Privacy Policy



The International Code Council, Inc., International Accreditation Service, Inc., ICC Evaluation Service, LLC, Solar Rating and Certification Corporation and their respective affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively “ICC”) are strongly committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. Please carefully read the following Privacy Policy. Any person accessing, browsing or otherwise using a website or online services where this Privacy Policy is posted (the “Site”) either manually or via an automated device or program, shall be considered a “User.” The purpose of this Privacy Policy (“Policy”) is to explain the type of information that IAS collects from our Users, what IAS does with that information, and with whom IAS shares this information.



User Consent to Privacy Policy


By accessing, browsing or using the Site, Users acknowledge that they have read, understand, agree and consent to the terms and conditions of the Policy. Users consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of User information including personal and non-personal information and anonymous browsing information (together “Information”) pursuant to the terms of this Policy. If you do not consent to these terms and conditions, please do not access, browse, or use this Site or provide Information to IAS.



The Information IAS Collects


Anonymous Browsing Information and Non-Personal Information


Users can browse the Site without revealing personal information. In this context, our servers or the servers of advertising partners may collect certain anonymous browsing information, such as your Internet Protocol address, your computer’s operating system, the name of the domain you used to access the Internet, the Website you came from and the Website you visit next. This information is collected passively through the use of certain electronic technologies, such as cookies, web beacons, pixels, clear GIFs, and similar technologies and is further explained in the Cookies section below. Anonymous browsing information is not used, nor is it intended to be used to personally identify an individual.


IAS may also collect non-personal demographic information related to your professional expertise and experience, including your title, company name, industry, technical specialty, trade and/or organization(s)/associations(s) to which you belong.



Personal Information


IAS may collect the name, phone and fax number, mailing address, email address, credit card number, and any other personal information provided by a User who contacts IAS or any of IAS’s representatives through the Site, via email or otherwise, submits an application for membership, submits personal information at a seminar or other event, purchases a product through the Site, or engages in any other activity through the Site in which personal information is provided to IAS.


By submitting Information to IAS on or through the Site, Users acknowledge that they have read this Policy, understand it, agree to its terms and authorize IAS to collect, use and disclose Information pursuant to the terms of this Policy.



How IAS Uses the Information


IAS uses the Information collected from its Users to respond to Users’ questions and/or comments, provide products, services or information to Users, process a User’s purchase, or provide related account status. Anonymous browsing, non-personal and personal information may be used to gather broad demographic information used in marketing, promotion, analytics, or similar activities. This information may be aggregated to measure the number of visits, average time spent, page views and other statistics about Users of the Site. IAS also may use this data to monitor Site performance and to make the Site easier and more convenient to use. IAS may also use Information collected from its Users to enforce its agreements with Users, prevent fraud and other prohibited or illegal activities, for other legally permissible purposes and generally to ensure that IAS complies with applicable laws.



IAS Sharing of your Information


IAS only will share Information that it collects or receives regarding its Users with third parties under the following circumstances.


Consent: If IAS has a User’s consent to share any Information, it may do so. This includes IAS Members who agree to have their Information posted in the Members Only area of the Site.


Agents: IAS may utilize other companies and individuals to perform functions on its behalf such as marketing new or additional IAS products and services, sending postal and email to Users, processing credit card payments, fulfilling orders, delivering products and services, and providing customer service. These third parties have access to Information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes.


Aggregate Anonymous Information: IAS may provide to others the aggregate statistics about our Users’ site activity for purposes of marketing, promotion, analytics or similar activities. None of these statistics will identify Users personally. IAS also may provide anonymous browsing information to Clearspring Technologies through the AddThis Platform for purposes of delivering targeted advertisements. See Cookies section below for more information.


Protection of IAS or Others: IAS may disclose Information about our Users to others if we have a good faith belief that we are required or permitted to do so by law or legal process, to respond to claims, to protect the rights, property or safety of IAS or others, or take action regarding illegal activities or suspected fraud.


Business Transfers: In the event that IAS decides to sell all or part or its assets, IAS reserves the right to include Information among the assets transferred to the acquiring company.


Affiliates: IAS may share personal, non-personal and anonymous browsing information with its affiliates, including without limitation, International Accreditation Service, Inc., ICC Evaluation Service, LLC, Solar Rating and Certification Corporation and the International Code Council Foundation.


