The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the IALD Education Trust Privacy Notice


The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the IALD Education Trust take our obligation seriously to protect personal data that we collect, use, share, and process. This privacy notice tells you what to expect when you provide information to IALD and the IALD Education Trust.

IALD Principles Regarding User Privacy and Data Protection
  • We believe user privacy and data protection are basic and important rights
  • We take protecting your privacy seriously and it is our practice to protect the confidentiality of this information and to limit access to it to those with a business need
  • We will only collect and process data when it is absolutely necessary and when we do, we will make it clear why we are doing so and how it will be used
  • We will not send you regular email newsletters that you have not subscribed to and, if subscribed, we will always give you the choice to unsubscribe
  • We will only share your personal information with contracted vendors necessary to accomplish the work of the IALD/IALD Education Trust
What type of information we have 
We currently collect and process the following information:
  • Personal identifiers, contact information (for example, name, address, email address)
  • Place of employment
  • Category of IALD membership
  • Donation history to the IALD Education Trust
  • Credit card information to process event registration and donations (IALD/IALD Education Trust does not save credit card information)
  • Bank information (only if IALD/IALD Education Trust need to reimburse you for expenses incurred on behalf of the IALD/IALD Education Trust or to pay out awarded scholarships)
How we get the information and why we have it
Most of the personal information we process is provided to us directly by you for one of the following reasons:
  • To become a member of IALD
  • To register for an IALD/IALD Education Trust event and/or webinar
  • To be reimbursed for expenses incurred on behalf of IALD/IALD Education Trust
  • To submit a speaker and/or an award proposal
  • To apply for a student stipend, scholarship and/or participation in the LIRC Emerging Program
  • To promote your company on “Find a Lighting Designer”
Third-Party Data Processors
The IALD/IALD Education Trust may share elements of your personal data with third-party processors in order to accomplish IALD’s mission of advancing the global profession of lighting design through leadership and advocacy and serving members by promoting education community and engagement.
The types of third-party processors we may share elements of your personal data with include:
  • Payment processors such as PayPal, J C Morgan Chase Bank, engaged by us to handle payment information such as credit card or debit card details or to make payments
  • Providers of email management and distribution tools – for example, if you sign up to receive the Reflections newsletter, we will manage the delivery of these to you using a third part email distribution tool such as MailChimp.
  • Providers of association management tools – for example, IALD’s member data base, event/webinar registration, etc.
Some of these third-party processors are as follows:

People Who Utilize IALD’s Website

Google Analytics
When someone visits, we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behavior. We may use this information to determine how many people are visiting different portions of the website and help us better tailor the user experience over time. This information is processed in a way that does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempts to find out the identities of individuals visiting our website. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit
What are Cookies?
Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that a website transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser for record-keeping purposes. uses per-session cookies to log you in to the site and to process payments and registrations. With your permission, we will also enable session cookies that make it easier for you to navigate the site, and to allow us to track your activities on our site for marketing purposes.
Clear Gifs, Pixel Tags, and Other Technologies
Clear GIFs are graphics with a unique identifier that function similarly to cookies. However, while cookies are stored on your computer’s hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on web pages. With your permission, we may use clear GIFs (web beacons, web bugs or pixel tags) on to provide a better user experience, help us manage content, determine how you learned about our site, and compile statistics about site usage. We and our third-party service providers may also use clear GIFs in HTML emails to help us track e-mail response rates, identify when our e-mails are viewed, and track whether our e-mails are forwarded. Search Engine
Our website search engine is powered by Google. Search queries and results are logged anonymously to help us improve website and search functionality over time. No user-specific data is collected by IALD or any third party as part of this search.
iMis / RISE
We use a third-party website provider, RISE, as provided by association management software, iMis, to manage and host our website. iMis collects information from users to facilitate the membership application and donation process, and to collect and securely process membership application payments to IALD and donations to the IALD Education Trust (the IALD Education Trust may also utilize a third-party provider or software, GoFundMeCharity™, a crowdfunding platform, to raise money to support the Trust).
Users may need to create an account on to process event registration or purchase things from the online store, and the details of this account are stored in iMis. We do not store credit card information in iMis databases; all transactions are secure and encrypted via PayPal. Only anonymized transaction IDs are stored.
We use a third-party membership provider or software, Abila, to collect and store individual records related to IALD and the IALD Education Trust, Lighting Industry Resource Council (LIRC) membership and participation. We also use Abila to process registrations for some IALD/IALD Education Trust events, as well as to process payments made on the IALD store. Transaction histories are stored in Abila indefinitely until a user requests them to be deleted. However, no credit card information is ever stored in Abila. Abila’s privacy policy can be located here:
Career Center
We use a third-party provider or software, Naylor Association Solutions, to power our career center at Naylor collects information on registered users of its service to customize career center listings and allow repeat users to log in again. For more information about how Naylor processes your data, please see Naylor’s privacy statement.

