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Privacy Policy v1.1

Last revised on: February 9, 2021

IonQ, Inc. (“Company”) is committed to protecting your privacy. We have prepared this Privacy Policy to describe to you our practices regarding the Personal Data (as defined below) we collect from users of our website, located at ionq.com (the “Site”).

1. Questions; Contacting Company; Reporting Violations

If you have any questions or concerns or complaints about our Privacy Policy or our data collection or processing practices, or if you want to report any security violations to us, please contact us at the following address or phone number:

IonQAttn: Legal Department4505 Campus DrCollege Park, MD 207401-855-4QUBITS[email protected]

2. User Consent

By submitting Personal Data through our Site, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy and you expressly consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Data in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

3. A Note to Users Outside of the United States

If you are a non U.S. user of the Site, by visiting the Site and providing us with data, you acknowledge and agree that your Personal Data may be processed for the purposes identified in the Privacy Policy. In addition, your Personal Data may be processed in the country in which it was collected and in other countries, including the United States, where laws regarding processing of Personal Data may be less stringent than the laws in your country. By providing your data, you consent to such transfer.

4. Types of Data We Collect

“Personal Data” means data that allows someone to identify or contact you, including, for example, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, as well as any other non-public information about you that is associated with or linked to any of the foregoing data. “Anonymous Data” means data that is not associated with or linked to your Personal Data; Anonymous Data does not, by itself, permit the identification of individual persons. We collect Personal Data and Anonymous Data, as described below.

a. Information You Provide to Us

  • If you provide us feedback or contact us via e-mail, we will collect your name and e-mail address, as well as any other content included in the e-mail, in order to send you a reply.
  • When you participate in one of our surveys, we may collect additional profile information.
  • We also collect other types of Personal Data that you provide to us voluntarily, including:
    • Business and personal contact information, such as your first and last name, email and mailing addresses, phone number, professional title and company name.
    • Content you choose to upload to an IonQ service, such as code along with the metadata associated with the files you upload.
    • Profile information, such as your username and password that you may set to establish an online account with us, your photograph, interests, and preferences.
    • Registration information, such as information that may be related to a service, an account or an event you register for.
    • Demographic Information, such as your city, state, country of residence, postal code, and age.
    • Transaction information, such as details of products or services you have purchased from us.
    • Marketing information, such as your preferences for receiving communications about our activities, events, and publications, and details about how you engage with our communications.
    • Other information that we may collect which is not specifically listed here, but which we will use in accordance with this Privacy Policy or as otherwise disclosed at the time of collection.
  • We may also collect Personal Data, such as at other points in our Site that state that Personal Data is being collected.

b. Information Collected via Technology

Information Collected by Our Servers

To make our Site and services more useful to you, our servers (which may be hosted by a third party service provider) collect information from you, including your browser type, operating system, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet, which may vary from session to session), domain name, and/or a date/time stamp for your visit.

Log Files

As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes IP addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (“ISP”), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. We use this information to analyze trends, administer the Site, track users’ movements around the Site, gather demographic information about our user base as a whole, and better tailor our Site to our users’ needs. Except as noted in this Privacy Policy, we do not link this automatically-collected data to Personal Data.

Cookies

Like many online services, we use cookies to collect information. “Cookies” are small pieces of information that a website sends to your computer’s hard drive while you are viewing the website. We may use both session Cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent Cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our Site. This type of information is collected to make the Site more useful to you and to tailor the experience with us to meet your special interests and needs.

