AACC Privacy Policy

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Inc. (AACC) respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its Web site. Most data AACC collects are used only to help AACC better serve its customers. It is our general policy to collect and store only personal information that our customers and visitors knowingly provide. By visiting www.aacc.org you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Notice.

What Information does AACC Collect?

To gain access to members-only resources and personalization features on the AACC Web site, members and other users are asked to register and provide some limited information. These data are submitted voluntarily. AACC asks users to provide their name, member number (for members), organization name, business phone, and e-mail. Similar information may be submitted to AACC through membership applications, conference or seminar registration, publication orders, and subscriptions. Additionally, for some e-mails sent in HTML format by AACC to its members, AACC will collect specific information regarding what the recipient does with that e-mail. For those e-mails, AACC 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. AACC 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 AACC use the information that it collects?

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

AACC Member Services and Products. Generally, AACC 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. AACC also makes member contact information available through the AACC Membership Directory to other members using its Web site. AACC also provides limited data to third parties that purchase AACC mailing lists. Members may request AACC to refrain from disclosing their data to third parties on the membership renewal form. Alternatively, users may contact AACC’s Customer Service at any time at custserv@aacc.org or (202) 857-0717 or by logging in to their customer account/profile at www.aaccdirect.org.

Membership Directory. In addition to data collected by AACC, members may update or supplement information provided in the AACC Membership Directory. AACC permits members to upload and share user generated content, such as photographs and CVs, with other members.  The directory is not intended as a place for members to post third-party copyrighted content.  We expect AACC members to respect the copyrights and intellectual property rights of others.

The AACC Membership Directory area is provided as a service to members to foster scientific and clinical information exchange.  The use of the information for any commercial purposes whatsoever is expressly forbidden.  If you feel that your information in this directory has been used inappropriately, please contact AACC’s Customer Service at any time at custserv@aacc.org or (202) 857-0717.

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

What about cookies?

AACC 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. 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). When a user registers, the system will ask whether the user approves of the attachment of a cookie (for example, a "Remember Me" or "Remember My Login" prompt). 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 login 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 about links to other Web sites?

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

If any User suspects AACC has handled its personal information in a manner that does not comply with this privacy statement, please contact Customer Service by e-mail at custserv@aacc.org or by calling (202) 857-0717.

AACC Copyright and Trademark Notice

The contents of material available on this Web site are copyrighted by AACC unless otherwise indicated.  Copyright is not claimed as to any part of an original work prepared by a U.S. or state government officer or employee as part of that person’s official duties.  All rights are reserved and content may not be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, or transferred, in any form or by any means, except with the prior written agreement of AACC or as indicated below.  Users may download pages or other content for their own personal use on a single computer, but no part of such content may be otherwise or subsequently reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, or transferred, in any form or by any means, except with the prior written agreement of, and with express attribution to, AACC.  AACC, ACCENT, Lab Tests Online and Van Slyke Foundation are registered service marks of AACC.

General Legal Notice and Liability Disclaimer

AACC makes this Web site and the information and services contained herein available in furtherance of AACC’s nonprofit and tax-exempt purposes. While AACC makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this site, AACC does not endorse, approve or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review by qualified experts.  Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by AACC.

AACC reserves the right to remove any materials that are posted by third parties onto this site.  Notwithstanding the reservation of this right, AACC is not responsible for material posted by any third party.  AACC specifically disclaims any and all liability for claims or damages which result from any postings by third parties.

At certain places on this site, live "links" to other Web sites can be accessed. Such external sites contain information created, published, maintained, or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of AACC. AACC does not endorse, approve, certify, or control these external sites and does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of information located at such sites. Use of any information obtained from such sites is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review by qualified experts. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by AACC.

AACC assumes no responsibility for consequences resulting from use of the information contained herein, or from use of the information obtained at linked sites, or in any respect for the content of such information. AACC is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, reliance on, or performance of such information.

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