PRIVACY POLICIES

Your Privacy, Our Priority

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We Go Beyond Protecting Your Data Privacy and Security. We Champion It.

Our goal is to make the world a better place through the ethical use of data.

At F5, our guiding principle is: first and foremost, we do the right thing. That’s why you can count on us to always do the right thing with your data. This concept defines and governs our approach to privacy, as reflected in our privacy principles.

We are transparent.

We’re transparent about our data management practices. We do what we say, and say what we do.

We build with privacy by design top of mind.

We intentionally build our solutions with privacy by design and default.

We minimize data collection based on your choices.

We only collect the data we need to better serve you.
 

We obsess over protecting your data.

Data security and data privacy go hand in hand—we prioritize both to protect your data.

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The types of data we collect

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THE TYPES OF DATA WE COLLECT

Here’s the Personal Data We Collect

Our service-specific privacy statements  detail the types of personal data that our services handle. In addition, we collect:

  • Contact and professional details (e.g., name, email address, phone number, title, and employer's name).
  • Information about users' experiences with F5 products, services, events, webinars, and online forums and communities.
  • Inferences about actual or prospective users' interests, via cookies and other tracking technologies.
  • Payment information for purchases from F5.
  • Audio and visual information, such as CCTV footage and recordings of some calls, meetings, and events.
  • Technical personal data collected through cookies and other technologies.
  • For certification candidates, documents and data to verify the candidates’ identity, data submitted for test accommodations, and test results.

We may collect personal data directly from you or your employer, third-party sources like our Unity Partners, third-party marketplaces that offer our products (like AWS and Google Cloud Platform), data brokers, marketing companies, customer referrals, and publicly available sources like company websites and LinkedIn.

NOTE: We can aggregate or de-identify your personal data so that the information can’t be linked to you and is, in actuality, no longer personal data. Our use and disclosure of non-personal data isn’t subject to our privacy notice.

HOW WE USE YOUR DATA

How We Use Your Information

We use and share personal data collected or generated through our services as described in our service-specific privacy statements and based on contracts with customers.  We use and share other personal data for these reasons:

  • To improve and develop F5 products and services.
  • To process payments.
  • To manage relationships with customers, partners, resellers, distributors, event attendees, and investors.
  • Marketing, advertising, and other communications.
  • To provide proof of an individual’s certification status to a third party.
  • Surveys and other market research.
  • Security, IT management, and related research.
  • To enforce the legal terms that govern our business and commercial relationships.
  • To provide security and business continuity.
  • To follow the law or to protect the rights, safety, and property of F5 or others.
  • For an actual or potential business sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of substantial assets, reorganization, or due diligence in anticipation of such an event.

For complete details, please see our privacy notice.


Who We Share Your Data With

The sharing of personal data we collect or generate through our services is described in service-specific privacy statements  and based on contracts with customers. We may share other personal data with: 

  • Affiliates and customers.
  • Third parties that help us, for example: our Unity Partners, event providers, payment processors, marketing providers, testing providers, analytics providers, providers of technical services (data storage, data backup, and CRM systems), and other subcontractors.
  • Marketing partners.
  • Security researchers.
  • Employers and others who seek verification of an individual’s certification status.
  • Entities involved in dispute resolution (like an arbitrator or an opposing party).
  • Entities involved in potential or actual significant corporate transactions or events (to follow the law or in cases where we believe that using or disclosing the data protects the rights, safety, and property of F5 or others).
  • Governmental entities.

For complete details, please see our privacy notice.


Protection for International Transfers

We’re a global company, so some affiliates and third parties who we share data with are in countries where privacy laws may not provide as much protection as the laws in your country.  We comply with legal requirements for protecting the movement of data across borders, including the use of European Commission-approved Standard Contractual Clauses.

Our customers may transfer personal data to F5 via legal mechanisms approved by the European Commission and other relevant authorities for transferring data across borders. If you want to see copies of the tools F5 uses for transfers data to third parties, please contact us <Insert anchor link .

For a full explanation of F5’s privacy practices, please see our privacy notice.


How Long We Retain Your Data

We’ll keep personal data as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in our privacy notice unless the law requires us to keep it longer. For security and business continuity, we make backups of certain data, which we may hold onto for longer than the original data.

For complete details, please see our privacy notice.

WHY WE COLLECT YOUR DATA

The Legal Grounds for Handling Your Data

The laws in some jurisdictions require data controllers to tell you about the legal grounds that allow them to use or disclose your personal data. Where those laws apply, our legal grounds are:

Legitimate interests—We handle personal data because it furthers the legitimate interests of F5, our customers, business partners, or suppliers, such as the interests listed below, when the handling of data doesn’t unduly impact your interests, rights, and freedoms:

  • Providing cybersecurity and managing information technology assets.
  • Protecting business activities, individuals, and property.
  • Providing customer service.
  • Marketing and advertising.
  • Analyzing and improving the way we do business.
  • Managing risks and legal issues.

Contractual obligations—Some of the ways we handle personal data are required to meet our contractual obligations to individuals or to take steps at the person's request because we’re planning to enter into a contract with them. A good example of this is when we process an individual’s payment data for a certification exam.

Consent—If the law requires, we handle personal data on the basis of consent. For example, some of our direct marketing efforts operate on the basis of consent. If the law requires explicit consent, we use personal data only when such consent is given. If the law allows, we can infer consent based on circumstances.

