Privacy Policy

Updated October 15, 2019
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is committed to protecting your privacy.

This Privacy Policy explains our data practices regarding Personal Data (as defined below) and other information that we collect in connection with:
(i) Your use of the website ( “Website”)
(ii) Downloadable materials
(iii) Find-a-Surgeon searches
(iv) Contact Us forms

By using our Website and/or Platforms, you consent to policies and practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with the data practices described in this Privacy Policy, you should not use our Website or Platforms.

Our Collection of Your Personal Data

AAOMS collects and uses information that, alone or in combination with other information, could be used to identify you (“Personal Data”) to deliver our services and information, and provide support and services as described below (please also see the “How We Use Information” section below).

Personal Data That You Voluntarily Provide to Us. AAOMS primarily collects Personal Data provided to us by individuals when they interact with our services, submit a web form, and call or email us directly.
The types of Personal Data that we collect vary but can include your name, email address, address, phone number, company name, job title and other information that you voluntarily submit to us.

Information Received from Other Sources. We may receive information about you from publicly available and third-party databases or services that provide information or from third parties with whom we have agreements (including an individual’s name and contact information), and combine this data with information we already have about you. This helps us to update, expand and analyze our records, and provide information and services that may be of interest to you. We will obtain your consent before contacting you if required by the law of the country in which you are located.

Automatically Collected Data. As you interact on our Website, we may collect information about your computer or device and visits to our Website (“Automatically Collected Data”) through cookies and other technologies, Internet Protocol (IP) address tracking/URL tracking, and other tools (collectively, “Tracking Technologies”). The types of Automatically Collected Data collected on our Website through the use of these and other tools that we may add from time to time may include: the search terms you used, new or returning user information, browser information, computer or device type, operating system, internet service provider, website usage, referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, number of clicks, and ads viewed. Please see the “Tracking Technologies” section below to learn more about how we use Tracking Technologies.

How We Use Information

Service Data. AAOMS uses the data you provide to us to provide you with services requested; inform you of the Association’s and OMS services and materials; and for such other purposes within the scope of the Association’s exempt purpose and mission. Additionally, AAOMS may share data you provide to it with vendors and other third parties in order to process your requests and to inform you of materials and services that may be of interest to you. It is AAOMS policy to never share email addresses with third parties beyond the need to fulfill your requests.

Correspondence. If you correspond with AAOMS via email, the postal service, our web forms, or other forms of communication, we may retain the correspondence and the information it contains. We may use the information for business purposes, including responding to your inquiry, notifying you of AAOMS-related opportunities, and other marketing purposes (please read the Marketing section below for more information on our marketing practices and how to opt out or unsubscribe).

URL and IP Address. AAOMS collects information about users’ IP addresses, including users’ utilization of our Website, to help us design our Website to better suit our Website users’ needs. We may use information about your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Website, analyze trends, track visitor movements, and gather information that assists us in identifying visitor preferences. We also may use your IP address to enhance our security and investigate an actual or potential security incident. For EU Data Subjects, this use of your information is necessary for our legitimate interests in understanding how the Website and our services are being used by you and to improve your experience on them and ensure network and information security. For more information about what we mean by legitimate interests and when we may process Personal Data for our legitimate interests, please see the “EU Data Subjects” section below.

To provide our products and services and respond to requests. We use the Personal Data we collect from you (unless otherwise restricted by law) to:

  • Provide you support/services you have ordered from us and other communications. For EU Data Subjects, such use is necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us.
  • Respond directly to your information requests (including registrations or other specific requests) or other inquiries. For EU Data Subjects, such use is necessary to respond to or implement your request prior to entering into a contract with us.
  • Facilitate your engagement with AAOMS. For EU Data Subjects, such use is necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us.

Marketing. We also use your contact information to contact you by email or mail regarding information that we think may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive emails from AAOMS, you may inform us of your preference by sending a letter or calling AAOMS at the contact information below. You also may submit a contact form electronically through the Website and unsubscribe from our marketing communications by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link located at the bottom of our emails.

Where required by the applicable law (for example, if you are an EU Data Subject), we will send you information or notifications only with your consent, which was given at the time you provided us with the Personal Data. In such case, if you do not provide us with your consent to the processing of your Personal Data for this purpose, we will not send you this information (please refer to the “EU Data Subjects” section below for information on your rights).

Disclosure of Information

AAOMS discloses Personal Data that we collect (described above) in accordance with the terms set forth in this section.

