this American Payroll Association Web site, owned and produced by the American
Payroll Association (APA). Our Web sites are available to all visitors,
although some content and features are restricted to APA members.
APA Web sites
may contain forms for visitors to request information, products, and services.
These forms may ask for contact information (such as your phone number or
e-mail address), unique identifiers (usually your APA member ID number, if one
is available), financial information (for example, your credit card number), or
demographic information (for example, your age or location). Contact
information from these forms is used to provide the products, services, or
memberships that you request. Forms on our site that request financial
information do so in order to bill you for products or services ordered. Unique
identifiers (specifically, your APA member ID number) are collected from Web
site visitors to verify the user's identity for access to restricted content or
features on the site.
All products and services on APA Web sites are made available subject to this
regarding this statement should be directed to:
American Payroll Association
660 North Main Avenue, Suite 100
APA will update this policy from time to time, so please check back
periodically. 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 post such changes prior to implementing them.
What information of yours do APA Web sites collect?
Our goal is to become your destination for payroll-related
information by providing information, services, and product offerings that are
most relevant to you in the most convenient way. To achieve this goal, APA collects
information about site visitors. Information collected online is usually
defined as being either anonymous or personally identifiable.
Anonymous information refers to data that cannot be tied back
to a specific individual. APA collects some information each time a visitor
comes to an APA Web site, so we can improve the overall quality of the
visitor's online experience. For example, APA collects the visitor's IP
address, browser, and platform type (e.g., an Internet Explorer browser on a
Windows platform). Gathering this data helps us to learn what browsers we need
to support. Other anonymous information helps us determine what sections of APA
Web sites are most popular and how many visitors come to our sites. You do not
have to log in to the site before we can collect this anonymous information.
identifiable information refers to data that tells us specifically who
you are (e.g., your name and postal address). APA collects personal information
in the following ways from different parts of its Web sites:
Membership Applications: You are sharing personally identifiable information,
including your name and mailing address, with us when you join APA or renew
your APA membership through our Web sites. APA members are given an APA
membership number, and this member ID and password enables members to take
advantage of restricted content and features on APA Web sites.
Registration: You may be asked for personal information when registering for
specific services. For example, if you subscribe to the APA Payroll Listserv,
you will be asked to provide your e-mail address.
Purchases: We also ask for personal information when you make a purchase
using the APA Web store. The number and variety of useful services on APA Web
sites that may require collection of personally identifiable information will
continue to grow in the future.
What are "cookies" and how does APA use
A cookie is a small text file containing a unique
identification number that is transferred from a website to the hard drive of
your computer. This unique number identifies your Web browser -- but not you --
to APA computers whenever you visit APA Web sites. A cookie will not provide
personally identifiable information about you, such as your name and address.
on most major Web sites.
Most Web browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, you
can reset your browser to notify you when you have received a cookie. You can
also set your browser to refuse to accept cookies altogether. While APA does
function properly if you set your browser to refuse all cookies.
visitors. Cookies let us remember your Web browser so we can provide
personalized member and customer services.
What organization collects the information and who
has access to it?
Data collected through APA Web sites is generally collected and
maintained solely by APA. More specifically:
identifiable information. When you provide personally identifiable
information on an APA Web site to register for a service or buy a product, that
information is collected and maintained solely by APA, unless specifically
stated otherwise at the point of collection. If you join APA or renew your
membership through our Web sites, you provide personally identifiable
information on the membership application. APA sells mail lists (names and
mailing addresses) and e-mail lists of members to selected third parties. You
may opt out of mail or e-mail list sales when you complete your online
application or any time during your membership -- see below under -- "What
is the opt-out policy for APA Web sites?"
information. We disclose to third-party sponsors/advertisers aggregate
statistics (i.e., impressions and click-throughs on a company's advertisement).
Also, we may share aggregate Web site statistics with the media or other third
parties. No personally identifiable information is disclosed to these
sponsors/advertisers or other third parties as part of this process -- only
information in an aggregate form.
Be aware that
APA's sponsors, advertisers, and third-party content providers have links on
our sites that take you to other Web sites. For example, when you click on an
ad displayed on an APA Web site, you may be linked to another site. Please note
also that links to other Web sites are provided throughout APA Web sites for
users' information and convenience. APA hopes that all third parties involved
adhere to our policies regarding the privacy of our users. However, APA's Web
APA does not assume any responsibility for any actions of third parties.
How does APA use the information it collects?
information to provide you with the services you request and to improve our Web
sites. If you join APA or renew your APA membership through our Web sites, we
use the personally identifiable information you provide in the membership
application to send you APA publications, information about member benefits,
and other information that APA believes is relevant and useful to its members.
above, APA uses the aggregate, anonymous data collected to let our
sponsors/advertisers know the number of impressions or views and the number of
"click throughs" on their advertisements. APA also uses this
aggregate, anonymous data to perform statistical analyses of the collective
characteristics and behavior of our site visitors; to measure user interests
regarding specific areas of the APA Web site; and to analyze how and where best
to use our resources. Without such data, we would not know which parts of the
site are the most popular, and we would not be able to change and update the
content and services appropriately.
APA may be
required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide information on
individual users to the appropriate governmental authorities. In matters
involving a danger to personal or public safety, APA may voluntarily provide
information to appropriate governmental authorities.
How can APA members modify their personal
APA members have the following options for changing and
modifying information previously provided.
on to the APA website, from any page on the website, and click on "Edit My
Send mail to the following postal address:
ATTN: Membership Services
Main Avenue, Suite 100
Membership Services: 210-224-6406
What is the opt-out policy for APA Web sites?
APA provides members the opportunity to opt-out of receiving
communications from us and from selected third parties with which we exchange
mail or e-mail lists. If you no longer wish to receive specific communications
or services such as mail, e-mail, faxes, or electronic newsletters, you have
the following options:
on to the APA website, from any page on the website, and click on
"Edit My Profile." Scroll down to identify the communications and
services you do or do not wish to receive.
Send mail to the following postal address:
ATTN: Membership Services
Main Avenue, Suite 100
What kinds of security procedures are in place to
protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?
This APA Web
site has security measures, such as firewalls, in place to attempt to protect
against the loss, misuse and alteration of your user data under our control.
APA has implemented strict rules for employees who have access either to the
databases that store user information or to the servers that host our services.
While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration to data will not
occur, we take many precautions to prevent such unfortunate occurrences. Any
other particularly sensitive information, such as your credit card number,
collected for a commerce transaction is encrypted prior to transmission.
ultimately responsible for the security of your APA member ID and password. You
may not share your APA member ID and password with colleagues or friends so
they can access content or features on this APA Web site that are restricted to
APA members only. You should log out of your browser at the end of each
computer session to ensure that others cannot access your personal information
and correspondence, especially if you share a computer with someone else or are
using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.