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APA collection of members’ data

The American Philosophical Association (APA) provides this privacy policy to inform you of our privacy practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected online and how that information is used. We are committed to protecting the privacy of our members and others who visit our websites. This privacy policy covers the webpages belonging to the APA in the United States only, and does not cover the privacy policies of any APA affiliates, foreign or domestic. Our site may also be referenced or accessible through links contained on other sites, including sites of third party e-procurement networks. However, we have not investigated and are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those sites. Their policies and protections may be different than those offered by the APA. We encourage you to investigate and review the privacy practices of those sites prior to use. This privacy policy and the policies described below may be updated and are subject to change from time to time. We encourage you to review this privacy policy periodically to confirm our current site policies. This statement discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices and explains how we use and protect personally identifiable information that we receive from our site.

Types of information collected

Personal information

The APA uses personal information to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service. On some APA websites, you can order products or services, request information, or subscribe to marketing or support materials. The types of personal information you provide to us on these pages may include name, address, phone number, email address, user IDs and passwords, billing and transaction information, credit card information, contact preferences, educational and employment background, demographic data, and job interest data. To personalize our websites, services, or communications, improve our products and services, and analyze the composition of our audience, we may also ask you to provide us with information regarding your personal or professional interests, demographics, and experiences with our products or services. Providing this additional information is optional.

Information needed to make a purchase

When you make a purchase, we will ask for your name, company or department name, address, phone number, email address, and other information necessary to fulfill and track your order. For purposes of billing, you may need to provide your APA membership information and credit card information, including type, number, expiration date, and billing address for the card. If your order is to be shipped, we also need the name, address and phone number of the intended recipient(s).

Non-personal information (including cookies)

When you visit our site, we may collect anonymous system information about your computer, such as your IP address. In certain areas of the site designated for specific members, we require personal contact information (such as your name and email address) in order to provide account access and perform commerce-related and other online service activities. This information is usually requested in the registration and order forms set forth in those areas. If you obtain access to one of those designated areas and you are required to sign in, we may use a "cookie" to identify your session on our website. Cookies are small files that are placed on your hard drive by a website. They act as unique identifiers for your computer, but cannot be used to identify any individual, only machines. We may use cookies to better understand the browsing or usage patterns of site visitors, as well as to enhance their experience at our site. Some website functionality may be limited if cookies are turned off in your browser.

Non-personal data we collect may include the pages visited, unique URLs visited within our web properties, browser type and IP address. Most non-personal data is collected via cookies or other analysis technologies.

What do we do with the information we collect?

  • Bill your credit card for your purchases
  • Confirm and track any orders you may make with the APA
  • Respond to your inquiries or requests
  • Provide promotional and other communications to you, if you choose to receive them
  • Offer product and service descriptions you may request
  • Enhance our website and member experience based on anonymous information about our site visitors
  • Analyze the demographic composition of our membership and audience

How do we protect the security of your information?

If you enter credit card payment information (for example, MasterCard or Visa information) to purchase APA services or products, that information is encrypted and protected with industry standard encryption software. The APA currently uses Secure Sockets Layer technology (SSL) to protect such information and ensure that credit card transactions are secure.

We protect our databases with various physical, technical and procedural measures and we restrict access to your information by unauthorized persons. Our information systems are maintained behind a software firewall to isolate them from access by other networks connected to the Internet. We use SSL technology, which is the electronic commerce standard for securing information as it travels over the Internet. SSL technology is designed to encrypt your information, preventing an unauthorized party from viewing and downloading your information. Your web browser should display a web address with an "https" prefix, indicating that the SSL technology is operating when using certain portions of our website.

Is information shared with third parties?

Any information we collect about you or your computer is used exclusively by the APA to enhance and improve your visits to our site, or to provide you with requested information, products, or services. For example, when a member submits credit card information to the APA in order to place an online order, such personal information is used only for payment and shipping purposes.

The APA provides member names and mailing addresses and/or email addresses to third parties for one-time use as part of our mailing list rental program, which provides supplemental income to the association. The APA reviews the material that will be sent in this one-time usage to prevent solicitations unrelated to the field of philosophy. The APA monitors usage of rented mailing lists and strictly enforces the one-time use restriction. To be excluded from the mailing lists the APA rents to third parties, update your contact preferences. Though your contact information will be promptly removed from the rental mailing lists upon receipt of your request, please allow up to three months for third-party communications to completely cease, as communications using lists rented prior to receipt of your removal request may still be pending.