Legal obligations—We sometimes need to use and disclose personal data to comply with legal obligations.

For complete details, please see our privacy notice.


How Our Privacy Shield Certification Protects Your Data

As a business subject to the investigatory and enforcement authority of the United States Federal Trade Commission, F5 has certified it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles with respect to certain personal data. We honor our commitments with respect to personal data received under our certification.

F5’s Privacy Shield certification is available at privacyshield.gov/list.  To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, please visit privacyshield.gov

We recognize that the Court of Justice of the European Union in July 2020 ruled that the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework can no longer be the basis for entities subject to the GDPR to export personal data to the United States.

While F5 customers who relied on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield certification transition to other safeguards, like Standard Contractual Clauses, we continue to honor our commitments to comply with the Privacy Shield. 

For complete details, please see our privacy notice

An important note about security

To help protect personal data, our privacy practices include physical, technical, and administrative safeguards. However, we can’t be certain that the data that we collect will never be used or disclosed in a way that’s inconsistent with our privacy notice.

YOUR RIGHTS AND CHOICES—AFTER ALL, IT’S YOUR DATA, NOT OURS

So, What Are Your Rights and Choices?

For personal data that we collect via our services, the privacy statement for each service has instructions on how you can exercise your legal rights with respect to your data.

For other personal data (including certain personal data we collect through some of our services), we offer the following options for exercising your rights and choices about how we use your personal data. (You can review and update your preferences any time by logging in to the relevant F5 websites or online services).

  • The law of your jurisdiction may give you additional rights to request access to, correction of, or deletion of certain personal data we store. The law may also give you the right to request restrictions on the use of your personal data, to object to our use of your personal data, or to withdraw your consent to use your personal data.
  • Note: 
  • Our marketing email messages and certain other communications include instructions about how to unsubscribe.
  • You can exercise opt-out rights, object, or withdraw consent in relation to our use of certain cookies and other similar technologies.

For your protection, we’ll only implement requests with respect to personal data after we’ve verified your identity. Contact us or review our full Privacy Notice to find all the information relevant to exercising your rights.


Cookies and Other Technologies

In our websites, apps, and emails, we and third parties may collect certain information via cookies, web beacons, JavaScript, and mobile-device functionality. This information can include unique browser identifiers, IP address, browser and operating system information, device identifiers (such as the Apple IDFA or Android Advertising ID), geolocation, other device information, and Internet connection information, as well as details about your interactions with our apps, websites, and emails (for example, the URL of the third-party website you came from, the pages on our website that you visit, and the links you click on our websites).

We and third parties may use these automated means to read or write information on your devices, such as in various types of cookies and other browser-based or plugin-based local storage to collect pieces of information that, taken together, can uniquely identify your device.

These technologies help us:

  • Keep track of whether you’re signed in or have previously signed in, so we can display all the features available to you.
  • Remember your settings on the pages you visit, so we can display your preferred content the next time you visit.
  • Display personalized content.
  • Review and analyze users’ journeys on our websites and apps, such as how users engage with, linger on, navigate, and scroll through our services during a visit.
  • Engage in more effective advertising.
  • Perform analytics, measure traffic and usage trends, and better understand the demographics of our users.
  • Diagnose and fix technology problems.
  • Plan for and enhance our business.

By clicking on the cookie preferences in the footer of our participating websites, you can launch a consent tool to adjust your preferences about how certain cookies and similar technologies are used in F5 websites. Repeat this process with each browser you use to visit those websites.  Our full privacy notice has more detail about our use of these technologies and additional opt-out options.


Analytics Opt-Outs

You can opt out of Google Analytics and customize Google Display Network ads by using the Google Ads Settings page from each browser. Google also lets you install a Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for most browsers. 

In addition, you may be able to set your web browser to refuse certain types of cookies, or to alert you when certain types of cookies are being sent. But be aware that if you block or otherwise reject our cookies, local storage, JavaScript or other technologies, certain websites (including some of our own) may not work properly. 

For complete details, please see our privacy notice.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Ways to Contact Us About Privacy

To request to exercise your data protection rights under the GDPR or other laws (beside the CCPA), please visit the General DSR Portal.

For CCPA Requests only for California Residents, please visit the CCPA DSR Portal. Alternatively, you can make your CCPA request via voicemail at the following number: +1 (844) 311-6885. No other requests are accepted at that number.

For security and legal reasons, F5 reserves the right to deny requests that require us to access third-party websites or services.

If you have any other request, question, or complaint regarding your personal data or this Privacy Notice, please complete the form below  or send your inquiry to:

What Happens when Our Privacy Notice Changes

F5 can change our privacy notice at any time, including to reflect changes in the law or our data practices. Any updated privacy notice will be easily accessible from f5.com.

 

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Attn: Privacy Office
801 5th Ave
Seattle, Washington 98104
United States

Data Protection Officer:
Dr. Felix Wittern
Fieldfisher
Am Sandtorkai 68
20457 Hamburg
Germany
dpo@f5.com

Main European office:
F5 Networks Limited
Attn: Privacy Office
Chertsey Gate West
43-47 London Street
Chertsey
SURREY
KT16 8AP
UNITED KINGDOM

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