Oakland ARTCC on Vatsim (“Oakland ARTCC”) operates and may operate other sub websites. It is Oakland ARTCC’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Oakland ARTCC collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Oakland ARTCC’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Oakland ARTCC’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Oakland ARTCC may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Oakland ARTCC also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Oakland ARTCC only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the site where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Oakland ARTCC’s websites choose to interact with Oakland ARTCC in ways that require Oakland ARTCC to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Oakland ARTCC gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at to provide a full name and email address, as well as a Vatsim ID, which is received via Vatsim and VATUSA. Oakland ARTCC collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Oakland ARTCC. Oakland ARTCC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. Visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Information is gather by either (i) data received from VATSIM/VATUSA servers when choosing to joining Oakland ARTCC or (ii) by filling out the Visiting Controller request form located on The information gathered is required in order to identify the user and their Vatsim account, keep training records, and assign position certifications.

From May 25th 2018, you will be able to use our Contact page to submit a ‘Right to be Forgotten’ request. Exercising this request as an Oakland ARTCC member will result in your termination from the ARTCC, the account will be completely deleted from the server, and you will lose of all account data including training information. The request will be forwarded to VATUSA and Vatsim which may potentially result in removal of your Vatsim and VATUSA account. We will comply with the right to be forgotten within the legal time frame.

Aggregated Statistics

Oakland ARTCC may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites via Google Analytics. Oakland ARTCC may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Oakland ARTCC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. Users wishing to opt out of Google Analytics may visit this the following link for an opt out tool provided by Google. The Google Analytics Privacy Policy is located here.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Oakland ARTCC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its staff and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Oakland ARTCC’s behalf or to provide services available at Oakland ARTCC’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those staff members and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Oakland ARTCC’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Oakland ARTCC will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its staff members and affiliated organizations, as described above, Oakland ARTCC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Oakland ARTCC believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Oakland ARTCC, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Oakland ARTCC website and have supplied your email address, Oakland ARTCC may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Oakland ARTCC. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Oakland ARTCC takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Oakland ARTCC uses cookies to help Oakland ARTCC identify and track visitors, their usage of Oakland ARTCC website, and their website access preferences. Oakland ARTCC visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Oakland ARTCC’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Oakland ARTCC’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Additional cookies may be set by third parties such as Google Analytics.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Oakland ARTCC may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Oakland ARTCC’s sole discretion. Oakland ARTCC encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a account, you might also receive an alert informing you of these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change

This page was last updated on 14-Jul-2020