SHRM Online Privacy Statement
Welcome to SHRM Online, owned and produced by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM is the leading membership association for the human resource profession. Our websites are available to all visitors, although some content and features are restricted to SHRM members.
Throughout SHRM Online, there are forms for visitors to request information, products, and services. These forms may ask for contact information (such as your phone number or e-mail address), unique identifiers (usually your SHRM membership number, if one is available), financial information (such as your credit card number), or demographic information (for example, your age, location, PHR/SPHR designation, etc.). Contact information from these forms is used to provide the products, promotional materials, or memberships that you request. Forms on our site that request financial information do so in order to bill you for products or services ordered. Unique identifiers (specifically, your SHRM member number) are collected from website visitors to verify the user's identity for access to restricted content or features on the site.
- What information of yours does SHRM Online collect?
- What are "cookies" and how does SHRM use them?
- What organization collects the information and who has access to it?
- How does SHRM use the information it collects?
- How can you modify your SHRM member information?
- What is the opt-out policy for SHRM Online?
- What types of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?
- How does SHRM Online use bulletin boards, discussion lists, and moderated chats?
Questions regarding this statement should be directed to:
The Society for Human Resources Management
1800 Duke Street
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314
703-548-3440 or 800-283-7476
1. What information of yours does SHRM Online collect?
Our goal is to become your destination for HR-related information by providing information, services, and product offerings that are most relevant to you in the most convenient way. To achieve this goal, SHRM Online collects information about site visitors.
Information collected online is usually defined as being either anonymous or personally identifiable.
Anonymous information refers to data that cannot be tied back to a specific individual. SHRM collects some information each time a visitor comes to a SHRM website, so we can improve the overall quality of the visitor's online experience. For example, SHRM collects the visitor's IP address, browser, and platform type (e.g., a Netscape browser on a Windows platform). Gathering this data helps us to learn what browsers we need to support. Other anonymous information helps us determine what sections of SHRM Online are most popular and how many visitors come to our site(s). You do not have to register with SHRM Online before we can collect this anonymous information.
Personally identifiable information refers to data that tells us specifically who you are (e.g., your name and postal address). You are only required to provide such information if you want to take advantage of optional products and services provided through our website(s).
SHRM collects personal information in the following ways from different parts of its website(s):
- SHRM Membership Applications: You are sharing personally identifiable information, including your name and mailing address, with us when you join SHRM or renew your SHRM membership through our website(s). SHRM members are given a SHRM membership number, and this member ID and password enables members to take advantage of restricted content and features on SHRM Online.
- Other Registration: You may be asked for personal information when registering for specific services. For example, if you subscribe to an e-mail newsletter, you will be asked to provide your e-mail address.
- Online Purchases: We also ask for personal information when you make a purchase using the SHRMStore or when you subscribe to a SHRM publication through our website. The number and variety of useful services on SHRM Online that may require collection of personally identifiable information will continue to grow in the future.
2. What are "cookies" and how does SHRM use them?
- Identify return visitors. Cookies let us remember your web browser so we can provide personalized member services such as My SHRM and SHRM search agents. Cookies also allow us to identify SHRM members who are returning to the site, so you will not have to re-enter a member ID and password the next time you visit.
Data collected through SHRM's website(s) is generally collected and maintained solely by SHRM. More specifically:
3. What organization collects the information and who has access to it?
a.) Personally identifiable information
(i) Information provided when you register for services or products. When you provide personally identifiable information on SHRM Online to register for a service, buy a product, or take advantage of a promotion; effective as to information you provide SHRM on or after May 1, 2009, SHRM sells to selected third parties, mailing lists (names, postal addresses, and or e-mail addresses) derived from such registrations. If you wish to opt out of such list sales at any time, you may do so by following the directions in Item 6 below.
(ii) Information provided when joining or renewing membership in SHRM. If you join SHRM or renew your membership through our website, you provide personally identifiable information on the membership application. SHRM sells mailing lists (names and mailing addresses) of members to selected third-parties. If you wish to opt out of mail list sales at any time during your SHRM membership, you may do so by following the directions in Item 6 below. SHRM does not sell to third-parties, e-mail addresses obtained from member applications or renewals (except that effective May 1, 2009 SHRM will rent a member e-mail address if that member has expressly opted in to allow such rentals).
b.) Anonymous information
We disclose to third-party sponsors/advertisers aggregate statistics (i.e., impressions and click-throughs on a company's advertisement). Also, we may share aggregate website statistics with the media or other third parties. No personally identifiable information is disclosed to these sponsors/advertisers or other third parties as part of this process-only information in an aggregate form.
SHRM collects information to provide you with the services you request and to improve our website(s).
c.) SHRM India
4. How does SHRM use the information it collects?
If you join SHRM or renew your SHRM membership through our website(s), we use the personally identifiable information you provide in the membership application to send you SHRM publications, information about member benefits and special offers, and other information that SHRM believes is relevant and useful to its members. See Section 3 above as to SHRM policy on list sales.
As mentioned above, SHRM uses the aggregate, anonymous data collected to let our sponsors/advertisers know the number of impressions or views and the number of "click throughs" on their advertisement(s). SHRM also uses this aggregate, anonymous data to perform statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our site visitors; to measure user interests regarding specific areas of the SHRM Online; and to analyze how and where best to use our resources. Without such data, we would not know which parts of SHRM Online are the most popular, and we would not be able to change and update the content and services appropriately.
SHRM may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide information on individual users to the appropriate governmental authorities. In matters involving a danger to personal or public safety, SHRM may voluntarily provide information to appropriate governmental authorities.
SHRM members have the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided.
5. How can SHRM members modify their personal information?
Send mail to the following postal address: SHRM, 1800 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, ATTN: Customer Service Department.
Call: 703/548-3440 or 800-283-7476.
SHRM provides members and customers the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us and our partners. If you no longer wish to receive specific communications or services, you have the following options:
6. What is the opt-out policy for SHRM Online?
You can send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can send mail to the following postal address: SHRM, 1800 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, ATTN: Customer Service Department.
You can call the following telephone numbers: 800-283-7476 or 703-548-3440.
Instructions for opting out of any SHRM e-mail newsletter you receive are included with each e-mail.
7. What kinds of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?
SHRM Online has security measures, such as firewalls, in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your user data under our control. While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration to data will not occur, we take reasonable precautions to prevent such unfortunate occurrences. Any other particularly sensitive information, such as your credit card number, collected for a commerce transaction is encrypted prior to transmission.
You are ultimately responsible for the security of your SHRM member ID and password. You may not share your SHRM member ID and password with colleagues or friends so they can access content or features on SHRM Online that are restricted to SHRM members only. You should log out of your browser at the end of each computer session to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence, especially if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.
8. How does SHRM Online use bulletin boards, discussion lists, and moderated chats?
This site makes bulletin boards, discussion lists, and moderated chats available to its members. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information, and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Although users may post messages that will appear on the message boards anonymously, SHRM does retain a record of who posts all notes.