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Privacy Policy | Zowe

Last updated: April 6, 2023

Zowe’s core purpose is to foster an ecosystem that supports the collaborative and public development of free and open source software projects (each, a “Project”).  This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) describes our policies and procedures about the collection, use, disclosure and sharing, or other processing of your personal information when you use our websites (e.g.,, as well as when you interact with or participate in our events, programs, and our other services and offerings.  This Privacy Policy applies to activities by Zowe and its affiliates, subsidiaries and related entities.

For purposes of the GDPR, Zowe is the controller of your personal information. Where processing of personal information is undertaken by our affiliates, subsidiaries and related entities, they are a joint controller with Zowe for your personal information.

Capitalized terms that are not defined in this Privacy Policy have the meaning given them in our Terms of Use or, if you engage with Zowe, then those defined in the LFX Platform Use Agreement (as applicable, the “Terms”).  In this Privacy Policy, “personal information” includes references to “personal data” as defined under applicable laws. Your use of our Sites and Services, and any dispute over privacy, is subject to this Policy and the relevant Terms, including the applicable limitations on damages and the resolution of disputes.  The Terms are incorporated by reference into this Policy.

Personal information that Zowe collects

We collect personal information directly from individuals, from third parties, and automatically through the Sites and Services. You do not have to provide us your personal information.  However, if you choose not to disclose certain information, we will not be able to provide you with access to certain services or features, including participation in certain aspects of Zowe.

Registration information. We collect personal information when you register for an account, a conference or other events or programs:

Events registrationWhen you register for one of our events (e.g., conferences and summits) to participate as an attendee, a speaker or a sponsor, we collect personal information that includes name, company, contact information, and other information. We may also collect other optional personal information such as likes, interests, preferred pronoun, dietary restriction, size preferences for conference attire gifts and other background information.  In addition, if you provide it, we may collect (1) personal information about disabilities, medical conditions and allergies in order to provide appropriate accommodations for attendees, and (2) personal information about your citizenship, date of birth, and passport details if you request assistance from us with obtaining a visa letter to travel to one of our events.

Program registration.  When you participate in one of our programs, we collect registration-related personal information that includes name, company, certifications, contact information, and other information depending on the circumstances.

Registration for Zowe resources. You can register to receive access to various resources provided by Zowe regarding the open source ecosystem, open source project development, collaboration and best practices. This includes providing us with personal information such as your email address and name to receive newsletters, mailing list postings and social media postings, to view webinars, and to access other resources made available by Zowe.

Your contributions to Zowe.

Attribution, provenance and integrity. When you contribute source code, documentation or other content to one of our Projects (whether on your own behalf or through contributions made as part of your employment services to your employer), we collect and store the information and content that you contribute. This includes the contents of those contributions, as well as information required to confirm the provenance of intellectual property contained in those contributions, and personal information that you make publicly available in the record of the contribution pursuant to sign-offs under the Developer Certificate of Origin ( Some Projects require additional agreements or information pursuant to their intellectual property policies; in such cases we collect and store information related to your acceptance of those agreements. We may also collect information relating to your participation in technical, governance or other Project-related meetings.

Other project-related contentThe content you provide in relation to Projects also includes materials that you make publicly available in connection with Project development, collaboration and communication, such as on mailing lists, blogs, Project wiki pages and issue trackers, and related services.

Your content. We collect and store the information and content that you post to the Sites, including your questions, answers, comments, forum postings, and responses to surveys. Please see the section on Publicly available information for how the information you post will be viewed on our Sites.

Communications. When you communicate with us (via email, phone, through the Sites or otherwise), we may maintain a record of your communication.

Automatically collected information. In addition, Zowe may automatically collect the following information about users’ use of the Sites or Services through cookies, web beacons, and other technologies: your domain name; your browser type and operating system; web pages you view; when you open certain emails we send; links you click; your IP address; your country of location; the length of time you visit our Sites and or use our Services; and the referring URL, or the webpage that led you to our Sites. We may combine this information with other information that we have collected about you, including, where applicable, your user name, name, and other personal information. For some parts of the Sites, we use the FullStory service to record session replays of a user’s interaction with the Sites for debugging purposes. Please see  Cookie Policy for more information about our use of cookies.

De-identified information. We may de-identify and aggregate certain personal information we collect such that the information no longer identifies or can be linked to a particular user or an individual data subject (“De-identified Information”), subject to the terms of any applicable user agreements. We may use this information to improve our Services, analyze trends, publish market research, and for other marketing, research or statistical purposes, and may disclose such information to third parties for these specific purposes.

