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Online Privacy Statement

Your privacy is important to IBM; maintaining your trust is paramount to us.

This Statement discloses the information practices for the World Community Grid site (the “WCG Site”), from what type of user information is gathered and tracked, to how the information is used, shared or otherwise processed offline.

From time to time, we may supplement this Statement with additional information relating to a particular interaction we have with you.

The WCG Site’s privacy practices are described in this Statement.

Collection of Personal Information

Visitors to the WCG Site are asked to create a member name when they register on World Community Grid. This member name is maintained in the Member profile and is used to identify each member on the WCG Site, on our statistics pages and on any scoreboards that import our statistics. Other members and any person with access to our Web site will be able to see your member name, statistics and your email address, if you select to make it public.

We collect information relating to your use of the WCG Web site through the use of various technologies. For example, when you visit the WCG Site we may log certain information that your browser sends us, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access time, and referring Web site addresses, and we may collect information about the pages you view within our site and other actions you take while visiting us. In addition, we utilize technologies that allow us to collect certain information about World Community Grid use. We may also use such technologies to determine whether you've opened an e-mail or clicked on a link contained in an e-mail. Collecting information in this manner allows us to collect statistics about the usage and effectiveness of the WCG Site and allow us to personalize and improve your experience and tailor our interactions with you. For details regarding the technologies we employ, see Cookies and Other Technologies below.

The information that we collect, either directly, or indirectly, may be combined to help us improve its overall accuracy and completeness and to help us better tailor our interactions with you.

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Use of Personal Information

The following paragraphs describe in more detail how IBM may use your personal information.

In order to participate in World Community Grid you will be required to install on your computer software from IBM or a third party (“Required Software”). The Required Software automatically detects certain basic information from a Member's machine, such as information about the Member's device specifics, IP address and set preferences regarding disk space, memory and times to run the research projects on the device.

World Community Grid may utilize aggregate member information such as average computing power and geographic dispersion. The information will be utilized in aggregate form only and, no personally identifiable information will ever be utilized, unless with member consent. World Community Grid will not access any other information on a Member device or identify anything else for which a member uses his or her device.

World Community Grid may request permission to utilize personally identifiable information for special events or promotions. If you provide permission, you give us and affiliated companies and our suppliers and others who are working on or with World Community Grid permission to use that information worldwide in connection with World Community Grid.

You also agree that if you provide or enable social communication channel information on World Community Grid (E.g. Facebook, Twitter) we may utilize these social communication channels to disseminate information about your contributions on World Community Grid.

The World Community Grid privacy statement shall apply to your e-mail address and password, insofar as you do not make such information part of your profile or disclose it elsewhere on the World Community Grid site. It shall not apply to User Content that you post or provide. “User Content” includes all information, profiles, personal information, contact data, submissions, ideas, tags, messages, recommendations, text, material, articles, photos, music, videos, posts, comments, responses, e-mail and other content that you post on the World Community Grid site. World Community Grid and affiliated companies and our suppliers and others who are working on or with World Community Grid are not responsible for the protection of User Content.

Personalizing your Experience on our Web Sites

We may use information we collect, or you provide to enhance you with a personalized experience on our Web site, such as providing you with content in which you may be interested and making navigation on our site easier.

Providing Support

We may use your personal information to support your participation in World Community Grid.


The WCG Site may provide features that allow members to promote World Community Grid, or their participation in World Community Grid. Any personal information you provide in connection with those features will only be used as provided in this privacy statement.

Use of Information in the Social Communications Environment

World Community Grid provides social communication features on our Web site to enable online sharing and collaboration among members. These include forums, wikis, and other forms of communications. When you use social communication features, you may be asked to provide certain personal information. Your email address and password will be subject to and protected in accordance with this Privacy Statement unless you choose to make your email address public. These social communication features may also include supplemental privacy statements with specific information about collection and handling practices. Read those supplemental statements to understand what the tools and applications may do.

Any other content you post, such as pictures, information, opinions, or any other type of personal information that you make available to other participants utilizing these social communication features, is not subject to this Privacy Statement. You should be aware that the content you post on any such social communication features may be made broadly available to others inside and outside World Community Grid. Please review our Communications Guidelines.

Protect the Rights and Property of IBM and Others

We may also use or share your information to protect the rights or property of IBM or others when we have reasonable grounds to believe that such rights or property have been or could be affected. In addition, we reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, or the rights of others, or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web sites.

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Sharing of Personal Information and International Transfers

IBM is a global organization with business processes, management structures and technical systems that cross borders. As such, we may share information about you within IBM and transfer it to countries in the world where we do business in connection with the uses identified above and in accordance with this Privacy Statement. Our Privacy Statement and our practices are designed to provide a globally consistent level of protection for personal information all over the world. This means that even in countries whose laws provide for less protection for your information, IBM will still handle your information in the manner described here.

