Welcome to the American Biological Safety Association ("ABSA") website, We have created this privacy statement to demonstrate our commitment to the privacy of our website users and our membership. We recognize that privacy is important and the following policy discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact us through our website or write us at American Biological Safety Association, Inc., 1200 Allanson Road, Mundelein, IL 60060-3808. We may also be reached by phone at (847) 949-1517 and by fax at (847) 566-4580.

Collection and Use of Information:

ABSA is the sole owner of any information collected on or through this website, including any personal or financial information that you may provide. We will not share, sell, or otherwise provide this information to others in any manner other than as outlined in this policy. We collect information from our website users at several different points on our website. Any personal information collected will be used by ABSA to improve the website and provide a more personalized experience for the user, but any information which identifies a specific individual will not be disclosed to others without that user's permission unless such disclosure is required to provide services that the user has requested or by law.


If you register as a member of ABSA, we request certain personally identifiable information from you on our member application form. You must provide certain contact and financial information to complete the application. We will use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing your application or an order, we will contact you at the information provided. This information may also be used to contact you about our services for which you have expressed interest or to provide you with updates on our programs and services.


ABSA takes every precaution to protect our website users' information. All collected information is restricted in our offices. The servers used to store any personally identifiable information are kept and maintained in a secure environment. If you have any questions about the security at our website, please contact us.


We may share any collected information with our partners. We use an outside credit card processing company to bill website users for services. We partner with other parties to provide specific services, such as a secured site for registrations and related financial transactions. If a user signs up for these services, we will share his, her or its name or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

Updating and Correcting Personal Information:

If a website user's information changes (such as a mailing address), or if a website user no longer desires our service, we will use our best efforts to provide a way to correct, update or remove that user's personal information from our database. Please inform us of any change in your information at your first convenience at the contact information provided above.


A cookie is a small text file stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user for record-keeping purposes. We do not use cookies on this website.

Log Files:

As true with most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. We may use IP addresses to administer the site, analyze trends, track users' movement, and gather broad information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.


This website contains links to other third party sites. Please be aware that ABSA is not responsible for the privacy practices of such sites or third parties. We encourage our users to be aware of this when they leave our website and to read the privacy statements of every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by the ABSA website.

Bulletin Boards and LISTSERV:

If you use a bulletin board, LISTSERV or any other communication forum at or through this website, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information that you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the information that you choose to submit in these forums.

Surveys & Contests:

From time to time we may provide you with the opportunity to participate in surveys or contests on our website. Participation is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose information. Information requested may include demographic information (such as name and shipping address, zip code, or age level). This survey or contest information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site. We may use a third party service provider to conduct these surveys or contests and that company will be prohibited from using our website users' personally identifiable information for any other purpose.

Site and Service Updates:

We may send our members and website users service announcement updates. For example, if our website is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send you an email. Generally, you may not opt-out from these service announcements, which contain important information about the website. Please contact ABSA if you do not wish to receive such service announcements.

Notification of Changes:

If we decide to change this privacy policy, we will post changes on our home page and other places we deem appropriate so our website users are always aware of the information we collect, the ways we use it, and any circumstances under which we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

Legal Disclaimer:

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order or legal process served on our website.

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