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ACA Website Privacy Policy

This statement describes the ACA privacy practices in connection with this website.

General Statement

The American Canoe Association (ACA) fully respects your right to privacy. With the exception of the technical information described below, we do not collect any information about you on this website unless you voluntarily provide it.

Collection and use of personal information

Except for the technical information described below, the American Canoe Association does not collect any personal information data about you on this website unless you voluntarily provide it.

We collect information that you voluntarily provide, such as when you send us an email message or submit information through one of our on-line forms. In those places where you provide personal information, we explain to you the purposes for which that information will be used, unless the purpose is apparent from the context. In all cases, we will only use the information you provide in accordance with the purposes we have stated and/or the purpose for which you provided it. In particular, the ACA will not share your email address with any third party unless you affirmatively give us permission to do so.

The ACA uses a web hosting company called Your Membership (YM) to host this website. By technical necessity, the personal information you provide is stored on equipment owned by YM or leased by YM from a third party (subject to confidentiality restrictions). Because this information is collected through the ACA website, the ACA’s privacy policy governs its use. YM uses this information for the sole purpose of allowing you to access the ACA website and participate in the online activities that are available through the ACA site.

If you ever have questions about how your information will be used, you may contact us before you provide it and we will give you additional information. You may also review the privacy policy of Your Membership by clicking on the link on the bottom of this page.

Collection and use of technical information

This website uses temporary "session" cookies that enable your web browser to remember which pages you have already visited. Other than that, this site does not use cookies.

Most of this site will function properly using a browser that has cookies disabled. However, pages that require visitors to log-in may not work with cookies disabled. If you experience problems with the site relating to cookies and do not want to enable them, call or email the ACA National Office using the information on our Contact Us webpage.

Our website hosting company, Your Membership, collects the following technical information on visitors to this website:

  • The IP address of your computer or computer network; 

  • Your top-level domain (for example .com, .org, .net); 

  • The website address from which you came to this site, including any search terms used to find this site; and

  • The type of operating system and web browser you are using, and your CPU speed.

YM uses this information to measure traffic patterns on the site and the use of YM’s services. YM does not match this technical information with any other personal information without the ACA’s consent.

YM may also collect information on the number of downloads from this website, the types of services used and the number of daily visitors. This information is collected in aggregate form, without any individual identification. It is used to improve the website and its services, to provide more relevant experiences to site users, and for statistical analysis.

Under no circumstances will the ACA attempt to use the technical information collected to identify individual visitors. Furthermore, the ACA will never knowingly disclose the technical information gathered by our web hosting company to any other party unless required to do so by law or an order of a court.

Information On Other Websites

The ACA website contains links to other sites that may collect your personal information. In such instances, unless expressly provided otherwise, the collection and use of your personal information will be governed by the privacy policy applicable to that site. That privacy policy should identify the entity that is collecting your personal information. The ACA is not responsible for privacy practices of sites linked to on the ACA site.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

From time to time, ACA may update or modify this privacy policy. If it does so, it will provide notice of the change to the ACA membership and to users of the ACA website. After notice has been provided, persons who continue to use the website will be deemed to have accepted the privacy policy changes. If, when you initially provided personal information, you instructed ACA to not share that information with some or all third parties, ACA will continue to honor that instruction regardless of any change in the privacy policy. No change in the ACA’s privacy policy will override your original instruction to not share your personal information unless you consent to that change.

Credit Card Security

ACA takes the security of our customers' transactions very seriously, utilizing the latest internet encryption and authentication technology and protocols to safeguard the privacy, confidentiality, and security of your information. All your order information is always protected by SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption, the industry standard for online transactions.

Every time you place an order for a product from the ACA on-line Store, you are automatically protected. Every modern browser is compatible with SSL, including Netscape Navigator 2.0 and above, Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and above, and AOL 3.0 and above. Before you can order, your browser automatically reads our "site certificate" and verifies our identity with VeriSign, a third party certifying agency.

Effective April 1, 2011

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