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AIST LEGAL STATEMENT


Information you voluntarily provide: When you place an order on the AIST.ORG web site, complete any type of registration form, or complete various other online forms for purposes such as logging into the web site, we receive and store that information. Typically, these voluntary forms include information such as your name, customer number, web site user id and password, address information, work information, professional interests, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses. Information you provide in online forms is often the same as or similar to information you would provide in traditional printed forms.

From time to time, to better serve our members and to supplement member dues, the AIST mailing list, in part or as a whole, may be used to inform you about AIST services, products, conferences, meetings and events and/or affiliate programs.

Web site Interaction

As you interact with our web site, our server logs information about your visit. This information includes the web site address you came from, the browser you are using, your numeric Internet address, the date and time of your visit, and what pages you are viewing. Collection of these types of information is a common practice by web sites. We use this information to learn about our visitors as a group, not about you as an individual. This information helps us identify overall usage patterns and trends on the site, and can specifically help us to make the site more user-friendly.

Information you provide through online forums and in e-mail: In addition to collecting the information noted above, the AIST.ORG site provides visitors the opportunity to send e-mail to AIST and various third parties, and to participate in online discussion forums.

When you send us an e-mail and request a response, we use the e-mail address and other information you provide to respond to your inquiry. We may also log the nature and content of e-mail requests we receive, which helps us analyze visitor interests overall and identify areas for improvement on the site.

AIST's online discussion forums are provided as a means of communication and collaboration for AIST's members and customers. Postings you make to an online forum may be visible to other participants in that forum.

AIST does not and can not review or monitor all communications and materials posted or uploaded to this website and is not responsible for the content of these communications and materials. If, however, material is observed by AIST or brought to its attention, AIST reserves the right to block or remove communications or materials that it determines, in its sole discretion, to be:

a) abusive, libelous, defamatory or obscene;
b) fraudulent, deceptive or misleading;
c) in violation of a copyright, trademark, trade secret, or other intellectual property right of another; or
d) offensive or otherwise unacceptable to AIST.

Please be advised that it is the official policy of AIST to terminate access to the discussion forums by any person or persons who repeatedly infringe the copyrights of others. Should any copyright owner wish to report an instance of copyright infringement on any portion of AIST's site, they should notify Gina Kosak at gkosak@aist.org. or via mail to AIST: Attn: Gina Kosak, 186 Thorn Hill Road, Warrendale, PA 15086 USA.

Choice, Opt-out, and Control

You maintain control of the personally identifiable information AIST.ORG collects and maintains about you. We also provide the opportunity for you to "opt out" of receiving communications from AIST.

The AIST Membership Directory

Available online to AIST members, The AIST Membership Directory contains each member's, name, company name and business phone. You may choose to eliminate your listing by sending an e-mail to AIST.

Credit Card Transactions

For your protection, we have taken a number of steps to maximize the security of financial transactions that are accepted on the AIST Web site. Credit card processing is accomplished using secure processing services. Your entry of credit card information is encrypted when transmitted in secure mode. If you are behind a firewall, the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) feature of your browser and the processing of the credit card may be blocked. In this case, you have the option of credit card processing without SSL by selecting the "Non-Secure" feature on the screen -- the choice is up to you. If for any reason you still feel uncomfortable submitting your credit card information over the Internet, you can mail your form to us.

In addition, there are constantly changing restrictions in the use of encryption software and schemes that are used in various countries. The use of appropriate software and encryption options are your responsibility, and the AIST assumes no risk or liability in ensuring your compliance to local law.

REGARDLESS OF THE PRECAUTIONS TAKEN BY YOU OR BY THE AIST, "PERFECT SECURITY" DOES NOT EXIST ON THE INTERNET. THE AIST CANNOT ENSURE OR WARRANT THE SECURITY OF ANY INFORMATION YOU TRANSMIT TO THIS SITE OR THE AIST, AND YOU TRANSMIT SUCH INFORMATION AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Links to Third Parties

The SteelLinks.com site contains links to other sites. The AIST is not responsible for the terms or privacy practices of such other sites, and you should read their terms and privacy policy carefully before using them.