Our Web Site Use Policy

The Society of Wetland Scientists ("SWS") is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. We've structured our Web sites so that, in general, you can visit us on the Web without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information.

This Privacy Policy sets forth SWS's practices regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of information that you may provide through this site. Please read this entire Privacy Policy before using this site or submitting information to SWS through this site.

By using this site and whenever you submit information through this site to SWS, you agree with the terms of SWS's Privacy Policy written below.

Data Collection

SWS only collects personally identifiable data such as your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address when you voluntarily submit it to SWS. This information may be used by personnel of SWS as a means to contact you to obtain more information, to improve this site, or it might be used to provide you with information that you have requested or additional information that SWS believes may be of interest to you. The data will not be transferred to a third party outside of SWS without your prior consent but may be used within SWS or by a company acting as an agent of SWS for processing and mailing purposes. SWS may also use this information for performing marketing studies or for other commercial purposes for which it may receive compensation.

As part of the order process, if we collect credit/debit card information, your information will be used to fill your order but we will never share your personal payment information with third parties.

While SWS makes every reasonable effort to protect the information collected through its Web sites, please be aware that there is always some risk involved when submitting data over the Internet. We cannot guarantee that our Web site is 100-percent safe from illegal tampering or "hacking." Any data transmitted over the Internet may be at risk; however, once it is received at SWS and entered into its database, it has the same protection that SWS extends to its own confidential information.

We track the total number of visitors to our Web site, the number of visitors to each page of the Web site, and the domain names of our visitors' Internet service providers. No personally identifiable information is gathered in this process.

Updating Your Information

If at any time you wish to stop receiving e-mails or other communications from us, or if you have submitted personally identifiable information through our Web site and would like to have that information deleted from our records, please notify us at bolson@sws.org. You may also request access to personal data about you that SWS holds and you may have the opportunity to request a correction or amendment to your personal data.

Links to Third-Party Sites

As a convenience to our visitors, our sites may contain links to other (non-SWS) sites that we believe may offer useful information. The Privacy Policy presented here does not apply to those sites. You should contact these sites directly for information on their privacy policies, confidentiality agreements, and data collection/distribution procedures.

Children's Policy

Our Web site is not intended or designed to attract children under the age of 18. We do not collect personal information from any person we actually know is under the age of 18.

Cookies

Our Web site uses a technology called "non-persistent cookies," which is a small data file that a server gives to your browser when you access a Web site in order to let you access the pages you request and to track the pages visited. Using non-persistent cookies to track page visits helps us analyze our site usage more accurately. In cases in which non-persistent cookies are used, we will not collect personally identifiable information except with your explicit permission. Please note that linked non-SWS sites may also use cookies. SWS cannot control the use of cookies by these non-SWS sites. We also want you to know that when you link from a SWS Web site to another Web site, that site may have the ability to recognize that you have come from a SWS site. If you do not want any other Web sites to know that you have been on this Web site, we recommend that you do not use the links provided in our site.

Refunds

Refunds are not issued for purchase of SWS membership. Membership is canceled when the membership term expires or if an individual or institution requests that the membership be terminated.

Privacy Policy Updates

Any changes to SWS's Internet Privacy Policy will be posted on this page. This Privacy Policy was last updated: 22 March 2010