People Who Receive Email from Us

Digital Communications
We use a third-party provider or software, Mailchimp, to deliver our e-newsletters and emails from IALD and the IALD Education Trust. Mailchimp gathers statistics on our behalf about email opening and clicks to help us monitor and improve our emails. We only send messages to people who have opted in to receiving communications from us. Individuals can opt out of receiving messages from us at any time by clicking the “update your profile” or “unsubscribe” links at the bottom of all our communications.
For more information about how your data is stored please see Mailchimp’s privacy policy.
Vote Net
We use a third-party provider software, Votenet (eBallot), to deliver emails from IALD to conduct the IALD and LIRC elections. We only send emails to voting members of the IALD and Voting Representatives of the LIRC.
We use a third-party provider or software, SurveyMonkey to deliver our surveys from IALD and the IALD Education Trust.
Membership Communications
We use our member software, Abila, to send membership-relevant information to members of the organization. This may include, but is not limited to, dues renewal communication, information about elections, and IALD governance issues. We may send messages of this kind to any member of IALD or LIRC in good standing as part of your membership with us.

People Who Register for an IALD Event

We use a third-party provider or software, Cvent, to process your registration and collect payment for most IALD events. Cvent’s privacy policy can be located here:

People Who Contact Us Via Social Media

We use a third-party provider, Hootsuite, to manage many of our social media interactions, along with the services innately provided by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. If you send us a private or direct message via social media, the message will be stored by Hootsuite (or the respective social media platform) for up to one year. The message will not be shared with any other organizations.

People Who Receive Physical Mail from IALD and the IALD Education Trust

As the global architectural lighting design association, IALD and the IALD Education Trust communicates not only with its members but also with others in allied fields that use or touch on lighting design such as architects, building engineers, and non-member lighting designers, etc., assuming there is a legitimate interest in receiving this information. You may receive physical mail from IALD and/or the IALD Education Trust providing information on advances in lighting, news about the IALD Education Trust, the IALD Education Trust Scholarships/Travel Stipends program, fundraising for the IALD Education Trust, details about the Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) credential, news about upcoming conferences and events, promotion of IALD’s members, etc. You can opt out of receiving physical mail by contacting [email protected].

Data Transfers

We may transfer to and store the data we collect about you in countries other than the country in which the data was originally collected, including the United States, and other destinations outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Brazil. These countries may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you provided the data. In certain circumstances, courts, law enforcement agencies, regulatory agencies or security authorities in those other countries may be entitled to access your personal data. However, IALD will do its utmost to protect your personal data and comply with laws surrounding data transfer and data privacy.

EU and UK Citizens’ Rights for Information

As a resident and/or citizen of an EU member state or the UK, you have the following rights for information under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679  and the UK GDPR:
  • The right of access – the right to review any personal data we hold on you
  • The right to rectification – the right to request corrections or updates to any personal data we hold on you without undue delay
  • The right to erasure – the right to have your data erased from our archives
  • The right to restrict processing – the right to clarify and specify how we may and may not use data we hold on you
  • The right to data portability – the right to receive data held on you in a commonly used and machine-readable format
  • The right to object to data processing under certain circumstances at any time
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling (IALD/IALD Education Trust do not use automated decision making or profiling)
You may reach the IALD to request any of the above by using the contact information at the end of this document.

Brazil Citizens’ Rights for Information

Article 18 of the Brazilian General Data Protection Law (Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais or LGPD) outlines that Brazilian citizens have the rights to:
  1. Confirm the existence of the processing of their data
  2. Access their data
  3. Correct incomplete, inaccurate, or out-of-date data
  4. Anonymize, block or delete unnecessary or excessive data or data that is not being processed in compliance with the LGPD
  5. Portability of data, i.e. handed over to another service or processor if requested
  6. Have their data deleted
  7. Information about public and private entities with which the controller has shared data
  8. Information about the possibility of denying consent and the consequences
  9. Revoke consent
You may reach the IALD to request any of the above by using the contact information at the end of this document.

How Do We Use Your Data?

Donor Privacy Information
The IALD and the IALD Education Trust will not sell, trade or share a member’s/donor's personal information, including their name, phone number, email, or physical address with non-IALD/IALD Education Trust third parties nor will it send donors mailings on behalf of other unrelated organizations. This policy applies to all information received by IALD or the IALD Education Trust, both online and offline, as well as any electronic, written or oral communication. The IALD Education Trust occasionally uses third-party vendors to manage and process donor, scholarship and travel stipend information. These vendors are bound by strict confidentiality agreements.
Credit Card Account Information
IALD and the IALD Education Trust do not disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, IALD and the IALD Education Trust use secure protocols to submit the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse. All payment information is encrypted and secure. Please never send IALD—or anyone—your credit card information via email.
Disclosures to Third Parties
If you receive a scholarship or a travel stipend from the IALD Education Trust, with your permission, the Trust may share your name, school, the degree you are working on and your award amount in various print and digital media formats including print publications, websites, e-marketing, posters, banners, advertising, film, and social media. If you grant this permission, you need to understand that this information is then available to the general public and the use of it is no longer in the control of the IALD Education Trust.
Mailing Address
IALD and the IALD Education Trust share mailing addresses with third party mailing houses to process postage and deliver mail to people with a legitimate interest in the lighting industry and the services of the IALD and the IALD Education Trust, or who have requested to receive certain information. IALD only shares as much information as is required to fulfill the mailing, and mailing houses delete the information as soon as mailings have been distributed.

