Privacy and Security
The American Academy of Religion is committed to safeguarding the privacy of its members as well as visitors to its website, and adheres to the following policies regarding communications as well as the gathering and dissemination of personal information.
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By necessity, the AAR collects contact information on its members, including, but not limited to, name, address, telephone numbers, fax number, and e-mail address. This information is requested on the membership forms. The AAR does not use any technique to collect information on its members beyond that which they freely provide us.
The AAR does not use any technique to collect information on its website visitors beyond that which they freely provide us. Please be aware, however, that when any website is visited, the Web browser provides information about the connection and browsing program. We sometimes read some of this information, especially on pages with occasional malfunctions that have not yet been fully diagnosed, to see if we can find ways to make the website more functional and reliable. The Web Browser Information page provides a list of parameters that your Web browser provides.
On AAR membership lists, we request demographic information. This information is used internally (and only internally) to help us to plan programs and to assess whether we are making adequate progress in reaching out to members and prospective members of diverse backgrounds. This information is optional; withholding it will not in any way affect a member's standing in the AAR.Excluding Information"). We allow agencies renting our mailing list to target members by geographic area, membership type (regular, student, or retired), and research interest. Solicitations sent to our members are reviewed by the AAR. We have systems in place to be certain that advertisers do not use unauthorized lists and do not use lists more than once.
Other Information: The AAR does not make other information on its members (such as telephone numbers, fax numbers, or e-mail addresses) available to outside agencies.
AAR members in the US and Canada are, by virtue of geographic location, automatically associated with a specific AAR regional group. Additionally, members can identify regions beyond their geographical location for which they wish to receive information by contacting the executive office at email@example.com or 1-404-727-3049.
- Mailing Addresses: The AAR provides mailing labels to each regional group with addresses for members associated with that group.
- E-Mail Notices: The AAR forwards e-mail notices on behalf of each regional group to members associated with that group. Members can instruct us to withhold routine e-mail notices (see below under "Excluding Information").
The AAR sends out a monthly e-Bulletin, as well as other occasional e-mail. AAR members can instruct us to withhold routine e-mail notices (see below under "Excluding Information"). All members receive urgent and procedural e-mails (such as the balloting procedures for the fall AAR election).
E-mail addresses collected from non-members on submissions forms (e.g., Job Postings advertisements) are used only for communication relating to the submission.
The AAR never provides any outside organization with e-mail addresses, unless required to do so by law.
The AAR maintains an online Membership Directory. Members can elect to withhold some or all of their contact information from this directory (see below under "Excluding Information").
Members can contact the executive office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-404-727-3049 to update or confirm their privacy settings. Your individual privacy settings can be reviewed on the Your Privacy Requests page. Following are the options available.
- No Mailing Label Rentals: Members can elect to exclude their records from mailing labels rented to advertisers.
- No E-Mail Notifications: Members can elect not to receive routine e-mail notifications. All members will receive urgent and procedural e-mails (such as the balloting procedures for the fall AAR election).
- No Journal: Members can elect not to receive the Journal of the AAR. (This is most common when two or more persons in the same household are members, and have no use for multiple copies. Membership dues are the same whether or not the member elects to forgo journal delivery.)
- Withhold Information from Directory: Members can elect to withhold all of their contact information from the membership directory. Selecting this option will result in member information being omitted from the electronic (online) directory.
- Withhold Home Phone: Members can elect to withhold their home telephone from the electronic (online) directory.
While no other sort of exclusion is currently available, we are interested in feedback about how we can better serve our members. Please send an email to email@example.com if there are other ways of withholding information that you would like us to consider for the future.
As a convenience to members and advertisers, the AAR accepts online credit card transactions. The credit card information provided by users at our site is processed by PayPal, the e-commerce provider with which the AAR has contracted to process the secure electronic transactions. Credit card information is not saved on the AAR website or in AAR databases. (After the payment is processed, we get a transaction code from PayPal, but we only have access to the first and last four digits of the credit card number.) The payment information collected is not used for any purpose other than to process the single authorized payment. Please note that credit card information should not be submitted by e-mail; it is safe to transmit credit card information only in the following ways:
- Surface mail (in a sealed envelope),
- Telephone (only if you initiate the call), or
- Secure website (see below for information on secure websites).
Credit card and other sensitive information should be submitted via the Internet only on a secure website. You can confirm that a site is secure by noting that the URL (Web address) begins with "https://" rather than just "http://" and by looking for the locked padlock at the bottom of the screen. (An unlocked padlock or an absent padlock indicates that the page is not secure.) Secure pages are necessary only when transmitting sensitive information, such as credit card numbers; you should not be concerned that ordinary pages are not secure.
It is not necessary to check the thumbprint of a website security certificate to ensure that it the site is secure -- but we welcome you to do so if you so desire. The AAR's SSL certificate is issued by Starfield Secure Certification Authority and the thumbprint of the certificate is 0b e2 f3 2f ca 42 2e 4f 79 87 53 bc 0c a2 68 2e cb 6e 1b 09. You can reload this page as a secure page if you wish to examine the security certificate.
The AAR website contains links to other websites. The AAR has no control over, and no responsibility for, the privacy practices or content of such websites.