Privacy Policy

Effective Date: January 18, 2022

This Online Privacy Policy explains the types of personal information that The MITRE Corporation (“MITRE,” “we,” “our,” “us”) collects from visitors to (the “Site”); how MITRE uses, shares, protects, stores, and otherwise processes that personal information; and your choices with respect to our use of your personal information. By using our Site, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to the terms outlined in this Privacy Policy. If you have any questions, you may contact us using the information provided at the end of this Privacy Policy.

Please see for links to the eCTF sponsors’ privacy policies.


Personal Information We Collect

 A. Personal Information You Give Us

MITRE may obtain your personal information when you interact with our Site, for example, when you, as a faculty member, register a team for the competition or ask us a question using the “Email Us” link. MITRE may also obtain your personal information when you, as a competitor, provide information about yourself via a link provided by MITRE. Using that link, competitors may also opt-in to providing a resume to MITRE and other eCTF sponsors. Personal information is data that identifies you, or could reasonably be used to identify you, as an individual, such as your name, postal address, email address, and phone number.

B. Information We Collect Automatically

We also may collect other information about your visits to our Site using automated tools; for example, cookies and other passive information collection technologies enable MITRE to compile aggregate statistics concerning use of the Site, analyze trends, enhance the security of the Site, deliver content, and otherwise administer and improve the Site. This information may include your browser type, language preference, operating system, device identifier, device type, access time, Internet Protocol (IP) address, the URLs of websites you visited before and after visiting our Site, the web search that landed you on our Site, length of your visits to our Site, and the links you click and pages you visit within our Site. Our Site uses session ID cookies, which make it easier for you to navigate the Site and are necessary for the site to work properly. These cookies expire when you close your browser. The site does not use tracking cookies.

Your web browser may have settings that allow you to transmit a “Do Not Track” signal when you visit various websites or use online services. Like many websites, our Site is not designed to respond to “Do Not Track” signals received from browsers. To learn more about online tracking, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides guidance on How To Protect Your Privacy Online.

How We Use Personal Information

MITRE may use personal information we collect through our Site to:

  • communicate with you, including to respond to your questions and requests, send you notices about our services, or contact you for additional information when needed;
  • market and advertise our services;
  • analyze Site trends, usage, and the activities of Site visitors;
  • improve our Site and notify you about important updates;
  • perform internal business analyses or for other business purposes consistent with our mission;
  • facilitate, manage, personalize, and improve our partnership relationships;
  • identify, prevent, investigate, and take other actions with respect to suspected or actual fraud or illegal activity or other activity that violates our policies;
  • ensure the security and integrity of our personal information processing;
  • comply with applicable laws, rules, regulations, and legal processes as well as our company policies; and
  • fulfill other purposes, with your consent (as required).

How We Share Personal Information

MITRE may share your personal information within our organization, with our affiliates and business partners including eCTF sponsors, and with our vendors and service providers. We also may share your personal information to:

  • better respond to your inquiries;
  • perform marketing research and for sales, support, and service-related purposes;
  • protect rights, property, life, health, security, and safety;
  • negotiate or complete any proposed or actual merger, purchase, sale, or any other type of acquisition or other transaction, including a transfer of all or a portion of our business to another organization;
  • disclose personal information with your consent or at your direction; and
  • achieve any other purpose consistent with our statements in this Privacy Policy or otherwise allowed by applicable law.

MITRE may disclose your personal information to comply with applicable law, such as in response to requests from law enforcement agencies, regulators, other public authorities, courts, and third-party litigants in connection with legal proceedings or investigations.

Linked Websites

Our Site may include links to other websites that are not owned or operated by MITRE . This Privacy Policy does not apply to those websites, which may have their own privacy policies that you should review to understand how they may collect, use, or disclose your personal information. MITRE is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of any linked websites that it does not control.

Security of Personal Information

MITRE maintains reasonable safeguards designed to protect personal information from loss, theft, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. MITRE employs encryption technologies and user authentication procedures that are designed to keep data secure. Nevertheless, transmission via the Internet and online digital storage are not completely secure, so we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information.

Your Choices 

If you are currently on our communications list and do not wish to receive further promotional email messages, you may email a request to with the subject “Unsubscribe.” Opting out of marketing emails will not affect our administrative emails to you (for example, emails about your participation in the competition).

Information for Visitors from Outside the United States

MITRE is based in the United States. If you are visiting our Site from outside the United States, please be aware that information we obtain about you may be transferred to and processed in the United States or other jurisdictions. By using the Site and providing your personal information, you acknowledge that your personal information may be transferred to and processed in jurisdictions outside your own. Please be aware that the data protection laws and regulations that may apply to your personal information transferred to the United States or other countries may be different from the laws in your country of residence.

