Privacy Policy


ASTA respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its Web site. ASTA strongly believes that if electronic commerce and online activities are to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, ASTA has implemented the following policy.

What Information Does ASTA Collect?
Most data ASTA collects is used only to help us better serve our members. It is our general policy to collect and store only personal information that our members and visitors knowingly provide. If our privacy policies change, we will notify all users by e-mail or a special announcement placed on the Web site.

From General Users. ASTA does not collect any personal information from users browsing its Web site. Only aggregate data -- such as the number of hits per page -- are collected. Aggregate data are only used for internal and marketing purposes and do not provide any personally identifying information.

From ASTA's Members, Conference Registrants, and Other Customers. To gain access to members-only resources, members and other users are asked to register and provide some limited information. This information is submitted voluntarily. ASTA asks users to provide their name, member number (for members), address, organization name, business phone, and e-mail. Similar information may be submitted to ASTA through membership applications, conference or seminar registration, publication orders, subscriptions, and competition registrations. Additionally, for some e-mails sent in HTML format by ASTA to its members through its electronic newsletters, we will collect specific information regarding what the recipient does with that email. For those emails, ASTA will monitor whether a recipient subsequently clicks through to links provided in the message. Other information collected through this tracking feature includes: email address of a user, the date and time of the user's "click," a message number, name of the list from which the message was sent, tracking URL number and destination page. ASTA only uses this information to enhance its products and distribution of those products to its members. This information is not sold or distributed in any other manner. 

How Does ASTA Use Data Collected?
ASTA uses information voluntarily submitted by members and other customers in the following ways:
ASTA Member Services and Products. Generally, ASTA and its direct subsidiaries use data collected to improve its own web content; to respond to visitors' interests, needs and preferences; and to develop new products and services.

Disclosures to Third Parties. ASTA also makes member contact information available through the ASTA Membership Directory to other members using its Web site and to those who register for its conferences. In addition, ASTA incorporates information users provide into hard copies of the Membership Directory that it provides to members and sells to requesters. On occasion, ASTA may also provide limited data to third parties that offer products and services. These limited data include names, job titles, companies and business addresses, but do not include phone numbers, fax numbers or e-mail addresses. Users may request ASTA refrain from disclosing the data it collects to third parties on the membership application form, conference registration form or any other form on which they are providing information. Alternatively, users may contact ASTA at asta@astaweb.com or (703) 279-2113 to express their preferences if they determine later that they do not wish to have the information shared.

Credit Card Account Information. ASTA does not disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, ASTA submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.

What Privacy Issues Arise with Links to Other Sites?

This Web site contains links to other web sites. ASTA has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites.

What Means of Redress Are Available?
If any User suspects ASTA has handled its personal information in a manner that does not comply with this privacy statement, please contact us by e-mailing to asta@astaweb.com or (703) 279-2113.