This website (“Website”) and associated websites are maintained by:
IDG TechNetwork, Inc.
292 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10017

Your privacy is very important to the IDG Technetwork (“IDGTN”). We have prepared this Privacy Policy to explain how we collect, use protect, and share information when you are served an advertisement from or as a member of the IDGTN, use the IDGTN’s advertising technologies and services (“Ad Network”), register for a sponsored white-paper or other offer, and when you visit the IDGTN Website (“IDGTN Website”). This Privacy Policy also explains your choices for managing your information preferences.

This Privacy Policy applies to all:

• consumer end users who are served advertisements from the Ad Network (“End Users”);
• consumer end users who register for specific promotions or information
• Web site publishers that are members of our Ad Network (“Third Party Publishers”);
• advertisers that place advertisements our Ad Network (“Advertisers”); and
• any person that visits our Site.

We have organized this Privacy Policy into three sections. The first section (Section I) addresses information privacy specific to our Ad Network. The second section (Section II) addresses our sponsored content (“Sponsored Content”) delivery business. The third section (Section III) addresses information privacy regarding the IDGTN Website, including general information privacy practices, the collection and use of registration data by IDGTN and the IDG Network.

Below is the current policy regarding the usage of personally identifying information and data collected by IDGTN. We reevaluate this policy on an ongoing basis based on feedback from our users. IDGTN reserves the right to change its Privacy Policy. However, if there are any changes to the use of Personally Identifying Information that is different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify you by posting a notice on our Website.

By using the Ad Network, the Sponsored Content, or the IDGTN Website, you consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Some information is collected through “cookies” as described below.


We adhere to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising. We also are a member of the Network Advertising Initiative and adhere to the NAI Code of Conduct.

Information We Collect Specifically Through Our Ad Network
We may collect anonymous usage data that does not identify, contact, or precisely locate an End User (“Non-Personally Identifying Information”) when Third Party Publishers and Advertisers use our Ad Network to deliver advertisements to End Users. For example, we may collect Web sites visited, content viewed, ad interaction, interaction with Advertiser Web sites, search terms used, and other click and browsing behavior, as well the End User’s IP address. We may also collect Non-Personally Identifying Information from other sources, such as online data exchanges. At no time does IDGTN tie this Non-Personally Identifying Information to a particular End User by name, email address or other personally identifying information (“Personally Identifying Information”). However, browsing activity may be tracked through an anonymous data collection and targeting cookie, as described below.

We use Evidon to demonstrate compliance with the US Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising and the Pan-European Self-Regulatory Framework for Online Behavioral Advertising in the European Union.

How We Track User Behavior
When End Users visit a Third Party Publisher’s Website, their browser may be tracked through an anonymous data collection and targeting cookie (“IDGTN Cookie”). The IDGTN Cookie allows our Ad Network to serve advertisements to End Users and to better target and analyze consumer behavior with the goal of providing better and more relevant advertising. You are always free to decline cookies, but by doing so you may not be able to use certain features on the Third Party Publisher Websites or take full advantage of all the Website offerings and targeted advertising. You can configure your Web browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, erase cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. Alternatively, you are always free to opt out of the IDGTN Cookie, as described below.

How We Use And When We Share Information We Collect Specifically Through Our Ad Network
With respect to data collected via our Ad Network, including user behavior data, we may combine certain Non-Personally Identifying Information with other Non-Personally Identifying data collected from other sources and disclose the Non-Personally Identifying Information and combined information to participating Advertisers and Third Party Publishers to improve the relevance and effectiveness of the advertising presented to End Users. For example, we use data collected via our Ad Network to create anonymous consumer segments. These segments may be shared with Advertisers and Third Party Publishers to target and optimize Advertiser campaigns. We do not share Personally Identifying Information with third parties without your permission, except as may be disclosed in this Privacy Policy.

Cookie Opt-Out Procedure
Advertisers and other third-party ad networks may participate in our Ad Network and may also utilize cookies to deliver advertisements and monitor the performance of such advertisements. You can opt out of many of these ad networks, using the Network Advertising Initiative’s Consumer Opt-Out program, which can be found here: The collection of information through cookies by such third parties will be governed by their own privacy policies and practices, over which IDGTN has no control.