We share your Personal Data with third parties who provide certain services or information to us to assist us in meeting our organization’s needs. These parties are authorized to process your Personal Data on our behalf and pursuant to our instructions only as necessary to provide these services to us. We share your Personal Data with the following service providers:

  • Association Management Systems, Learning Management Systems and other systems that integrate with our Platform
  • Providers of research and analytics services, including Google Analytics
  • Providers of cloud computing infrastructure services

We also may disclose Personal Data to third parties in the following circumstances: (1) if you request or authorize (when required by law, we will inform you in advance of the third parties to which we may provide your data and the purpose for doing so, and we will obtain your prior consent for such use); (2) the information is provided (a) to comply with the law (for example, to comply with a search warrant, subpoena or other legal process), (b) to enforce an agreement we have with you, (c) to protect our rights, property or safety, or the rights, property or safety of our employees or others, (d) to investigate fraud or (e) to respond to a government request or lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements; (3) to address emergencies or acts of God; (4) to address disputes, claims or persons holding a legal or beneficial interest; (5) if we are involved in a merger, acquisition, financing due diligence, reorganization, bankruptcy, receivership, sale of company assets, or transition of service to another provider, in which case your Personal Data and other information may be transferred to a successor or affiliate as part of that transaction along with other assets.

We collect, store and process the information from our Website in the United States. If you are outside the United States, then your Personal Data and other information will be transferred to the United States. The data privacy and data protection laws outside your country may offer less protection than the laws in your country. By using our services, the Website or otherwise providing us with your Personal Data, you agree to the transfer of your Personal Data as described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to such cross-border transfers of your Personal Data, please do not submit it through the Website.

The Website include interfaces to social media Website or platforms that are owned and/or controlled by third parties, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others (“Social Media Sites”). If you choose to “like” or share information from a website through any Social Media Sites, or if you are a member of a Social Media Site, the interfaces on our Website may allow the Social Media Site to connect your website visit to your Personal Data. The information that you share with the Social Media Sites will be governed by the specific privacy policies and terms of service of the Social Media Sites and not by this Privacy Policy. You should review the privacy policy of that Social Media Site before choosing to access and use any Social Media Sites, including interacting with our pages on those sites.

How You Can Access and Change Information

AAOMS acknowledges that you have the right to access your Personal Data. Our Website allows you to request, access, correct, amend or delete inaccurate data. In case you request us to remove data, we will respond within a reasonable timeframe.

Upon request, AAOMS will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your Personal Data. You can update or correct your Personal Data or remove it from our system by making a request to us at the contact information provided below. Requests typically receive a response within 30 days. If access cannot be provided within that time frame, we will provide the requesting party with an estimated date by which the information will be provided. If for some reason access is denied, we will provide an explanation of why access has been denied.

If you are an EU Data Subject, please see the “EU Data Subjects” section below for information on your rights in relation to the Personal Data we hold about you.

EU Data Subjects

Scope. This section applies if you are an individual located in the European Union (“EU”) (“EU Data Subject”). For these purposes, reference to the EU also includes the European Economic Area countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and, where applicable, Switzerland.

Data Processor. AAOMS acts as data controller and data processor on behalf of members and customers for Personal Data that we process through the AAOMS Platform.

Your Rights. Subject to applicable law, you have the following rights in relation to your Personal Data:

  • Right of access: If you ask us, we will confirm whether we are processing your Personal Data and, if so, provide you with a copy of that Personal Data (along with certain other details). If you require additional copies, we may need to charge a reasonable fee.
  • Right to rectification: If your Personal Data is inaccurate or incomplete, you are entitled to have it rectified or completed. If we have shared your Personal Data with others, we will tell them about the rectification where possible. If you ask us, where possible and lawful to do so, we will also tell you with whom we shared your Personal Data so that you can contact them directly.
  • Right to erasure: You may ask us to delete or remove your Personal Data, and we will do so in some circumstances, such as where we no longer need it. (We may not delete your data when other interests outweigh your right to deletion). If we have shared your data with others, we will tell them about the erasure where possible. If you ask us, where possible and lawful to do so, we also will tell you with whom we shared your Personal Data so that you can contact them directly.
  • Right to restrict processing: You may ask us to restrict or “block” the processing of your Personal Data in certain circumstances, such as where you contest the accuracy of that Personal Data or object to us processing it. We will tell you before we lift any restriction on processing. If we have shared your Personal Data with others, we will tell them about the restriction where possible. If you ask us, where possible and lawful to do so, we also will tell you with whom we shared your Personal Data so that you can contact them directly.
  • Right to data portability: Effective May 25, 2018, you have the right to obtain your Personal Data from us that you consented to give us or that is necessary to perform a contract with you. We will give you your Personal Data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. You may reuse it elsewhere.
  • Right to object: You may ask us at any time to stop processing your Personal Data, and we will do so:
    • If we are relying on a legitimate interest to process your Personal Data – unless we demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing.
    • Or if we are processing your Personal Data for direct marketing.
  • Rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling: You have the right to be free from decisions based solely on automated processing of your Personal Data, including profiling, that affect you, unless such processing is necessary for entering into, or the performance of, a contract between you and us or you provide your explicit consent to such processing.
  • Right to withdraw consent: If we rely on your consent to process your Personal Data, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This will not affect the lawfulness of processing based on your prior consent.
  • Right to lodge a complaint with the data protection authority: If you have a concern about our privacy practices, including the way we have handled your Personal Data, you can report it to the data protection authority that is authorized to hear those concerns.

