PRIVACY and ETHICS
Privacy Statement |
ACSA and its subsidiaries are committed to respecting and protecting your
privacy, ethically. We've structured our web sites so that, in general, you can visit
ACSA on the Web without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information.
ACSA is a founding sponsor of the ACSA OnLine Privacy Program, the 'standard' for Privacy certification. We proudly display the
ACSA OnLine Privacy Logo on our websites.
Once you choose to provide us personally identifiable information (any information by which you can be identified),
you can be assured that it will only be used to support your membership relationship with
This statement regarding the privacy of the personally identifiable information you
provide online covers the five foundation principles of fair information: Awareness, Choice, Accuracy & Access,
Security, and Oversight.
collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our
homepage and from the bottom of every ACSA.NET, its subsidiaries' and affiliates' web pages.
ACSA standards of Ethical behavior of
its volunteers is maintained at the highest level of conduct: we maintain
continuous monitoring of the scientific methods and reporting systems and data
used by our professionals and scientists in their research, and even employ the
monitoring services of Certified Public Accountants and Scientific Standards
Monitoring consultants for the purposes of ensuring that our work is always at
the highest level. Our Internal Conduct of Science committee regularly
evaluates our work, and accepts and reviews complaints, if any, from the
public or private sector, investigates then and if required, takes appropriate
action to correct the problem.
We are committed to a higher standard than that set forth by any
research or scientific University or Organization in the world.
What we collect
On some ACSA web sites, you can order products or services, make requests, and register
to receive materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages are
name, contact and billing information, transaction, and credit card
information which are emailed to our processing center in encrypted
form. You supply the personal and business contact information you choose.
In order to tailor our subsequent communications to you and continuously improve our products and services (including registration), we may also ask you to provide us with information regarding your personal or professional interests, demographics, experience with our products, and more detailed contact preferences. Some electronic newsletters record anonymous data about articles you have expressed interest in.
How we use it
ACSA uses your information to better understand your needs and provide you with
better service. Specifically, we use your information to help you complete a
transaction, to communicate back to you, to update you on service and benefits,
and to personalize our web sites for you. Credit card numbers are used only for payment processing, fraud protection, and are not retained for other purposes.
From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market
research or to provide you with marketing information we think would be of particular
interest. At a minimum, we will always give you the opportunity to opt out of receiving
such direct marketing or market research contact. We will also follow local requirements,
such as allowing you to opt in before receiving unsolicited contact, where applicable.
Who we share it with
ACSA will not sell, rent, or lease your personally identifiable information to others.
Unless we have your permission or are required by law, we will only share the personal
data you provide online with other ACSA entities and/or business partners who are acting
on our behalf for the uses described in "how we use it". Such ACSA entities and/or business partners,
including those in the United States and/or any other countries, are governed by our privacy
policies with respect to the use of this data and are bound by the appropriate
Data collected online may also be combined with information you provide when you register your ownership of
Children's Privacy Protection ACSA takes special care to protect the privacy needs of children under the age of 13 and encourages parents to be an active participant in their child's online activities and interests. We abide by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
(COPPA) requirements. The vast majority of ACSA web sites do not target and are not intended for children under the age of 13.
ACSA web sites that do not target children will not knowingly collect data from them. If we discover personal data from a child through an adult oriented site, we will eliminate that data. A very few web sites in
ACSA's "Home & Home Office" web section may include children under the age of 13 as part of a broader family audience target. Those specific web pages are clearly identified and provide an explicit privacy notice and processes to obtain parental approval, provide data access and data removal process for parents.
ACSA conducts the Annual ACSA Young Writers' Contest from January to early April each year. This contest targets children under the age of 13, grades K-5. Personal data is not collected online. Data collected from children is done so through a printed contest entry form that is mailed or faxed to
ACSA care of the contest administrator ACSA Scholastic. Parental approval is required on the contest entry form. No personal data is shared with the contest administrator. Parents wishing to access, review or delete their child's contest entry data should send a request to "Annual
ACSA Young Writers' Contest, c/o ACSA, 6 Commerce Drive, Cranford, NJ 07016.
ACSA will not use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without first letting you know and offering you a choice.
As previously stated, we will also provide you the opportunity
to let us know if you do not wish to receive unsolicited direct marketing materials from us
and we will do everything we can to honor such requests. Local country laws and policies are
applied where they differ from those in the U.S.
Your permission is always secured first, should we ever share your information with
For example, as part of ACSA's commitment to offering you choice, we enable you to make
online purchases directly from us or through our resellers. When you choose our
resellers, we inform you that your registration and shopping basket data is being
transferred to the reseller you selected. This notice is important because when you
choose to make online purchases through our resellers, use of your registration and
Local country laws and policies are applied where they differ from those in the U.S.
Accuracy & Access
ACSA strives to keep your personally identifiable information accurate. We will provide you with access
to your information, including making every effort to provide you with online access to your registration
data so that you may view, update or correct your information at the ACSA
site where it was submitted. To
protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting
you access or enabling you to make corrections. To access your personally identifiable information, return
to the web page where you originally entered it and follow the instructions on that web page. To opt-out of
ACSA contact, provide your name, email and/or address and relevant information about subscriptions or registrations you may have with
ACSA. This opt-out will cancel all marketing and support communication and newsletters, including software driver subscriptions. Certain areas
of ACSA's web sites may limit access to specific individuals through the use of passwords and through
providing personally data.
Links to third party web sites on the site are provided solely as a convenience to you.
If you use these links, you will leave the ACSA site. ACSA has not reviewed all of these third party
sites and does not control and is not responsible for any of these sites, their content or their
information, software or other products or materials found there, or any results that may be
obtained from using them. If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked to this site, you
do so at your own risk.
ACSA is committed to ensuring the security of your information. To prevent unauthorized
access or disclosure, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we
have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and
secure the information we collect online. We use encryption when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information. Preventing credit card fraud is important to protect your personal financial data security. As part of real-time payment processing,
ACSA subscribes to a Fraud Risk Management Service. The Service gives you and
ACSA an extra level of protection to guard against credit card fraud. The secure data transfer and validation process between the Service and
ACSA is bound by contractual and confidentiality agreements.
please email us,
and select "Privacy" as your subject category.
As a Founding Sponsor,
ACSA participates in the ACSA OnLine Privacy Program, which complies with all BBBOnLine privacy standards and
but does not display
the BBBOnLine Privacy Seal . We are actively
engaged with ACSA OnLine, the EU Data Protection Council and other organizations to develop a
global approach to oversight, dispute resolution and a global seal. Further information about
BBBOnLine is available at
Because of our Charity and Non-Profit status, as we are not a commercial
business, we are not members of the Better Business Bureau.
and ACSA are members of the IAN (Internet Anti-abuse Network) which has a goal
of preventing abuse of the Internet by website providers, operators and
servers. For more information, see
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