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Academy Privacy Policy

This Privacy Statement covers the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' websites, including:

By accessing and using the Web sites you consent to the terms of this privacy policy. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to maintaining the confidence and trust of our members and other customers and visitors to the Web sites. The Academy maintains the following privacy policy to inform you of the Academy's collection, use and distribution of the personal information you provide online. The Academy may update or modify this privacy policy at any time, which update shall become effective upon posting of the new privacy policy on the Web sites. Please check this page periodically for updates to our privacy policy. Please direct any questions, comments or concerns to: webstrategy@eatright.org.

What information does the Academy collect and how is it used?

NON-PII

From General Users

The Academy does not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) from users browsing our Web sites. Only statistical data — such as the number of hits per page — is collected. This information is used only for internal and marketing purposes and does not include any PII.

Cookies and IP Addresses

"Cookies" are small pieces of information stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. They provide greater security for sites that provide personalized information. Cookies are commonly used by Web sites to provide identification. The cookie you accept is uniquely yours and can be read only by the server that gave it to you. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them.

A unique number called an IP address identifies every computer on the Internet. Each time you connect to the Internet your machine is assigned an IP address. An IP address is a number that identifies each sender or receiver of information that is sent in packets across the Internet. The Academy's sites use cookies but do not track IP addresses for advertising purposes.

PII

From Academy Members, Conference Registrants and Other Customers

To gain access to members-only resources and personalization features on the Academy's Web sites, members and other users are asked to voluntarily register and/or provide their member login, as well as provide some limited information. The Academy asks members to provide their name, member number, business phone and e-mail. Similar information may be submitted to the Academy through membership applications, conference or seminar registration, publication orders, subscriptions and contest registrations. The Academy uses this information to enhance its products and distribution of those products to its members.

From E-mail

Information sent by e-mail to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is used to process the request or inquiry in the email.

E-Commerce

Our sites uses order forms for visitors to request information, products and services. We will collect visitor contact information (such as e-mail address) and method of payment. Contact information from the order form is used to process orders and to send information about the Academy. User payment information is used to bill the user for products and services. This site has a secure certificate issued by a certifying agency. The organization has verified the organizational name and that the Academy has the proof of right to use it. This site legitimately runs under the auspices of the Academy. All information sent to this site, if in an SSL session, is encrypted.

Credit Card Information

The Academy collects credit card account information provided by our members and customers to process authorized payments.

Surveys

Our online surveys ask respondents for contact information (such as e-mail address) and demographic information (such as zip code, age). We also may use data from our surveys to send the user information about our academy.

EATRIGHT.ORG Site/Membership Registration Forms

Our online registration forms require users to give us contact information (such as name and e-mail address), method of payment and demographic information. We use customer contact information from the registration forms to send the user information about our academy. The customer's contact information is also used by the Academy to contact the visitor when necessary. Information regarding method of payment is collected for member enrollment, registration and to process orders for products and services.

How do we Share your information?

Disclosure of Your PII to Third-Parties. Except as provided below, we do not share your PII with non-affiliated third parties without your permission.

We may disclose PII you provide via the Web sites in connection with the sale, assignment, or other transfer of the business or a portion of the business of our site, including a corporate merger, consolidation, restructuring, sale of assets or other corporate change of our direct or indirect parent companies that affects us.

We may need to release PII when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a criminal investigation, a court order, or legal process served on our Web site. We may also share your personal information if we believe it is necessary in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of the terms of use, or as otherwise required by law.

Service Providers: We also may disclose information to outside companies that help us bring you the products and services we offer. For example, we may work with an outside company to: (a) process credit card transactions; (b) manage a database of customer information; (c) assist us in distributing e-mails; (d) assist us with direct marketing and data collection; (e) provide us storage and analysis; (f) provide fraud prevention; and (g) other services designed to assist us in maximizing our business potential. We require that these outside companies agree to keep confidential all information we share with them and to use the information only to perform their obligations in the agreements.
Permission: In addition, we may disclose or sell your PII to third-parties with your permission.

Electronic Mailing Lists and Public Forums

The Academy makes electronic mailing lists available to its members on this site. Any information you disclose on any electronic mailing list or other open forum hosted by the Academy may be collected by others and used, without authorization by the Academy, to send you unsolicited non-Academy information or for other purposes. Although the Academy tries to protect your personal information when using these public forums, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Users also have the choice of ending any subscription by submitting a cancellation request to webstrategy@eatright.org.

External Links

EATRIGHT.ORG may contain links to other external Web sites that do not fall under the EATRIGHT.ORG domain. EATRIGHT.ORG is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such external Web sites. The Academy does not endorse the content, products or services on other Web sites.

Pop-Up Advertising

Some visitors have reported that advertisements for products, such as diet pills, pop up on their computer screens when they log onto EATRIGHT.ORG. The Academy has nothing to do with these pop-up ads and does not sanction or control them in any way.

These ads are triggered by software on the viewer's computer that may have been unwittingly installed as part of a free software package. The most common case is with music and file sharing software that is given away free to consumers.
After installation, the software keeps track of the sites the user logs onto and when the person goes to any site that is on a special list, an ad pops up. Advertisers pay for this and select the sites they want their ads to be associated with.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics does not approve of this practice and has written to government leaders requesting that legislation be passed to prohibit it.

Security

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.

Tell Us What You Think

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics welcomes your questions and comments about privacy. Please e-mail webstrategy@eatright.org.