Third Parties Providing Relevant and Valuable Products and Services: From time to time, IAS may share your Information with other organizations that provide products or services that we believe Users will find relevant, valuable and interesting.





IAS and certain third parties that advertise or provide other services on the Site may automatically collect certain types of passive, anonymous information whenever you use the Site, certain Site services, or click on advertisements on the Site or in IAS periodicals, such as the eNews or Building Safety Journal. If IAS or these third parties collect this anonymous information, it will be done passively through the use of certain electronic technologies, such as cookies, web beacons, pixels, clear GIFs and similar technologies as explained below.


HTML Cookies: We and certain third party advertising partners may use “cookies.” When you use the Site, the pages you see, along with something called a “cookie,” may be downloaded to your computer, mobile device, or tablet (collectively, “Equipment”). Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your Equipment. These cookies do not contain or collect any personal information, but may be used to deliver content specific to your interests and for other purposes, such as security and administrative functions. For example, cookies are used to store your preferences for certain types of information so that you do not have to input those preferences every time you use the Site. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you usually can change your browser to limit or prevent cookies. Cookies in themselves do not personally identify the individual user, but rather the Equipment that is being used to access the Site. You may have the opportunity to set your Equipment to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or to not receive cookies at any time. Different browsers may address cookies differently. If you set your browser to not accept cookies, it may result in certain personalized services not being provided to you when you use that Equipment.


Flash Cookies: Certain IAS advertisers may choose to use Flash cookies in advertisements available on or through the Site or in IAS periodicals. Flash cookies, also called Flash Local Shared Objects, are used by the Adobe Flash Player for the purpose of storing user preferences. More information concerning Flash cookies, including how to remove them from your computer or device is available at here.


Web beacons, Pixels and Clear GIFs:  We and our advertising partners may use web beacons, pixels and clear GIFs. These electronic technologies are transparent image files that, if used, allow us and our advertising partners to track website usage information, such as the number of times a given web page has been viewed and whether and when you have opened a HTML email, how many times the email was forwarded and which links in the email were clicked. Unlike cookies, these technologies are not placed on your Equipment. This information helps us to improve the Site and helps our advertising partners by measuring the effectiveness of these communications with you. These technologies may be used in association with cookies to understand how visitors interact with the Site or advertisements made by our advertising partners.


Add This Sharing Platform:The Site includes a content sharing platform, called AddThis, which is provided by Clearspring Technologies. AddThis allows users to share Site content with others through various social media and other platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg and many others. IAS allows AddThis to collect certain anonymous information when you visit the Site. This anonymous information is collected using cookies and/or web beacons and may be used to deliver targeted advertisements to users when they visit other websites besides this Site. You can learn more information about AddThis privacy practices here.If you prefer that AddThis not collect anonymous information about you for the purpose of delivering targeted advertising, you may opt-out here. Please note, however, that when you opt-out, AddThis will place an opt-out cookie on your Equipment. That cookie tells AddThis to not use your information for delivering relevant online advertisements. If you block cookies, the AddtThis opt-out will not function properly. Also, if you delete or otherwise restrict cookies, or if you use different Equipment or a different browser, you will need to renew your AddThis opt-out choice.


International Users


Information that is submitted to this Site will be collected, processed, stored, disclosed and disposed of in accordance with applicable U.S. law. If you are a non-U.S. User, you acknowledge and agree that we may collect and use your Information and disclose it to other entities outside your resident jurisdiction, as discussed in “IAS Sharing of Your Information” above. In addition, such Information may be stored on servers located outside your resident jurisdiction. U.S. law may not provide the degree of protection for personal information that is available in other countries. By providing us with your Information, you acknowledge that you have read this Policy, understand it, agree to its terms and consent to the transfer of such information outside your resident jurisdiction. If you do not consent to the terms of this Policy and have already provided us with Information, please email us and let us know how you would like us to handle such Information.


Accessing or Changing Your Personal Information


IAS allows you to change or correct inaccuracies in your personal information by logging into your account on the Site and making changes to your personal information. Your account information can be accessed through the “My IAS” links on the Site.


Choices for Use or Sharing of Certain Information


IAS values your concerns about the privacy of your personal and non-personal information. Therefore, we offer you the opportunity to opt out of use or sharing of certain information. For information that is shared with third parties, you should be able to opt-out of receiving further promotions from these third parties by unsubscribing to their email correspondence to you or contacting them directly. IAS is not responsible for the privacy practices of third parties who may send you correspondence.


