Legal Notice

Terms of Use

This website (“Site”) is owned and managed by Identity Management Institute (IMI). The Site is intended to provide information about IMI programs and services. IMI is not engaged in rendering general or specific legal, medical, financial, or other professional services. If expert assistance is required, please seek the services of a competent professional.

IMI has endeavored to make the material on the Site accurate. The information should be used only as general guide. IMI cannot guarantee that this information is free of typographical or content errors. Each piece of content contains information only up to its original publication date.

These Terms of Use, along with policies and guidelines located throughout the Site identify what users of the Site (“Users”) can expect from the Site and what the Site expects from Users. By accessing any areas of the Site, Users are deemed to have accepted these Terms of Use and other policies and guidelines identified throughout the Site.

I. Privacy Statement

IMI has created this privacy statement for the Site in order to demonstrate its firm commitment to privacy. The following statement discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for the Site.

This site allows visitors to complete and submit online applications which are HTTPS pages for secure submission of information. The applications collect personal information to register members and process training and examination requests. The collected email is also used for communication between the Site and Users and requesting payments. Applicant and member emails are never shared with or sold to others for marketing and solicitation purposes.

IMI reserves the right to use emails collected on this site such as when visitors take the online quizzes to send newsletters and other communications, however, the recipients may opt out of the IMI newsletter and communications by contacting IMI at [email protected]

II. Copyright Notice

U.S. Federal Copyright laws protect all material found on this website or in every email sent from any site owned by IMI. It may not be reprinted in any form, or hosted on any web site without explicit written permission from the Site owner. That includes publishing it on web sites, in ezines, in magazines, newspapers, or any other media, online or offline.

What Intellectual Property does IMI own?

IMI owns a globally recognized portfolio of trademarks and copyrighted materials including logos, service names, frameworks, research, certification, certificate exams, certification study manuals, conferences, videos and and training programs. IMI is and shall remain the sole and complete owner of all intellectual property rights inherent in and associated with all of the trademarks and all intellectual property developed by or on behalf of the institute.

What materials are covered by the Intellectual Property guidelines?

IMI frameworks, certification names, research studies, reports, white papers, certification and certificate exams, articles, books, CDs and other published materials, including the contents of the IMI web site, videos and emails, are protected by copyright under U.S. and other national/international laws. IMI owns all rights, title and interest in these materials.

What are the basic rules for usage of IMI’s Intellectual Property?

IMI’s intellectual property offerings have been created as educational and reference resources for boards of directors, CIOs, senior management, IT management, information security professionals, as well as risk, control and assurance professionals. These works are protected by copyright, regardless of their form.

IMI’s copyrighted works may not be used, copied, reproduced, modified, displayed, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior written approval of IMI. If approval is given to use the material in any format (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), full attribution must be given to IMI. Such attribution shall be provided as follows: Title of work, ® year of publication, IMI. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

If IMI content is used as part of a commercial product (e.g., a software tool, a commercial training program, a publication based on the copyrighted material or a translation of the material), a license must be obtained from IMI.

Please contact us if you wish to obtain permission regarding the use of materials found on The Site. All requests are assessed on a case by case basis.

III. Trademarks

Identity Management Institute® and other trademarks listed on the Site are registered trademarks and property of IMI. All graphics, logos, service marks, trademarks and trade dress displayed on the Site may not be used without prior written consent obtained from IMI. Without limiting the foregoing, no trademark or trade dress on the Site or as listed above may be used in connection with any product or service that is not owned by IMI in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among Users, or in any manner that disparages or discredits IMI.

What are the basic rules for using the IMI trademarks?

To the extent that a name or logo is not listed on the Site, this does not constitute a waiver of any of the intellectual property rights that IMI has established in any of its products, service names or logos.

