About AIST


Web Site Interaction

When you place an order on the AIST.ORG web site, complete any type of registration form or various other online forms, 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.

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.

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.

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 and to measure the effectiveness of our website and of our users’ interaction with the website.  The information used for this purpose is generally aggregated with that of other visitors and does not contain your name or other information that could be used to identify you individually (for example, Google Analytics).

AIST does not and cannot 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.

AIST Data Collection and Use

AIST collects and process the following personal data: contact information, membership information, dues payment information, purchase information and discipline information. 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.

We do 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.
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.
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.
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.
We take the protection and security of your personal information seriously, and we will take commercially reasonable measures to reduce the risk that your personal information is disclosed to or accessed by third parties inadvertently or without authorization.  However, collecting, transmitting and storing information electronically carries an inherent risk of inadvertent disclosure to or unauthorized access by third parties, such as hackers and other cybercriminals who exploit security flaws or place viruses, worms or Trojans on computers or other devices used to transmit or store your personal information. 

Choice, Opt-out, and Control

You maintain full control of the personally identifiable information AIST.ORG collects and maintains about you. You may opt out of receiving AIST’s communications by clicking the unsubscribe link in the emails that we send you, by logging into your member profile or by contacting us at memberservices@aist.org.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

►Privacy Statement Agreement

AIST recognizes principles and requirements of the GDPR adopted by the European Union. 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
Not transferred to other countries without adequate protection

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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 or updating your profile in the Members-Only Area.

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.


Links to Third Parties

The AIST Buyer’s Guide and Affiliated Society section of AIST.org 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.
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 (unless you have chosen not to receive our emails).