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Privacy & Confidentiality The Ikoku Group takes your privacy and confidentiality to be important and a right — and any personal information you provide to require your consent for us to use, even when providing products and services to you. Learn More Such an understanding comes with a set of attendant codes and policies regarding privacy and confidentiality — derived from and consistent with our Founding Code of Ethics.

Coupled in Importance and in Rights

Overview

At The Ikoku Group, we hold confidentiality and privacy to be of high importance, and are committed to conceptions of privacy and confidentiality as a set of fundamental, inalienable and often absolute rights.

Therefore, persons and entities engaged in activity within, for, on behalf of, in reference to and more generally pertaining to The Ikoku Group and its divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as our Sites, Products and Services, are expected to uphold the following principles:

Privacy as Essential

— that The Ikoku Group ensure that privacy is essential to the conduct of its activities and operations and the fulfillment of its mission and purposes.

— that this commitment include but not be limited to upholding everywhere and for every person at The Ikoku Group the most respectful interpretation of privacy protections ratified in California and the constitutional principle codified in the State Constitution of California that “all people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights” to “enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”

Confidentiality as Essential

— that The Ikoku Group ensure confidentiality is essential to the conduct of its activities and operations and the fulfillment of its mission and purposes.

— that this commitment include but not be limited to upholding everywhere, for every person, and for all confidential, personal, private and sensitive data and information at The Ikoku Group the principles for confidentiality protections and their compliance codified pursuant to the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, to ‘‘maintain reasonable and appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality and integrity” of data and information.

Coupled Approach Derived from Advances in Law

— that The Ikoku Group adopt a coupled approach to legal and substantive protections for privacy and confidentiality derived, in part, from advances in law and regulation, including the provision of rights to natural persons in the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with respect to “personal data attributable to, identifying or relating to data subjects.” 

Respectful Protections

— that The Ikoku Group translate the above commitments into best practices standards for confidentiality and privacy as well as additional, highly respectful protections of you and of your rights even as you seek to personalize your experience and visit with us.

Accordance with Ethics

— that The Ikoku Group ensure following the above principles further remains in accordance with our Codes and Policies and especially the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics.

Further Considerations

Your Knowledge and Agreement

We strongly recommend that you continue to develop and maintain your knowledge of all our Codes and Policies. We therefore ask you to read, understand and regularly visit this page and other communications regarding the Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality, as well as the Codes and Policies of The Ikoku Group. We take your continued visiting and use of our Sites, Products and Services as active indication of your knowledge, understanding, legally binding acceptance and agreement.

Your Corporate and User Responsibility

To protect the rights of The Ikoku Group — as well as our capacity to fulfill our general duties, functions, purposes and founding mission — we require all natural and legal persons concerned to read, understand, abide by and, where applicable, sign contracts and agreements delineated and described in our Corporate Responsibility Policy.

We remind you that our Corporate Responsibility Policy forms part of the User Agreement and Code of Conduct. Thus, we take your continued visiting and use of our Sites, Products and Services as active indication of your legally binding acceptance of the Policy as well as our Codes and Policies.

Your Questions and Feedback

Please contact policies@ikokugroup.com with any feedback, issues or questions — which will be addressed by the President and CEO, Alvan Azinna Ikoku.

Your Reporting of Violations

If you detect, notice or are informed of a possible breach or violation of this Policy or any of these Codes and Policies, please contact policies@ikokugroup.com with any details you have — which will be addressed by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

Our Definitions

As with all our official documents, materials, policies and statements, definitions for terms used here can be found in our general Codes and Policies page. Where duties, expectations, freedoms, principles, rights, responsibilities, standards as well as means, measures, methods and practices are referred to, they are as delineated and described in these Codes and Policies. And unless the context otherwise clearly indicates, words used in the singular include the plural, and the plural includes the singular.

Please do continue with the Code via further reading below.

The Rights and Protections

Provision

Above are the key principles informing our Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality. Below is a further delineation of correlative rights and protections.

A — The Privacy Rights

Inalienable and Human Right to Privacy

— that The Ikoku Group have, fully enjoy and not interfere with the inalienable right to privacy of human persons, including the right to ask for privacy and have it given and respected.

Civil and Fundamental Right to Privacy

— that The Ikoku Group have, fully enjoy and not interfere with the right to privacy of human persons as a matter of civil and fundamental liberties, including the right to obtain privacy provided for in constitutions and social contracts.

Data and Information Rights to Privacy

— that The Ikoku Group have, fully enjoy and fulfill the right to privacy of personal data and information, as described in these Codes and Policies.

Absolute Right to Private Conversation

— that The Ikoku Group and its Founder have, fully enjoy and fulfill the absolute right to private conversation.

Absolute Right to Private Thought

— that The Ikoku Group and its Founder have, fully enjoy and fulfill the absolute right to private thought.

B — The Confidentiality Rights

Inalienable and Human Right to Confidentiality

— that The Ikoku Group have, fully enjoy and not interfere with the inalienable right to confidentiality for human persons, including the right to ask for confidentiality and have it provided and respected.