In some cases, IBM uses suppliers located in various countries to collect, use, analyze, and otherwise process information on its behalf. It is IBM's practice to require such suppliers to handle information in a manner consistent with IBM's policies.

Circumstances may arise where, whether for strategic or other business reasons, IBM may decide to transfer World Community Grid to a third party. Such a transaction may involve the disclosure of personal information to prospective or actual purchasers. It is IBM’s practice to seek appropriate protection for information in these types of transactions. Please be aware that in certain circumstances, personal information may be subject to disclosure to government agencies pursuant to judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process. We may also share your information to protect the rights or property of IBM and others when we have reasonable grounds to believe that such rights or property have been or could be affected.

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Information Security and Accuracy

We intend to protect your email address and password and to maintain its accuracy. IBM implements reasonable physical, administrative and technical safeguards to help us protect your information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure. There are security risks in every application downloaded from the Internet, period. We intend to protect your personal information and to maintain its accuracy. IBM implements reasonable physical, administrative and technical safeguards to help us protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.

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Cookies and Other Technologies

As mentioned above, we collect information from your visits to our Web site to help us gather statistics about usage and effectiveness, personalize your experience, and tailor our interactions with you. We do so through the use of various technologies, including one called "cookies". A cookie is a piece of data that a Web site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your device as a tag that identifies your device. While cookies are often only used to measure Web site usage (such as number of visitors and duration of visit) and effectiveness (such as topics visitors are most interested in) and to allow for ease of navigation or use and, as such, are not associated with any personal information, they are also used at times to personalize a known visitor's experience to a Web site by being associated with profile information or user preferences. Over time this information provides valuable insight to help improve the user experience.

Cookies are typically categorized as "session" cookies or "persistent" cookies. Session cookies help you navigate through the Web site efficiently, keeping track of your progression from page to page so that you are not asked for information you have already provided during the current visit. Session cookies are stored in temporary memory and erased when the web browser is closed. Persistent cookies, on the other hand, store user preferences for current and successive visits. They are written on your device's hard disk, and are still valid when you restart your browser. We use persistent cookies, for example, to record your choice of language and country location.

You can generally express your privacy preferences regarding the use of most cookies and similar technologies though your web browser. Look under the heading "Tools" (or similar heading) in your particular browser for information about controlling cookies. You can set your browser in most instances to notify you before you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it or not. You can also generally set your browser to turn off cookies. Since cookies allow you to take advantage of some of our Web sites' features, we recommend that you leave them turned on. If you block, turn off or otherwise reject our cookies, some Web pages may not display properly or you will not be able to use any Web site services that require you to sign in.

We utilize Google Analytics in order to understand how users arrive at and interact with our Web site. This allows us to measure and thereby improve the Web site for our participants. Using Google Analytics, we anonymously collect basic information such as the type of browser or operating system you are using. We also collect information about the order in which you view different pages on our Web site and your use of our Web site on different devices so that we understand your entire experience while visiting our Web site. You may opt-out of us collecting information about you through Google Analytics by clicking here. You will need to do this for each browser you use to access our website. Should you delete or clear this cookies on your browser, then you will need to opt-out again by clicking here.

We may also include Web beacons in marketing e-mail messages or our newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and links contained within clicked on.

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Links to Non-IBM Web Sites and Third Party Applications

To allow you to interact with other Web sites on which you may have accounts (such as Facebook and other social media sites) or join communities on such sites, we may provide links, interface with or embed third-party applications that allow you to login, post content or join communities from our Web sites.

We may also provide you with general links to non-IBM Web sites.

Your use of these links and applications is subject to the third parties’ privacy policies, and you should become familiar with the third party sites' privacy policies before using the links or applications.

IBM is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those other Web sites.

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Notification of Changes

We will post a notice for 30 days at the top of this page notifying users when this Privacy Statement is updated or modified in a material way. If we are going to use your personal information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify you, and you will have a choice as to whether or not we can use your personal information in such a way.

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Privacy Questions and Access

If you have a question about this Privacy Statement or IBM's handling of your information, you may contact us.

If you become aware your information is incorrect, you are unable to correct it on our Web site, and you would like us to correct it, you may contact us.

Before IBM is able to provide you with any information or correct any inaccuracies, however, we may ask you to verify your identity and to provide other details to help us to respond to your request.

You may opt out of World Community Grid per our Terms of Use.

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This Statement is effective as of July 18, 2016. The previous version of our Privacy Policy is available here.