AFS respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its Web site. AFS strongly believes that if electronic commerce and online activities are to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, AFS has implemented the following policy.
WHAT INFORMATION DOES AFS COLLECT?
Most data AFS collects is used only to help us better serve our members. It is our general policy to collect and store only personal information that our members and visitors knowingly provide. If our privacy policies change, we will notify all users by e-mail or a special announcement placed on the Web site.
From General Users. AFS does not collect any personal information from users browsing its Web site. Only aggregate data -- such as the number of hits per page -- are collected. Aggregate data are only used for internal and marketing purposes and do not provide any personally identifying information.
From AFS's Members, Conference Registrants, and Other Customers. To gain access to members-only resources and personalization features on asinc.org, members and other users are asked to register and provide some limited information. This information is submitted voluntarily. AFS asks users to provide their name, member number (for members), organization name, business phone, and e-mail. Similar information may be submitted to AFS through membership applications, conference or seminar registration, publication orders, subscriptions, and contest registrations. Additionally, for some e-mails sent in HTML format by AFS to its members through its listservs and electronic newsletters, we will collect specific information regarding what the recipient does with that email. For those emails, AFS will monitor whether a recipient subsequently clicks through to links provided in the message. Other information collected through this tracking feature includes: email address of a user, the date and time of the user's "click," a message number, name of the list from which the message was sent, tracking URL number and destination page. AFS only uses this information to enhance its products and distribution of those products to its members. This information is not sold or distributed in any other manner.
HOW DOES AFS USE DATA COLLECTED?
AFS uses information voluntarily submitted by members and other customers in the following ways:
AFS Member Services and Products. Generally, AFS and its direct subsidiaries use data collected to improve its own web content; to respond to visitors' interests, needs and preferences; and to develop new products and services.
Disclosures to Third Parties. AFS also makes member contact information available through the AFS Membership Directory to other members using its Web site and to those who register for its conferences. In addition, AFS incorporates information users provide into hard copies of the Membership Directory that it provides to members and sells to requesters. On occasion, AFS may also provide limited data to third parties that offer products and services. These limited data include names, job titles, companies and business addresses, but do not include business phone numbers, business fax numbers or e-mail addresses. Users may request AFS refrain from disclosing the data it collects to third parties on the membership application form, conference registration form or any other form on which they are providing information; an opt-out box will appear on each form on which a user provides information. Alternatively, users may contact AFS at email@example.com to express their preferences if they determine later that they do not wish to have the information shared.
Consent to Use Personal Information. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act(s) 1984 and 1998 (as applicable), AFS or its agents must store, host and otherwise process the information (including personal data) supplied by the User when registering for this Web site. AFS may send such data outside the European Economic Area for processing. If you reside in the European Union, please indicate your consent that the personal information you have provided may be transferred and stored in countries outside of the EU, including the United States. User supplies as defined above when registering for the Web site in order to allow AFS (or its designated agents) to use the information to send the User unsolicited direct mail advertisements, promotions, and solicitations for third parties' products and services.
Credit Card Account Information. AFS does not disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, AFS submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.
WHAT PRIVACY ISSUES ARISE WITH LINKS TO OTHER SITES?
This Web site contains links to other web sites. AFS has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites.
WHAT MEANS OF REDRESS ARE AVAILABLE?
If any User suspects AFS has handled its personal information in a manner that does not comply with this privacy statement, please contact us by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.