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Privacy Policy

The American Council on Germany (ACG) greatly values the privacy of members, donors (both online and offline), and other visitors to its website. The ACG is committed to protecting all information collected on its website and in any other manner from all members, donors, and other users. Therefore, we comply with applicable data privacy legislation regarding the processing of personal data. This Privacy Statement describes how the ACG uses and protects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Statement, together with our Website Terms & Conditions, constitute the entire agreement between you and the ACG relating to the publicly accessible portions of our website. By your use of our website, you consent to be governed by this Privacy Statement.

Personal Data

You may have the opportunity, via our website or other means, to provide us with personal information about you and your interests. This information may include, but is not limited to: (a) your name; (b) your mailing address; (c) your email address; (d) your telephone number; (e) your sex; (f) your date of birth; (g) your country of citizenship; (h) your country of residency; (i) your country of birth; (j) your occupation; and (k) your educational history.

If you choose to share any personal data with us via our website or via email, we may store it and use that information to assist you with any questions you may have. We use industry standard practices to review data quality and confirm that the information we have for you is up-to-date.

Personal information is used to communicate with users about services offered and in which they may be interested, to perform business analyses, and to improve the quality of the site and services offered. We may also store data that you voluntarily provide during ACG events in order to keep you informed of other events of a similar nature.

You will receive general information from us only if you choose to do so. Once your consent is indicated, you will have the possibility to contact us in case you no longer want us to use your personal information for those purposes.

Unless you specifically consent to the sharing of your personal data, your information will solely be used for internal purposes.

Donations

If you choose to make a donation to the ACG, we request certain personally identifiable information from you. We use this information for billing purposes. If we have trouble processing the donation, we will use this information to contact you.

The ACG has not, does not, and will not share or sell a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

We gather personal information for promotional purposes about ACG events, activities, and programming to allow members and others to participate in promotions and surveys, to communicate with individuals about services offered and in which they may be interested, to perform business analyses, and to improve the quality of the site and services offered.

To administer an ACG program to which you apply and for which you have provided personal information, we may also disclose any and all of your personal information to certain other third parties who are involved in the administration of the program in partnership with the ACG.

The ACG uses or may later elect to use personal information you provide to us: (a) for login and promotional purposes; (b) to provide the products or services that you have registered for or requested; (c) to allow you to participate in surveys and promotions; (d) to provide customer service and respond to your requests and inquiries; (e) to protect both you and us against error and fraud; (f) to send information and event or programming alerts; and (g) to record usage of this website.

Transfer and Sharing of Personal Information to ACG Warburg Chapters and Partner Organizations

Your personal data may be shared for the above stated purposes with one or more of the ACG’s 21 Eric M. Warburg Chapters across the United States and partner organizations, whether located in the United States, within the European Union, or elsewhere if you have specifically provided your consent.

For network and alumni communities, such as the ACG American-German Young Leaders Conference alumni, the ACG will share your information with other members of these communities only if a member of a community provides consent for a specific individual request from another member of that community.

This information will not be shared outside of these communities. To avoid people receiving multiple invitations to the same co-sponsored event, the ACG reserves the right to share your first name, last name, and employer with partner organizations for the purpose of de-duplicating the final invitation list. Except as described in this Privacy Statement, we will not share your phone number, email address, or any other contact information.

The ACG will not sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease any personal information collected online or offline to any third party.

Security

The ACG uses secure data networks that are protected by firewalls and password-protection systems that are consistent with industry standards. The ACG’s security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary. Only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by the ACG’s contacts. Our database is located in the United States.

However, your personal information can never be entirely secure. As with other types of information, it may be transmitted over networks without appropriate security measures and may potentially be accessed, deleted, altered, used, or disclosed by unauthorized persons. You can help us to protect your personal information by: (a) using a secure web browser; (b) not sharing your password with others; and (c) changing your password frequently (if we should ever ask you to create a password).

Cookies and Server Logs

Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to an individual’s hard drive to identify your previous visits to the site. Cookies and related technologies may involve the transmission of information regarding your access to, and use of, this website either directly to us or to another party authorized by us to collect information on our behalf. We may use cookies to store information about your visit to this website in order to enhance your experience. We may also use cookies and tracking technologies to: (a) track user visits, including individual page visits; and (b) save your password so you do not have to provide it each time you visit this website (if we should ever ask you to create a password). The information we gather automatically through cookies, web beacons, and related technologies may include, but is not limited to, records from server logs found on your browser, your IP address, the type of web browser you are using to access the website, the type of operating system you are using, the name of the domain and host from which you access the internet, the date and time you access the website, and the internet address of the site from which you have linked directly to the website. Cookies are text files that can be rejected, disabled, or deleted by you at any time. You may be able to disable or delete cookies using your internet browser settings. However, by disabling, deleting, or rejecting cookies, you may potentially inhibit part of the user experience on this website and other websites. Server logs are digital files that automatically record activity on a server. The ACG uses server logs to track usage of this website. Those server logs are used by a third‐party provider to collect information on behalf of the ACG. The collected information could potentially be used to understand more about the use of this website.

Links

As a nonprofit foreign policy organization that is committed to providing information on transatlantic relations, the ACG offers third-party links to additional resources. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. The ACG has no responsibility nor liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, the ACG seeks to protect the integrity of its site and welcomes feedback about these links. Creating a text link from your website to our site does not require permission.

Legal Disclaimer

Though we take industry standard measures and other efforts to preserve user privacy, the ACG may need to disclose personal information (including personally identifiable information) to a third party if the ACG is required by law to do so. For example, the ACG may be required to disclose your personal information in response to a subpoena, court order, or other legal process. We may also disclose personal information in response to a verified law enforcement agency’s request, or where we believe it is necessary to investigate or address unlawful acts that may endanger the health or safety of a consumer or the general public, to verify or enforce compliance with the terms of use and policies that govern this website, or as otherwise required or permitted by law.

Access to Information and Data Rectification

You have at any time the right of access, modification, correction, and removal of your data collected in our database. You may request this by contacting the ACG by email or in writing at the address mentioned below. Complete removal may not be immediate, however, and in some instances, archival copies may be impossible to delete. The ACG reserves the right to retain any personal information reasonably necessary to appropriately document its business activities and for archival and record retention purposes. We will store your personal information for as long as reasonably necessary for the purposes described in this privacy policy and as required by applicable law.

Managing Preferences

The accuracy of your information is important to us. Anytime you receive an email from us, you may click the “Update My Preferences” link at the bottom of the email and an email will be sent to the email we have on file for you with a link to update your information. If you need to change anything else, please email us at: privacy@acgusa.org, or write to us at: The American Council on Germany, 14 East 60th Street, Suite 1000, New York, NY 10022 USA. Alternatively, you may telephone +1-212-826-3636.

How You Can Withdraw Consent to Be Emailed or Unsubscribe from Receiving Emails

If you wish to stop receiving emails from the ACG, you may do so by clicking the “unsubscribe from this list” link at the bottom of any email. You may also email us at: privacy@acgusa.org, or write to us at: The American Council on Germany, 14 East 60th Street, Suite 1000, New York, NY 10022 USA. Alternatively, you may telephone +1-212-826-3636.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information the ACG has about you.

Third-Party Service Providers Working on Our Behalf

If you receive emails from us, we pass your information to our third-party service providers (for example, to process donations and send you mailings). However, when we use third-party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service, and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes. Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties beyond the American Council on Germany’s network for them to use for their own direct marketing purposes, unless you have requested us to do so, or we are required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime.

The ACG does not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer users’ personally identifiable information to outside parties. The ACG has a strict policy against sharing or selling mailing lists and donor information.

Updates and Changes

The ACG may change this privacy policy from time to time by posting updated versions of the privacy policy on this website and providing notice of changes via email to those who have provided their email address. If we make changes to this privacy policy, we may post a notice on this website, but it may be up for only a limited period of time. By continuing to use this website, you agree to the terms contained in this privacy policy and any updates; it is your obligation to review this privacy policy from time to time and to review updates that are posted on this website. The version of this privacy policy that shall be deemed effective as of any given date and time shall be solely the version that is posted on that date and at that time. The information we collect on this website will be treated in accordance with the privacy policy as in effect at the time the information is collected.

Contact Us

The controller of your personal data, under applicable data privacy legislation and in regard to the processing of personal information, is:

American Council on Germany
14 East 60th Street, Suite 1000
New York, NY 10022
United States
Tel.: +1-212-826-3636
Fax: +1-212-758-3445
Email: privacy@acgusa.org

If you have questions about our privacy practices, you may contact us at the above address or email privacy@acgusa.org.