The American Montessori Society (AMS) respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its website. AMS strongly believes that if online business activities and services to members and customers are to flourish, users of our website 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 website.
From General Users
AMS does not collect any personal information from users browsing its website. 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 website visitors through its online school and teacher education program directories.
On occasion, e-mail addresses and other contact information may be shared with third parties for the express purpose of providing services and products that AMS deems advantageous to its members. In such an instance, a provider is given short-term access to the information for the specific approved use, and is not entitled to add the contact information to the organization’s general marketing database. In addition, the provider is asked to comply with Federal regulations requiring an “opt-out” feature on commercial bulk emails.
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 webpages or the AMS member or financial databases.
How Does AMS Use "Cookies?"
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 website. 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 website contains links to other websites. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 212-358-1250.
Where Can One Get More Information?