OpenCAPI Consortium Online Privacy Statement

Your privacy is important to the OpenCAPI Consortium. Our goal is to provide you with a personalized online experience that provides you with the information, resources, and services that are most relevant and helpful to you. This OpenCAPI Consortium Online Privacy Statement (the “Privacy Statement”) has been written to describe the conditions under which this web site and other online OpenCAPI resources (the “Web site”) are being made available to you. The Privacy Statement discusses, among other things, how data obtained during your visit to this Web site may be collected and used. We strongly recommend that you read the Privacy Statement carefully. By using this Web site, you agree to be bound by the terms of this Privacy Statement. If you do not accept the terms of the Privacy Statement, you are directed to discontinue accessing or otherwise using the Web site or any materials obtained from it. If you are dissatisfied with the Web site, contact us at; otherwise, you should disconnect from this site and refrain from visiting the site in the future. (Note that, even if you stop using this Web site, you have certain rights regarding use of your personal data, which are described below.)


The process of maintaining a Web site is an evolving one, and the OpenCAPI Consortium may decide at some point in the future, without advance notice, to modify the terms of this Privacy Statement. Your use of the Web site, or materials obtained from the Web site, indicates your assent to the Privacy Statement at the time of such use. The effective Privacy Statement will be posted on the Web site, and you should check upon every visit for any changes.

Sites Covered by this Privacy Statement

 This Privacy Statement applies to all OpenCAPI-maintained Web sites, domains, information portals, registries and other online resources, and OpenCAPI Consortium may from time to time require users of specific portals or other resources to agree to corresponding additional terms and conditions of the terms of this Privacy Statement conflict with such other terms and conditions, such other terms and conditions shall govern to the extent necessary to resolve such conflicts.

Children’s Privacy

 The OpenCAPI Consortium 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. The OpenCAPI Consortium does not intentionally collect information from children under the age of 16, and the OpenCAPI Consortium does not target its Web site to children.

Links to Non-OpenCAPI Consortium Web Sites

 The OpenCAPI Consortium’s Web site may provide links to third-party Web sites for the convenience of our users. If you access those links, you will leave the OpenCAPI Consortium’s Web site. The OpenCAPI Consortium does not control these third-party Web sites and cannot represent that their policies and practices will be consistent with this Privacy Statement. For example, other Web sites may collect or use personal information about you in a manner different from that described in this document. Therefore, you should use other Web sites with caution, and you do so at your own risk. We encourage you to review the privacy policy of any Web site before submitting personal information.


 Non-Personal Information

 Non-personal information is data about usage and service operation that is not directly associated with a specific personal identity. The OpenCAPI Consortium may collect and analyze non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use the OpenCAPI Consortium Web site.

Aggregate Information

 The OpenCAPI Consortium may gather aggregate information, which refers to information your computer automatically provides to us and which cannot be tied back to you as a specific individual. Examples include referral data (the Web sites you visited just before and just after our site), the pages viewed, and time spent at our Web site.


 Our site may use a feature of your browser to set a “cookie” on your computer. Cookies are small packets of information that a Web site’s computer stores on your computer. The OpenCAPI Consortium’s Web site can then read the cookies whenever you visit our site. We may use cookies in a number of ways, such as to save your password so you don’t have to re-enter it each time you visit our site, to deliver content specific to your interests and to track the pages you’ve visited. These cookies allow us to use the information we collect to customize your OpenCAPI Consortium experience so that your visit to our site is as relevant and as valuable to you as possible.

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 cookies, certain of the functions and conveniences of our Web site may not work properly, and you may be unable to use those OpenCAPI Consortium services that require registration in order to participate, or you will have to re-register each time you visit our site. 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.

