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What information does the AAFP collect?
- Time and date of the visit
- The Internet address of the computer
- The browser and operating system used
- The page that is viewed
- The previous page that was visited
From general users:
- Attempts to violate security of AAFP computer networks
- Activity that degrades the performance of Academy Web sites
- Activity that might be related to copyright violations
From AAFP members, meeting registrants, purchasers of products from the AAFP catalog and other customers:
Important note for AAFP members: The AAFP also maintains a membership database. The information from this database is drawn from membership applications, dues payment forms, subscriptions, product orders, CME reporting, member surveys and other correspondence between the AAFP and its members or chapters.
If a non-member registers for a meeting, purchases a product from the AAFP's Web site or claims CME credit for an online course, the user's name, address and other personal identifying information are recorded. In some instances, demographic information is collected and recorded.
Credit Card information: The AAFP does not disclose credit card account information or activity provided by its customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, the AAFP submits this information encrypted to obtain payment from the appropriate clearing house. If credit card numbers are stored in AAFP databases, they are encrypted.
How does the AAFP use data collected?
AAFP services and products: The AAFP uses data collected to improve its Web content, to respond to visitor needs and preferences and to develop new products and services.
Disclosure to third parties: The AAFP makes member contact information available in its online Membership Directory only to other members of the AAFP who have verified their membership status before entering the online membership directory. The AAFP shares membership, demographic, CME and/or contact information with AAFP constituent chapters, the AAFP Foundation and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).
On occasion, the AAFP may also provide limited data to third parties that offer CME, products or services deemed of interest to the clinical or socioeconomic practice of medicine. These limited data include names and addresses, but do not include phone numbers, fax numbers or e-mail addresses.
The AAFP also allows a third-party service to collect information about areas of its Web site that house the scholarly journal American Family Physician. No personal identifying information is passed to this third-party service.
Disclosure required by law or emergency circumstances: The AAFP may release personal information to third parties in order to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order. In the event that the AAFP is legally required to disclose your personal information to a third party, the AAFP will notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.
The user who may not desire the functionality offered by the cookie has the option to disable the cookie either by indicating when asked that they do not wish to have the cookie created or by disabling the cookie function in their browser. A member must have cookies enabled in order to access the member sections of the AAFP Web sites.
For privacy questions or concerns about one of the AAFP Web sites, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.