How Long We Retain Your Personal Data

The IALD and the IALD Education Trust retain personal data identifying you for as long as necessary in the circumstances— for instance, as long as you are a member of the IALD or have a relationship with the lighting industry, the IALD and the IALD Education Trust will for a reasonable period  send you information where we have regular contact with you, or as may be needed to enforce or defend contract claims or as is required by applicable law.
The IALD and the IALD Education Trust have adopted a Record Retention and Destruction Policy (which is available on request). The criteria we use for determining the relevant retention and disposal periods we adopt are based on the purpose for which we hold data and the reasonable expectations of those whose personal data we collect in these circumstances, taking into account various legislative requirements and guidance issued by relevant EU regulatory authorities.
In accordance with the above retention policy, the personal data that we no longer need will be disposed of and/or anonymized so you can no longer be identified from it.

Links to Other Websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. When clicking on external links from the IALD website, please be aware that you are leaving the website. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

About the GDPR

Under the GDPR, the IALD and the IALD Education Trust uses the following lawful bases for processing personal data:
  • Legitimate Interest – As a global lighting design association, the IALD and the IALD Education Trust communicate not only with its members but also with others in allied fields that use or touch on lighting design. The IALD and the IALD Education Trust provide information to these individuals about advances in lighting, news about upcoming conferences or events, promotion of its members, etc. in order to effectively manage and accomplish the mission of the IALD and the IALD Education Trust. Individuals may unsubscribe at any time from receiving this information.
  • Consent – IALD and the IALD Education Trust will ask explicit permission to collect and process certain information such as special categories of personal data. We will always tell you directly what information is being requested and what we plan to do with it. We also give separate granular options to consent separately to different purposes and types of processing. We allow individuals to withdraw their consent at any time without detriment.
  • Contractual- In order to become a member of IALD, individuals apply and pay a fee which provides basic rights and responsibilities of both the member and the organization as provided for in IALD’s bylaws. Therefore, there are certain notifications that individuals will receive that they cannot opt out of such as dues renewal notices, information about the bylaws, elections’ information, etc.

People Who Make a Complaint

IALD tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information. We take any complaints we receive about this very seriously. We encourage people to bring it to our attention if they think that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate. We would also welcome any suggestions for improving our procedures.
This privacy notice was drafted with brevity and clarity in mind. It does not provide exhaustive detail of all aspects of IALD’s collection and use of personal information. However, we will provide any additional information or explanation needed. Any requests for this should be sent to one of the addresses below.
If you are a citizen or resident of an EU member state, under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) you may also make a complaint to the supervisory authority of the member state where you reside, where you work, or where an infringement occurred. You may also contact IALD’s representative in Europe at [email protected].
If you are a U.K citizen, you can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:           
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Helpline number: 0303 123 1113
If you are a citizen of Brazil, under the LGDP you may also make a complaint to the Autoridade Nacional de Proteção de Dados (ANPD) via their website

Contact Information

For general privacy requests or concerns, contact:

IALD Headquarters
Attn: Data Privacy
242 N. York St. Suite 514
Elmhurst, IL 60126
TEL: +1 312 527 3677
FAX: +1 312 527 3680
EMAIL: [email protected]

For privacy requests or concerns made by EU citizens, contact:

IALD Headquarters
Attn: Data Privacy
242 N. York St. Suite 514
Elmhurst, IL 60126
TEL: +1 312 527 3677
FAX: +1 312 527 3680
EMAIL: [email protected]

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IALD’s representative in Europe: 
IALD Europe
Avenue de Tervueren 188a, Postbox 4, 
1150 Brussels
TEL: +32 (0)2 761 1682
FAX: +32 (0)2 761 1699
EMAIL: [email protected]

Ultimately, no website, mobile application, database or system is completely secure or “hacker proof.” While no one can guarantee that your personal information will not be disclosed, misused or lost by accident or by the unauthorized acts of others, we continuously review and make enhancements to how we protect member and customer information. We also cannot control dissemination of personal information you post on or through our digital platforms using any social networking tools we may provide, and you should have no expectation of privacy in respect of such information.

Changes to this privacy notice

This policy may change from time to time without notice to you other than posting the revised policy on the IALD website. The latest effective date will be highlighted at the top of the policy information.
If there are material changes to this privacy notice or in how the IALD/IALD Education Trust will use your personal data, we will notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes before they take effect or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to periodically review this privacy notice to learn how the IALD/IALD Education Trust is processing your information.