Civil and Fundamental Right to Confidentiality

— that The Ikoku Group have, fully enjoy and not interfere with the right to confidentiality of human persons as a matter of civil and fundamental liberties, including the right to enjoy confidentiality provided for and protected via constitutions, social contracts and the professions.

Data and Information Rights to Confidentiality

— that The Ikoku Group have, fully enjoy and fulfill the right to confidentiality of personal data and information, as described in these Codes and Policies.

Absolute Right to Confidential Conversation

— that The Ikoku Group have, fully enjoy and fulfill the absolute right to confidential conversation.

C — The Protections

Protections Concerning Data and Information

— that The Ikoku Group hold and treat the preservation of the privacy and confidentiality and the protection of confidential, personal, private and sensitive data and information as essential to its operations and the achievement of its originating mission and company purposes.

— that The Ikoku Group also claim a valuable proprietary interest in such confidential, personal, private and sensitive data and information and their protection.

— that The Ikoku Group fulfill the principles, rights and responsibilities for the protection of the above data and information, as described in these Codes and Policies.

— that no leadership, staff or committee member, employee, volunteer, representative, partner, third party or other agent of The Ikoku group shall be asked to or allowed to conduct any access, action, activity, operation or participation in, on behalf of, in reference to, or more generally pertaining to The Ikoku Group that results in the breach, insecurity or reduction of privacy or confidentiality of, or the protection of, the above data and information.

Protection from Abrogation or Diminishment

— that The Ikoku Group protect itself and other persons from, and also not allow, any access, action, activity, operation or participation in, on behalf of, in reference to, or more generally pertaining to The Ikoku Group that may abrogate or diminish any privacy or confidentiality right or protection, or facilitate such abrogation or diminishment.

Protection from Inconsistency

— that The Ikoku Group protect itself and other persons from, and also not permit, any access, action, activity, operation or participation in, on behalf of, in reference to, or more generally pertaining to The Ikoku Group in a manner that conflicts with, is contrary to or is inconsistent the most humane, respectful, robust and strict interpretations of privacy and confidentiality protections, as they are described in the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, these Codes and Policies, our founding concerns for confidentiality and privacy, and state, federal and international guidelines, law and regulations.

Protection Against Standard Arguments

— that The Ikoku Group protect itself and other persons against, and also not permit, any access, action, activity, operation or participation in, on behalf of, in reference to, or more generally pertaining to The Ikoku Group that entails an invasion of privacy or confidentiality, or an abrogation or diminishment of privacy and confidentiality, especially where such proposed abrogation, diminishment or violation may seem, may be, is or will be justified via standard arguments.

— that examples of such standard arguments include conceptions of or arguments for public benefit or the public good; conceptions of or arguments for presumed care, safety or security for individuals or communities; and “expectation of privacy,” “one-party consent,” “third-party doctrine” or “good faith” argumentation or their equivalent, whether made by any individual or entity, corporate, private, public, or otherwise.

Protection Against Violations

— that The Ikoku Group protect itself and other persons from, and also not permit, any access, action, activity, operation or participation in, on behalf of, in reference to, or more generally pertaining to The Ikoku Group in a manner that violates (intentionally or not) local, state, federal and international guidelines, law and regulations for confidentiality and privacy.

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Core and Associated Policies

Provision

As mentioned in our Policies page, The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Corporate Code of Conduct consist of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all of your activity with, within, for, or pertaining to The Ikoku Group (as well as its divisions, series, subsidiaries, and affiliates). By continuing, you indicate that you understand that these associated Codes and Policies include — but are not limited to — the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, the Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality, the Terms and Conditions of Use and Service, and the Acceptable Use Policy along with all Associated Codes and Policies.

We provide access to all these below.

Founding Code of Ethics

Founding Code of Ethics (HTML and PDF)

Privacy and Confidentiality

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality (HTML and PDF)

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Use and Service (HTML and PDF)

Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy (HTML and PDF)

All Associated Policies

All Associated Policies (HTML and PDF)

Much of the principles, statements and tenets found in the Associated Codes and Policies are included either explicitly or by extension in the Core Codes and Policies. But they are worth articulating separately, for the purposes of clarity, detail, and reproducible community ethos and standards.

*Note

*Note: Please see our main Policies page for our notice on conditions incompatible with the founding and mission of The Ikoku Group.

01.

The Ikoku Group as Ethical Communities

Our policies are adhered to by a range of individuals and communities, the people of The Ikoku Group, who work in their capacity to establish, develop, and participate in a private company dedicated to fostering care and creativity, ethics and innovation.

02.

Built and Peopled with Respect in Mind

Who take as their basis the most robust conceptions of respect, rights and civil liberties, humanity, integrity, and responsibility, up to and beyond what the law protects and provides for. As they carry out and embody the mission and purposes of The Ikoku Group.

03.

In Spaces that are Safe, Secure, and Collaborative

And who also join in our ongoing efforts to ensure that The Ikoku Group and its Sites, Products and Services remain active, collaborative, safe and secure places to do our work, to express and discuss, to teach and learn, to form, inform and even alter our local and global communities

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The Ikoku Group was formed to foster care and creativity, ethics and innovation in work and communities of enduring concern to its founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and partners.

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