Privacy Policy

AACS respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its Website. AACS 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, AACS has implemented the following policy.

What Information Does AACS Collect?
Most data AACS collects are 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 Website.

From General Users. AACS does not collect any personal information from users browsing its Website. 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 AACS’s Members, Conference Registrants, and Other Customers. To gain access to members-only resources and personalization features on, members and other users are asked to register and provide some limited information. This information is submitted voluntarily. AACS asks users to provide their name,organization name, business phone, cell phone and e-mail. Similar information may be submitted to AACS through membership applications, conference or seminar registration, publication orders, subscriptions, and contest registrations. Additionally, for some e-mails sent in HTML format by AACS 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, AACS 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. AACS only uses this information to enhance its products and distribution of those products to its members. This information may be shared or sold to associate member companies however AACS provides an opt out option for sharing your email address. A member may choose to opt out by visiting the My AACS or My CEA page of the website and filling out the opt out form. Questions, please call AACS at 480-281-0431 or 800-831-1086.

How Does AACS Use Data Collected?
AACS use information voluntarily submitted by members and other customers in the following ways:

ASAE Member Services and Products. Generally, AACS 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. AACS also makes member contact information available through the AACS Membership Directory using its Website and to those who register for its conferences. On occasion, AACS may also provide limited data to third parties that offer products and services. These limited data include names, companies, business addresses, business phone numbers, business fax numbers, and in some cases e-mail addresses. Users may request AACS refrain from disclosing the data it collects to third parties by contacting AACS in writing. A member may choose to opt out of email sharing by visiting the My AACS or My CEA page of the website and filling out the opt out form. Questions, please call AACS at 480-281-0431 or 800-831-1086.

Consent to Use Personal Information. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act(s) 1984 and 1998 (as applicable), AACS or its agents must store, host and otherwise process the information (including personal data) supplied by the User when registering for this Website. User supplies as defined above when registering for the Website in order to allow AACS (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. AACS does not disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, AACS submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.

How Does AACS Use Cookies?
Cookies are files that contain information created by a web server that can be stored on a User's hard disk for use either during a particular session ("per-session" cookie) or for future use ("persistent" cookie). AACS uses cookies only to facilitate automated activity, store and track passwords, determine appropriate solicitations, and review navigation patterns. Cookies are not used to disseminate significant information about Users over the Internet or to analyze any information that Users have knowingly or unknowingly provided.

What Privacy Issues Arise With Links To Other Sites?
This Website contains links to other websites. AACS 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 AACS has handled its personal information in a manner that does not comply with this privacy statement, please contact us by e-mailing to or by calling 800-831-1086.

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