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Privacy Policy

The American Montessori Society (AMS) respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its Web site. AMS strongly believes that if online business activities and services to members and customers are to flourish, users of our Web site and other consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, AMS has implemented the following policy.

What Information Does AMS Collect?

Most data AMS collects are 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, prominently placed on the Web site.

From General Users

AMS 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 AMS Members, Conference Registrants, and Other Customers

To gain access to members-only resources and personalization features on amshq.org, members and other users may be asked to register and provide some limited information. This information is submitted voluntarily.

AMS may ask users to provide their name, ID number (for members and returning customers), organization name, business phone, and e-mail address.

Similar information may be submitted to AMS through membership applications, conference or seminar registration, publication orders, subscriptions, and other member or business transactions.

Additionally, for some e-mails sent in HTML format by AMS to its members, we will collect specific information regarding what the recipient does with that e-mail. For those e-mails, AMS will monitor whether a recipient subsequently clicks through to links provided in the message.

Other information collected through this tracking feature includes: e-mail 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. AMS 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 AMS Use Data Collected?

AMS uses information voluntarily submitted by members and other customers in the following ways:

AMS Member Services and Products

Generally, AMS uses 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

AMS also makes organizational member contact information available to Web site visitors through its online school and teacher education program directories.

On occasion, AMS may also provide limited data to third parties that offer products and services that may be of interest to our members and are consistent with the values and mission of the American Montessori Society. These limited data include names, job titles, and postal mailing addresses, but do not include business or personal phone numbers, fax numbers or e-mail addresses.

Users may request that AMS refrain from disclosing to third parties the data it collects on the membership application form, conference registration form, or any other form on which they are providing information; an opt-out box will appear on each form on which a user provides information.

Alternatively, users may contact AMS at support@amshq.org or 212-358-1250 to express their preferences if they determine later that they do not wish to have the information shared.

Credit Card Account Information

Except as required to process a payment transaction, AMS does not store or disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, AMS submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse via an encrypted connection.  The complete credit card number is never saved on any server hosting AMS Web pages or the AMS member or financial databases.

How Does AMS Use "Cookies?"

Cookies are files that contain information created by a Web server that can be stored on a user’s hard disk for use either during a particular session (“per-session” cookie) or for future use (“persistent” cookie). AMS uses cookies only to facilitate automated activity, store and track passwords, determine appropriate solicitations, and review navigation patterns.

Cookies are not used to disseminate significant information about users over the Internet or to analyze any information that users have knowingly or unknowingly provided.

When a user registers, the system will ask whether the user approves of the attachment of a cookie. Users may instruct their Internet browsers to opt out of accepting a “persistent” cookie and rather accept only a “per-session” cookie, but will need to log in each time they visit the site to enjoy the full benefits. If the user declines the attachment of any cookie, the user may not have access to the full benefits of the Web site. Registration enables the site to better determine members’ interest areas and provide the most relevant information.

What Privacy Issues Arise with Links to Other Sites?

This Web site contains links to other Web sites. AMS 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 AMS has handled his or her personal information in a manner that does not comply with this privacy statement, please contact us by e-mailing to support@amshq.org or by calling 212-358-1250.

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