• Privacy


  • Privacy


  1. Collection and use of personal information
  2. What personal information the fib collects
  3. How the fib uses your personal information
  4. Collection and use of non-personal information
  5. Cookies and other technologies
  6. Disclosure to third parties
  7. Service providers
  8. Others
  9. Protection of personal information
  10. Third-party sites and services
  11. GDPR compliance
  12. Privacy questions

1. Collection and use of personal information

Personal information is data that can be used to uniquely identify or contact a single person.

You may be asked to provide your personal information anytime you are in contact with the fib. The fib and its affiliate member may share this personal information with each other and use it consistent with this Privacy Policy. They may also combine it with other information to provide and improve the fib's products, services, content, and advertising.

Following are some of the types of personal information the fib may collect and how the fib may use it.

2. What personal information the FIB collects

  • You agree that pictures taken at the fib meetings or the fib events can be used for the fib website or fib publications and news.
  • When you upload a picture you agree that the fib will be able to use the picture for its website or any other publication related to the fib.
  • When you purchase a product, download a product, register for an event, or participate in an online survey, the fib may collect a variety of information, including your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, contact preferences.

3. How the FIB uses your personal information

  • The fib may also use personal information for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to improve the fib’s products, services, and customer communications.
  • From time to time, the fib may use your personal information to send important notices, such as communications about purchases and changes to the fib terms, conditions, and policies. Because this information is important to your interaction with the fib, you may not opt out of receiving these communications.
  • The personal information fib collects allows the fib to keep you posted on its latest product announcements and upcoming events. It also helps the fib to improve its services, content, and advertising. If you don’t want to be on the fib mailing list, you can opt out anytime by updating your preferences.

4. Collection and use of non-personal information

The fib also collects non-personal information − data in a form that does not permit direct association with any specific individual. The fib may collect, use, transfer, and disclose non-personal information for any purpose. The following are some examples of non-personal information that the fib collects and how the fib may use it:

  • The fib may collect information such as occupation, language, zip code, area code, unique device identifier, location, and the time zone where the fib product is used so that the fib can better understand customer behavior and improve its products, services, and advertising.
  • The fib also may collect information regarding customer activities on its website. This information is aggregated and used to help the fib provide more useful information to its customers and to understand which parts of its website, products, and services are of most interest. Aggregated data is considered non-personal information for the purposes of this Privacy Policy.

If the fib does combine non-personal information with personal information the combined information will be treated as personal information for as long as it remains combined.

5. Cookies and other technologies

The fib’s website, online services, interactive applications, email messages, and advertisements may use “cookies” and other technologies such as pixel tags and web beacons. These technologies help the fib better understand user behavior, tell the fib which parts of its website people have visited, and facilitate and measure the effectiveness of advertisements and web searches. The fib treats information collected by cookies and other technologies as non-personal information. However, to the extent that Internet Protocol (IP) addresses or similar identifiers are considered personal information by local law, the fib also treats these identifiers as personal information. Similarly, to the extent that non-personal information is combined with personal information, the fib treats the combined information as personal information for the purposes of this Privacy Policy.

The fib also uses cookies and other technologies to remember personal information when you use its website, online services, and applications. The fib’s goal in these cases is to make your experience with the fib more convenient and personal. For example, knowing your country and language helps the fib to provide a customized and more useful shopping experience.

If you want to disable cookies and you’re using the Safari web browser, go to Safari preferences and then to the Security panel to disable cookies. For other browsers, check with your provider to find out how to disable cookies. Please note that certain features of the fib website will not be available once cookies are disabled.

6. Disclosure to third parties

At times the fib may make certain personal information available to fib National Member Groups or Conference organisers that work with the fib to provide products and services, or that help the fib market to customers.

7. Service providers

The fib does not share personal information with companies who provide services of any kind.

8. Others

It may be necessary − by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence − for the fib to disclose your personal information. The fib may also discloses information about you if the fib determines that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate.

The fib may also discloses information about you if the fib determines that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce its terms and conditions or protect its operations or users.

9. Protection of personal information

The fib takes precautions — including administrative, technical, and physical measures — to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft, and misuse, as well as against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.

The fib online services such as the fib Online Store use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on all web pages where personal information is collected. To make purchases from these services, you must use an SSL-enabled browser such as Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Doing so protects the confidentiality of your personal information while it’s transmitted over the Internet.

10. Third-party sites and services

The fib websites, products, applications, and services may contain links to third-party websites, products, and services. The fib's products and services may also use or offer products or services from third parties. Information collected by third parties, which may include such things as location data or contact details, is governed by their privacy practices. The fib encourages you to learn about the privacy practices of those third parties.

11. GDPR compliance

The fib enforces the application of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR (http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/reform/index_en.htm)).

Therefore, the fib does the following tasks:

  • The fib adopts Privacy by Design and by Default. According to the GDPR, it consists in particular of:
    • minimising the processing of personal data
    • pseudonymising personal data as soon as possible
    • transparency with regard to the functions and processing of personal data
    • enabling the data subject to monitor the data processing (on request)
    • enabling the controller to create and improve security features
  • Set up a process in case of data breaches
  • The fib gives the users the rights regarding their data:
    • Right of access
    • Right to be informed
    • Right to erase (on request)
    • Right of rectification
    • Right to object
    • Right to restrict processing
    • Right not to be subject to automated decision-making
    • Right to data portability, if needed.
  • The fib seeks consent in a lawful manner:
    • Do not use long illegible terms and conditions full of legalese
    • Request consent separately from other terms and conditions
    • Names the organisation and third parties
    • Makes sure people opt in
    • Avoid consent by default or pre-ticked boxes
    • Verify the individuals age for students and young engineers
    • Provide granular options to consent to nonessential processing, if needed
    • Keep records of when and how the individual gave their consent
  • Although it is not strictly needed, as the fib does not process regularly large-scale processing of sensitive data, there is a person in the fib secretariat that is responsible for the data.
  • Document the personal data that it holds

12. Privacy questions

If you have any questions or concerns about the fib’s Privacy Policy or data processing, please contact the fib at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The fib may update its Privacy Policy from time to time. When the fib changes the policy in a material way, a notice will be posted on our website along with the updated Privacy Policy.

fib postal address

Ch. du Barrage, Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne


p : +41 21 693 27 47
f : +41 21 693 62 45
e : info@fib-international.org
w : www.fib-international.org

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