Important News from VATSIM

VATSIM is updating our Privacy Policy in preparation for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect on 25th May 2018.
Although these changes are spurred by European law, we take the privacy of our membership seriously and therefore these changes will apply to everyone, no matter where you're located or whether you’re an EU citizen.

Here's a quick summary:

  • We aren't asking to collect more data or use your personal data differently — instead, we're being more specific on how we use the information we collect, how long we keep that data, and the rights you have regarding it.
  • As part of that, we're also adding information about how you can control the usage of your personal data and download the data that you've provided to us.
  • Finally, we're providing more clarity around the legal basis we use to process your information, including providing the service to you, complying with the law, improving our services, fighting abuse on the system, and developing new features for you.

We’d like you to visit to read the headline changes to our policies – this is the quickest and easiest way to get up to speed on how things are changing. This link includes an opportunity for you to indicate whether you would like to receive occasional news from VATSIM. After these changes effect, if you haven’t opted in to this, you’ll no longer receive emails from VATSIM, except to give you important information about your account (password reminders, rating upgrades and suspensions notifications, for example) and critical operational notifications from the network.
You can also review our updated Privacy Policy at It takes effect May 25th, 2018. In coming weeks, you may be asked to login to the VATSIM SSO facility to agree to this new policy.
By using VATSIM, any approved ATC or Pilot client, logging into the website or logging into any VATSIM service via the VATSIM Single Sign On (SSO) facility on or after that date, you'll be agreeing to the changes. If you don’t agree, you’ll need to contact us at [email protected] to discuss your options.

In addition to the updated Privacy Policy, VATSIM has also introduced a Data Protection and Handling Policy which can be found at

If you have questions about these changes, feel free to contact us at [email protected].
Mark Richards
Vice President, Operations (VATGOV2)