Privacy Policy

iSMA Privacy Policy

We Follow Safe Harbor Principles 

The International Social Marketing Association (iSMA) respects privacy and operates within the Safe Harbor Principles published by the US Department of Commerce and described at

All capitalized terms used in this Privacy policy have the meanings expressed in the EU directive EC/95/46 dated 24th October 1995 or at If there is any conflict between this Privacy Policy and the Safe Harbor Principles, the Principles will govern.

You May Visit Anonymously

You may visit the public areas of our site anonymously. When you visit our Web site without registering or subscribing, we do not collect any private information from you.

We Collect Some Private Information if You Register or Subscribe

We collect some private information from you when you register on our site to access the members areas or when you subscribe to one of our newsletters or listservs. You have the choice to provide this information or not. We require:

  • Your name
  • Your e-mail address

You also have the choice to provide additional information about yourself. You have the choice to provide it or not. You also have complete access to the information you provided through your member area profile. You can change, add, or delete this optional information at any time. You can also change who can see this information and who cannot.

We Do Not Collect, Store, or Have Access to Your Financial Information

When you join iSMA as a member or donate to our association, we direct you to a secure third-party financial transaction company ( to handle the transaction. We do not have access to or store your financial information in any way at any time.

We Use Your Information to Contact You and Help You Contact Fellow Users.

We use your email address and name to set up a member or registered user account for you. We use your email address to contact you with information about the site. We also use it to allow you receive emails from fellow participants in discussion lists (listservs) which you have chosen to join.

We may use the information you provide us in one or more of these following ways:

  • To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
  • To improve our service to you (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your service requests and support needs)
  • To send periodic emails (the email address you provide may be used to send you information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions)
  • To help you to communicate with other users (we add your name and email address to email discussion lists that you choose to join so that you may communicate with fellow list members)

We Make Reasonable Efforts to Protect your Information

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information, including firewalls, password-protected administration areas, and data encryption.

We Offer Cookies, but You Don’t Have to Use Them.

Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

We use cookies to help us process your financial transactions , to understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

If you prefer, you can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies via your browser settings. Like most websites, if you turn your cookies off, some of our services may not function properly. However, you can still register or donate over the telephone.

We Don’t Share Well with Others.

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third Party Links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include links to third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by logging into their control panel and going to the ‘Edit Profile’ page.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

This policy was last modified on June 22, 2012.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the link below.

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