How Zowe uses personal information

Purposes and legitimate interests

Zowe uses the personal information we collect for our legitimate business interests, which include the following purposes:

Purposes and legal bases 

Purposes of processing
(see above)
Legal bases of processing (EU Users)
Providing our sites and services
  • Our legitimate business interests
  • Where necessary to enter into or perform a contract with you (upon your request, or as necessary to make the Services available)
  • Compliance with law
  • Where permitted, with your consent (where we process any sensitive personal information you voluntarily provide – e.g., for diversity-related purposes)
Operating Zowe
  • Our legitimate business interests
  • Where necessary to enter into or perform a contract with you (upon your request, or as necessary to enable your participation in Zowe or to make the Services available)
  • Compliance with law
  • As necessary to establish, exercise and defend legal claims
Event administration
  • Our legitimate business interests
  • Where necessary to enter into or perform a contract with you (upon your request, or as necessary to make the Services available)
  • Compliance with law
  • With your consent (in particular regarding your sensitive personal information – e.g., disability and medical conditions, COVID-19 vaccination status, and information related to a visa letter request)
  • Where necessary in order to protect the vital interests of you or of another natural person, and for reasons of public interest in the area of public health (regarding COVID-19 vaccination status)
  •  Our legitimate business interests
Marketing and Promotions
  • Our legitimate business interests
  • With your consent
  • Our legitimate business interests
  • With your consent
  •  Our legitimate business interests
  • Where permitted, with Your Consent (where we process any sensitive personal information you voluntarily provide – e.g., for diversity-related purposes)
  • Our legitimate business interests
  • Compliance with law
  • As necessary to establish, exercise and defend legal claims
Business and Legal Operations
  • Our legitimate business interests
  • Compliance with law
  • As necessary to establish, exercise and defend legal claims
Prevent Misuse
  • Our legitimate business interests
  • Compliance with law
  • As necessary to establish, exercise and defend legal claims

Disclosure of personal information

We disclose personal information as set forth below, and where individuals have otherwise consented:

  • Publicly available information, including your contributions to Zowe. User names, other user ids, email addresses and other attribution information related to the information and contributions that a User posts in conjunction with or subject to an Open Source license are publicly available in the relevant Project source code repositories. Your contributions to Zowe, and certain of your other Content such as comments and messages posted to public forums, are available to other participants and users of Zowe and of our Services, and may be viewed publicly. In some cases you may be able to provide Project or contribution-related information directly to third-party sites and services; these third parties are independent data controllers and their use of your personal information is subject to their own policies.
  • Service providers. We may share your information with third party service providers who use this information to perform services for us, such as payment processors, hosting providers, auditors, advisors, contractors and consultants.
  • AffiliatesThe information collected about you may be accessed by or shared with subsidiaries and affiliates of TLF, whose use and disclosure of your personal information is subject to this Privacy Policy, unless an affiliate has its own separate privacy policy.
  • Organizational events. We may disclose or transfer information, including personal information, as part of any merger, sale, and transfer of our assets, or restructuring of all or part of our business operations, bankruptcy, or similar event, including in negotiations, due diligence, and integrations related to such transactions.
  • Event participants. If you register for an event, we may ask for your consent to share your personal information with third party sponsors and other participants; for example, to facilitate your ability to swipe your badge or visit and interact with a virtual booth to easily sign up for or participate in activities, events and gifts offered by third parties participating in the event, or to give you the option to be listed on the attendee list that is available to other attendees, sponsors and participants.  We will not share your event information with third parties without your consent, and in particular you have the choice whether or not to permit your badge to be swiped by any third party participating in the event, or to visit and interact with a third party’s virtual booth. For in-person events requiring attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, we may use third-party service providers to validate your identity and COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • Legally required. We may disclose your information if we are required to do so by law (including to law enforcement in the U.S. and other jurisdictions).
  • Protection of rights. We may disclose information where we believe it necessary to respond to claims asserted against us or, comply with legal process (e.g., subpoenas or warrants), enforce or administer our agreements and terms, for fraud prevention, risk assessment, investigation, and protect the rights, property or safety of Zowe, its Users, participants in its events or others.
  • Anonymized and Aggregated Information. We may share aggregate or De-identified information with third parties for research, marketing, analytics and other purposes, provided such information does not identify a particular individual.

Cookies, tracking, and interest-based ads

We and our third-party providers use cookies, clear GIFs/pixel tags, JavaScript, local storage, log files, and other mechanisms to automatically collect and record information about your usage and browsing activities on our Site and across third party sites or online services. We may combine this information with other information we collect about users. Below, we provide a brief summary these activities. For some parts of the Sites, we use the FullStory service to record session replays of a user’s interaction with the Sites for debugging purposes. For more detailed information about these mechanisms and how we collect activity information, see our Cookie Policy.

  • CookiesThese are small files with a unique identifier that are transferred to your browser through our websites. They allow us to remember users who are logged in, to understand how users navigate through and use the Sites, and to display personalized content and targeted ads (including on third party sites and applications).
  • Pixels, web beacons, clear GIFsThese are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, which we track browsing activities. We use these as part of our Training Affiliate Program. We also use these in our emails to let us know when they have been opened or forwarded, so we can gauge the effectiveness of our communications.
  • Analytics toolsWe may use internal and third-party analytics tools, including Google Analytics. The third-party analytics companies we work with may combine the information collected with other information they have independently collected from other websites and/or other online products and services. Their collection and use of information is subject to their own privacy policies.

Please note that Zowe does not respond to browser “do not track” signals or other similar mechanisms intended.

