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Policy on Handling of Confidential Data

For the purposes of this policy, the term "confidential data" refers to private company information or other private organizational information not intended to be disclosed outside the context of the company or organization responsible for that information.

Unicode, Inc. is a multi-member consortium which uses electronic mail as one of its primary means of information interchange. It is possible that there will be occasions that some confidential data makes its way by mistake into Consortium documents prepared or distributed electronically. To deal with this situation, it is the policy of the Consortium that:

  • All submissions, either in hard copy or in electronic form, should be reviewed by the submitter to ensure that they contain no  confidential data; furthermore, it is the responsibility of the submitter, and not of Unicode, Inc., to ensure that this review takes place.
  • If Unicode Officers are alerted by members or observers that  confidential data is found in Unicode documents or electronic information, the Officers of the Consortium shall remove that data from all official Unicode records and files as soon as possible.
  • Consortium members and observers who obtain copies of documents which contain  confidential data, or information that Unicode has identified as confidential, shall refrain from actions which would further disseminate such data, and shall notify an Officer of Unicode, Inc., so that the Consortium can take appropriate action to remove such data from official Unicode records and files.

Anyone who knowingly disseminates confidential data found in Unicode electronic mail or other documents shall be in direct violation of this policy of Unicode, Inc. Appropriate actions may be taken by the Officers of Unicode, Inc. to remediate such violations. These actions may include, but are not limited to: termination of membership in the Consortium (requires consent of Board of Directors) and the banning of anyone from Unicode activities.