Any emails sent by IAS subject to the CAN SPAM Act will include an option to unsubscribe from further correspondence. In addition, you can always opt-out of receiving commercial emails from IAS here. Please note that even if you opt-out from receiving certain email from IAS, you will continue to receive transactional messages, such as messages conforming a product purchase, an event you registered for and certain essential IAS membership information.


Linked Internet Websites


The Site provides hyperlinks, which are highlighted words or pictures within a hypertext document, including advertisements that, when clicked, take you to another place within the document, to another document altogether, or to other Websites not controlled by IAS. These hyperlinked Websites may contain privacy provisions that are different from those provided herein. IAS is not responsible for the collection, use, or disclosure of information collected through these Websites, and IAS expressly disclaims any and all liabilities related to such collection, use, or disclosure.


Children’s Privacy Protection


The Site is not directed towards children under 13 years of age, and IAS does not knowingly collect any information from children under 13 years of age through the Site. If you are under 13 years of age, you are not permitted to submit information to IAS through the Site.




This Site has commercially reasonable security measures to protect against the loss, theft, misuse, and alteration of the Information that is submitted to IAS and is under its control. You should be aware, however, that IAS has no control over the security of other websites that you might visit or use even when a link to those websites is available on or through the Site. If you share your Equipment or use Equipment that is accessed by the general public, remember to sign off and close your browser when you finish using the Site.


IAS wants you to feel confident using the Site; however, no system can be completely secure. Therefore, IAS makes no representations or warranties with regard to the sufficiency of its security measures. IAS shall not be responsible for any actual or consequential damages that result from a lapse in compliance with this Policy as a result of a security breach or technical malfunction. Certain information may be transmitted to you by email. Although it is illegal to intercept or disclose these messages under U.S. Federal law, these transmissions are not secure. In addition, Users’ communications through the Site are, in most cases, viewed only by you and anyone to whom you address your message. As the operator of the Site, IAS may need to review or monitor your electronic mail and other communications from time to time as may be required by law. Therefore, you should not expect to have a right to privacy in any of your electronic communications.


In the event of a breach of the confidentiality or security of your personal information, IAS will notify you if reasonably possible and as reasonably necessary so that you can take appropriate protective steps. We may notify you under such circumstances using the e-mail address(es) we have on record for you. You should also take care with how you handle and disclose your personal information. Please refer to the Federal Trade Commission’s Website for information about how to protect yourself against identity theft.


Codes and Standards Discussion Forum and eMail Discussion Lists


Certain services provided on the Site, such as the Codes and Standards Discussion Forum and eMail Discussion Lists, are provided by third parties for IAS and its Users. Use of these services is subject to the specific terms and conditions and privacy policies that are provided to a User when signing up these services. Users acknowledge that the collection, use and disclosure of their Information is subject to these policies when using the Codes and Standards Discussion Forum and eMail Discussion Lists.


Amendments to Privacy Policy


We may occasionally update this Policy, as noted by the “effective date” at the end of the Policy. If we update this Policy in a manner that is materially less restrictive in our use or disclosure of personal information that we collected prior to the update, we will provide you with prior notice of the pending update and seek your consent by posting notice on the Site or by contacting you using the email address in your IAS account. We encourage you to periodically review this Policy to stay informed about our collection, use, and disclosure of Information. Your continued use of the Site constitutes your agreement to this Policy and any updates.


Your California Privacy Rights


California law permits customers of the IAS who are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please email us or write us:

International Code Council Headquarters

500 New Jersey Avenue, NW

6th Floor

Washington, DC 20001


We will provide a list of the categories of personal information disclosed to third parties for third-party direct marketing purposes, along with the names and addresses of these third parties. This request may be made no more than once per calendar year. We reserve our right not to respond to requests submitted other than to the email or postal address specified above. You should put “California Privacy Rights” in the subject line and in your request. You must provide IAS with specific information regarding yourself so that IAS can accurately respond to the request.


No Rights of Third Parties


This Policy does not create rights enforceable by third parties.


How to Contact IAS


If you have any questions about this Policy, please email us or call 1-866-427-4422.


Effective Date


This Policy took effect on October 13, 2011 and was last updated on April 1, 2015.


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