Privacy Statement

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is committed to protecting your privacy. This Statement of Privacy applies to the APSA websites (including APSAnet.org and politicalsciencenow.com) and services, and governs data collection and usage. 

In general, you may visit the APSA websites without submitting any personal information. However, to provide certain services, the APSA may request personal information in one or more of the ways listed below. Users are told when information is to be collected, and you have the option not to submit this information.

Collection of your Personal Information

APSA collects personal information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address, or telephone number. APSA also collects demographic information, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, race, preferences, interests, and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by APSA. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Website addresses. This information is used by APSA for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the APSA Website.

Use of your Personal Information

The APSA collects and uses your personal information to operate the APSA website and deliver the services you have requested. We use the information we collect to operate and maintain our websites; to track membership, meeting attendance, authorship, and demographic trends in programs/departments/sections; to send you communications relating to your membership, meeting attendance, donation, purchase, subscription, or use of our publication services; to respond to your questions and concerns; and to fulfill our contractual obligations.

The APSA also uses your personal information to inform you of other products or services available from the APSA and its affiliates. The APSA may also contact you via surveys to conduct research on the profession about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

The  APSA may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to APSA, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

APSA may contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. 

Any personal information you elect to make publicly available on our sites, such as commenting on a web page, will be available to others.  If you remove information that you have made public on our sites, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of our sites, or if other users have copied or saved that information. 

How We Store Your Information

Your information collected through the APSA websites is stored and processed on servers in the United States. Users in the European Union should be aware that their data will be transferred to the United States and that the European Commission has not found United States law to adequately protect the rights of data subjects.APSA takes reasonable precautions to ensure that all processing activities conducted on our behalf are compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under that regulation, EU users who believe their data has been misused have the right to lodge a complaint under with their Member State’s supervisory authority.

How We Retain Your Information 

We retain the personal data collected from members, meeting attendees, donors, users of our publication and meeting services, institutional subscribers, or purchasers of APSA products for as long as the membership, meeting, donation, meeting or publication use, or purchase is active and for a period of time after that as long as we need it to fulfill the purposes for which we have initially corrected it, unless you withdraw your consent for the continued processing of your data or as otherwise required by law.

How We Protect Your Information 

The APSA is concerned with protecting your privacy and data, but we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to the APSA or guarantee that your information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of any of our industry-standard physical, technical or managerial safeguards.When you enter sensitive information (such as login credentials) on our websites, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).No method of transmission over the internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure, however.Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. We use an outside credit card processing company to process payments made through our websites. 

Use of Cookies

We may use cookies in order to customize the sites for return visitors.  These cookies are not required for site functionality.  Additionally, third-party widgets such as YouTube or Flickr may install cookies depending on their configuration.  You are not required to accept any cookies to use our sites.  You can disable cookies on your browser to prevent being recognized on return visits to the APSA websites.

We use a tool called “Google Analytics” to collect information about use of the APSA’s websites. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit these sites, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to these sites. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve the APSA websites. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit these sites, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personal information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit a site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to our sites by disabling cookies on your browser. 

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organizations. This privacy policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website. 

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.

Your Rights With Regard to Your information

We respect your privacy rights and provide you with reasonable access to the personal data that you may have provided through your use of the APSA websites.If you wish to access, amend, or remove any personal data we hold about you, you may update it at any time by accessing the “My APSA” link. Any changes you make, or that APSA staff make on your behalf, will be reflected in active user databases instantly or within a reasonable period of time.We may retain all information you submit for backups, archiving, prevention of fraud and abuse, analytics, satisfaction of legal obligations, or where we otherwise reasonably believe that we have a legitimate reason to do so.

APSA Websites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on APSA or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of APSA; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of APSA, or the public.

Changes to this Statement

We reserve the right to modify or amend the terms of this Privacy Policy to reflect company and customer feedback from time to time without notice. Your continued use of our website following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy will mean you accept those changes. APSA encourages you to periodically review this policy to be informed of how APSA is protecting your information.

If you have any questions or requests regarding this policy, if you would like to change your preferences, if you no longer wish to receive e-mail updates from the APSA, or if you believe the APSA has erroneous or incomplete information about you, please send an e-mail to membership@apsanet.org.

Contact Information

American Political Science Association welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that the American Political Science Association has not adhered to this Statement, please contact American Political Science Association at membership@apsanet.org. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

This Policy was last updated May 2018