The Calais Privacy Policy

Anyone submitting content to an external party is and should be concerned about privacy. That’s why we’re taking the time to state our privacy policy in very clear terms.

When you submit content to the Calais Web Service for processing we retain a copy of the associated transaction logs and the submitted and generated metadata. These logs contain information such as the date and time, the API request you submitted, the server that processed the transaction, the license code for the submitter and the IP of the submitter.

When you retrieve content from the Calais Web Service we retain a copy of the associated transaction logs. These logs contain information such as the date and time, the API request you submitted, the server that processed the transaction and the IP of the submitter.

Unlike search engines and other crawlers, we do not retain a copy of the submitted content and claim no rights to the original content. This content is purged immediately following the successful completion of the Calais web service transaction.

The metadata retained by Calais is ours to use but we do place certain restrictions on our usage of it.

No web or API user is able to access the metadata for a specific document unless they are in possession of the Global Unique Identifier (GUID) that was generated at the time the content was submitted to Calais. If you do not wish others to access the metadata you should not publish this GUID. The key is comprised of near random characters and numbers so the likelihood of anyone guessing it is very small – but not impossible.

We may build a search capability in the future. This capability would allow users to search the metadata repository and receive back a list of entries that match that search criteria. Unless you have authorized it via an API parameter, this list would not include the original metadata contained in the document but would expose the URL and description of the original document if you have provided it to us. If you do not want your content included in the search functionality, you should indicate so in the appropriate area of the API. If you want to maximize the exposure of your content on the web you should not opt out of inclusion in the search functionality.

We may build a syndication capability in the future. This capability would allow us to generate feeds of content that match certain selection criteria based on the metadata. As with search, unless you have authorized it via an API parameter, these feeds will not expose the original metadata contained in the document but would expose the URL and description of the original document if you have provided it to us. If you do not want your content included in the syndication functionality you should indicate so in the appropriate area of the API. If you want to maximize the exposure of your content on the web you should not opt out of inclusion in the syndication functionality.

We may build other products in the future based on statistical or other analysis of the metadata, such as trend analysis, emerging topics or others. In no case will these products expose the original document’s metadata.

We may change our privacy policy in the future. If we do change the privacy policy the changes will not be retroactive to any content you have submitted to us. We will use reasonable efforts to inform all Calais content submitters of any changes to the privacy policy 30 days in advance of implementing such a change.