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The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group Privacy Policy

This privacy policy statement describes our practices regarding how personal information we collect on the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (“MAAWG”) Web site is used and shared with third parties. By visiting the MAAWG Web site or otherwise submitting your personal information to us, you accept the practices described in this statement. The information that we receive through our Web site depends on what you do during your visit, and what service(s) you request.

European Union Users

You expressly consent to MAAWG processing your personal information in accordance with this privacy policy. Your personal information may be processed by MAAWG in the country where it was collected and in the United States. United States laws regarding processing of personal information may be less stringent than the laws in your country. If you represent an organization, you will ensure that each member of your organization (including employees and contractors) about whom personal information may be provided to MAAWG has given his or her express consent to MAAWG processing of such personal information.

Personal Information

We may ask you to submit personal information at various places on our Web site, including on pages where you are requesting a service or information, joining our membership, subscribing to a newsletter, placing an order, downloading software, submitting feedback, or participating in a forum or survey. This personal information, which you voluntarily submit, may include your name, address, email address and telephone number, as well as other information about, for example, your interest in MAAWG products and services, your employer, and your employment position. We may use this personal information to contact you or send you the information you have requested or that we feel will be of interest to you. We may contact you via phone, email, or postal mail. We generally provide an option for you to choose not to receive these types of communications. However, even if you request not to be contacted by us, we reserve the right to use your contact information if we consider it necessary to send you crucial information about, for example, the product or services you have purchased from us or information about changes to our privacy policy.

Non-Personally Identifying Information

We may also collect information automatically about the use of our Web site, through, for example, “cookies” or “IP addresses.” This information is not collected and stored in a personally identifiable manner, however. This information helps us evaluate and improve our site and is also used for marketing and investment analysis. We may share this information with third parties, but only in aggregate statistical form that includes no personally identifying information. “Cookies” are small files Web sites place on your hard drive that allow sites to identify you. The use of cookies is a common practice on many Web sites. For example, if you allow a site to remember your login name or password, the site places a cookie on your computer. Cookies cannot read any other information on your hard drive. We may place cookies on your computer to allow us to identify you. We may use cookies to measure Web site traffic, to offer you certain services, or to customize your visit. However, if you do not wish to receive cookies, or want to be notified of when they are placed, your browser may permit you to do so. An “IP address” is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. In some cases your IP address stays the same from browser session to browser session; but if you use a consumer Internet access provider, your IP address probably varies from session to session.

Use of Contractors and Service Providers

MAAWG uses third parties (including contractors and service providers) to help with certain aspects of its operations, which may require disclosure of your personal information to them. For example, MAAWG may use a third party to communicate with you (via telephone, email, or letter) about our products or services, to send information to you, to process and collect payment via your credit card (if applicable), to host our Web site and related databases, and to perform other work that we may need to outsource. MAAWG requires these third parties to use your personal information only as necessary to perform the services they are asked to perform.

Public Forums

Our Web site may offer forums and message boards. Please be advised that any information posted in these venues will be publicly available.

Corporate Family

We may share some or all of your personal information with any current or future "affiliate" (which means a parent company, a subsidiary, joint venture, or other company under a common control with MAAWG), in which case we will require the affiliate to honor this privacy policy. If another company or organization acquires MAAWG, that company or organization will possess the personal information collected by MAAWG and it will assume the rights and obligations regarding your personal information as described in this privacy policy.


We take reasonable steps to protect the personal information you share with us from unauthorized access or disclosure. However, you should know that no organization, including MAAWG, can fully eliminate security risks associated with personal information. Your privacy is very important to us. Due to factors beyond our control, however, we cannot fully ensure that your personal information will not be disclosed to other third parties. For example, we may be legally required to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, or third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications.

Linked Sites

Our site may link to other sites not controlled by MAAWG. We are not responsible for the privacy or security practices of any other Web sites. We therefore encourage you to read the privacy policies on those other sites.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

We may amend this privacy policy at any time by, in our discretion, either: (1) sending you a notice of the amended policy to the email address you have submitted to us (if applicable), in which case you agree to the amended version if you do not contact us to inform us otherwise, or (2) posting the amended version on our Web site, in which case you agree to the amended version if you continue to use the Web site.


If you have a question or comment about the MAAWG web site or a request to correct or delete your personal information, please send it to us by using our online Contact Us form on the MAAWG Web site. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to fulfill your request in a timely manner. However, even if MAAWG deletes such personal information from its 'live' database(s), it may still be stored on other databases (including those kept for archival purposes).

Terms and Conditions

The materials on this site are provided by MAAWG for informational purposes only. By downloading any material from the site, you agree to our Terms and Conditions posted on the MAAWG Web site.