We may also provide your information to reputable organizations that help us to fulfill an online order you initiate. For example, like all organizations that offer online purchases, the APA uses companies to verify and process credit card transactions, to deliver packages, and to administer service programs. We may share information with others who help us analyze sales and demographic data, maintain our records, and provide other services for the APA. We may also share your information with companies that act on our behalf and at our direction to notify you of additional APA products and services. These companies may also conduct member satisfaction surveys and manage other member services and benefits for us. These third parties are not authorized to use your information for any reason other than to perform their contractually assigned functions. We may share anonymized data with affiliates, partners, contractors, or other reputable parties in order to help us analyze information about the association and the profession, assess usage trends, improve site layout or design, or to maintain or upgrade our software and web capabilities.

If the APA or substantially all of its assets are targeted for acquisition, member information may be disclosed on a confidential basis as part of the due diligence or investigative efforts of the potential third party acquirer. In the event of any actual acquisition, such information would be transferred as part of the transaction to the acquirer.

Opting out (unsubscribing)

To opt out of receiving communications you have requested (such as email newsletters, promotions, and product updates), use any of the following methods:

  • Select the email "opt-out" or "unsubscribe" link located at the bottom of any APA email or follow the opt-out instructions included in each subscription communication.
  • Update your communication preferences on the APA website.
  • Write to the American Philosophical Association. Be sure to provide your name, email address, postal address, and relevant information about your subscriptions and registrations.

Additional uses of collected information

APA member directory

The APA member directory is provided as a service to the APA membership. The APA prohibits the use of this site by a third party to obtain email addresses of APA members for the purpose of mass mailings (commonly called "spamming") or any type of marketing, regardless of the sender's intent. The APA will request that any offending email accounts be terminated by the user's Internet Service Provider or Academic Institution. 

Anyone receiving a blanket message they believe to have been sent using these lists should report it to the APA national office at info@apaonline.org. Please save the offending message so that the sender may be authenticated.

APA membership list

The APA membership list published on the APA website or made available to members by any other means is published for the exclusive use of members of the American Philosophical Association for purposes of reference and personal correspondence. It is not to be used for any commercial purpose. Producing or using mailing labels or computerized mailing lists generated from this published list is a violation of United States and international copyright laws.

Research and analysis

Anonymized data about APA members and website users, such as demographic information and professional and educational background, may be shared with third parties for the purposes of research and analysis (e.g., to study the demographic composition of the APA membership). Names, contact information, and similar individually identifiable information will not be provided to third parties for research and analysis purposes.

Online payment receipts

The information transmitted in payment receipts is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient, is prohibited. If you receive a receipt in error, please contact the sender and delete the offending material.

Children's online privacy

The APA is committed to the preservation of online privacy for all of its visitors, including children. We do not knowingly collect information about children or sell products to children. In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, we will not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, you must ask your parent or guardian to assist you in using any and all APA web properties.

U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework

The APA website is hosted by YourMembership.com, which complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland. YourMembership.com has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view YourMembership.com's certification, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/.

In compliance with the US-EU and US-Swiss Safe Harbor Principles, YourMembership.com commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information. European Union or Swiss citizens with inquiries or complaints regarding this privacy policy should first contact YourMembership.com at:

privacy-complaints@yourmembership.com
YourMembership.com, Inc.
Attn: Privacy Officer
300 First Avenue South, #300
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
USA

YourMembership.com has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the US-EU and US-Swiss Safe Harbor Principles to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB EU SAFE HARBOR, operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed by YourMembership.com, please visit the BBB EU SAFE HARBOR web site at http://www.bbb.org/us/european-dispute-resolution/consumer/ for more information and to file a complaint.

Who should I contact for more information?

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your interactions with this site, please feel free to contact us at info@apaonline.org or (302) 831-1112. You may also contact us to check the accuracy of any personally identifiable information or request that such information be updated. Contact us at the following address:

The American Philosophical Association
31 Amstel Avenue
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716-4797

Telephone: (302) 831-1112
Fax: (302) 831-8690
Email: info@apaonline.org

The American Philosophical Association
University of Delaware
31 Amstel Avenue, Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302.831.1112 | Fax: 302.831.8690
Email: info@apaonline.org