Last updated: 23 August 2016
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is committed to the value of privacy. As you use our websites, you may be prompted to enter information when you:
- Create a user name and password
- Use personalization features
- Purchase a product or service
- Sign up for a free product or service
- Participate in online forums or discussions
- Provide feedback
How Collected Information Is Used
The primary purpose of gathering information is to allow the AAS to link a name and contact information to a user ID or browsing experience. Once you have provided appropriate information, you will be enabled to use a variety of products or personalized services, and to access online help or support. The AAS has a policy to use or sell its customer lists only for the delivery of information deemed of potential relevance or interest to members of the Astronomical community.
How We Work to Keep Information Secure
The AAS takes precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, we make commercially reasonable efforts to protect your information both online and off-line. When our registration/order form asks for sensitive information (such as a credit card number), we use dedicated software designed to encrypt the information and protect it. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to unlocked, or open, when you are just 'surfing.'
Opt-out for European Union and Other Users
In accordance with EU and other guidelines, you may decline to provide the information requested by the AAS. Please be advised, however, that the AAS may be unable to provide certain services unless such information is provided for security and identification purposes.
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive that sometimes links to personally identifiable information about the user. AAS uses session cookies which are designed not to be permanent or persistent. The session cookie is designed so that, once you close your browser, the cookie will simply terminate. If you configure your browser to reject cookies, you may still use some, but not all, portions of our site. For example, accessing our online journals requires that your browser accept cookies. We recommend closing browsers on publicly available machines (such as those in libraries) after use.
Disclosure of Aggregated and Other Information
We use IP addresses and other user information to analyze trends, administer the site, track users' movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We may share aggregated (i.e., non-individual) demographic information with our partners and advertisers. We use one or more outside credit card processing companies to bill users for goods and services and we will disclose your personally identifiable information to these companies as needed to process your orders and to respond to your requests.
The AAS sites contain links to other sites, and other sites have links to the AAS. Please be aware that the AAS is not responsible for the privacy practices (or other practices, goods, services, or content) of other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by the AAS.
Users who participate in AAS online forums or discussions may have their messages or postings edited for size and/or content. Submissions to such forums explicitly grant such editorial rights to AAS staff who reserve the right to remove inappropriate submissions. By participating in an online forum or discussion, you consent to our use or disclosure of any content you submit.
Protection of Children's Personal Information
The AAS sites are general audience sites and do not knowingly collect any personal information from children.
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