Unless specifically indicated within a Site, the Sites are not intended for minor children not of age (including without limitation those under 13), and they should not use the Sites. If you are under 18, you may use the Site only with involvement of a parent or guardian or if you are an emancipated minor. Except as specifically indicated within a Site, we do not knowingly collect or solicit information from, market to or accept services from children. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information without parental consent, we will take reasonable steps to remove such information and terminate the child’s account. If you become aware that a child has provided us with personally identifiable information without parental consent, please contact us at [email protected] so we may remove the information.
On the Sites, users may order products or services, and register to receive materials. Information collected on the Sites includes community forum content, diaries, profiles, photographs, names, unique identifiers (e.g., social media handles or usernames), contact and billing information (e.g., email address, postal address, telephone, fax), and transaction information. In order to access certain personalized services on the Sites, you may be asked to also create and store a username and password for an account from the Foundation.
In order to tailor the Foundation’s subsequent communications to users and continuously improve the Sites’ products and services, the Foundation may also ask users to provide information regarding their interests, demographics, experience and detailed contact preferences. The Foundation and third party advertising companies may track information concerning a user’s use of the Sites, such as a user’s IP address.
The Foundation may use collected information for any lawful purpose related to the Foundation’s business, including, but not limited to:
- To understand a user’s needs and create content that is relevant to the user;
- To generate statistical studies;
- To conduct market research and planning by sending user surveys;
- To notify user referrals of services, information, or products when a user requests that the Foundation send such information to referrals;
- To improve services, information, and products;
- To help a user complete a transaction, or provide services or customer support;
- To communicate back to the user;
- To update the user on services, information, and products;
- To personalize a Site for the user;
- To notify the user of any changes with a Site that may affect the user;
- To allow the user to purchase products, access services, or otherwise engage in activities the user selects.
A user will always be able to make the decision whether to proceed with any activity that requests personal information including personally identifiable information. If a user does not provide requested information, the user may not be able to complete certain transactions.
Users are not licensed to add other users to a Site (even users who entered into transactions with them) or to their mailing lists without written consent. The Foundation encourages users to evaluate privacy and security policies of any of the Sites’ transaction partners before entering into transactions or choosing to disclose information.
The Foundation may use (or provide to The Linux Foundation or other third party contractors to use) contact information received by the Foundation to email any user with respect to any Foundation or project of The Linux Foundation (a “Project”) opportunity, event or other matter.
If a user no longer wishes to receive emails from the Foundation or any Project or any Site, the Foundation will (or, if applicable, have The Linux Foundation) provide instructions in each of its emails on how to be removed from any lists. The Foundation will make commercially reasonable efforts to honor such requests.
Users may have the opportunity to submit photographs to the Sites for product promotions, contests, and other purposes to be disclosed at the time of request. In these circumstances, the Sites are designed to allow the public to view, download, save, and otherwise access the photographs posted. By submitting a photograph, users waive any privacy expectations users have with respect to the security of such photographs, and the Foundation’s use or exploitation of users’ likeness. You may submit a photograph only if you are the copyright holder or if you are authorized to do so under license by the copyright holder, and by submitting a photograph you agree to indemnify and hold the Foundation, its directors, officers, employees and agents harmless from any claims arising out of your submission. By submitting a photograph, you grant the Foundation a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to use the photograph in any media now known of hereinafter invented for any business purpose that the Foundation, at its sole discretion, may decide.
We may receive information when you use your account to log into a third-party site or application in order to recommend tailored content or advertising to you and to improve your user experience on our site. We may provide reports containing aggregated impression information to third parties to measure Internet traffic and usage patterns.
To purchase services, users may be asked to be directed to a third party site, such as PayPal, to pay for their purchases. If applicable, the third party site may collect payment information directly to facilitate a transaction. The Foundation will only record the result of the transaction and any references to the transaction record provided by the third party site. The Foundation is not responsible for the services provided or information collected on such third party sites.
To keep your information safe, prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, the Foundation implements industry-standard physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information the Foundation collects. However, the Foundation does not guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never defeat measures taken to prevent improper use of personally identifiable information.
Access to users’ nonpublic personally identifiable information is restricted to the Foundation and Linux Foundation personnel, including contractors for each such organization on a need-to-know basis.
User passwords are keys to accounts. Use unique numbers, letters, and special characters for passwords and do not disclose passwords to other people in order to prevent loss of account control. Users are responsible for all actions taken in their accounts. Notify the Foundation of any password compromises, and change passwords periodically to maintain account protection.
In the event the Foundation becomes aware that the security of a Site has been compromised or user’s personally identifiable information has been disclosed to unrelated third parties as a result of external activity, including but not limited to security attacks or fraud, the Foundation reserves the right to take reasonable appropriate measures, including but not limited to, investigation and reporting, and notification to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities.
While our aim is to keep data from unauthorized or unsafe access, modification or destruction, no method of transmission on the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
The California Online Privacy Protection Action (“CalOPPA”) permits customers who are California residents and who have provided the Foundation with “personal information” as defined in CalOPPA to request certain information about the disclosure of information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident with a question regarding this provision, please contact [email protected].
Please note that the Foundation does not respond to “do not track” signals or other similar mechanisms intended to allow California residents to opt-out of Internet tracking under CalOPPA. The Foundation may track and/or disclose your online activities over time and across different websites to third parties when you use our services.
You must promptly notify us if you become aware that any information provided by or submitted to our Site or through our Product is lost, stolen, or used without permission at [email protected].
If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy at the Foundation, please send us a detailed message to [email protected].