Welcome to IMS!
Your privacy is important to us. Our goal is to offer you with a personalized online experience that provides you with the information, resources and services that are most relevant and helpful to you. IMS provides its services using a commercially reasonable level of skills and care and we hope that you will enjoy using them.
IMS 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. IMS recognizes that children may not be able to make informed choices about giving out personally identifiable information. IMS does not knowingly collect information from minors, and IMS does not target its Website to children under the age of 16.
Links to Non-IMS Websites
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. IMS may collect and analyze non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use our Website.
IMS 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 Website), the pages viewed, and time spent at our Website.
Every time you request or download a ﬁle from our Website, IMS may store data about these events and your internet protocol (“IP”) address in a log ﬁle. IMS may use this information to analyze trends, administer our Website, track users’ movements and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use or for other business purposes.
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 our Website, our servers log your IP address to create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns and for purposes of system administration.
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 all cookies, certain of the functions and conveniences of our Website may not work properly, and you may be unable to use those IMS’ services that require registration in order to participate, or you will have to re-register each time you visit our Website. 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.
IMS’ Website also may use web beacons to collect non-personal information about your use of our Website and the websites of selected sponsors or users, 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’ websites, 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 or business partners. IMS 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. IMS may use personal information to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service if applicable. On IMS’ Website, 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 the Website may include name, address, phone number, email address, user IDs, passwords, billing information, credit card information, or IP addresses.
Information you provide on IMS’ membership applications, if applicable, is used to create a member proﬁle, and some information may be shared with other of IMS’ 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 IMS’ members, but we expressly prohibit members from utilizing other member contact information to send unsolicited commercial correspondence. IMS’ members may be automatically added to IMS’ mailing lists. From time to time, member information may be shared with event organizers and/or other organizations that provide additional beneﬁts to IMS’ members. By providing us with your personal information on a membership application, you expressly consent to our storing, processing, and distributing your information for these purposes.
How We Use Your Information
IMS may use non-personal data that is aggregated for reporting about our Website usability, performance, and effectiveness. It may be used to improve the experience, usability, and content of the Website.
IMS may use personal information to provide services that support the activities of IMS’ users and their collaboration on IMS’ standards and projects. When accessing IMS’ users-only Website, your personal information may be tracked by IMS in order to support collaboration, ensure authorized access and enable communication between users.
If applicable, credit card information may be collected to facilitate membership applications or if you purchase a product or service from our Website. Such information will not be kept longer than necessary for providing the product or 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 IMS may provide support for the ﬁnancial activities of IMS. IMS may share your personal information with its advertising partners to facilitate these transactions.
Information Sharing: Legal Protection and Other Disclosures
In keeping with our open process, we may maintain publicly accessible archives for the majority of our activities. For example, posting an email to any of IMS-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 websites, anonymous users may be allowed to post content and/or participate in forum discussions. In such a case, since no user name can be associated with such a user, the IP address number of a user is used as an identiﬁer. If applicable, when posting content or messages on our Website anonymously, your IP address may be revealed to the public.
If you are a registered member of our Website or email list, you should be aware that some items of your personal information may be visible to other users and to the public. IMS’ member databases 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 visible to other of IMS’ members and to the public. Your personal and non-personal information you may supply also may be associated in IMS’ publicly accessible records with IMS’ 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 IMS’ email 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, as applicable, 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.
Your personal and non-personal information will be transferred to and processed by IMS where the privacy laws may not provide an equivalent level of protection to those in your home country. By using our Website, and providing personal information to our Website, all users, including without limitation users in the member states of the European Union, fully understand and consent to the transfer of your personal information to, and its processing by, IMS.
If you do not want your personal or non-personal information collected and used by IMS, please do not visit our Website or apply for subscription/membership to our Website or our email lists.
Access to and Accuracy of User Information
IMS is committed to keeping the personal information of our users accurate. All of 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 users with online access to their own personal proﬁles, enabling them to update or delete information at any time. To protect our users’ privacy and security, we also may take reasonable steps to verify a user’s identity, such as a user ID and password, before granting access to modify personal proﬁle data. Certain areas of our Website may limit access to speciﬁc individuals through the use of passwords or other personal identiﬁers; a password prompt is your indication that a user-only resource is being accessed.
Please keep in mind that search engines and other third parties may still retain copies of your public information, like your profile information, even after you have deleted the information from our services or deactivated your account.
Security / Liability
IMS makes every effort to protect our users’ personal information on our 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 user services such as collaboration and discussion, so some types of personal information such as your name, company affiliation, and email address may be visible to other IMS’ users. IMS 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 our Website and provide personal information.
THE WEBSITE AND WEBSITE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” “WITH ALL FAULTS,” AND “AS AVAILABLE” AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW. IMS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IMS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF, OR THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN OUR WEBSITE AND WEBSITE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT OUR WEBSITE AND WEBSITE SERVICES OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES THEM AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT OUR WEBSITE, WEBSITE SERVICES OR SERVER DO NOT VIOLATE ANY PATENT OR OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF ANY PERSON. IMS DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE WEBSITE AND WEBSITE SERVICES IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE.
Limitation of Liability
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL IMS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, OUR WEBSITE OR THE WEBSITE SERVICES, EVEN IF IMS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. WHILE IMS TAKES PRECAUTIONS AGAINST SECURITY BREACHES, NO WEBSITE OR INTERNET TRANSMISSION IS COMPLETELY SECURE, AND AS SUCH, IMS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, HACKING, DATA LOSS, OR OTHER BREACHES THAT MAY OCCUR. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO THE USER. IN NO EVENT SHALL IMS’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO THE USER FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY THE USER TO IMS, IF ANY, FOR ACCESSING OUR WEBSITE.
Applicable Law / Jurisdiction / Other
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein and to the maximum extent permitted by the Applicable Law, IMS advertising partners hereby irrevocably waive any right or remedy to seek and/or obtain injunctive or other equitable relief or any order with respect to, and/or to enjoin or restrain or otherwise impair in any manner, the exploitation of any IMS project or services, or the use, publication or dissemination of any advertising or promotion in connection with such program, project or services. This provision shall remain in full force and effect notwithstanding any termination of your use of our Website or the Website services.
Business Uses of Our Services
From time to time IMS 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 such communications.