Privacy Shield Policy Statement

Effective: August 30, 2016

Policy Statement

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (“Akamai”), including its wholly-owned subsidiaries, complies with the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield Framework, including the Supplemental Principles, and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce (collectively, the “Principles”). Akamai has certified that it adheres to the Principles with respect to its services and the collection, use, and retention of certain Personal Data (as defined below) transferred from the European Union (“EU”) and Switzerland to Akamai in the United States (“U.S.”). This Policy sets forth the standards under which Akamai will treat such Personal Data. To learn more about the Principles and to view Akamai’s certifications, please visit:

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Jurisdiction

Akamai’s commitments under the Principles are subject to the jurisdiction and enforcement and investigatory authority of the United States Federal Trade Commission.

Required Disclosure

Akamai may be required to disclose Personal Data to the extent required to meet a legal obligation, including national security or law enforcement obligations and applicable law, rule, order, or regulation.


“Data Subject” means the individual to whom any given Personal Data covered by this Policy refers. 

“Personal Data” means information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person residing in the EU or Switzerland. If the information has been irreversibly stripped of all identifiers such that an individual cannot be identified or re-identified, it is not Personal Data. 

“Sensitive Personal Data” means Personal Data regarding any of the following:

  • Racial or ethnic origin; 
  • Political opinions; 
  • Religious or philosophical beliefs; 
  • Trade union membership; 
  • Health or medical condition; or 
  • Sex life.


Akamai provides solutions for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications. In connection with providing these solutions to its business customers, Akamai generally serves as a conduit for information controlled by others -- it is Akamai’s customers (and visitors to their web sites) that control the actual content transmitted across the Akamai platform (e.g. messages, website graphics, photos, etc). This Policy applies to the collection, use, and disclosure in the U.S. of Personal Data transferred from the EU or Switzerland to Akamai in the U.S. of: (i) users who visit our business customers’ websites and applications (with respect to which Akamai generally serves as a conduit), (ii) users of Akamai’s own websites and applications, and (iii) business contact information associated with our business customers.

Data Processed

In the context of providing solutions to its business customers and the Internet community, Akamai may collect and process certain data elements relating to the traffic on its network, including, Internet Protocol Addresses (IP Addresses), security “fingerprints”, DNS log data, and website performance data derived from browser activity on a website. To the extent that such data is capable of being used to identify (alone or in conjunction with other data, an individual), it is treated as Personal Data under this Policy. In addition, Akamai collects, uses, and discloses Personal Data of users of Akamai’s own websites and applications, as well as contact information associated with our business customers -- such data is processed in accordance with Akamai's Privacy Statement.

Purposes of Data Processing; Disclosure to Third Parties; Choice

Akamai processes data that is transferred from the EU or Switzerland to Akamai in the U.S. for purposes of: providing, maintaining, protecting, developing, and improving the solutions we offer to our business customers; detecting and preventing potential fraud and security risks; and supporting Akamai’s internal business operations (e.g. billing).

Akamai may use from time to time a limited number of third-party service providers, contractors, and other businesses to assist us in providing our solutions to our customers or in meeting internal business operation needs. These third-parties may access process or store personal data in the course of performing their duties to Akamai. Akamai maintains contracts with these providers restricting their access, use and disclosure of Personal Data in compliance with our obligations under the Principles.

Accountability for Onward Transfer

In the event Akamai discloses Personal Data covered by this Policy to a non-agent third party, it will do so consistent with any notice provided to Data Subjects and any choice they have exercised regarding processing and disclosure. Akamai will only disclose Personal Data to third parties that have given us contractual assurances that they will provide at least the same level of privacy protection as is required by this Policy and the Principles and that they will process Personal Data for limited and specific purposes consistent with any consent provided by the individual. If Akamai has knowledge that a third party to which it has disclosed Personal Data covered by this Policy is processing such Personal Data in a way that is contrary to this Policy and/or the Principles, Akamai will take steps to prevent or stop such processing. In such case, the third party is liable for damages unless it is proven that Akamai is responsible for the event giving rise to the violation.


Akamai takes state of the art precautions to protect Personal Data covered by this Policy from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. These precautions take into account the risks involved in the processing, the nature of the Personal Data, and best practices in the industry for security and data protection.

Data Integrity and Purpose Limitation

Akamai will only collect Personal Data covered by this Policy that is relevant for the purposes for which it is to be used, and only use such Personal Data in a way that is compatible with the purposes for which it was collected or subsequently authorized. Akamai will take reasonable steps to ensure that such Personal Data is accurate, complete, current and reliable for its intended use.


Data Subjects have the right to access Personal Data about them that is covered by this Policy and to correct, amend, or delete such Personal Data if they can demonstrate that it is inaccurate or incomplete (except when the burden or expense of providing access, correction, amendment, or deletion would be disproportionate to the risks to the Data Subject’s privacy, or where the rights of persons other than the Data Subject would be violated).

Enforcement; Recourse

Inquiries and complaints relating to Akamai’s treatment of Personal Data and its compliance with the Principles may be directed to: 


Akamai Technologies, Inc. 
150 Broadway 
Cambridge, MA 02142 
Attention: Chief Privacy Officer

Akamai will respond to any such inquiries or complaints within forty-five (45) days. In the event that Akamai fails to respond or its response is insufficient or does not address the concern, Akamai has registered with JAMS to provide independent third party dispute resolution at no cost to the complaining party. To contact JAMS and/or learn more about the company’s dispute resolution services, including instructions for submitting a complaint, please visit: Complaining parties may also, in absence of a resolution by Akamai and JAMS, seek to engage in binding arbitration through the Privacy Shield Panel.

Akamai will cooperate with the United States Federal Trade Commissions and any data protection authorities of the EU Member States (“DPAs”) and/or the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (“Commissioner”) in the investigation and resolution of complaints that cannot be resolved between Akamai and the complainant that are brought to a relevant DPA.

Akamai also commits to periodically reviewing and verifying the accuracy of this Policy and the company’s compliance with the Principles, and remedying issues identified. All employees of Akamai that have access to Personal Data covered by this Policy in the U.S. are responsible for conducting themselves in accordance with this Policy. Failure of an Akamai employee to comply with this Policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Last Updated: July 11, 2017