What information does AOAC INTERNATIONAL collect?
Our goal is to become your destination for “confidence in analytical results” by providing information, services and product offerings that are most relevant to you in the most convenient way. To achieve this goal, AOAC INTERNATIONAL may collect, use, store and transfer following information about you: your name, contact information (such as your email address, fax number, physical address, etc.), unique identifiers (usually your AOAC INTERNATIONAL member number/ID), purchasing or payment information, gender, date of birth, educational information, subscription preference, information collected about your use of AOAC INTERNATIONAL’s services and products, as well as any additional information you may provide to us. We do not knowingly collect information about children, and we do not ask or collect special categories of personal data (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, political opinions, trade union membership, your health, sex life, sexual orientation or genetic/biometric data). We also do not collect any information about criminal convictions or offenses.
Personally identifiable information refers to data that tells us specifically who you are (e.g., your name and postal address). You are only required to provide such information if you want to take advantage of optional products and services provided through our website.
Anonymous information refers to data that cannot be tied back to a specific individual. AOAC INTERNATIONAL collects some information each time a visitor comes to AOAC Online, so we can improve the overall quality of the visitor’s experience. For example, AOAC INTERNATIONAL collects the visitor’s browser and platform type (e.g., a Netscape browser on a Windows platform). Gathering this data helps us to learn what browsers we need to support. Other anonymous information helps us determine what sections of AOAC Online are most popular and how many visitors come to our site. You do not need to register with AOAC Online before we can collect this anonymous information.
AOAC INTERNATIONAL may ask you to provide personal information as needed for you to take advantage of products and services we provide. Through AOAC Online, we collect personal information in the following ways from different parts of its website:
- AOAC INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS: You are sharing personally identifiable information, including your name and mailing address, with us when you join AOAC INTERNATIONAL or renew your AOAC INTERNATIONAL membership through our website. AOAC INTERNATIONAL members are given a membership number, and a login and password which enables members to take advantage of restricted content and features on AOAC Online.
- OTHER REGISTRATION: You will be asked for personal information when registering for specific services such as our Annual Meeting or our educational offerings, for example.You will be asked for personal information when registering for specific services such as our Annual Meeting or our educational offerings, for example.
- ONLINE PURCHASES: We also ask for personal information when you are making a purchase from our product and services offerings. The number and variety of useful services on AOAC Online that will require collection of personally identifiable information will continue to grow in the future.