Information for Visitors from the European Economic Area and the United Kingdom

This section provides a GDPR Notice (“Notice”) for residents of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) and United Kingdom (“UK”) regarding their respective rights under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the United Kingdom’s General Data Protection Regulation (collectively, the “GDPR”). MITRE is the data controller for personal data collected through the Site.

This Notice supplements the information in this Privacy Policy and other MITRE privacy policies and notices. If there is a conflict between any other MITRE privacy policy, statement, or notice and this Notice, this Notice will prevail.

Our Collection and Use of Personal Data

Personal data collected through this Site may include:

  • Contact Data. You may provide your contact details, such as your name, phone number, postal address, email address, and school/university affiliation; for example, when you contact us for further information.
  • Device Data. We may obtain information about devices that access our Site, including the type of device, operating system, device settings, unique device identifiers, and error data.
  • Other Data You Provide. This includes personal data you include in communications you send to us, such as inquiries about this competition.

Our Processing of Your Personal Data

Your personal data is required for us to provide some of our services. In some instances, if you fail to provide your personal data, you may not be able to access or use our services. We may process the personal data you provide for any of the purposes identified in the “How We Use Personal Information” and “How We Share Personal Information” Sections of our Online Privacy Policy.

Your personal data is processed pursuant to the following legal bases:

  • The processing is necessary for us to provide you with the services you request or to respond to your questions.
  • We have a legal obligation to process your personal data, such as compliance with applicable tax laws or other government regulations or compliance with a court order or binding law enforcement request.
  • We have a legitimate interest in processing your personal data and our reasons for using the personal data outweigh the potential prejudice to your data protection rights. In particular, we have a legitimate interest in the following instances:
    • To analyze and improve the safety and security of our Site and services, including by implementing and enhancing security measures and safeguards and protecting against fraud, spam, and other abuses;
    • To maintain and improve our Site and services; and
    • To operate and promote MITRE ’s services and provide you with information and communications about our services that are tailored to, and in accordance with, your preferences.
  • You have consented to our processing of your personal data. When you consent, you may change your mind and withdraw your consent at any time by emailing us at

Your Rights Under the GDPR

The GDPR provides individuals with certain rights regarding their personal data. You may ask us to take the following actions:

  • provide you with information about our processing of your personal data and access to your personal data;
  • update or correct inaccuracies in your personal data;
  • delete your personal data;
  • transfer a copy of your personal data to you or a third party of your choice;
  • restrict the processing of your personal data;
  • object to our use of your personal data for marketing purposes; and
  • object to our reliance on legitimate interests as the basis for processing your personal data.

You may submit these requests by email to We may require specific information from you to help us verify your identity prior to processing your request. Applicable law may require or permit us to decline your request. If we decline your request, we will tell you why, subject to any legal restrictions on disclosing this information.

If you would like to submit a complaint about our use of your personal data or our response to your request regarding your personal data, you may contact us at or submit a complaint directly to the data protection authority in your jurisdiction. If you reside in the EEA, you can find information about your data protection authority here. If you reside in the UK, you may file complaints with the Information Commissioner’s Office here.

Our Retention of Your Personal Data

MITRE retains your personal data for no longer than is necessary to achieve the purposes for which the personal data was collected, or as may otherwise be permitted or required under applicable law. To determine the appropriate retention period, we will consider the scope and sensitivity of the personal data; the potential risk of harm from unauthorized access to, use, or disclosure of the data; the purposes for which we process the data; whether we can achieve our purposes through other means; our business needs; and applicable legal requirements. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, at the end of the retention period, we will anonymize or securely destroy your personal data.

Personal Data Transfers

By using the  Site, you acknowledge that your personal data may be collected, transferred to, and processed in jurisdictions outside your own. When you directly provide your personal data through our Site, you acknowledge that your personal data is being provided by you to a company based in the United States. The laws that apply to personal data protection in the United States differ from those applicable in the EEA and the UK.

If it is necessary for us to transfer personal data out of the EEA and the UK, we do so by using suitable data transfer mechanisms, such as the standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission, which impose data protection obligations on parties to the transfer.

Information for California Residents

California residents may contact us at for further information about our privacy practices.

Privacy of Children 

The eCTF Competion is open to children 13 and older in the US with parental consent as required by law. The Competition is also open to individuals 18 and older in other countries. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child outside these age ranges, we will delete it in accordance with applicable law.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

MITRE may update or modify this Privacy Policy from time to time at our discretion. We will indicate changes to this Privacy Policy by updating the “Effective Date” at the beginning of the Privacy Policy. Please review this Privacy Policy periodically and especially before you provide any personal information to us. Your continued use of this Site after any update to this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of our changes.


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