The only information that INTEL will receive through the TalkBack feature is the information listed below. No design files will be collected or transmitted through the TalkBack feature.
Logic design compilation information regarding the following categories will be collected: constraints (e.g., location assignments, clock and timing requirement and assignments, any constraints set via the Quartus® II graphical user interface), device (e.g., targeted device and family), compilation (e.g., device, memory and I/O utilization, time of compilation), design (e.g., the number of each type of file used and name of top file, intellectual property cores/MegaCore® logic functions used), software tools (e.g., synthesis, simulation and timing analysis tools used and version and build of the Licensed Program(s)), platform (e.g., operating system, speed and number of processors and main memory), license file identification number (T-Guard, host ID, NIC ID or C: drive), graphical user interface activities and software errors log (e.g., previous exit status).
Transmission of Information
The TalkBack feature functions by bundling the collected information resulting from your installation and/or execution of the Licensed Program(s) and each logic design compilation and writing it to XML files which are transmitted to INTEL’S external web server by https (hypertext transfer protocol secure) post.
The TalkBack feature will only maintain up to fifteen (15) files at any given time, i.e., the last five (5) sent files and up to ten (10) unsent files. As new files are created, prior files (whether or not previously transmitted) will be deleted. Each saved file will be less than 500 KB in size and can be viewed as text files found in your temporary directory on your hard drive (typically in /tmp, c:/temp, or c:\documents and setting\username\local settings\temp).
If an https post transmission fails, or an internet connection is not available at the time of installation, execution or compilation, the information is stored as an XML file. Once an internet connection is achieved by you, the https post transmission will again be attempted upon a successful compilation. The TalkBack feature will not initiate an internet connection. Files that have not been successfully transmitted will be named “quartus_talkback*.xml”, while successfully transmitted files will be renamed as “sent_quartus_talkback*.xml.”
The collection and bundling of information by the TalkBack feature will not materially affect the installation, compilation time or the performance of the Licensed Program(s).
INTEL uses reasonable efforts to maintain the privacy of the transmitted information. However, due to technological limitations, and the risk of unlawful interceptions and accessing of transmissions and/or data, INTEL cannot completely assure you, and you should not expect, that the information will be absolutely protected or confidential. Once received, the transmitted information is protected from outside INTEL by “firewalls.”
Should you attempt to tamper with or modify any installation of the Licensed Program(s) in any way (other than as permitted herein or by your license), INTEL does not take any responsibility regarding the operation of the TalkBack feature, or the collection and transmission of data as described herein.
Non-Disclosure of Information Collected; Use of Information
The information collected by the TalkBack feature will not be disclosed by INTEL to any third parties other than its subsidiaries and the company on behalf of whom you are using the Quartus II software (collectively, Partners) . Once the collected data is received by INTEL within their firewall, INTEL may correlate the data collected by the TalkBack feature to determine the identity of the user and utilize this information internally only on a confidential basis. INTEL also seeks to require its Partners to exercise reasonable efforts to maintain the confidentiality of the information.
The information collected by the TalkBack feature will only be used by INTEL and its Partners for marketing and sales research , product planning and software development purposes (for example, solving software problems, optimizing software processing and designing future products to your needs). This information will not be used to send you any sales and marketing communications, and INTEL will only send you such information if you have previously provided your consent to receive such communications. If you do not wish to receive sales and marketing communications, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In that case, we will use reasonable efforts to promptly remove you from such lists.
EUROPEAN USERS OF THE LICENSED PROGRAM(S): Please note that the TalkBack feature will collect and provide certain personally identifiable information to INTEL. By agreeing to this Program Subscription License Agreement, you hereby give your consent for INTEL to use this information both within and outside of the European Union for the purposes described in this TalkBack disclosure notice.
Access To Information By ISPs
Through the https post procedure, your and INTEL’s Internet Service Providers will also receive the information collected by the TalkBack feature. However, INTEL’S ISP does not disclose, share, release, publish, disseminate, rent or sell any of the information to any third parties. You should contact your ISP to determine their disclosure policies.
In addition to the permitted disclosures described herein, and regardless of anything herein to the contrary, INTEL may disclose personally identifiable information (collected by the TalkBack feature and correlated to users), with or without prior notice, when INTEL believes that the law requires it, in response to subpoenas or at the demand of governmental agencies, to protect its systems or business, or to respond to an emergency.
INTEL reserves the right to transfer any and all information collected by the TalkBack feature from users of the Licensed Program(s) to a third party in the event that it sells or transfers substantially all of its assets related to the Licensed Program(s) to such third party.
You may disable/enable the TalkBack feature at any time by running qtb_install.exe located in your quartus/bin folder.