Privacy Policy

Privacy policy

Who we are

The Global NOG Alliance aims to improve the quality and availability of the internet all over the world. It tries to achieve this goal by transferring knowledge and experience between groups of people (communities) responsible for parts of the internet (Network Operator Groups or NOGs), by promoting cooperation between groups in countries and continents, and by providing and developing freely available tools to improve the internet.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://​automattic​.com/​p​r​i​v​a​cy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website. 

Contact forms

Information you enter into contact forms is stored in our database and sent using email to the website administrator. We will use the information provided by you to contact you regarding your comments or questions in the contact form. We will not use your information for other purposes.

Video conferencing

The video conferencing service at jitsi​.nogalliance​.org is offered by the Global NOG Alliance and can be used freely. When using this service you agree with this privacy statement. The (personal)data that we process while you are using the service is necessary to deliver the service, for usage statistics and for debugging purposes.

The sound and video stream of the user is encrypted on the user’s device in use for the service. This stream is decrypted at our infrastructure and re-​encrypted when transmitting to other users of the same conference. The protocol in use for this service, WebRTC, does not make end to end encryption possible. We do not save the stream, neither listen to or watch the streams.

The following (personal)data will be processed when you use the service:

  • Every conference receives an unique identifier. These identifiers are necessary to connect users of the same conference to that conference. These identifiers will be stored for a duration of 24 days.
  • Every user receives an unique identifier for each conference the user joins. This identifier is necessary to process user actions on the server and to transmit these actions to other users in the same conference. These identifiers will be stored for a duration of 24 days.
  • While using the service the IP address of the user is known by the Global NOG Alliance. This IP address is necessary to receive and transmit the streams. The IP addresses are logged as part of our webserver logs and kept for 14 days.

The service does not set any cookies. When available local storage on the user’s device will be used to store conference identifiers and user settings. This information will be used by the client’s device when starting a new conference or joining an existing conference.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-​in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-​party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google Analytics to analyse how visitors use this website. We have turned on anonymisation and disabled statistics sharing with third parties.

Who we share your data with

Any personal data is only shared with NOGs that we work with, and only when related to the purpose for which you provided that personal data. For example when participating in forum discussions the NOG will see who is participating. When we handle event organisation tasks for a NOG we will provide the NOG with a list of registered participants etc. We will not share any personal data with our sponsors without your explicit consent.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-​up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

You are the owner of your own personal data. You can request to receive an exported file of any personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. 

Your contact information

This website belongs to the Global NOG Alliance (GNA). Our registered address is Tienwoningenweg 46, 7312 DN, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. This is not a visiting address. Please use this address only for official correspondence. To reach GNA please send email to info@​nogalliance.​org.

How we protect your data

Our services, including this website and our email, are hosted on our own infrastructure. Physical access to this infrastructure is limited to board members. Communications are encrypted with TLS or other equivalent technologies. Backups are stored off-​site and fully encrypted. The encryption keys are only available to board members and system administrators.

What third parties we receive data from

We receive data from NOGs that we work with. We will only use this data for assisting with the operation of the NOG.

What automated decision making and/​or profiling we do with user data

We do not use any automated decision making and/​or profiling.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

When, despite our best efforts, any personal data should leak or be stolen we will inform the Dutch authorities as soon as possible after detecting the breach. We will also post information on this website about the breach and, once known, its consequences.