Pixel Tags

In addition, we use “Pixel Tags” (also referred to as clear Gifs, Web beacons, or Web bugs). Pixel Tags are tiny graphic images with a unique identifier, similar in function to Cookies, that are used to track online movements of Web users. In contrast to Cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, Pixel Tags are embedded invisibly in Web pages. Pixel Tags also allow us to send e-mail messages in a format users can read, and they tell us whether e-mails have been opened to ensure that we are sending only messages that are of interest to our users. We may use this information to reduce or eliminate messages sent to a user.

c. How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals

We do not currently respond to “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that might enable consumers to opt out of tracking on our Site.

d. Analytics Services and Interest-Based Advertising

In addition to the tracking technologies we place, other companies may set their own cookies or similar tools when you visit our Site. This includes third party analytics services, including but not limited to Google Analytics (“Analytics Services”), that we engage to help analyze how users use the Site, as well as third parties that deliver content or offers. We may receive reports based on these parties’ use of these tools on an individual or aggregate basis. We use the information we get from Analytics Services only to improve our Site. The information generated by the Cookies or other technologies about your use of our Site (the “Analytics Information”) is transmitted to the Analytics Services. The Analytics Services use Analytics Information to compile reports on user activity. The Analytics Services may also transfer information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process Analytics Information on their behalf. Each Analytics Services’ ability to use and share Analytics Information is restricted by such Analytics Services’ Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. By using our Site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Analytics Services in the manner and for the purposes set out above. For a full list of Analytics Services, please contact us at [email protected]. We may also partner with ad companies to support our marketing efforts, including by serving you ads better tailored to your likely interests. If you don’t want to take advantage of these services, you may be able to opt-out by visiting http://www.aboutads.info/ or http://networkadvertising.org/choices/ , or if you are located in the EU, http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/.

5. Use of Your Personal Data

a. General Use

In general, Personal Data you submit to us is used either to respond to requests that you make, or to aid us in serving you better. We use your Personal Data in the following ways:

  • provide, operate and improve the quality of experience when you interact with our Site;
  • respond to your inquiries related to employment opportunities or other requests; and
  • provide information about our products and services;
  • establish and maintain your user profile on our services;
  • facilitate your login to an IonQ service via third-party identity and access management providers;
  • enable security features of any IonQ service, such as by sending you security codes via email or SMS, and remembering devices from which you have previously logged in;
  • communicate with you about the Site and any IonQ service, including by sending you announcements, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages;
  • understand your needs and interests, and personalize your experience with the Site and IonQ service and our communications;
  • research and development--we analyze use of the Service to analyze and improve the Site and IonQ Services and to develop new products and services, including by studying user demographics and use of the Site and IonQ services;
  • send newsletters, surveys, offers, and other promotional materials related to our services and for other marketing purposes of Company.

b. To comply with law.

We use your personal information as we believe necessary or appropriate to comply with applicable laws, lawful requests, and legal process, such as to respond to subpoenas or requests from government authorities.

c. For compliance, fraud prevention, and safety.

We may use your personal information and disclose it to law enforcement, government authorities, and private parties as we believe necessary or appropriate to: (a) protect our, your or others’ rights, privacy, safety or property (including by making and defending legal claims); (b) enforce the terms and conditions that govern the Site or an IonQ service; and (c) protect, investigate and deter against fraudulent, harmful, unauthorized, unethical or illegal activity.

d. With your consent.

In some cases we may specifically ask for your consent to collect, use or share your personal information, such as when required by law.

e. Creation of Anonymous Data

We may create Anonymous Data records from Personal Data by excluding information (such as your name) that makes the data personally identifiable to you. We use this Anonymous Data to analyze request and usage patterns so that we may enhance the content of our Site and improve Site navigation. We reserve the right to use Anonymous Data and aggregated and other de-identified information for any purpose and disclose Anonymous Data to third parties in our sole discretion.

6. Disclosure of Your Personal Data

We disclose your Personal Data as described below and as described elsewhere in this Privacy Policy.

a. Third Party Service Providers

We may share your Personal Data with third party service providers to conduct quality assurance testing and/or to provide other services to the Company. These third party service providers are required not to use your Personal Data other than to provide the services requested by Company.

b. Affiliates

We may share some or all of your Personal Data with our parent company, subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other companies under a common control (“Affiliates”), in which case we will require our Affiliates to honor this Privacy Policy.

c. Corporate Restructuring

We may share some or all of your Personal Data in connection with or during negotiation of any merger, financing, acquisition or dissolution, transaction or proceeding involving sale, transfer, divestiture, or disclosure of all or a portion of our business or assets. In the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership, Personal Data may also be transferred as a business asset. If another company acquires our company, business, or assets, that company will possess the Personal Data collected by us and will assume the rights and obligations regarding your Personal Data as described in this Privacy Policy.

d. Professional advisors.

