The American College of Apothecaries (ACA) and its subsidiaries respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its offices, including its website. ACA strongly believes that if electronic commerce and online activities are to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online, or in any other manner to the College, is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect this privacy, ACA has implemented the following policy.
What Information Does ACA Collect?
Most data ACA collects are used only to help us to better serve our members, visitors and partners. It is our general policy to collect and store only personal information that our members, visitors and partners knowingly provide. If our privacy policies change, we will notify all users by e-mail or a special announcement placed into our various communication tools (e.g. website, newsletters, etc.).
From General Users: ACA does not collect any personal information from users browsing the website or looking at our various communication tools. Only aggregate data – such as the number of hits per page – are collected. Aggregate data are only used for internal and marketing purposes and does not provide any personally identifying information.
From Members, Conference Registrants, Exhibitors, Training Partners, etc.,: To gain access to members-only resources and personalization features on the website, members and other users are asked to register and provide some limited information. This information is submitted voluntarily. ACA asks users to provide their name, address, business phone and e-mail. Similar information may be submitted to ACA through membership applications, conference or training registration, publication orders, subscriptions and the like. Additionally, for some e-mails sent in HTML format by ACA to its members through its message boards and electronic newsletters, we will collect specific information regarding what the recipient does with the email. For those emails, ACA will monitor whether a recipient subsequently clicks through the links provided in the message. Other information collected through this tracking feature includes: e-mail 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. ACA only uses this information to enhance its products and services and distribution of those products and services to its members. This information is not sold or distributed in any other manner.
How Does ACA Use Data Collected?
ACA uses information voluntarily submitted by its members and other customers in the following ways:
ACA Member Services and Products: Generally, ACA uses 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: ACA also makes member contact information available through the ACA Membership Directory to other members using its website and to those who register for its conferences and training programs. In addition, ACA incorporates information users provide into the Membership Directory that it provides to members. ACA does not sell this information under any circumstances. On occasion, ACA may provide limited data to third parties that offer products and services that are felt to have a direct benefit to its members. These limited data include names, job titles, companies and business addresses, and email addresses, but do not include business phone numbers or business fax numbers unless the release of this information has been preapproved by the members impacted. Members may request that ACA 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 ACA directly to express their preferences if they determine later that they do not wish to have the information shared.
Credit Card Account Information: ACA does not disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, ACA submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.
What Privacy Issues Arise With Links To Other Sites?
The ACA websites contain links to other websites. ACA has no control over, and is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites.