Privacy Policy

The American Physiological Society (APS) is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the APS web site and governs data collection and usage when you visit our pages. By using the APS web site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement and any modification thereof. Please note that there is a separate policy for data collected through the Members Only site and membership application/renewal process. A copy of this policy can be requested from the APS [email link to Exec Office, topic: Membership Data Use Policy]

Collection of your Personal Information

APS only collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number, when it is needed for services such as facilitating your participation in a Society program, applying for an award, or purchasing journals or other merchandise. APS also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

Some information about your computer hardware and software is automatically collected by APS. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by APS for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the APS web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data in messages on APS listservs, this information may be collected and used by others.

APS encourages you to review the privacy statements of web sites you choose to link to from APS so that you can understand how those web sites collect, use and share your information. APS is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the APS and APS family of web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

APS collects and uses your personal information to operate the APS web site and deliver the services you have requested. APS also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from APS. APS may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

APS does not sell, rent or lease its email lists to third parties. APS may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, APS may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analyses, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to APS, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

APS keeps track of the web sites and pages visited within APS, in order to determine what APS services are the most popular and how users find resources within the web site. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within APS to visitors whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

APS web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on APS or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of APS; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of APS, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The APS web site uses "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize APS pages, or register with APS site or services, a cookie helps APS to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same APS web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the APS features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the APS services or web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

APS secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. APS secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Personal information (such as a credit card number) transmitted is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Children Under Thirteen

APS web site does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website for any feature requesting personally identifiable information (including but not limited to name, email, and/or address).

Changes to this Statement

APS will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect staff and customer feedback. APS encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how APS is protecting your information.

Contact Information

APS welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that APS has not adhered to this Statement, please contact APS at We will use reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.