IMI trademarks may not be used by individuals or organizations to promote events such as conferences, review courses, seminars, consulting services or commercial products and services. Such use of these trademarks may falsely imply an endorsement or approval of the product or service by IMI. For fair use (under trademark laws) or other truthful references that are not likely to cause confusion as to any association, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement by IMI no permission is required. Requests to use IMI trademarks should be directed in writing to [email protected] Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

May an IMI member use an IMI logo to promote his/her company?

Generally no, with the exception for certifications. Please note that an individual’s membership in IMI does not include or accrue to his/her company. A member’s use of the logo in connection with his/her business may cause people and organizations receiving the member’s promotional materials to believe mistakenly that the member’s company and its products or services are affiliated with or endorsed by IMI. Such statements misrepresent an individual or enterprise as having a relationship that does not exist.

What about the use of trademark acronyms, such as CIAM, CIPA, etc.?

Certified individuals who maintain active membership can use IMI’s certification acronyms such as CIAM, CIPA, and CRFS after their name (e.g., John Smith, CIAM, CIPA) on business cards, CVs and professional sites such as LinkedIn.

IV. Disclaimer Notice

All content, links and listings provided within the Site is provided for informational purposes only and may or may not apply to specific circumstances, individuals and cases. The contents herein are solely the opinions of IMI and should not be considered as a form of therapy nor advice. If expert assistance or consulting is needed, please contact Identity Management Institute. Your use of this website is at your own risk. IMI assumes no responsibility for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, which may arise from any person’s use of any of the information provided in or through the Site.

Information and services provided on the Site is provided “AS IS” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of the accuracy, validity, completeness, quality, suitability, usefulness, truth, timeliness, or completeness of any information contained in or made available through the Site.

The Site may contain links to third party websites not owned by IMI. These links are provided for convenience only and the inclusion of a link does not indicate an endorsement by IMI of any third party product, service or third party website. If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked from the Site, you do this entirely at your own risk. IMI makes no representations or warranties about any third party websites, services and products.

Reviews of various products and services do not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted on this website and do not advise visitors of this website to base their vendor selection or other decisions solely on information found on this website.

V. Liability Notice

Identity Management Institute and its management, personnel or Board members cannot accept any liability for the work of any member, certified or otherwise. The certification programs are not government sponsored or administered programs.

A person or company cannot assume any liability protection by using IMI logos or service marks. Any company hiring or employing individuals claiming to be certified members of IMI must evaluate the competency of anyone working and must evaluate the quality of all work.

Product Review Disclaimer

Our product reviews are for information purposes only and do not constitute product endorsement by Identity Management Institute. These product reviews may not be complete or accurate as the reviews:

  • are completed based on publicly available information as well as possible interviews and documentation obtained from product owners.
  • do not include validation and assessments which are typically part of a product certification.
  • and, do not reflect any changes made to the product after the review date.

VI. Cancellation and Refund Policy

The initial membership application fee is non-refundable. It takes staff time to review and log membership application data which incur costs for IMI. In addition, downloadable information in the password protected member-only page becomes available upon registration which can not be taken back. Members can decide to not renew their membership in subsequent years and lose the membership benefits including member materials and active certification status.

Also upon registration and payment of all applicable fees for certification, candidates receive study guides and other materials in digital form by email which can not be returned to IMI. Therefore $100 is retained for the materials and the rest is refunded within 5 days if cancellation is requested by email within 15 days of receiving the welcome email and package. If candidates prefer to receive materials by mail, they must request their preference in writing and pay the printing and shipping costs to receive and return the materials.

VII. Expedited Shipping

The certificate are mailed using standard postal services. Candidates have the option to request expedited services as available at their own cost. Please contact IMI to inquire about expedited shipping days and costs to your address.

VIII. Acknowledgement

The Terms of Use, including all documents referenced herein, represent the entire understanding between the Site and Users regarding Users relationship with the Site and supersedes any prior statements or representations. When using the Site or making a purchase there from, USER AGREES TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF USE.

IX. Modification

IMI reserves the right to make changes to the Site, posted policies, its programs and services, and these Terms of Use at any time without notice.

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