AICPA and CPA.com Joint Privacy Policy 

    Version 2.4 - Updated Septemer 21, 2015 

    Overview
    The Joint Privacy Policy of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) and CPA2Biz, Inc. (dba and hereinafter referred to as “CPA.com”). It describes how these organizations and their affiliates (we) collect, use and share personally identifiable information that you provide via the use of our websites (the “Sites). The AICPA and CPA.com are based in the United States and as such this policy was developed under the laws of the United States. The Joint Privacy Policy is subject to change periodically. The Joint Privacy Policy is posted on the Sites and is effective at the time denoted by its date. It is recommended that you regularly check the Sites for updates.

    Notice
    If you use the Sites, register, login, post comments, participate in forums, wikis or blogs, register for courses, exams or other events, purchase products, apply for membership, become a member, or otherwise submit personally identifiable information in any manner, you are consenting to the use of such data in accordance with this Joint Privacy Policy. If you are an international user, the use of any website covered by this Joint Privacy Policy constitutes consent to this Joint Privacy Policy and an acknowledgement that use of any website covered by the Joint Privacy Policy is solely subject to the laws governing the use of data in the United States and as indicated by this policy.

    Additionally, the Sites contain links to other websites managed by third parties (some of which use of cookies). As a user of links, it is your responsibility to understand the privacy policies of the websites you visit. Once you leave our website using links, we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by any third parties and we are not responsible for activities or practices of those other websites.

    Collection of Personally Identifiable Information
    We collect and maintain demographic information and personally identifiable information such as, but not limited to, your name, date of birth, email address, home and business address (including country), and telephone, cell and fax numbers. Additionally, we collect credit card, bank account and other payment information and other business information that you provide for transactional purposes such as, but not limited to, purchases, conferences, applications, examinations and membership.

    Your preferences are collected through information you provide. If you choose to opt-out of select features, certain websites, benefits and/or website functionality may not be available.

    Online Networking Features
    By participating in networking functions such as, but not limited to, initiating your public profile, posting your resume, posting a comment or review, participating in community activities, discussion forums, blogs, wikis or similar activity, be advised that information you provided may be publicly viewable when using these functionalities. This includes information such as, but not limited to, username or other information you have used as your username (e.g., email address or your name). This may result in unsolicited messages or communication beyond our control.

    Collection of Passive Information
    Upon any use of the Sites, we collect non-identifying information through the use of cookie technology and/or Internet Protocol (IP) address tracking/URL tracking. This information is used to perform effective capacity planning, administer the Sites, troubleshoot website performance, track aggregate users' movements, gather aggregate demographics and accurately document transactional information for business partners.

    The Use of Cookies for Advertising
    In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third party advertiser(s) (including but not limited to Google AdWords, Google Analytics, and the Google Display Network) may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by this company, please click here http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/. Industry standards are currently evolving and we may not separately respond to or take any action with respect to a “do not track” configuration set in your internet browser.

    Use of Information and Sharing and Disclosure to Third Parties
    We use collected information to build quality and useful services and user interactions by analyzing user trends and by measuring demographics and interests. Collected information is used to send newsletters, promotional messages, product announcements, request for contributions or other communications that may be of interest to you. We also use information collected to refer you to our specialty membership areas. You may opt out of receiving these communications (see Choice and Opt Out below).

    We share your information with third parties as permitted or required by law. Your personal information may also be used or shared in other ways that you either imply or expressly give consent to or instruct us to undertake. We use and maintain your information as determined by the organizations’ business needs, or as required or permitted by law.

    Choice and Opt-Out
    If you have an AICPA.org account, you can opt out of certain communications, including direct mail list rentals, via “My Account” on aicpa.org, by contacting the Member Service Center at 1.888.777.7077 (9 am – 6 pm EST, M-F) or by emailing service@aicpa.org. If you receive a specific email regarding products, conferences or other services, you can follow the "unsubscribe" instructions at the bottom of the specific email.

    In addition, you can opt out of receiving future e-mailed messages or newsletters from CPA.com by changing your preferences in the “Preference Center,” which can be accessed from the “My Account” section of the CPA.com site.

    Data Accuracy
    Individuals are responsible for providing accurate and complete personally identifiable information and for contacting the AICPA to correct or update information as needed. AICPA members and non-members with AICPA.org accounts may view and update their account information at any time by logging on to aicpa.org and clicking Update Personal Information from the My Account screen, or alternatively contact the Member Service Center at 1.888.777.7077 or service@aicpa.org from (9 am – 6 pm EST, M-F) to update their accounts.

    CPA.com registered users also can check or verify the information they have provided to CPA.com by signing in, then clicking on the "My Profile" page of the "My Account" tab and making any necessary edits to this information.

    Parents and Children
    We strive to comply with the provisions of COPPA (the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. Parents have the right to terminate the registration of a child under 13. Please contact the Member Service Center at 1.888.777.7077 or service@aicpa.org from (9 am – 6 pm EST, M-F) to instruct such termination.

    Security and Other
    We use reasonable measures to strive to safeguard and secure the personally identifiable information we collect. Any transmission is at your own risk. Technology, such as, but not limited to, Secured Socket Layer (SSL), is used to enhance security and reduce risk of loss. Employees of the organizations are advised to treat any personally identifiable information with care.

    Use of these Sites, with respect to privacy, is covered by binding arbitration. Users of the Sites are encouraged to report any suspected breach of privacy or site security to our Service Center Operations Team at the telephone number, e-mail address, or mailing address indicated at the bottom of this page.

    Consent to Transfer
    Some of the uses and disclosures mentioned in this Joint Privacy Policy may involve the transfer of your personal information to various countries around the world that may have different levels of privacy protection than your country. By submitting your personal information through this Site or otherwise, as described above, you consent to the collection, processing, use, and transfer of your personal information to the United States and other countries for the purposes of and in accordance with the principles stated in this Joint Privacy Policy.

    Contact Information
    Users of these Sites are encouraged to report any improvements, suggestions, any suspected breach of privacy or website security to our Service Center Operations Team at the telephone number, email address, or mailing address indicated as follows:

    American Institute of CPAs
    220 Leigh Farm Road
    Durham, NC 27707
    P: 1.888.777.7077
    F: 1.800.362.5066
    Hours of Operation: (9 am – 6 pm, EST, M-F)
    service@aicpa.org

    CPA.com
    1211 Avenue of the Americas
    19th Floor
    New York, NY 10036
    P: 1.888.777.7077
    F: 1.800.362.5066
    Hours of Operation: (9 am – 6 pm, EST, M-F)
    suggestions@hq.cpa.com

    Websites Covered
    This policy covers AICPA.org, CPA.com, and all other AICPA and CPA.com affiliated sites that link to this policy.




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