Data Retention and Security
We keep data collected via our Ad Network, including user behavior data, that we control for no longer than two (2) years, after which time the data is deleted. End Users can also choose to delete the IDGTN Cookie at any time, as explained in the Cookie Opt-Out Procedure section above.

IDGTN will take reasonable efforts to secure any stored user data, including cookie data and user behavior data.

Third Party Publisher’s Privacy Policy Applies To End Users
End Users should read each Third Party Publisher’s privacy policy to learn how the Third Party Publisher collects, uses, and protects information that they may collect or that may be collected in connection with the Third Party Publisher’s Web site. This includes, for example, if a User clicks on a link, they will then be subject to the data collection and usage policies of the subsequent website. IDGTN is not responsible or liable for any Third Party Publisher’s information privacy practices.

Advertisers that participate in our Ad Network pay IDGTN to display advertisements on participating Third Party Publisher Web sites. As discussed above, these Advertisers use their own ad serving technologies to display and track their advertisements. Please note that some Advertisers might use information received from us for their own behavioral advertising. We are not responsible or liable for such Advertisers’ information privacy practices. We encourage you to review Advertisers’ privacy policies and contact them directly if you have questions about their information privacy practices.


IDGTN makes available a large library of Sponsored Content provided to us from third parties. Such Sponsored Content is available on the IDGTN Website and also via email offers. In return for access to this Sponsored Content, IDGTN may ask you to provide us with Personally Identifying Information. Once you have submitted your information, you will have access to the full library of third party content and will not be asked to provide that information again (unless you disable or otherwise modify your cookies) and IDGTN may use your Personally Identifying Information to send you further Sponsored Content and other offers.

In addition, when accessing Sponsored Content contributed by a third party, your Personally Identifying Information may be shared with those third parties, and the information will be governed by those parties’ privacy policies, as well as ours. Neither IDGTN, nor its parent company, nor any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, bears any responsibility for any actions or policies of such third parties. If you do not wish to have your information shared with a third party, please do not access Sponsored Content on our Website, or through an email offer.


IDGTN collects Personally Identifying Information about individuals, their company, and the company’s demographics including (i) when you provide such information to IDGTN in order to join our Ad Network. We may use this Personally Identifying Information in order to contact you regarding our Ad Network.

In the event that the ownership of IDGTN is sold or transferred, all lists and data which contains Personally Identifying Information will be transferred to the new owner.

IDG Publishing Network Online Registration Privacy Policy
Below is the current policy regarding the usage of Personally Identifying Information collected by the IDGTN and the IDG Publishing Network. We reevaluate this policy on an ongoing basis based on feedback from readers. IDGTN and the IDG Publishing Network reserve the right to change its Privacy Policy. However, if there are any changes to the use of Personally Identifiable Information that is different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify you by posting a notice on our Web sites.

About the IDG Publishing Network
The International Data Group, Inc. (IDG) family of online and print publications consists of hundreds of award-winning titles including CIO, CSO, InfoWorld, Computerworld, Game Pro, Network World, PC World, IDG TechNetwork. The IDG Publishing Network is a growing collection of IDG Web sites that presently includes,,,,, and A complete listing is available at

To access restricted content on any IDG Publishing Network Web site, you must be a member of the IDG Publishing Network. To become a member of the IDG Publishing Network, you need to provide certain information about yourself. Any of the IDG Publishing Network sites may use this identifying information for internal analytical and business development purposes and, to send you email. However, other forms of communication, including postal mail, may be directed to you pursuant to the site’s specific privacy policy, as may be updated from time to time.

You can “opt-out” of receiving further email by clicking the appropriate links that appear at the bottom of any email you receive. If you do not want to receive other types of communication, including as applicable, postal mail, from the editor and publisher of the site, please refer to the site’s privacy policy for the procedure to follow.
The IDG Publishing Network is intended for individuals over the age of 13 years old. Personal information may not be provided by anyone under 13 years of age. Further, no one under 13 years old may participate in the forums or chat rooms or any other areas where public discussions may take place. In addition no one under that age of 18 may conduct any transactions for the purposes or purchasing or selling any items. Parents should be sure that their children are not conducting any of the above activities on the IDG Publishing Network.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the IDG Publishing Network or its use of information please send email to or write to us at:

IDG Communications, Inc.
Customer Service, TSG Department
5 Speen St.
Framingham, MA 01701

Last updated: September 20, 2011