IVAO Privacy Policy

The International Virtual Aviation Organisation (further identified as IVAO) places the highest priority on handling your personal data with respect and confidentiality. IVAO adheres to all applicable data protection laws and regulations with respect to the location of our servers which process or store your information. The following privacy policy outlines what data is collected from you, who has access to that data, and how it can be used across the IVAO network. The IVAO network (further identified as IVAN) is a service provided by IVAO VZW, an NPO with main offices located at:

Werfstraat 89
1570 Galmaarden

IVAO collects, processes, and uses your personal information without asking for explicit consent only when this information is necessary for fulfilling the terms of service for the usage IVAN and other IVAN related services.

Effective 9 April 2015

What Information is Stored and How is it Used

Information you provide on registration

When registering with IVAO, it is necessary to provide your real name, country of residence, email address, and date of birth. Your name and country of residence will become part of your public profile that can be viewed by any registered user. Your email address will be used to send you notifications such as newsletters, important service announcements, or to facilitate a staff member directly contacting you. You always have the option to unsubscribe from any mass mailings provided by IVAO from your profile page. Your date of birth will be used to verify that you meet our minimum age requirements for membership and/or staff positions if requested. Your IP address will also be captured and stored as a part of this process. Any additional optional information that you choose to provide such as Skype username, ICQ number, or personal photograph will also be visible to any registered user.

In addition, upon registration, a forum user account will be created for your use. Information provided during registration will be transferred to the forum (forum.ivao.aero) in order to create and administer your account.

Information you provide through use of our services

When you log onto IVAN, the server automatically collects data regarding your connection including date and time of connection, provided name, and IP address. Additional information is also collected from the flight plan of the IvAp pilot client and the ATIS section of the IvAc air traffic control client. This information is stored within the user’s connection history. Furthermore, public and private IP address as well as MAC address of the client computer are captured at the time of connection, however, are not stored in our databases.

IVAO also provides a forum (forum.ivao.aero) for use by its members. Information regarding your connection including date and time and IP address is collected and stored. The forum also provides several user customisable fields that can be filled out by the user which may become viewable to any registered user. Additionally, due to the nature of a forum, any posts made by you will be stored for viewing.

Information retained through the use of our services

In order to provide you with services related to IVAO and adhere to our rules and regulations, certain information is retained by our servers including user exam history, virtual airline affiliation, staff details, and user account suspension history.

Storage of cookies on your computer

Cookies are tiny text files stored on your computer. Most frequently, cookies are stored for the duration of the current session, i.e. until you close your browser, but in some cases they are stored longer than this. IVAO uses cookies as follows:

Session Cookies for Identification

When you sign into your IVAO account via the website or via the forum, IVAO sets a cookie to recognise your browser (this is called a session cookie) upon your request. This allows you to enter your password only once per session (when you log in), without being asked repeatedly to do so while utilising the website. Most browsers accept cookies by default, but it is possible to change your browser settings to refuse all cookies. You can delete cookies at any time, however, but will have to sign in again the next time you wish to login to the IVAO website.

Log Information

When you visit an IVAO website, the server automatically saves the information that your browser sends whenever you visit this site. The information includes your request, IP address, browser type and language, and the date and time of your request. The information is used solely for analysing and maintaining the technical operation of the servers and network as a whole. It is generally deleted after a 3 month period.

Communication Between You and IVAO

Should you have questions, you can contact us at any time via email. Certain departments utilise a mail ticketing service so as to reply as quickly as possible and to track our support service. Your information will only be used to process your request.

Third Party Services

  • IVAO utilises the Google Maps API for its online map (http://webeye.ivao.aero). Information regarding the Terms of Service and how Google handles your personal data can be found here: https://developers.google.com/maps/terms
  • IVAO Divisional websites may also utilise additional 3rd party plug-ins. Divisional websites are not under the direct administration of IVAO; however, are required to comply with this privacy policy when using or processing your data. For additional information regarding what data is collected and how it is used, please consult the privacy policy for the division website of interest.
  • Users may make use of 3rd party recording applications in order to broadcast and/or archive their actions on the network. Rules and regulations regarding this action are in place and reasonable steps have been taken to ensure no personally identifiable information is available; however, it is outside the scope of control for IVAO to monitor how this information is used or disseminated. IVAO does not condone nor accept responsibility for the actions of users acting on their own private behalf.

