Last updated 30 April 2018
ANSYS takes protection of your Personal Data seriously. This Privacy Notice applies to all Personal Data we collect about you, including information collected on www.ansys.com and any other websites (including mobile access) and information you provide us through your purchase, download, or use of ANSYS applications, services, or products, or when you request information related to ANSYS services and products, all of which are referred to collectively as the “Services.” This Privacy Notice explains how we collect, use, and share your Personal Data and what rights you can exercise related to the data we process as part of the Services. To the extent that specific sites, applications, products or services outline additional terms related to data collected by that site, application, product or service (such as recruitment sites where you choose to submit an application for employment with ANSYS), those additional terms shall govern collection and use of your Personal Data for the purposes outlined therein.
By using the Services, you accept the practices described in this Privacy Notice. This Privacy Notice was last updated on the date listed at the top of the page and applies from that date.
We may occasionally amend this Privacy Notice and any changes will automatically be effective when published on www.ansys.com. It is your responsibility to periodically review this Privacy Notice to ensure you understand these terms. You may retain a copy of this Privacy Notice for your records and any questions or concerns should be addressed as outlined below.
We do not knowingly collect or process data from anyone under the age of thirteen (13) years old.
Who are we?
ANSYS, Inc. (“ANSYS”) is incorporated in Delaware, USA. We refer to ANSYS, Inc., together with its group companies, as “we,” “us,” or “our” in this Privacy Notice.
You can find details about each of our group companies by visiting Contacts and Locations.
What information do we collect?
For the purposes of this Privacy Notice, “Personal Data” means information that, either separately or together with other identifying information, can identify you. To the extent that applicable data protection laws require special treatment of specific types of personally identifiable information, ANSYS shall take such measures as are necessary for compliance with these laws.
Most of the information we collect is information provided directly by you when you register for or use the Services. This information may include:
We may also collect and use information obtained through your use of the Services or from the device you use to access the Services, including:
Finally, we may use publicly accessible information to verify any information you provide or which we otherwise collect, as outlined in this Privacy Notice, in order to manage and expand our business.
How do we use your information?
Our primary purpose in the collection and use of your Personal Data is to provide you with the Services you request and for those purposes which we believe will help you optimize your use of the Services. In most cases, the lawful grounds for use of your Personal Data by ANSYS will be that use: (i) is necessary for our legitimate interests in carrying out our business, including to grow and improve our Services, provided those interests are not outweighed by your rights and interests (”Legitimate Interests”), (ii) is necessary to perform a contract with you (“Contract”), or (iii) is based on your consent (“Consent”). In specific instances, we may also have a legal obligation to use your Personal Data (“Legal Obligation”). Where use of your Personal Data is based on your Consent, we will identify the purposes of processing such data and provide you with relevant information to make the processing fair and transparent.
Uses of Personal Data, as outlined in this Privacy Notice, are as outlined below and can be attributed to the following lawful grounds for processing by ANSYS:
In order to carry out Legitimate Interests of the business
In order to perform a Contract
To fulfill a Legal Obligation
With whom do we share your information and for what purposes?
We may disclose your Personal Data to enforce our policies, to comply with our legal obligations or in the interests of security, public interest or in response to requests by law enforcement, regulatory or government authorities in any country where we have entities or affiliates. We may also disclose certain Personal Data in connection with actual or proposed litigation, or to protect our property, security, people and other legitimate rights or interests as allowed by law.
Delivery of the Services:
For use by partners:
We may share your Personal Data:
You may access an ANSYS site or portal through a hyperlink from the website or advertisement of one of our trading partners. If so, certain Personal Data, such as general purchase information and details about how you use our site, may be shared with this trading partner to analyze and improve delivery of services and marketing initiatives.
During an acquisition:
If we or any part of our group is sold, or some of our assets transferred to a third party, your Personal Data, as a valuable asset, may also be transferred to such third party. Our customer database could be sold separately from the rest of the business, in whole or in part. Potential purchasers and their advisors may have limited access to ANSYS company data that includes Personal Data as part of the sale process. However, use of your Personal Data will remain subject to this Privacy Notice. Similarly, your Personal Data may be shared with a successor in interest in the unlikely event of a liquidation or bankruptcy proceedings.
The servers used by third-party sites, including social media sites, may not be secure. Despite reasonable security measures taken by ANSYS and its partners and third-party service providers, use of the internet is not secure and unlawful or unauthorized access to private transmissions or data is possible.
How do we protect your information?
In considering the types of data we collect and the data activities we undertake in delivering products and services, we have implemented reasonable and appropriate technical and organizational measures to guard against unauthorized or unlawful access to your Personal Data. While no system is completely secure, we believe the measures implemented by ANSYS in delivery of the Services reduce our potential vulnerability to a level appropriate to the types of data processed.
In addition to the security measures we have put in place to protect our user database, it remains your responsibility to protect your Personal Data by taking the following steps:
Where is your information processed?
Your Personal Data may be processed and stored on our servers or on the servers of our third-party service providers, in the United States or other countries where we or our service providers do business. This means that when we collect your Personal Data, we may transfer and process this data in any of these countries, including countries other than the country in which you reside. While your Personal Data may be transferred to countries with data protection laws that differ from those that apply in your country, and in some cases may be less protective, we will take steps to ensure that your Personal Data is protected in compliance with applicable data protection law and this Privacy Notice. We have implemented appropriate safeguards, including contractual obligations as required by law, with our third-party service providers and partners with whom we share Personal Data.
What are cookies, web beacons and clear GIFs and why do we use them?
The Site and Services do not use technologies that respond to ‘Do-Not-Track’ signals communicated by your internet browser.
As outlined above, we (or, in some cases, a third-party service provider or partner on our behalf) may use your Personal Data to send you marketing information in accordance with the marketing preferences you select when providing your information. You may opt-out of receiving electronic marketing communications at any time by the following means:
Please remember that if you change your marketing preferences, it may take a short time for those preferences to become effective. By opting out of marketing communications, you will still continue to receive communications (including emails) related to your User Account and the Services, including product updates, trainings, and communications related to billing, maintenance, and support.
How long do we keep your information?
Notwithstanding any Data Subject Rights outlined below, we retain your Personal Data only as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Notice, or as permitted or required by applicable law. At the end of the applicable retention period, we will either securely delete or deidentify your Personal Data, or, if deletion or deidentification is not possible (for example, because your Personal Data has been stored in back-up archives), we will securely store your Personal Data separate from any further processing until deletion is possible.
Data Subject Rights
You have the following data protection rights, as may be amended from time to time by applicable law:
We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws.
If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Notice or ANSYS privacy practices related to the Services, we encourage you to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.