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Websites, Communications & Cookies Privacy Notice

June 25, 2018

We care about your privacy. When the SME Virtual Network (that's us) collects information about you, our SME Virtual Network Privacy Policy describes how we handle that information.

This privacy notice applies to SME Virtual Network operated websites and mobile apps, which include the domains smevirtual.com and smevirtual.org, among others. This includes, for example, discuss.smevirtual.com.

Things you should know

We may receive personal information from you based on your interaction with us on social media platforms; if you volunteer as a SME Virtual Network contributor; if you submit user feedback or a request to us or if you sign-up for an account, among other interactions not listed here.

  • Social Media: If you engage with our social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook, we may receive personal information about you. If you use these networks, their privacy policies apply, and you are encouraged to read them.

  • Contributors and Participants: Volunteering for the SME Virtual Network as a community contributor or as a participant in a SME Virtual Network virtual event or meeting may require the SME Virtual Network and others to communicate with you at the email address that you provide in connection to your contribution and to recognize your efforts. If you contribute to our discussion forums, Slack team or any of our open-source efforts, then your email address and possibly your name will be publicly available to all internet users.

  • User Feedback: You can provide feedback to us on our products and services by emailing us at hello@smevirtual.com, through feedback links throughout smevirtual.com, or through channels such as discussion forums, bug trackers, Slack, a social media account, or through a groups like other SME Chapters or SME Student Chapters. Please minimize the personal information you choose to share on these forums because your comments may be accessible to the public.

  • Accounts: Some SME Virtual Network websites require account creation to submit developer content; or register for events. You may periodically receive emails in connection with your account.

  • Membership Campaigns: Some interactions with SME Virtual Network websites will invite you to express interest in recieving communications concerning SME membership or joining the SME as a member. In general, this will be opt-in. In some cases, we use third parties to manage these campaigns and handle any data that you choose to submit.


We may use cookies, clear GIFs, third party web analytics, device information, and IP addresses for functionality and to better understand user interaction with our web properties and communications.

  • Functionality: We may use cookies, device information and IP addresses to enhance functionality of certain products, services, and communications. For example:

    • Cookies may be used to assist with user sign-in and authentication so you can bypass entering your passwords on certain SME Virtual Network websites.
    • IP addresses are used to customize communications by language and country.
    • Device information such as country, language, operator and OEM, may be used to customize your experience on SME Virtual Network websites.
  • Metrics: We may also use cookies, device information and IP addresses, along with clear GIFs, cookies and third party services to help us understand in the aggregate how users engage with our communications, websites, online campaigns, mail campaigns, other platforms. We use:

    • Google Analytics, which places a cookie on your device, to obtain metrics on how users engage with our websites. This helps us to improve site content.
    • Other metrics tools from time to time, on an experimental basis. For example, we may do this to help evaluate a new metrics tool, or test existing metrics collection.
  • Email: Our marketing communications are optional to receive and you can unsubscribe from the footer of the email.

  • Social Media: The social sharing buttons on SME Virtual Network websites are designed not to share data with the social media provider until you specifically click the button.

License and Attribution

This document is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

The contents of this document have been adapted with modifications from the Mozilla Websites, Communications & Cookies Privacy Notice.