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1. 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 Statement covers the web pages belonging to 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 on 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 APA. We encourage you to investigate and review the privacy practices of those sites prior to use. This Privacy Statement 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 personal 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. Please note that the APA does provide member information for sale to third parties as part of our mailing label lists. To be excluded from the APA mailing label listings, you must contact [email protected] and request that your member information not be included in the APA mailing labels listings.

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, and job interest data. To personalize our websites, services, or communications and improve our products and services, 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 number 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 (Cookies and Other Info)

When you visit our site, we 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 log in, we will use a "cookie" to store your user name. 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 identify our members and better understand their browsing or usage patterns, as well as to enhance the experience of our members at our site.

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 (member experience) based on anonymous information about our site visitors

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. All information transmitted through [email protected] is stored on our secure server. We use Secure Sockets Layer (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?

Please note that the APA does provide member information for sale to third parties for one-time usage as part of our mailing list rental service. To be excluded from the APA mailing list rental service, you must contact [email protected] and request that your member information not be included in APA mailing list rentals. We may also provide your information to reputable organizations that help us to fulfill your order. For example, we use companies to verify and process credit card transactions, to deliver packages, to schedule and perform product installations, and to administer service programs. We may share information with others who help us analyze sales 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.

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. We may similarly share data with our affiliates and contractors in order to help us analyze such information, 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.

How Can I Decide What Promotional Communications I Will Receive?

The APA may send you promotional email about products and services that we hope will be of interest to you. You can choose to discontinue receiving such promotional email by sending a request to unsubscribe at any time to [email protected] indicating the email address you wish to unsubscribe. Or, you may call or write us as provided in this Privacy Policy in the section below entitled "Who should I contact for more information?" Please allow a reasonable period of time in order to satisfy your request, as some promotions may already be in process.

Opting-Out (Un-subscribing)

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

  • Select the email "opt-out" or "unsubscribe" link located under the members section, or follow the opt-out instructions included in each subscription communication
  • Return to the web page(s) where you originally registered your preferences and follow the opt-out instructions
  • Write to the American Philosophical Association—be sure to provide your name, email and postal address, and relevant information about your subscriptions and registrations.

Children's Online Policy

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/all APA web properties.

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 [email protected] or contact us at [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

E-mail: [email protected]

2. Member Lookup Page on APA Website (Name, Address, Divisional Affiliation, Email Appear)

These lists are provided as a service to the APA membership. The APA prohibits the use of this site to obtain e-mail addresses of APA members for the purpose of mass-mailings (commonly called "spamming"), regardless of the sender's intent. The APA will request that any offending e-mail 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 National Office at [email protected]. Please save the offending message so that the sender may be authenticated.

3. Published List of Members (and Their Addresses)

Please note: This list 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. Mailing labels or computerized mailing lists generated from this published list is a violation of United States and international copyright laws.

4. Online Payments/Receipts

The information transmitted 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 received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer.


As an agency of the University of Delaware, the APA national office must also comply with the University of Delaware's PNPI Statement.

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The American Philosophical Association
University of Delaware
31 Amstel Avenue, Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302.831.1112 | Fax: 302.831.8690
Email: [email protected]