Targeted ads.As discussed in our Cookie Policy, we may work with third party advertisers to display more relevant ads on our website and on third party sites; these third parties may display ads to you based on your visit to our Sites and other third party sites.  For more information about this and how you can opt out of such ads, please see our Cookie Policy.

Data security

We have implemented commercially reasonable precautions designed to protect the information we collect from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Please be aware that despite our best efforts, no data security measures can guarantee 100% security.

You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your passwords, phone, and computer by, among other things, signing off after using a shared computer, choosing robust passwords that nobody else knows or can easily guess, not using a password for more than one site or service, and keeping your log-ins and passwords private. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or compromised passwords or for any activity on your account via unauthorized password activity.  We ask you to promptly notify us if you become aware that any information provided by or submitted to our Sites or through our Services is lost, stolen, or used without permission at

Marketing choices

You may opt out of or withdraw your consent to receive direct marketing emails from us by using the unsubscribe or opt out mechanisms included in our marketing emails or by emailing You may also unsubscribe from mailing lists via the applicable mailing list’s subscription website or, in some cases, by using the unsubscribe mechanisms included in such emails.

Retention of your personal information

We generally keep personal information only for as long as required to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected. However, in some circumstances, we may retain personal information for other periods of time, for instance where we are required to do so in accordance with legal, tax and accounting requirements, or if required to do so by a legal process, legal authority, or other governmental entity having authority to make the request, for so long as required.  In specific circumstances, we may also retain your personal information for longer periods of time corresponding to a statute of limitation, so that we have an accurate record of your dealings with us in the event of any complaints or challenges.

International transfers

If you are located within the European Economic Area, the United Kingdom or Switzerland, you should note that your personal information will be transferred to countries outside these jurisdictions, including the United States where Zowe is located.  The U.S. is deemed by the European Union to provide inadequate data protection.  However, we have put in place European Commission approved Standard Contractual Clauses to provide for adequate safeguards to protect personal information transferred outside these jurisdictions, including between Zowe entities.  In addition, if personal information is transferred to third party service providers located outside these jurisdictions, we will take steps to ensure that your personal information receives the same level of protection as if it remained within these jurisdictions, including by entering into data transfer agreements, using the European Commission approved Standard Contractual Clauses or other safeguards as approved by the European Commission. You have a right to obtain details of the mechanism under which your personal information is transferred outside of the EU by emailing

Children’s privacy

Except as specifically indicated within a Site, we do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of sixteen (16), or knowingly allow such persons to register. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child under the relevant age without parental consent, we take steps to delete that information. Where we specifically indicate that we collect personal information from children under 16, we will obtain the parent or guardian’s consent and provide adequate notice.

Links to third party sites and services

The Sites may contain links to third party sites or online services. Please refer to the privacy policies of the relevant third party websites or services to find out more about how they process and handle personal information.

Your rights

Additional rights. Individuals in the European Economic Area (and other jurisdictions where applicable) have additional rights under applicable law:

  • to obtain a copy of your personal information together with information about how and on what legal basis that personal information is processed;
  • to rectify inaccurate personal information (including to have incomplete personal information completed);
  • to erase your personal information (in limited circumstances, such as where it is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was collected or processed);
  • to restrict processing of your personal information under certain circumstances;
  • to export certain personal information in machine-readable format to a third party (or to you) when we justify our processing on the basis of your consent or the performance of a contract with you and the processing is carried out by automated means;
  • to withdraw your consent to our processing of your personal information (where that processing is based on your consent, without affecting the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal);
  • to obtain, or see a copy of the appropriate safeguards under which your personal information is transferred to a third country or international organization; and
  • to object to our use and processing of your personal information that is conducted on the basis of our legitimate interest. You also have the right to object at any time to any processing of your personal information for direct marketing purposes, including profiling for marketing purposes.

Lodging a complaint. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory authority for data protection, or privacy regulator. A list of data protection supervisory authorities is available here.

Submitting a requestTo exercise the above rights or contact us with questions or complaints regarding our treatment of your personal information, contact us at note that we may request proof of identity, and we reserve the right to charge a fee where permitted by law, especially if your request is manifestly unfounded or excessive. We will respond to your request within the applicable timeframes set out by law.

California Privacy Rights

California law permits users who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed their personal information (if any) for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year, as well as the types of personal information disclosed to those parties. If you are a California resident and would like to request this information, please submit your request in an email to We may ask you to verify your California residency.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about our practices or this Privacy Policy, please contact us at, or write to us at: Zowe, Attn: Legal Department, 548 Market St, PMB 57274, San Francisco, California 94104-5401, USA.

You can also reach our EU representative, Linux Foundation Europe, whose registered address is Avenue des arts 56, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium.

Changes to the privacy policy

This Policy is current as of the effective date set forth above. If we change our privacy policies and procedures, we will post those changes on this page and/or continue to provide access to a copy of the prior version. If we make any changes to this Privacy Policy that materially change how we treat your personal information, we will endeavor to provide you with reasonable notice of such changes, such as via prominent notice on our Sites or to your email address of record, and where required by law, we will obtain your consent or give you the opportunity to opt out of such changes.