Privacy Policy

    The Business Software Alliance (BSA) believes that addressing consumer concerns about privacy online is critical. To this end, BSA is committed to protecting the personal information given to us by visitors to any BSA's website that links to this page and information included on our electronic mail lists. This Privacy Policy explains how we use and care for your personal information.

  2. Voluntary E-Mail Lists: Visitors to the BSA website are invited to sign up to receive news about breaking events which may be of interest to them. To do this, visitors are invited to provide their name and certain contact information. We do not sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease the personal information on our list to anyone.

    Piracy reporting: Visitors to our website are invited to report possible incidents of software piracy to BSA through electronic mail and our online reporting system. We use this information to investigate such claims and, if necessary, to bring legal and other enforcement action.

    Browser information collected on the website: As with many website operators, BSA analyses our website logs to constantly improve the value of our website to our visitors. We use an external service to provide real-time reporting to us and our authorized agents of browser accesses to our site. This includes page views, unique views, unique visitors, repeat visitors, frequency of visits, and peak-volume traffic periods. In our use of this service, we do not gather, request, record, require, collect, or track any Internet users' personally identifiable information.

    Our use of cookies: Cookies are small data text files and can be stored on your computer's hard drive (if your Web browser permits) and help us automatically identify your browser to our server whenever you interact with our site. We use cookies on our website to remember your preferences, provide you with content and advertising that is targeted to your online activities, and measure the effectiveness of our sites, services, content, and advertising.

    By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is sent, or to reject all cookies. Learn how to modify your browser settings to block or filter cookies. However, please note that if you reject some or all cookies, your experience at our sites and on other sites throughout the Web may not be complete. In addition, if you do not allow cookies, you will not be able to take advantage of personalized content delivery offered by other Internet sites or by us.

    Our use of other technologies: Our sites also may use Web beacons (also known as clear gifs, pixel tags or Web bugs), which are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, that are placed in the code of a Web page. We use Web beacons to monitor the traffic patterns of users on our site, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to our site from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party Web site, and to improve site performance. We also may allow our service providers to use Web beacons to help us understand which emails have been opened by recipients and to track the visitor traffic and actions on our site. This helps us measure the effectiveness of our content and other offerings.

    Third-party use of cookies and other technologies: We also allow third parties to collect information about your online activities through cookies and other technologies. These third parties include advertising networks, who collect information about your interests when you view or interact with one of the advertisements they place on our site and other Web sites. The information gathered by these ad networks is used to make predictions about your characteristics, interests or preferences and to display, or share with others so they may display, advertisements on our sites and across the Web tailored to your apparent interests.

    Please note that we do not have access to or control over cookies or other technologies these third parties may use to collect information about your interests, and the information practices of these third parties are not covered by this Privacy Policy. Some of these third parties are members of the Network Advertising Initiative, which offers a single location to opt out of ad targeting from member companies. To learn more, please click here

    Other uses of your personal information: In addition to using information about you for the specific purposes set out above, from time to time we may also use your personal information to send you news about our organization and promotional materials about BSA initiatives, provided that you have not opted out of receiving such information as described below.

  4. Resale or disclosure of information to third parties: BSA does not sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease personal information collected on our website or included on our e-mail lists to any third party. When BSA employs subcontractors that may have access to personal information, they are bound by a confidentiality agreement to ensure that they exercise the same level of care when handling your personal information as we do.

    Privacy of piracy reporting: Individuals often report incidents of software piracy to BSA through electronic mail and our online reporting system. Except where the personal information provided to us for this purpose is disclosed to BSA's legal counsel or other service providers for legal and other enforcement purposes, the information is not disclosed to any third parties without the prior authorization of the person providing the information or unless otherwise required by applicable law.

  6. We take strong precautions to protect your data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, or destruction. When BSA employs subcontractors that may have access to personal information, they are bound by a confidentiality agreement to ensure that they exercise the same level of care when handling your personal information as we do.

  8. BSA provides you with the opportunity to know about the information that BSA holds about you, together with the ability to correct, amend or delete, as appropriate, any such information that is incomplete or inaccurate. Should you wish to exercise any of these options or should you have any questions or concerns about information that BSA has collected in relation to you, please feel free to contact us by sending a message to

  9. OPT-OUT:
  10. Although most visitors to the BSA website indicate that they welcome details of BSA initiatives, educational efforts and other BSA materials, we acknowledge that individuals should have the right to choose.If you wish to opt-out from receiving BSA communications, please email us at

  12. If for any reason you believe that BSA has not adhered to these privacy principles, please notify us by e-mail at, and we will endeavour to review and correct the problem promptly. Please use the words "Privacy Policy" in the Subject line.

  14. This website provides links to various websites that BSA does not control. When you click on one of these links, you will be transferred out of our website and connected to the website of the organization or company that you selected. Even if an affiliation exists between our website and a third party website, we exercise no control over linked sites. Each of these linked sites maintains its own independent privacy and data collection practices and procedures. If you visit a website that is linked to our site, you should consult that site's privacy policy before providing any personal information.

  16. Any personally identifiable information that you provide to BSA will be collected directly on servers located in the United States and maintained on servers located in the United States or other countries. If you are located outside the United States, this means that any information you provide will be transferred abroad. While BSA is committed to providing your information with the highest level of privacy protection, we believe you should know that the general level of protection for personal information in the United States may not be the same as that provided in other countries, including those that belong to the European Union.

  18. By using this website, you signify your agreement to the terms of our privacy policy. If you do not agree with these terms, please do not disclose any personal information through this site.

    BSA may modify this privacy policy at any time at its discretion and modifications are effective upon being posted on this site. You are responsible for reviewing this privacy policy periodically to ensure that you are aware of any changes to it. BSA will notify you of material changes by email or by placing a prominent notice on our website .

  20. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy, please email

    Updated October 2009