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This privacy policy applies to all personal data processed by AIST employees, volunteers and service providers when acting on behalf of AIST.

I. Information Collected

The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) respects the privacy of all members and non-members. AIST gathers personal data to better understand membership, website usage trends, products, services, and mobile applications. Information collected includes, but is not limited to:

a. Name
b. Member number
c. Password
d. Address
e. Company name
f. Job title
g. Phone and fax numbers
h. Email address
i. Birth date
j. Billing and shipping information
k. Professional interests
l. Other data collected that could identify you

AIST may collect this information when you apply for AIST membership, register for a training event, purchase a publication, submit an abstract and/or manuscript for publication, apply for a scholarship, faculty grant, travel grant or award recognition.

In addition to personal information collected, AIST may also gather information in regards to your internet activity. This includes your initial web address, the browser you are using, your numeric Internet Provider address, the date and time of your visit, and what pages you are viewing while on AIST websites. 

II. Use of Your Information

a. Processing Transactions

i. AIST uses personal information to communicate with you. These communications include your membership, purchases, event registrations, subscriptions, donations, or grant/scholarship applications. We use financial information to process your payments and may need to share some of this information with third parties to complete your transaction.

b. Providing Services

i. AIST may use your personal information to provide you with support or information in regards to a product or service that you purchased, or notices of new product releases or upcoming events. You may also receive communication from AIST in response to personal requests for information.

c. Meetings, Conferences and Events

i. AIST may contact you if you are registered for an upcoming meeting, conference or event to provide you with event information, logistics, updates, or additional information related to the event. Be aware that AIST conference, meeting or event organizers, co-sponsors, exhibitors, and other third parties may directly request your personal information at their conference booths. Giving them your personal information is optional. You may want to review their privacy policies to learn how they may treat your information.

d. Online Forums

i. AIST's online discussion forums are provided as a means of communication and collaboration for AIST's members and customers. AIST does not control the content that is posted to these forums. Postings you make to an online forum may be visible to other participants in that forum. Participants are encouraged to use caution when sharing personal information in these online discussions.

ii. AIST does not and cannot review or monitor all communications and material posted or uploaded 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.

e. Social Networks

i. AIST’s social networking sites are available to inform followers of events, news in the industry, and industry personnel spotlights. As with online forums, users should consider what information they wish to share in this online public space, and submit applicably in accordance to the appropriate terms of use. 

f.  Website Tracking, Email Marketing Campaigns, and Surveys

i. AIST may use your personal information, including the information collected during website navigation and cookies to help AIST improve website quality, and provide you with more personalized email messaging. AIST uses this information to analyze web user patterns to provide more user-friendly experiences for our visitors. We may use third party vendors to collect, transmit and store your non-personal information and to use non-personal information to manage, monitor and optimize our website.

ii. AIST also utilizes surveys to request feedback from members and/or conference attendees so we can understand your needs for future events and member benefits. 

g. Third Party Vendors

i.    We may share your personal information with third party vendors that provide certain administrative services to AIST, such as conference registration, payment processing and fulfillment of orders and other member benefits.  We do not permit our vendors to use or share your information for any purpose other than to provide the services requested by you and/or AIST, and we use only vendors that have adopted policies and security protocols that we believe adequately protect your privacy. However, we are not in control of our vendors and we cannot be responsible for the conduct, errors or omissions of our vendors.

h. Member Directory

i. Active members of AIST are included in the AIST Member Directory located on AIST.org. Information included in the AIST Member Directory are full name, company, title and phone number. If you prefer not to be included in the AIST Member Directory, you may adjust your preferences in the My Profile area on AIST.org, or contact AIST Member Services at memberservices@aist.org, or +1.724.814.3000, ext. 1.

Unless otherwise required by law or regulation, we may store and use your personal and non-personal information indefinitely or as otherwise contemplated by our document retention, storage and destruction policy

Except where otherwise required by law or regulation, we may disclose your personal information and non-personal information if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to (i) investigate, detect, prevent and/or mitigate actual or potential fraud, illegal activity or violations of our policies and agreements; (ii) to protect or enforce our legal rights; and (iii) comply with a subpoena, court order, law or regulation.

III. Choice, Opt-out, and Control

a. You maintain full control of the personally identifiable information AIST collects and maintains about you:

i. All AIST members have access to review and change their personal information through your Member Profile, or by contacting AIST Member Services at +1.724.814.3000, ext.1.
ii. You may opt out of receiving AIST’s communications by unsubscribing in our communications, by making adjustments in your member profile or by contacting Member Services.

IV. Personal Data of Minors

a. AIST does not intentionally or knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from children under 13. If you are a child under 13, you may not submit personal information through our website.  If we learn that we have inadvertently collected personal information from a child under 13, that personal information will be promptly deleted.

V. Canada Anti-Spam Law and General Data Protection Regulation 

a. Canada Anti-Spam Law (CASL)

i.  AIST will not send commercial electronic messages (CEMs) to Canadian residents who have not given consent. Consent consists of active membership; conference or event registrations; advertising, sponsorship or product purchases; and verbal or written consent.

b. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

i. AIST recognizes principles and requirements of the GDPR adopted by the European Union on 25 May 2018. AIST must receive explicit consent from European Union residents to receive physical or electronic messaging, products or services. To opt-in to these messages, please complete AIST’s Privacy Statement Agreement.
ii. AIST will, so far as is reasonably practical, comply with the Data Protection Principles contained in the Data Protection Act to ensure all data is:

- Fairly and lawfully processed
- Obtained and used for specific and clearly stated purposes
- Adequate, relevant, and not excessive
- Accurate and up-to-date
- Not kept for longer than necessary
- Processed in accordance with your rights
- Secure
- Not transferred to other countries without adequate protection
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Should you wish to view, modify, or erase your data, you can make that request by sending an email to memberservices@aist.org or updating your preferences in your Member Profile.

VI. Linking to Third Party Sites 

a. Be advised that there are other internet sites that are linked to AIST websites and AIST email messages. These sites may contain privacy policies that differ from AIST’s. AIST is not responsible for the terms or privacy practices of such other sites, and it is recommended that you review each site’s privacy statement to confirm your personal information is protected.

VII. Scams Targeting AIST Members

a.    Throughout the years, AIST has been a target of groups trying to offer all types of services from fictitious hotel arrangements to fraudulent lead generation services. Additional details.

VIII. AIST Data Breach Response Plan

a. AIST’s Data Breach Response Plan (“Response Plan”) sets forth how the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (“AIST”) will respond in the event of a breach in the security of its information. The Response Plan includes four primary stages: (1) verification and containment; (2) breach assessment; (3) notification; and (4) post-notification review. View full plan.

We may revise this Privacy Statement at any time by posting the revised Privacy Statement on our website and by providing you with notice by email.   

If you have questions about AIST’s Privacy Policy or concerns about the use of your personal information, please contact memberservices@aist.org

Revised: 23 July 2018