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ICONS Privacy Statement

Introduction

The ICONS web site is jointly operated by APNIC, [AfriNIC], and SANOG ("the ICONS partners"). The ICONS partners respect your privacy and are committed to protecting the personal information that you provide. This privacy statement describes how the ICONS partners collect, use, and protect your personal information.

This privacy statement applies to the ICONS web site only.

How your personal information is collected and used

The ICONS partners collect from the ICONS web site only that personal information necessary to administer the ICONS web site. The main purposes for collecting data are:

  • to support self-managed individual user accounts on the site
  • to support responsible communications between site members, including comments on web pages and other social networking functions
  • to monitor technical performance and usage statistics on the web site.

Each of these purposes is described below.

To support self-managed individual user accounts on the site

Visitors to the ICONS web site may choose to register their own user account. The only information required to register an account is name, username, password, email address, and the economy in which the user is located.

Any additional information which you may provide is entirely voluntary. The ICONS web site gives you the ability to manage whether certain elements of your personal profile information are made public or not.

From time to time, the ICONS partners may use the email address you supplied to send you messages specifically about the ICONS web site, but we will not use the contact information in ICONS to create any additional mailing lists.

To support responsible communications between site members, including comments on web pages and other social networking functions

One of the roles of the ICONS partners is to provide a open forum where the Internet community can discuss, develop, and learn about Internet technologies and policies.

On the ICONS web site, you may choose to contribute content,  comment on content submitted by others, or use the site’s social networking functions to make contact with other members.

All of these activities are voluntary and self-managed.

To monitor technical performance and usage statistics on the web site

The ICONS partners log certain technical data from visits to the ICONS web site.

The ICONS partners do not attempt to personally identify people who browse the web sites, or build profiles of their browsing patterns.

The ICONS partners use this information only to analyse how the site is being used and how it performs. This is needed to maintain and develop services.

In cases where the site is abused or attacked, the ICONS partners may use the logged information to investigate the incidents or to deny further access to those responsible.

Protecting your information

The ICONS partners are committed to protecting the confidentiality and security of information collected on the ICONS web site.

Staff members and contractors with administrative access to the site are required to sign non-disclosure agreements relating to any confidential information.

In addition, the network and computing infrastructure which supports the ICONS site is maintained with a high level of physical security and protection.

Data sharing and transfer

The ICONS partners do not share the personal information you provide to the ICONS web site with any other organisations or individuals, except in accordance with the privacy settings you manage yourself in your user account.

The ICONS partners do not use this personal information for any purpose not directly related to the ICONS web site.

It is possible that other organisations may join the current ICONS partners in administering and promoting the ICONS web site; however, this would be subject to the new partners accepting the same standards of confidentiality and data protection currently used.

Accessing and changing your information

If you maintain an account in the ICONS web site, then you may modify your personal information at any time, using the web interfaces provided on the site.

Your account is protected by a password. The ICONS partners advise you to select a good quality password and change it regularly to prevent unauthorised access to your account.

If you have any other concerns about any of your personal information on the ICONS web site, please contact the ICONS partners using the Contact Usform on the ICONS web site.

Changes to this privacy statement

The ICONS partners may amend this statement from time to time. If there are any substantial changes, they will be announced on the ICONS web site.

Questions or suggestions

If you have questions or concerns about the issues discussed, please contact us.

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 April 2007 )

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