Personal Information

 Personal information (“Personal Data”) is information that is associated with your name or personal identity. In general, the OpenCAPI Consortium uses personal information to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service. The specific uses for Personal Data collected on the site is described on the pages where such data is collected.  The types of personal information you provide to us on these pages may include name, address, phone number, email address, user IDs, passwords, and billing information. By providing this information, you are able to request and/or download information or materials, subscribe to mailing lists, participate in online discussions, collaborate on documents, provide feedback, submit information into registries, register for events, apply for participation or membership, or join technical committees or working groups.  We collect this information so we can contact you or send you requested materials (such as with requested documents or subscriptions to mailing lists) and to identify you to us or others (such as applications to register for events or join committees, or to participate in online discussions), and to bill you for requested services or materials. You may always elect not to provide your Personal Data to us, but that will limit your ability to participate in these activities or benefit from these services.

Personal Data will not be kept for longer than is necessary for the purpose(s) for which it was collected, and in general, we will retain this information as long as you are a member of the Consortium.  In some cases it is not possible for us to specify in advance the periods for which your personal data will be retained. In such cases, we will determine the period of retention based on current membership.  Notwithstanding this, we may retain your Personal Data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another person.

Restricted Web Sites and Portals

 Information you provide in connection with applying for participation or membership is used to create a corresponding participating organization or member profile, and may be shared with other OpenCAPI Consortium member or participant representatives and organizations. Such information may be provided to other participants or members on a secure Web site to encourage and facilitate collaboration, research, and the free exchange of information. OpenCAPI Consortium participants and members automatically are added to applicable OpenCAPI Consortium mailing lists. From time to time, participant and member information may be shared with event organizers and/or other organizations that provide additional benefits to OpenCAPI Consortium participants or members. By providing us with your personal information, you expressly consent to our storing, processing, and distributing such information for these purposes.

Company Information

 Company information is information that is associated with the name and address of OpenCAPI Consortium participant or member organizations and may include data about usage and service operation. The primary representative of any such organization may request usage reports to gauge the extent of their employees’ involvement in consortium activities. You should be aware that information regarding your participation in technical committees or working groups, for example, may be made available to your company’s primary representative and to OpenCAPI Consortium staff members.


 The OpenCAPI Consortium may use non-personal data that is aggregated for reporting about OpenCAPI Consortium Web site usability, performance, and effectiveness. It may be used to improve the experience, usability, and content of the site.

The OpenCAPI Consortium may use personal information to offer or provide services that support its activities or those of OpenCAPI Consortium participants or members, and their collaboration with OpenCAPI Consortium, or to provide you with electronic newsletters, announcements, surveys or other information. When accessing restricted OpenCAPI Consortium Web pages and portals, your personal user information may be tracked in order to support collaboration, ensure authorized access, and enable communication among participants or members.

Information Sharing

 The OpenCAPI Consortium does not sell, rent, or lease any individual’s personal information or lists of email addresses to anyone for marketing purposes, and we take commercially reasonable steps to maintain the security of this information. However, the OpenCAPI Consortium reserves the right to supply any such information to any organization into which the OpenCAPI Consortium may merge in the future or to  which it may make any transfer in order to enable a third party to continue part or all of the Council’s mission. We also reserve the right to release personal information to the appropriate authorities to protect our systems or business, when we reasonably believe you to be in violation of our Terms of Use or if we reasonably believe you to have initiated or participated in any illegal activity. In addition, please be aware that in certain circumstances, the OpenCAPI Consortium may be obligated to release your personal information pursuant to judicial or other government subpoenas, warrants, or other orders.

In keeping with our open process, the OpenCAPI Consortium may maintain publicly accessible archives for the vast majority of our activities. For example, posting an email message to any OpenCAPI Consortium-hosted mail list or discussion forum, subscribing to any OpenCAPI Consortium newsletter or registering for one of our public meetings may result in your email address becoming part of the publicly accessible archives.

If you are a OpenCAPI Consortium participant or member, you should be aware that some items of your personal information may be visible to other OpenCAPI Consortium participants and members, and to the public. The OpenCAPI Consortium participant and member databases may retain information about your name, email address, company affiliation and such other personal address and identifying data as you choose to supply. That data may be generally visible to other OpenCAPI Consortium participants or members, and to the public. Your name, email  address, and other information you may supply also may be associated in the OpenCAPI Consortium’s publicly accessible records with the OpenCAPI Consortium’s various committees, working groups, and similar activities that you join, in various places, including: (i) the permanently-posted attendance and other 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 the OpenCAPI Consortium’s email lists, which also may be public.

