(last updated November 23, 2008)
The International Association of Photographers IAP is committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to our website, as well as our members and volunteers. In this policy, \\\"we\\\", or \\\"IAP\\\" refers to IAP staff, board members, and volunteers.
This Privacy Notice describes the types of personal information we collect on site, how we may use that information, and with whom we may share it. Our Privacy Notice also describes the measures we take to protect the security of the information.
Information We Collect
User login accounts
Many portions of the site-such as the store, event and contest registrations, discussion forums, and members-only areas-require you to log in in order to participate. Non-member login accounts are free and easy to set up, though they do not provide access to all parts of the site.
To create a login account, you need to provide the following information:
the password you want to use to log in
(note: as a matter of basic security, we recommend that you not use a variant of your name, your birthdate, the word \\\"photographer\\\", or the name \\\"IAP\\\" as your password; we won\\\'t stop you from doing so, but it\\\'s not a good idea)
IAP members are also required to provide additional information when they join, including address, and some basic professional information.
Payment of membership
Payment of membership IAP the annual. At payment we do not demand numbers of credit cards. Payment goes through world systems, for example paypal.com. Non-payment Membership conducts to an exception. Membership renewal is the paid.
Surveys and Questionnaires
We may ask visitors to our website to complete online surveys and opinion polls on a variety of topics, such as their activities, attitudes, and interests, and our products and services. These surveys help us understand the needs of our visitors.
You may choose to contact us through our website. If you e-mail us comments or questions, we will have your e-mail address, as well as your comment, question, or any other information you choose to provide.
Passive Collection of Information
When you visit our website, your browser automatically sends us certain Internet-related information, such as the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer you\\\'re using, and your browser version.
We also collect certain information about our website visitors, such as how many users visited our site, the date and time of visit to our site, the time spent on the site, the pages viewed, and referring websites. By collecting this information, we learn how to better tailor our website to our visitors. While we examine such information only in the aggregate, such information could potentially be linked back to your individual IP address.
If you are extra-concerned about being tracked, most browsers allow you to block cookies altogether. Remember, though, that cookies are used to keep you logged in, so if you disable all cookies, you will probably not be able to access the members-only content on the IAP website.
How We Use Information We Collect
Aggregate information about visitor statistics is used to detect abuse of our site, to tune our server configuration, to refine navigation links, and to set prices for online advertisers.
Contact information collected through our website is used in connection with the purpose for which it was submitted (for example, to answer a question, or to inform you of upcoming deadlines for a contest for which you have registered).
In addition, we periodically contact our members by email to keep them informed about what is going on in the organization.
We may also use the information we collect to customize our contacts with you and to do other internal analyses, such as market research, that will allow us to better meet the needs of our members.
Some information on the site (such as the Forum discussions or the Find a Photographer listings) is viewable by any visitor to the site. This follows from the function of these areas: the Find a Photographer service is only useful if prospective clients can in fact find you; and a discussion forum is only useful if other people can read what you write.
By listing your contact information in one of those areas, you accept that people may contact you as a result. (Note that forum postings do not generally include contact information, and we do not request or recommend that you provide such information in your posts.)
In addition, contact information for staff members, officers, event chairs, and committee members are listed on the appropriate pages, so that members and attendees can reach them with questions. Volunteers and officers choose what information they want to have listed, but they must be reachable.
An additional tier of information (directory listings, contact information) is available for any visitors. In all these cases, sharing your information with other members is either your goal in using the service, or a necessary means to achieving that goal: nobody can apply for your job if they can\\\'t contact you. You solve what contact information should be published on site IAP.
This information is only shared if you choose to make it available, and is only shared within the context you provided it for.
Event, Contest, and Regional Information
Information about participants in IAP events and contests may be provided to the registrar and relevant (sub)committee chair, for administrative purposes.
All other information you may provide is considered private and will not be shared, except as required by law.
We use administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect information in our possession and control against foreseeable hazards. Please note, however, that perfect security does not exist on the Internet.
Information about non-members is not shared with third parties, except in the case of contact information provided as part of a job listing.
IAP members can choose to participate in various programs which involve sharing some information about them. These include:
listing their contact information in the Member Directory
listing themselves in the Find a Photographer program
Updates to this Privacy Notice
We may change or update portions of this Privacy Notice at any time and without prior notice to you. Please check back from time to time so you are aware of any changes or updates to the Notice. We will indicate the effective date of the Notice at the top of the page.