We may disclose your personal information to professional advisors, such as lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers, where necessary in the course of the professional services that they render to us.

e. For compliance, fraud prevention and safety.

We may share your personal information for the compliance, fraud prevention and safety purposes described above.

f. Other Disclosures

Regardless of any choices you make regarding your Personal Data (as described below), Company may disclose Personal Data if it believes in good faith that such disclosure is necessary (a) in connection with any legal investigation; (b) to comply with relevant laws or to respond to subpoenas or warrants served on Company; (c) to protect or defend the rights or property of Company or users of the Site; and/or (d) to investigate or assist in preventing any violation or potential violation of the law, this Privacy Policy, or our Terms of Use.

7. Third Party Websites

Our Site may contain links to third party websites. When you click on a link to any other website or location, you will leave our Site and go to another site and another entity may collect Personal Data or Anonymous Data from you. We have no control over, do not review, and cannot be responsible for, these outside websites or their content. Please be aware that the terms of this Privacy Policy do not apply to these outside websites or content, or to any collection of your Personal Data after you click on links to such outside websites. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of every website you visit. The links to third party websites or locations are for your convenience and do not signify our endorsement of such third parties or their products, content or websites.

8. Your Choices Regarding Your Information

You have several choices regarding use of information on our services:

a. Email Communications

We will periodically send you free newsletters and e-mails that directly promote the use of our Site. When you receive newsletters or promotional communications from us, you may indicate a preference to stop receiving further communications from us and you will have the opportunity to “opt-out” by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the e-mail you receive or by contacting us directly (please see contact information above). Despite your indicated e-mail preferences, we may send you service related communications, including notices of any updates to our Terms of Use or Privacy Policy.

b. Cookies

If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to accept cookies from our Site for any of the purposes described above, then you can instruct your browser, by changing its settings, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. Consult your browser’s technical information. If you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use all functionality of the Site. If you have any questions about how to disable or modify cookies, please let us know at the contact information provided above.

c. Changing or Deleting Your Personal Data

You may change any of your Personal Data that you have submitted to us by sending an e-mail to us at [email protected]. You may request deletion of your Personal Data by us, and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your request, but please note that we may be required to keep such information and not delete it (or to keep this information for a certain time, in which case we will comply with your deletion request only after we have fulfilled such requirements). When we delete any information, it will be deleted from the active database, but may remain in our archives. We may also retain your information for fraud or similar purposes.

d. Opt-out of marketing communications

You may opt out of marketing-related emails by following the opt-out or unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of the email, or by contacting us at [email protected]. You may continue to receive service-related and other non-marketing emails.

e. Access or Update Your Information

If you have registered for an account with us, you may review and update certain personal information in your account profile by logging into the account.

9. Security practices

The security of your personal information is important to us. We employ a number of organizational, technical and physical safeguards designed to protect the personal information we collect. However, security risk is inherent in all internet and information technologies and we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information.

10. International data transfers

We are headquartered in the United States and have service providers in other countries, and your personal information may be transferred to the United States or other locations outside of your state, province, or country where privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your state, province, or country.

11. Changes to This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time for any reason. We will notify you of any changes to our Privacy Policy by posting the new Privacy Policy here and we will change the “Last Updated” date above. You should consult this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes.

12. Important information for California residents

This section applies only to California residents. It describes how we collect, use and share Personal Information of California residents in operating our business, and their rights with respect to that Personal Information. For purposes of this section, “Personal Information” has the meaning given in the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) but does not include information exempted from the scope of the CCPA.

