Privacy Policy

January 01, 2002


NAFSA respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its website. NAFSA 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, NAFSA has implemented the following policy.

What Information Does NAFSA Collect?

Most data NAFSA collects are used only to help NAFSA better serve its members. It is our general policy to collect and store only information that our members and visitors knowingly provide.

From General Visitors

NAFSA does not collect any information from visitors browsing its website. Visitors to the public areas of NAFSA's website browse anonymously. 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.

NAFSA Members, Conference Registrants, and Other Logged In Visitors

To gain access to certain resources and personalization features on the NAFSA website, members and other visitors are asked to register and provide general contact information. These data are submitted voluntarily. Similar information may be submitted to NAFSA through membership applications, conference or seminar registration, publication orders, and subscriptions.

Logged-in visitors of the site may also choose to submit information beyond general contact information, through public discussion forums and programs like IssueNet and the NAFSA Adviser’s Manual. The extent to which such information is made available to others depends on the purpose of the application. For example, postings to the discussion forums can be seen by any visitor logged in to the NAFSA website; postings to IssueNet are seen by NAFSA member leaders and staff, and may be made available to government entities in furtherance of the resolution of the issue; notes added to the NAFSA Adviser’s Manual by a license holder may be seen only by the poster (private notes) or by other license holders who share the same organizational ID as the poster (group notes). Visitors are responsible for what they choose to submit to NAFSA through such applications.

NAFSA only uses this information to enhance its service to its users.

How Does NAFSA Use Data Collected?

Generally, NAFSA uses data collected to improve its own web content; to respond to members' interests, needs and preferences; and to develop new products and services.

Rental of Postal and E-Mail Addresses

Registrants for conferences and member applicants give permission for NAFSA to rent its mailing and e-mail lists, unless such permission is expressly denied. Members can change their mail and e-mail list permission on-line by editing their profiles. Members or visitors may change preferences by contacting NAFSA at or by calling 202-737-3699. Rental of member and visitor mailing and e-mail addresses is governed by NAFSA's List Rental Policy.

Credit Card Account Information

When members or visitors provide credit card account information to NAFSA or its agents (publishing house, registration processing company, etc.), NAFSA submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate financial institution. NAFSA does not further disclose credit card account information obtained from members or visitors.

How Does NAFSA Use Cookies?

Cookies are files that contain information created by a web server that can be stored on a visitor's hard disk for use either during a particular session ("per-session" cookie) or for future use ("persistent" cookie). NAFSA uses cookies only to facilitate automated activity, and to store and track passwords. Cookies are not used to disseminate significant information about visitors over the Internet or to analyze any information that visitors have knowingly or unknowingly provided. Visitors 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 login each time they visit the site to enjoy the full benefits. If the visitor declines the attachment of any cookie, the visitor 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. NAFSA has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites.

NAFSA Copyright & Infringements

All materials posted by NAFSA on the NAFSA website are subject to copyrights owned by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and other individuals or entities. Learn more about copyright infringements and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA").


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