information to follow you as you navigate the site, but is not associated with personal information and is not used beyond the session.
Embedded pixels. IEEE may use embedded pixel technologies on selected pages for the purposes of identifying unique user visits to the websites, as opposed to aggregate hits, and to identify the pages viewed. We may also use embedded pixel technologies to determine whether the recipient of an email has opened a particular message. The information provided by these technologies may be re-associated with personal information by IEEE.
IEEE uses (and, where specified, shares) your personal information for the following purposes:
To engage in transactions. IEEE may use personal information such as name, physical address, telephone number, email address. and company/institution to engage in transactions with you, including contacting you about your order, subscription, or membership.
To process transactions. IEEE may use financial/credit card and payment information to process your order. IEEE may need to share some of this information with delivery services, credit card clearing houses, and other third parties to complete the transaction.
To provide support or other services. IEEE may use your personal information to provide you with support or other services that you have ordered or requested. In addition, IEEE may use your personal information to respond to your inquiries or requests for information.
To tailor marketing to your needs and respond to your requests. IEEE may use your personal information to provide you with notices of new product releases and service developments. IEEE also may use your personal information to respond directly to your requests for information, including registrations for newsletters or other specific requests, or pass your contact information to the appropriate IEEE distributor or reseller for further follow-up related to your interests.
To select content, improve quality and facilitate use of the websites. IEEE may use your personal information, including the information gathered as a result of site navigation and electronic protocols and cookies (including third-party cookies), to help create and personalize website content, facilitate your use of the websites (for example, to facilitate navigation and the login process, avoid duplicate data entry, enhance security, keep track of shopping cart additions and preserve order information between sessions), improve website quality, track marketing campaign responsiveness and evaluate page response rates.
To assess usage of IEEE products and services. IEEE may track your usage of IEEE products and services (e.g., IEEE Xplore) to determine your level of usage, and those usage statistics may be made available to IEEE’s content licensors and your company/institution.
To communicate with you about a conference or event. We or our business associates may communicate with you about a conference or event hosted or co-sponsored by IEEE or one of our business associates. This may include information about the event's content, event logistics, payment, updates, and additional information related to the event. Information you provide when registering for or participating in a conference managed or co-sponsored by parties other than or in addition to IEEE may be shared with those parties, and the treatment of such information is further subject to the privacy policies of those parties. IEEE and its conference co-sponsors may contact you after the event about the event and related products and services. Please note that IEEE conference co-sponsors, exhibitors, and other third parties may directly request your personal information at their conference booths or presentations. Providing your information to them is optional, and you should review their privacy policies to address your particular needs and concerns about how they will treat your personal information.
To comply with legal requirements. IEEE may disclose your personal information to comply with laws, court orders, litigation or other legal process, and/or in response to requests from governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our rights or protect our operations or users.
As part of a merger or acquisition. IEEE may disclose your personal information to a successor or acquiring entity as part of a merger, acquisition, reorganization or other transaction involving all or substantially all of IEEE’s assets.
IEEE may share your personal information with agents, contractors and volunteers of IEEE in order to perform the functions listed above.
Membership directories. IEEE memberNet is an online directory and search tool that allows members to connect with other members. This tool can be utilized by members seeking peers who share a common technical interest, membership, or affinity. IEEE memberNet is only available to active IEEE members. Each member has control over the profile information that can be displayed about them in memberNet. All profile information can be made searchable to the rest of the IEEE membership via the memberNet opt-in preferences.
Sharing of membership information. From time to time, we may share the IEEE membership email lists, in part or as a whole, with other engineering societies and carefully selected third-party organizations who may provide you with information on technical products and services related to your profession, or that we otherwise believe is useful to our members. In addition, the mailing lists may be used in connection with informing you about IEEE services, products, conferences, meetings, and events. You may instruct us to not share your email address with third parties by indicating this preference on your membership application when you join IEEE, on your renewal form when you renew your membership, or by setting the preferences via your member profile page. Your choice to opt-out of third party mailings is effective until the next annual renewal date and you must select the mailing lists opt-out option on your renewal form to keep the opt-out in effect.
Customization of online services. There are IEEE online services that allow for the customization of end user preferences. The user interfaces for some of these services may allow members to create customized views that grant them access to information relating to Society memberships and subscriptions, connecting with their local section, finding upcoming conferences, reading the latest IEEE news, and more. To access these services, your IEEE Account is required for authentication and authorization purposes. Depending on the service, you may be allowed to choose and configure portlets to be displayed when you log in, and you may be able to customize whether and how online directories and search tools share your membership status or information with other IEEE members.
IEEE memberNet customization. You may customize whether and how IEEE memberNet, IEEE’s online directory and search tool, shares your membership status with other IEEE members. Please refer to the membership directories section below.
Opting out. From time to time, IEEE may send you emails containing information about products or services that may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive further emails from IEEE that are promotional in nature, you may follow the opt-out instructions included in the email. Some non-marketing communications are not subject to general opt-out, such as communications related to your IEEE membership; product downloads; sales transactions; product and service updates; event registrations; changes to the IEEE Constitution, By-Laws, or Policies; election information for IEEE Societies and administrative bodies; and surveys.
Your California privacy rights. Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83 (also known as S.B. 27), if you are a California resident and your business relationship with IEEE is primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, you may request certain data regarding IEEE’s disclosure, if any, of personal information to third parties for the third-parties’ direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Request for California Privacy Information" in the subject line. You may make such a request up to once per calendar year. If applicable, we will provide you, by email, a list of the categories of personal information disclosed to third parties for their direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the third parties' names and addresses. Please note that not all personal information sharing is covered by S.B. 27's requirements.
Transfer of information to other countries. IEEE’s processing of the information that it collects may involve the transfer of that information to various countries around the world. By submitting your information to IEEE via the websites, or in connection with your interactions with IEEE offline, you consent to such transfers and to the processing of this information in various countries around the world.
Policy updates. Changes to this policy require the approval of the IEEE Executive Director. The updated version of this policy will be effective upon its posting on the IEEE website on this web page. Please check this page to review the most up-to-date version of this policy.