The American Cheese Society (ACS) values your privacy and steadfastly believes in protecting information pertaining to our website visitors, members, and customers. We do not share information with third parties and we only contact you based on your requests and needs.
The following discloses our information-gathering and dissemination practices for this website, www.cheesesociety.org:
Information – Gathering
This web server logs the IP addresses of the systems which access this site and the files visited. These logs are retained for our internal use only. In certain instances, we may ask visitors to provide additional, voluntary information about themselves.
When you purchase an item from us, we will naturally ask for billing and shipping information. Other than for credit card authorization, this information is never shared with any third party.
Use of Information
We do not provide any personally identifiable information we gather or develop about our visitors to any third parties for any purpose.
Visitor IP address and accessed files are used to identify server problems and to provide site usage statistics. This information is used to provide future content suitable to our audience and to generate statistical reports. Information is collected in aggregate, and individual site usage information will not be disclosed.
Becoming a registered user of the site, regardless of your membership status in the association, means you will periodically receive communications from ACS. If you do not wish to receive such communications you may unsubscribe or request to have your registration deleted through ACS’s communications preferences. An unsubscribe link will always be clearly identified in all communications for your use.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an important piece of legislation that is designed to strengthen and unify data protection laws for all natural persons (individuals) within the European Union. The regulation became effective and enforceable on May 25, 2018.
ACS is committed to full compliance with the GDPR with regard to ACS members and sponsors who are natural persons protected by the GDPR. ACS works with several data processors to collect demographic data about our current and potential members and sponsors to fulfill our mission. All of our data processors are in compliance with GDPR. Data is collected via our Association Management System (AMS) when members or sponsors join, renew, or otherwise engage with ACS. Data is also collected during visits to ACS web domains. We use Google Analytics and Hotjar to better understand our users’ needs and to optimize their service and experience. You can opt-out of the creation of a user profile, Hotjar’s storing of data about your usage of our site, and Hotjar’s use of tracking cookies on other websites by following this opt-out link.
Information is collected voluntarily and will not be shared with third parties.
One of the benefits of ACS membership is inclusion in, and access to, our searchable directories and rosters. ACS allows members to control what information, if any, they wish to share with other members via our multifaceted Membership Directory search and via our event attendee roster(s).
Information gathered for the purposes of the ACS Judging & Competition is used internally to verify that all entering organizations are current members of ACS, and that they confirm they are in compliance with U.S. federal regulations. This information is used only to determine ACS Judging & Competition eligibility, and is not shared with any third parties.
Our natural person members, website visitors, and customers have the right to:
1. Opt-in or opt-out of direct marketing, website tracking, and data collection; and
2. Be “forgotten” (as provided for in the GDPR)
Currently, ACS uses the following communications platforms: Attendee Interactive, Constant Contact, Hot Jar, Google Analytics, Mail Chimp, MemberSuite, Survey Monkey, Vertical Response, WordPress.
This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control.
Contacting this website
For all privacy and policy questions with regards to this site, please contact [email protected].
Though this site can and may contain links to non-cheesesociety.org sites, ACS is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these websites.
Changes to this policy
The effective date of this policy was April 1, 2011.