Your California privacy rights.

As a California resident, you have the rights listed below. However, these rights are not absolute, and in certain cases we may decline your request as permitted by law.

Information. You can request the following information about how we have collected and used your Personal Information during the past 12 months:

  • The categories of Personal Information that we have collected.
  • The categories of sources from which we collected Personal Information.
  • The business or commercial purpose for collecting and/or selling Personal Information.
  • The categories of third parties with whom we share Personal Information.
  • Whether we have disclosed your Personal Information for a business purpose, and if so, the categories of Personal Information received by each category of third party recipient.
  • Whether we’ve sold your Personal Information, and if so, the categories of Personal Information received by each category of third party recipient.

Access. You can request a copy of the Personal Information that we have collected about you during the past 12 months.

Deletion. You can ask us to delete the Personal Information that we have collected from you.

Opt-in. If we know that you are younger than 16 years old, we will ask for your permission (or if you are younger than 13 years old, your parent’s or guardian’s permission) to sell your Personal Information before we do so.

Nondiscrimination. You are entitled to exercise the rights described above free from discrimination in the form of legally prohibited increases in the price or decreases in the quality of our Service.

How to exercise your rights

You may exercise your California privacy rights described above as follows:

We reserve the right to confirm your California residence to process your requests and will need to confirm your identity to process your requests to exercise your information, access or deletion rights. As part of this process, government identification may be required. Consistent with California law, you may designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf. In order to designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf, you must provide a valid power of attorney, the requester’s valid government-issued identification, and the authorized agent’s valid government issued identification. We cannot process your request if you do not provide us with sufficient detail to allow us to understand and respond to it.

Personal information that we collect, use and share

The chart below summarizes how we collect, use and share Personal Information by reference to the categories specified in the CCPA, and describes our practices during the 12 months preceding the effective date of this Privacy Policy.

Categories in the chart refer to the categories described above in the general section of this Privacy Policy.

We have not sold your personal information in the preceding 12 months.

Category of personal information (PI)PI we collectSource of PIBusiness/ commercial purpose for collectionCategories of third parties to whom we "disclose" PI for a business purposeCategories of third parties to whom we "sell" PI
Identifiers
  • Contact data
  • Identity data
  • Data about others
  • You
  • Public sources
  • Business partners
  • Service delivery
  • Research & development
  • Marketing
  • Recruiting
  • Compliance & Operations
  • Affiliates
  • Cloud Partners
  • Professional advisors
  • Authorities and others
  • Business transferees
None
Commercial Information
  • Contact data
  • Identity data
  • Transaction data
  • Communications
  • Marketing data
  • You
  • Service delivery
  • Research & development
  • Marketing
  • Compliance & Operations
  • Affiliates
  • Cloud Partners
  • Professional advisors
  • Authorities and others
  • Business transferees
None
Financial Information
  • Financial data
  • You
  • Public sources
  • Business partners
  • Service delivery
  • Research & development
  • Marketing
  • Compliance & Operations
  • Affiliates
  • Advertising Partners
  • Professional advisors
  • Authorities and others
  • Business transferees
None
Online Identifiers
  • Device data
  • Identity data
  • Automatic collection
  • Service delivery
  • Research & development
  • Marketing
  • Compliance & Operations
  • Affiliates
  • Professional advisors
  • Authorities and others
  • Business transferees
None
Internet or Network Information
  • Device data
  • Online activity data
  • Automatic collection
  • Service delivery
  • Research & development
  • Marketing
  • Compliance & Operations
  • Affiliates
  • Cloud partners
  • Professional advisors
  • Authorities and others
  • Business transferees
None
Geolocation data
  • Device data
  • Automatic collection
  • Service delivery
  • Research & development
  • Marketing
  • Compliance & Operations
  • Affiliates
  • Professional advisors
  • Authorities and others
  • Business transferees
None
Inferences
    May be derived from your:

  • Device data
  • Online activity data