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Privacy Policy


Effective: November 25, 2013


The Wireless Foundation (“The Foundation”) is committed to protecting the privacy of its website’s users’ personal information.  In general, we collect and use information about you to optimize your experience on The Foundation’s Website. This privacy statement applies to the information that The Foundation collects, uses, and shares from its website.


Privacy statements may often be confusing because they contain technical terminology.  In order to assist in your understanding of our policy, please consider reviewing some of the following terms:

Cookies: Small text files created by a web server that are delivered through a web browser and stored on your computer or device and are used to identify your computer or device and record your preferences and other data so that the website can personalize your visit(s).  There are different types of cookies.  For example, many websites use their own cookies or “first-party cookies” to make their websites run more smoothly by doing things like keeping track of items in your shopping cart. Some websites also provide space for “third-party cookies,” which are placed on your browser by companies different from the company that runs the website you are visiting and may be used to remember parts of your online activities in order to deliver personalized ads or analyze web traffic.

Encryption: The process of encoding messages or information in such a way that unauthorized parties cannot read it.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information (Non-PII): Information that does not directly identify or cannot reasonably be used to figure out the identity of a user.  Non-PII is linked or reasonably linkable to a particular computer or device.  Non-PII does not include aggregate or anonymous data.

Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”): Information that directly identifies or reasonably can be used to figure out the identity of a user, such as your name, address, phone number, and email address.  Personal information does not include information that has been made anonymous so that it does not identify a specific user.

Secure Socket Layer (“SSL”): SSL technology allows for the encryption of information as it leaves your computer, making it nearly impossible for anyone other than the intended recipient to decrypt it.


The Foundation’s Website collects information from you in two primary ways: (1) information that you provide, and (2) information we collect automatically.

Information You Provide

The Foundation collects information that you voluntarily provide to our website. The Foundation will not use the information provided for any purpose other than the purpose for which it was submitted.  For example, one of the ways that you may provide information is when your organization applies to a grant through the Wireless Foundation’s website.  The grant application may ask you to provide information including a contact person for the organization, along with that person’s address, email address, and phone number.  The Wireless Foundation uses this information to assess your grant applicability and to communicate with you regarding the status of your application.

Information We Collect Automatically

As you navigate and interact with The Foundation’s website, we may use cookies and other technologies that automatically collect specific information about your device, browsing actions, and usage of our website.  Allowing us to view this information helps us improve our website and deliver a more personalized service, speed up your searches, and store information about your preferences.

Cookies and other Tracking Technologies

The Foundation may use cookies and other technologies to collect information about you when you interact with our website.  We use cookies to help you navigate our website as easily as possible.  For example, cookies allow The Foundation’s Website to remember your registration and display settings when you return so you do not have to enter the same information each time you visit.

Please note that most web browsers allow you to turn off cookies on your computer by adjusting the web browser’s settings.  If you choose to turn off cookies, you may still use our website, but your ability to use some areas or functions of the site may be limited.  You can learn more about managing your cookies in Section VII on Consumer Control and Choices.

Web Browser Activity Information

To learn more about the use of our website, The Foundation automatically collects information about your device and your visit, such as the type of browser you use, the times you accessed the site, the pages you viewed, your IP address, and the Web page you visited before visiting The Foundation’s website.  This data allows us to become more familiar with people who visit our site, how frequently they visit, and what parts of the site they visit most often.  It is important to note that the information that we automatically collect is statistical data, and does not identify you as an individual.


The Foundation will only share information in accordance with the terms set forth directly below:


The Foundation will only disclose information about you to third parties with your consent, either online or offline.  We may obtain your consent in writing, online via “click-through” agreements, orally, or through other manifestations of assent.

Service Providers

The Foundation may share information that you provide with companies that perform services on our behalf (for example, credit/debit card processing, billing, and shipping).  These service providers are permitted to use the information only for the purpose provided to them and in a manner consistent with this Policy.  We require our service providers to comply with standard industry protocol regarding security, retention, use and destruction of any personal information that we provide to them or that they collect on our behalf.

Legal Purposes

The Foundation may access, monitor, use, or disclose your information or communications with us in order to comply with the law (for example, to comply with a search warrant, subpoena, or court order); to respond to emergencies; to enforce an agreement with you; or to protect our rights or property, or the rights or property of our agents, vendors and service providers, members, and customers.


The Foundation’s website will not intentionally collect any personal information (such as a child’s name or e-mail address) from children under the age of 13.  If you think that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, please contact us using the information listed below in Section IX Contacting Us.



The security of your information is important to The Wireless Foundation.  Therefore, The Foundation follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the security and confidentiality of your information while it is under our control.  We maintain physical, technical, and administrative safeguards to protect against the loss, misuse, and unauthorized access of your information.  For instance, we limit access to your information to only those authorized employees who need to know that information to provide benefits or services to you.  In addition, if you provide sensitive information, we take enhanced security precautions by using encryption technologies like Secure Socket Layer (SSL).  Please be aware that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and that e-mail is not encrypted and is not considered to be a secure means of transmitting credit card information.  If you have any questions about the security of The Foundation’s website, you can send an email to [email protected]

Data Retention

The Foundation retains information only as long as necessary for business or tax purposes or as applicable laws, regulations, or government orders require.  When we dispose of information, we comply with standard industry procedures to ensure that it is properly deleted or rendered unreadable.

This Privacy Policy only addresses The Foundation’s Website’s collection, use, and disclosure of your information through our website, which is located at the domain address of:  Our website contains links to other websites with privacy practices that may differ from our practices.  If you choose to click on a link and visit another website, please be aware that your information is governed by that website’s privacy policy.  The Foundation encourages you to carefully read and review the policies and practices of the sites you visit.

The Foundation is a subsidiary of CTIA-The Wireless Association®.  CTIA has other websites besides CTIA.ORG® related to several websites related to CTIA’s tradeshows and events, as well as specific industry advocacy efforts and campaigns that may be accessed by clicking on links located on CTIA’s main website of CTIA.ORG®.  CTIA.Org and CTIA’s other websites may be managed by different privacy policies. Therefore, The Wireless Foundation recommends that you review the respective privacy policy for the website in which you are visiting prior to using the website.


Modifications and Updates

The Foundation’s Website allows users to modify and update information previously provided. This may be done by e-mailing the information to [email protected]; or

The Foundation will use reasonable efforts to ensure that your information is modified or updated in our records.


You may choose to receive email from The Foundation.  Each email contains an accessible link to unsubscribe form future communications.

Managing Cookies

You can manage cookies by using tools available on most internet browsers.  Instructions for popular browsers are located at the following links:


As our organization changes from time to time, this Privacy Policy may change as well.  We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting a revised version on our website.  The revised version will be effective at the time we post it.  Your continued use of this site following the posting of any change shall constitute your acceptance thereof.  The provisions contained herein supersede all previous notices or privacy policies and the terms and conditions that govern the use the Foundation’s Website.


If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with The Foundation’s Website, you can contact us at [email protected].

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