IOE is committed to protecting your privacy, including that of IOE Members and IOE Affiliates, participants in IOE work, customers, visitors to the IOE websites and subscribers to IOE mailing lists. This privacy notice addresses how IOE processes and safeguards your personal data collected during registration on, or during use of, our websites and IT tools. IOE has taken appropriate organizational and technical measures to ensure that your personal data is protected.

Please note that IOE might also obtain your personal data from an IOE Member or IOE Affiliate. You agree that IOE may process your personal data so obtained.

Your personal data

In your interactions with IOE, you may be required to provide personal data such as your name and contact details, your professional title, affiliation and role, your payment information and other information that identifies or could identify you. The personal data that you provide will be used only for the purpose of IOE work (i.e. standardization and related activities) or for any other purpose to which you consent at the point of collection (the "Purpose").

The main object of processing your personal data is to fulfil the Purpose of IOE.

This privacy notice applies to the personal data you provide IOE in the following situations:

  • your participation in IOE
  • your creation of an IOE account, and any subsequent use of your account, including for purchases;
  • your use of IOE websites and other IOE IT tools;
  • your subscriptions to IOE mailing lists; and
  • any other interaction with IOE when you have agreed to the application of this privacy notice.
  • This Privacy notice also applies to your personal data that IOE has obtained directly or from its IOE Members and/or IOE Affiliates for fulfillment of the Purpose.

    If required to do so by law or to respond to any legal claims, we may disclose your personal data to the relevant regulatory or legal authority.

    Retention of personal data

    IOE only processes personal data until the Purpose, for which it was collected, is fulfilled, or as required by law. If you have opened an account with IOE, IOE will store the data you provided for an unlimited period of time. However, you can request the deletion of your account at any time.

    Your rights

    In addition to understanding if and how IOE processes your personal data and your right to withdraw your agreement to that processing, you can request access to, correction of, and deletion of your personal data at any time. You can also request that your personal data be provided to you in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. Requests for deletion will be considered in light of IOE tax, auditing, contractual and other obligations under applicable laws, as well as IOE legitimate interests or business requirements in preserving past contributions to IOE work.


    How to withdraw your agreement to this privacy notice:

  • if you are a participant in IOE work, please contact your our support team (contact information provided later in the policy)
  • if you hold an account with the IOE, you can directly update the personal data in your account
  • if you are visiting IOE websites, you can control your acceptance of cookies (including deleting them) by changing your browser settings (see Use of cookies below for more details about how to control your personal data); and
  • if you have subscriptions to IOE mailing lists, you can unsubscribe at any time (see Third parties below for more information about how we ensure successful subscription campaigns.)
  • You have the right to object to the processing and request a response. If you disagree with our response to your request, you have the right to file a complaint with a competent supervisory authority.


    If you suspect a personal data breach, please contact the IOE team.

    Third parties

    In order to provide you the best service possible, IOE may also transfer your personal data to third parties that provide back office applications for IOE websites, your accounts and subscriptions, and other IT tools. Third parties are bound by contractual agreements to keep your data private and secure. The third parties may process personal data abroad, i.e. in European or non-European countries. Third parties will only use personal data according to the law (FADP and/or GDPR) and exclusively for the Purpose or in your interest.

    IOE has engaged third parties for international cloud services, for analytics and statistics, for desktop services, and for relationship building.

    For subscriptions to IOE mailing lists, we use a service provider to help us track subscriber engagement within specific campaigns.

    From time to time, we may ask our website visitors to answer survey questions about IOE websites, our products or categories of products. These surveys do not request any personally identifiable data from you but you may provide them voluntarily.

    Use of cookies and analytical services

    IOE uses software to monitor its websites and IT tools for operational purposes. We use cookies to help us understand how you engage with our websites and IT tools so that we can improve them. Our analytics providers collect information anonymously and allow us to look at trends without identifying individual users. None of the information we collect could be used to personally identify you or for advertising or other commercial purposes. Nevertheless, you can choose to change your browser settings to reject or delete any cookies. We use cookies that are essential to the operation of our services or to provide you with a better experience. Deactivating them may affect the functionality you enjoy on our websites and IT tools. We do not use them for advertising or other commercial purposes.

    We use the following list of cookies:

  • user-input cookies (session-id) such as first-party cookies to keep track of your input when filling online forms, shopping carts, etc.;
  • authentication cookies, to identify you once you have logged in, for the duration of a session;
  • user-centric security cookies, used to detect authentication abuses, for a limited persistent duration;
  • multimedia content player cookies, used to store technical data to play back video or audio content, for the duration of a session;
  • load-balancing cookies, for the duration of session;
  • user-interface customization cookies such as language or font preferences, for the duration of a session (or slightly longer); and
  • anonymous first-party cookies to report on user interactions with our websites.
  • In addition to our use of cookies, IOE websites contain links to other sites. If you access other sites using the links provided, the operators of those sites may collect information from you which will be used by them in accordance with their own privacy policies. IOE is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites including SNS provider sites. We encourage you to become familiar with the privacy policies of any other sites which you visit.

    Furthermore, IOE collects your usage data when you access IOE websites. This data includes, for example, information about which browser you are using, when you accessed IOE websites, which operating system you use, etc. This data is stored together with the IP address of the device you are using to access IOE websites. They serve to optimize IOE websites and to personalize your user experience. IOE only evaluates usage data anonymously.

    Inclusion of third party elements

    Our websites include embedded content from various third parties. If you are signed into a third party’s account at the time of your visit to IOE websites, your personal data, in particular your IP address, is automatically collected by these third parties. Please note that the information regarding the purpose and scope of data processing by such third parties, as well as your rights and setting options, is provided by such third parties.


    If any provision of this privacy notice is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions will in no way be affected or impaired as long as the Purpose of IOE can be preserved.

    IOE reserves the right to change or modify this privacy notice at any time. If we revise our privacy notice, we will post the changes on the website to ensure transparency.


    For any assistance related to our privacy policy, questions about your data, or to have your information removed, please contact us at with the subject line of “Data Inquiry”.

    This policy was generated on December 12th 2015 and last updated on February 22nd, 2021.