Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and customers. This online privacy statement explains how AAPM collects, uses, and safeguards information on its website. This Internet privacy statement applies only to information collected by AAPM through the website and electronic newsletter (e-newsletter). YOUR USE OF AAPM’s website and e-newsletter CONSTITUTES YOUR UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE OF THE PRACTICES DESCRIBED IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND THE OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE TERMS OF USE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH AND ACCEPT ALL OF THE PRACTICES DESCRIBED IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY, PLEASE DO NOT USE THE WEBSITE OR E-NEWSLETTER, AND PLEASE DO NOT PROVIDE OR SUBMIT ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION VIA OR WHILE USING THE WEBSITE, THE SOFTWARE, OR THE SERVICES.

This privacy policy may be revised by us periodically, and the last revision will be noted on the bottom of this page. We advise that you review this privacy policy whenever you visit the website so that you are aware of any changes. Your continued use of the website and e-newsletter following any changes in this privacy policy will constitute your acceptance of such modifications.

Information AAPM collects

Visitors to the AAPM website

Users to the public areas of AAPM’s website browse anonymously. We do not collect any information that is personally identifiable such as name, address, phone number, or e-mail. The information that is collected includes: time and date of your visit, the Internet address of the computer, your browser and operating system, page views and length of time on that page, and previous page visited. In addition, the type of browser you have and the way you access our information (web or smartphone) may also be collected.

AAPM never collects personal information without your knowledge, such as when you create an account, make a purchase, register for an event, or complete a form on the website to submit questions, comments, take a survey, or request information.

AAPM collects data using Google Analytics and Google Advertising about your activities that do not personally or directly identify you when you visit our website, the website of entities for which we serve advertisements (our “Advertisers”), or the websites and online services where we display advertisements (“Publishers”). This information may include the content you view, the date and time that you view this content, the products you purchase, or your location information associated with your IP address. We use the information we collect to serve you more relevant advertisements (referred to as “Retargeting”). We collect information about where you saw the ads we serve you and what ads you clicked on. To opt out of Google’s use of cookies, visit the Google Advertising Opt-out Page; to opt out of Google Analytics, visit the Google Analytics Opt-out Page; to opt out of third party vendor use of cookies, visit the Network Advertising Initiative Opt-out Page.

For AAPM members, e-mail and e-newsletter recipients, meeting registrants, purchasers of education products, and other customers

Once you log into the password-protected area of AAPM’s website, join AAPM, or purchase our products or services, the user’s name or email address and member or customer ID number are gathered as well as other personal data necessary to complete a purchase, register for an event, claim CME credit for a live program or online course, or submit an education session proposal or poster abstract. You may be asked to provide personal information in order to purchase a product or update membership information. In those situations, it is your choice to provide that information. Should you choose not to provide that information, you may not be able to participate in that activity.

How to opt out of e-mail

To opt out of an e-mail list, click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any e-mail.

How information is used

Information that is gathered from AAPM’s website or electronic communications, including demographic information and purchase and click activity, is used to determine the value of the information that is presented on our website or in e-mails or to inform members with specific interests about particular educational offers or product offers in the future.

Nonmembers who register for a meeting, read our e-newsletter, purchase a product from AAPM’s website, claim CME credit for a live program or online course, or submit an education session proposal or poster abstract will be asked to provide their name, address, and other personal identifying information.

Furthermore, we may use your personal information for program registration to provide services you have requested; process, fulfill, and follow up on orders or a membership application; answer e-mails or online requests; send information you request; send and process surveys; work to ensure AAPM is relevant to your needs; deliver AAPM services such as newsletters, FDA or news alerts, meetings, or events; notify you about new products or services from AAPM; or, on a very limited basis as approved by members of the AAPM executive committee, provide offers from third-party affiliates.

Children under 13

We do not knowingly solicit data online from or market online to children under the age of 13.

Active member directories

AAPM has two separate directories—public and member-only. AAPM Active Members are included in our “Find an AAPM Active Member” in the patient resources section of our public website, where members’ office locations, office phone, office fax, and office email as allowed by the member are provided to prospective patients and users of the website. We will grant this information according to the preferences indicated by you or your staff. If you or a member of your team enters your personal address, phone, or cell phone in the “office” portion a registration form, your personal information could be published to the public. Please make sure that fields in membership applications, registration forms, or product purchases contain accurate information. Members are also included in a private, “member-only” online membership directory, which is located in the member community. Your name, affiliation, email, and phone are shared among other member colleagues. Members have a choice of opting out of these directories or checking or modifying the information by calling 847-375-4731 or emailing [email protected].


We have implemented reasonable physical measures and administrative procedures to safeguard against unauthorized access and help prevent the loss, misuse, or alteration of your personal information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy. However, we cannot guarantee that the security measures we implement in connection with the operation of the website, the software, and the services will absolutely prevent others from accessing or acquiring any of your personal information.

Confidentiality and security

When you submit sensitive information to our website, your information is protected both online and offline. We restrict access to personal information collected about you at our websites to our employees, our affiliates’ employees, or others who need to know that information to provide services to you or in the course of conducting our normal business operations. We maintain appropriate physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect personal information.

Credit card information

AAPM does not disclose credit card account information or activity provided by its customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, AAPM stores and transmits encrypted information and is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DDS), also referred to hereafter as PCI compliant.

Links to other websites

We may provide links to other websites and web pages that we do not control. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of any websites or pages not under our control and we do not endorse any of these websites or pages, the services or products described or offered on such sites or pages, or any of the content contained on those sites or pages.

Disclosure to third parties

AAPM makes member contact information available in its online Membership Directory only to other members of AAPM who have verified their membership status before entering the online membership directory. On occasion, and only as approved by the Executive Committee, AAPM may provide limited data to third parties that is deemed of interest to the clinical or socioeconomic practice of pain medicine. These limited data may include names and addresses and email but does not include phone numbers and fax numbers. We also may provide annual meeting registration lists to meeting attendees including exhibitors. You can opt out of inclusion in these lists by checking the appropriate box on the registration form.

Disclosure required by law or emergency circumstances

AAPM may release personal information to third parties in order to comply with valid legal requests such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or court order. In the event that AAPM is legally required to disclose your personal information to a third party, AAPM will notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.

How does AAPM use cookies?

Cookies are used by AAPM to identify a user as the user moves through the AAPM website to personalize a member’s visit, to offer greater functionality, and/or to track visitor practices. The user’s browser allows AAPM to place some information on the user’s hard drive that identifies the computer utilized. Two types of cookies are used. A session cookie is a temporary file stored in memory on the user’s computer drive whenever a website is accessed and is terminated by closing the browser. A persistent cookie is a file stored on the user’s hard drive that may be deleted manually by the user or expired by the server. If you do not desire the functionality offered by the cookie, you have the option to disable the cookie either by indicating that you do not wish to have the cookie created when asked or by disabling the cookie function in your browser. Members must have cookies enabled in order to access the member’s only sections of the AAPM website.

Changes to our website privacy statement

We may change this privacy statement at any time and from time to time. The most recent version of the privacy statement is reflected by the version date located at the bottom of this statement. This statement is not intended to and does not create any contractual or other legal right in or on behalf of any party.

Updated December 13, 2019

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