IEEE Privacy Policy

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated, including all of its Societies, Chapters, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions and other organizational units (collectively, “IEEE” or “we”), respects your preferences concerning the treatment of personal information that we may collect from your use of the and other IEEE Web sites (collectively, the “Web sites”) and your interactions with IEEE offline. In accordance with IEEE Policies, Section 12.9 IEEE Privacy Policy Statement, this policy lets you know how we collect and use your personal information, and how you can control its use. It describes the broadest potential use of personal information throughout the Web sites and in offline interactions that is consistent with the terms of this policy. However, please note that we may make far less use of your personal information.

Precedence of this policy

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 Web sites and your interactions with IEEE offline.Exceptions. It may be necessary for some IEEE Web sites to treat your personal information differently from the ways addressed by this policy. Accordingly, in the event of any conflict between this policy and the privacy policy posted at the following IEEE Web sites, the policy posted at the following IEEE Web sites shall govern: IEEE Job Site.

Cookies and personal information

Personal information. This policy covers the following personal information that IEEE collects through your use of the Web sites 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.

  • Contact information, such as name, physical address, telephone number, e-mail address, and company/institution. The majority of the information collected under this category is business contact information.
  • Transactional information, including information about the products and services you request, purchase, access, or download.
  • User preferences, such as product requirements, areas of industry interest, and other information you select in your profile when registering for and using your IEEE Account, or as indicated by your use of the Web sites.
  • Financial/credit card and payment information.
  • Event and conference participation information.
  • Usage statistics relating to your use of IEEE products and services.

Electronic communications protocols and cookies.
In addition to the information specified above, we may collect information about your use of the Web sites through electronic communications protocols and cookies. As is true when you visit most Web sites, IEEE may automatically receive information from you as part of the communication connection itself, which often consists of network routing information (where you came from), equipment information (browser type) and date and time. IEEE also uses cookies, embedded URLs, embedded pixels and other similar technologies to capture additional information.

IEEE cookies.
IEEE’s server will query your browser to see if there are “cookies” previously set by the Web sites. A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a Web server to store with a Web browser so that it can later be read back from that browser. Cookies on the Web sites may collect a unique identifier, user preferences, and profile information and membership information. IEEE also uses cookies to collect general usage and volume statistical information that does not include personally identifiable information. Some cookies may remain on a user’s computer after the user leaves the Web site. While we do not offer an opt-out for cookies, browsers provide you with information and control over cookies. You can set your browser to alert you when a cookie is being used, and accept or reject the cookie. You can also set your browser to refuse all cookies or accept only cookies returned to the originating servers. Users can generally disable the cookie feature on their browser without affecting their ability to use the Web sites, except in some cases where cookies are used as an essential security feature necessary for completing transactions.