Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The Options Clearing Corporation (“OCC” or “we”) respects your expectations of privacy. This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) describes the ways in which we use information provided by users of this website and mobile application.

Collection and Use of Personal Information

If you choose to register for the conference, we will require certain personal information from you, such as your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number (“Personal Information”).

We may use that Personal Information for the following purposes:

  • to register you for the conference
  • to contact you and respond to your requests and enquiries
  • to share your information with third party vendors for purpose of sending you requested information
  • to personalize your use of the Options Industry Conference website
  • to carry out, monitor, secure, and analyze our website operations, including through use of cookies
  • to share your contact information with conference exhibitors and sponsors, for marketing purposes. If you do not wish to receive such offers, please email oic2020@theocc.com indicating your wish to be removed from this list
  • to comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidance or professional obligations that we may be subject to.

If you communicate with us via e-mail, you may need to supply us with information relating to the purpose of your communication in order to enable us to provide you with a useful reply. In some cases, we might forward an e-mail sent to us to a third party to facilitate an appropriate response.

You should note that e-mail is not necessarily secure from interception. The e-mail address or addresses identified in the Options Industry Conference website do not have encryption capability. You should consider whether information of a particularly personal or sensitive nature is appropriate to include in an email.

Automatically Collected Information

If you visit the Options Industry Conference website, our web servers collect and store information with respect to: the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet; the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using; the browser software and operating system you are using; the date and time at which you access the Options Industry Conference website; and the address of the Internet site from which you linked directly to the site.

The Options Industry Conference website also uses "cookie" technology. A cookie is an element of data that a website sends to the browser of a user of the website. OCC does not use cookies to aggregate information with respect to use of the Internet from a particular email address.

Security and Confidentiality of the Website

To protect the security of the Options Industry Conference website and to ensure that the site remains available to all users, OCC employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage to the website. See OCC's User Agreement for additional information.

OCC protects the confidentiality of your Personal Information by restricting access to our employees and agents for business purposes only in accordance with this Policy. All employees and agents are required to safeguard such information. OCC also maintains reasonable, albeit not infallible, physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to guard your Personal Information.

Storage of Information Subject to United States Law

We may retain information provided by you, including Personal Information, for as long as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, or to achieve the purposes for which the information was originally shared.

OCC is based in the United States. Personal information that is submitted to OCC online, via electronic communication or otherwise, may be maintained or accessed in servers or files located in the United States. Your privacy rights under this policy are defined by the law of the State of Illinois, in the United States. The European Union has not deemed that United States laws provide "adequate" privacy protection. If you do not consent to having your information processed and stored in the United States under Illinois law, please do not provide it to OCC or request that we remove it from our records.

Your California Privacy Rights

Under California law, California consumers are entitled to request information relating to whether a business has disclosed Personal Information to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. OCC does not sell or share your Personal Information with third-party companies for their direct marketing purposes without your consent.  If you wish to obtain more details on our information practices, please see below.

Other Important Information

Links to third party websites are provided from this site for your convenience. Should you leave this site via such a link, the content of any third party website is not provided by OCC and thus OCC is not responsible for the content of those sites. Third party websites may collect information from or about users. OCC's Policy does not cover any such collection activities, and users are advised to review the privacy policies of those websites for information.

Purchases made through this site are provided by third party websites. All security measures associated with such transactions (in particular, credit card purchases) are the responsibility of the third-party website and questions regarding the transaction should be directed to them directly. The third-party websites may provide certain information to OCC regarding purchases made from their site. This information may include the purchaser's name and address. The third-party website may also provide OCC with information on the amount of purchases made through OCC's site.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Policy, OCC reserves the right to disclose user information in special cases, when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) our rights or property, other users of the Options Industry Conference website, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. We may disclose Personal Information without notice to you in response to a subpoena or when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or to respond to an emergency situation.

OCC does not knowingly collect or use any Personal Information from users under 18 years of age. No information should be submitted to this website by guests under 18 years of age.

We continue to evaluate our efforts to protect Personal Information and make every effort to keep your Personal Information accurate and up to date. If you have any questions, privacy requests, or concerns, please contact us at oic2020@theocc.com so that we may respond.

OCC reserves the right to modify its privacy principles as business needs require. Any such modifications will be effective when published on this website.