Visibility and Publicly Accessible Information

IVAO Website (ivao.aero)

Names, ATC and pilot ratings, ID numbers (also known as VID), and statistical information such as country and division, optional information such as ICQ number, Skype name, and user comments, profile information such as ranks, awards, and virtual airline affiliation, and network information such as last online time are visible to any registered IVAO member. As an IVAO staff member, your name may also be visible as a point of contact regarding your position.

Information that you provided during the registration process will be visible to certain staff members of IVAO who have signed the appropriate confidentiality agreement (CA) with exception of names and country of residence which are visible to any registered user.

Of course, you have the ability to view all of your own information.

IVAO Network (IVAN)

Information that you provided while connecting to the IVAN including your ID Number, IvAp flight plan information, and IvAc ATIS information will be publicly viewable during your online session. Your name will also be visible if you choose to opt-in through your profile settings. Basic information provided by yourself and collected as a part of your online history will be visible to staff members and yourself. Information collected automatically by the server such as IP addresses and MAC addresses will be visible to certain staff members of IVAO who have signed the appropriate confidentiality agreement (CA).

IVAO Forum (forum.ivao.aero)

Certain information regarding your forum account is visible to other registered forum users including your VID, location, age, and gender when provided by the user as well as statistical information such as join date and number of posts. Additional information derived from the use of the forum service and from your IVAO registration is only visible to certain staff members who have signed the appropriate confidentiality agreement (CA). Due to the nature of a forum, any posts that you may make will become visible to any other user who has access to the same board.

Administrative Access To Your Account

Certain information regarding your account is visible to staff members who have signed the appropriate confidentiality agreement (CA). These staff members are authorised to make changes to your account information in accordance with the scope of their duties with your consent, or as required to ensure compliance with the Rules and Regulations. Furthermore, these staff members may have access to personnel information such as user suspension and disconnection history.

Sharing Your Data

Your information will never be sold to third parties. We will not disclose any personal data without your consent, unless:

  • We are required by law to do so.
  • We are obliged to do so to enforce our Rules and Regulations or the rights of IVAO.

If IVAO is ever acquired by another company, user information could be transferred to the acquiring party.

Certain data may be shared with third parties; however, prior to disclosure, IVAO will ensure that the third party has signed an appropriate agreement with IVAO and that the data does not contain any of your personal information or other information which could potentially reveal your identity. This disclosure is limited to statistical data or technical data for research purposes.

Your Rights


We are happy to give you a summary of all data we have collected from you as required by law. This request for information is free of charge and will be processed as soon as it is received. Normally, we deliver such requests via email, but you can also request it be sent via snail mail. If you want a detailed breakdown of collected data, please let us know precisely which data you would like to learn about. We want to make sure that you are really you and not someone pretending to be you, so we will need a copy or scan of a valid government issued photo ID to fulfill a request for information. We only use the scan or copy to check your ID and respond to your request. Upon fulfillment, the copy will be destroyed.

Correction, Deletion or Blocking

In accordance with law, you are entitled to request that any data we collect from you be corrected, deleted or blocked from further use in cases that fall under the terms of the article. Deletions which are requested during a suspension period shall be honored, however, permanent removal of all information associated with an account shall not take place until the suspension period is fulfilled in order to protect the interests and rights of the organization by law.

If you do not consent to this privacy policy in whole or in part, now or at a later point in time, you will no longer be able to use our services. In this case, you are required to inform us immediately and we will take the appropriate steps to delete your account and all associated data held by our servers. Please note that publicly available information gathered by third parties such as search engines are out of the scope of our control.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

We may change our privacy policy from time to time. Your rights, however, will not be reduced without good reason. All changes to the privacy policy will be listed on this page. If the changes are significant, we will announce the change to users (in an email newsletter, for example).

If you have questions or concerns about this privacy policy, you can email us at vzw@ivao.aero or contact us by mail at:

Werfstraat 89
1570 Galmaarden

If you choose not to accept the changes of our privacy policy, you have the opportunity to decline them within one month. After this period of time, the changes are considered to be accepted. Please enter your objection via email to vzw@ivao.aero or write to us at:

Werfstraat 89
1570 Galmaarden