Please remember that any information (including personal information) that you disclose in public areas of our Web site, such as forums, message boards, and news groups, 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.

Given the international scope of the OpenCAPI Consortium, personal information may be visible to persons outside your country of residence, including to persons in countries that your own country’s privacy laws and regulations deem deficient in ensuring an adequate level of protection for such information. If you are unsure whether this privacy statement is in conflict with applicable local rules, you should not submit your information. If you are located within the European Union, you should note that your information will be transferred to the United States, which is deemed by the European Union to have inadequate data protection. Nevertheless, in accordance with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation, individuals located in countries outside of the United States of America who submit personal information do thereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this Privacy Statement and to its transfer to and/or storage in the United States of America.

Your Personal Data will never be used for direct marketing purposes, although we may contact you to follow up on a request you made for information about a service, event or activity we provide.

If you do not want your personal information collected and used by the OpenCAPI Consortium, please do not visit the OpenCAPI Consortium’s Web site or apply for participation status.

Access to and Accuracy of Information

 The OpenCAPI Consortium is committed to keeping the personal information of our participating and member organizations accurate. All the information you have submitted to us can be verified and changed. In order to do this, please email us a request at membership@opencapi.orgWe may provide participants and/or members with online access to their own personal profiles, enabling them to update or delete information at any time. To protect your privacy and security, we also may take reasonable steps to verify identity, such as requiring a user ID and password, before access to modify personal profile data. Certain areas of the OpenCAPI Consortium’s Web sites may limit access to specific individuals with passwords or other personal identifiers; a password prompt is your indication that a restricted resource is being accessed.


 The OpenCAPI Consortium uses a variety of means to protect personal information provided by users of the Web site, 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 Web site, including this one. Much of the personal information is used in conjunction with participation and/or member-level services such as collaboration and discussion, so some types of personal information such as your name, company affiliation, and email address will be visible to other the OpenCAPI Consortium participants or members, and to the public. The OpenCAPI Consortium assumes no liability for the interception, alteration, use or misuse of the information you provide. You alone are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please use care when you access this Web site and provide personal information.

Opting Out

 From time to time, the OpenCAPI Consortium 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 the electronic newsletters and announcements.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance

If you are a resident of or are located in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), you may also have certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).  Personal Data you provide on any of the OpenCAPI Consortium’s site is only collected with your consent, and may be transmitted outside of the EEA to the OpenCAPI Consortium (or computer servers maintained for the benefit of the OpenCAPI Consortium) pursuant to that consent.

In general, under the GDPR you may:

  • request access to your Personal Data
  • have incomplete or incorrect data corrected
  • have your Personal Data deleted
  • suspend or restrict our use of your Personal Data, or withdraw your consent
  • request a copy of your Personal Data
  • complain to a supervisory authority if you believe your rights under the GDPR are not being respected

Should you request a copy of your Personal Data, we will supply to you a copy of your personal data. The first copy will be provided free of charge, but additional copies may be subject to a reasonable fee.  Should you request the deletion of your Personal Data, OpenCAPI Consortium will generally do so as soon as practicable, although your right to have your Personal Data deleted is subject to exceptions, such as, for example, compliance with a legal obligation or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your habitual residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.

Contact if you have concerns regarding your Personal Data, or wish to exercise any of these listed rights.

Note that, if you are in the EEA, we may transfer your Personal Data outside of the EEA, including to the United States.  By way of example, this may happen if your Personal Data is transferred to our servers located in a country outside of the EEA. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the EEA. By submitting your Personal Data, you are agreeing to this transfer, storing or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EEA in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this policy.

Contacting Us

 Questions about this Privacy Statement can be directed to