Privacy Policy & Cookies



This privacy policy sets out how Global Innovation Cooperative Summit (GICS) uses and protects any information that you provide, directly or indirectly, when you use our website or our event app. GICS is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using the Services, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy policy.


By signing up at GICS, we collect both personal information and non-personal information. “Personal information” is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. Personal information is collected when you provide such information knowingly through registration or a contact form, from third parties and referrals, and passively through technology such as cookies. “Non-personal information” includes technical information that does not identify an individual personally. Over time, non-personal information may become personal information due to regulatory developments, technological advancements, or the co-mingling of personal and non-personal information.
We may collect the following information in the following ways:
  • Name, gender, email address, mailing address, company and job title and password when you create an account to sign in to our network,
  • Name, email address, phone number, company and job title, and website URLs, including your LinkedIn URL, when you apply to join the Summit community.
  • Name, email address and phone number when you nominate someone to join the Summit community. When you are submitting information for someone other than yourself, please make sure you have that person’s permission to share their information.
  • Name, email address, phone number, company and job title when you nominate yourself or someone else to be a speaker at an event. When you are submitting information for someone other than yourself, please make sure you have that person’s permission to share their information.
  • Email address when you sign up to receive updates from us.
  • Name, credit card information and billing information.


We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • GICS Registration purposes
  • Internal record keeping.
  • To provide and improve our websites, products and services.
  • To facilitate the creation of and secure your account on our network.
  • To respond to your inquiries and send other informational and administrative emails.
  • To periodically send promotional emails
We may use the information to customize the Services according to your interests. We process personal information per applicable law and with transparency and fairness.


We may share or disclose the information we collect to the following parties in the following instances:

  • To contractors and service providers that help us to provide our website, products and services. If these third parties have access to your information, it is only to perform these tasks on our behalf.
  • To third parties who we think you may find interesting for their direct marketing purposes. We only share information in this instance with your consent.


Please note that any information you include in a message you post to any public posting area is available to other users. If you do not want people to know your email address, for example, do not include it in any message you post publicly. PLEASE BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN DISCLOSING ANY INFORMATION IN PUBLIC POSTING AREAS. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE USE BY OTHERS OF THE INFORMATION THAT YOU DISCLOSE IN THESE PUBLIC POSTING AREAS.


If we learn of a security systems breach we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using the Services or otherwise providing personal information to us, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy and administrative issues relating to your use of the Services. We may post a notice via the Services if a security breach occurs. We may also send an email to you at the email address we have on file for you. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing.


We retain your personal information for no longer than necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected, unless a longer retention is required by law.


We, and third parties that we work with, use cookies and other similar technologies. A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. We may use session cookies or persistent cookies. Session cookies only last for the specific duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. Persistent cookies remain on your device’s hard drive until you delete them or their expire. Different cookies are used to perform different functions • Targeted advertising – We use cookies to compile information on our users interaction with our content. We use this information to serve ads to you and enable marketing tracking. Other than essential cookies which are required and necessary for the operation of our Services, once you agree to the use of non-essential cookies, the cookie file is added. You can modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. Please check your browser and browser settings to determine where these types of cookies are stored and whether and how they may be deleted. The Network Advertising Initiative also offers a means to opt-out of a number of advertising cookies. Please visit their website to learn more and to opt-out, if desired. In any event, if you reject our cookies, you may still use the Services, but disabling cookies may prevent you from taking full advantage of the websites.


Our Services may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our Services, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such websites and such websites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.


You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information for direct marketing purposes at any time. If you change your mind, please let us know by writing to us We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen. Additionally, GICS website and event apps provide access to, and allow you to modify certain information that you have submitted as part of your profile on Summit’s platform. However, certain data related to usage history of our websites or interaction with our emails may not be visible to you. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at our contact information provided in the Questions section below. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.


We reserve the right to change this privacy policy from time to time. When we do, we will also revise the “Last updated on” date above.


If you have any questions, comments or concerns about our privacy practices or the privacy policy, please contact us at:

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