You may exercise your rights by contacting us as indicated under “Contact Us” section below.

Legitimate Interest. “Legitimate interest” means the interests of AAOMS in conducting and managing our organization. For example, we have a legitimate interest in processing your Personal Data to analyze how the Website and our information is being used by you and to ensure network and information security as described in this Privacy Policy. When we process your Personal Data for our legitimate interests, we make sure to consider and balance any potential impact on you and your rights under data protection laws. Our legitimate interests do not automatically override your interests. We will not use your Personal Data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you, unless we have your consent or those activities are otherwise required or permitted by law. You have the right to object to processing that is based on our legitimate interests. For more information on your rights, please see the “Your Rights” section above.

Our Security Measures to Protect Your Personal Data

We are committed to taking reasonable efforts to secure the information that you choose to provide us, and we use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect against unauthorized access to or alteration, disclosure or destruction of Personal Data. We restrict access to Personal Data to our employees, contractors and service providers (described in the “Disclosure of Information” section above) who need to know the information in order to operate, develop or improve our Association.

Unfortunately, no transmission of Personal Data over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure. Accordingly, and despite our efforts, AAOMS cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or to or from our online products or services. AAOMS has no responsibility or liability for the security of information transmitted via the internet. If you have questions about this Privacy Policy or the security of your Personal Data, please contact us as indicated under the “Contact Us” section below.

We retain your Personal Data for as long as needed to provide you services, comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements. We retain Personal Data collected through the Platforms we process on behalf of our members or customers for as long as needed to provide services to our members or customers and pursuant to our contract with that member or customer.

Tracking Technologies

AAOMS and its partners use cookies and other technologies to analyze trends, administer the Website, track users’ movements around the Website, gather demographic information about our user base as a whole and collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests, as described below.

What Are Cookies. Cookies are pieces of data sent to your browser when you visit a website and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies may store user preferences and other information. For example, cookies can store your session information for easy login to a website or platform, your language or user interface customization preferences or may allow Website to record your browsing activities (for example, number of page views, number of visitors, and time spent on each page). 

We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for a set period or until you delete it. 

How We Use Cookies. We classify cookies in the following categories:

Strictly Necessary
These cookies allow linking the actions of a user during a browser session to allow navigation around web pages, access to secure areas of the Website or Platforms, and help make the services available through our Website and Platforms work. Without these cookies, basic functions of the Website and Platforms would not work.

On the Platforms, we use session cookies for authentication and authorization purposes and to track a visitor’s identity during a session.

Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver our services, users cannot refuse them.

These cookies allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and see how visitors move around the Website and Platforms when they are using them. This helps us improve the way our Website and Platforms work, for example, by making sure visitors are easily finding what they need. The information collected through these cookies include anonymous traffic statistics, such as number of page views, number of visitors, and time spent on each page.

In particular, we use cookies from Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”) for our Website. The information collected by Google (including your internet protocol [IP] address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information on our behalf for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on the Website activity and providing further services to us relating to the Website’ usage. Learn more about Google Analytics’ privacy practices and see a copy of Google’s privacy policy.

You can block or delete these cookies by changing the browser settings as explained below.

You also can prevent your data from being collected by Google Analytics on the Website by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your current web browser.

Other Technologies. AAOMS may use a tracking technique that employs embedded URLs to allow use of the Website without cookies. Embedded URLs allow limited information to follow you as you navigate the Website, but are not associated with Personal Data and are not used beyond the session.

AAOMS and its service providers may use embedded pixel technologies (or pixel tags) for the purposes of identifying unique user visits (as opposed to aggregate hits) and for advertising purposes. In addition, embedded pixels or other technologies may be used in emails and our online display advertising to provide information on when the email or ad was opened to track marketing campaign responsiveness; information collected using these technologies may be associated with the recipient’s email address.

We may use widgets, which are interactive mini-programs that run on our site to provide specific services from another company (e.g., links to bookmarked sites), along with buttons or other tools that link to other companies’ services (e.g., a “Like” button or third-party map). The widget, button or tool may collect and automatically send Personal Data, such as your email address, or other information (such as your browser information or IP address) to a third party. Cookies also may be set or used by the widgets, buttons or tools to enable them to function properly or for other purposes, which may include advertising. Information collected or used by a widget, button or tool, including cookie settings and preferences, is governed by the privacy policy of the company that created it.

Your Choices. On most web browsers, you will find a “help” section on the toolbar. Please refer to this section for information on how to receive a notification when you are receiving a new cookie and how to turn cookies off. Please see the links below for guidance on how to modify your web browser’s settings on the most popular browsers:

Please note that if you reject cookies or disable cookies, your use of certain features or functions on our Website, Platforms or services may be limited. If you access the Website on your mobile device, you may not be able to control tracking technologies through the settings.

Inapplicability of Privacy Policies of Any Linked Website or Other Third Parties

This Privacy Policy only addresses AAOMS’s use and disclosure of your Personal Data. The Website may contain links to other websites, so please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites, and we are not liable for their misuse of Personal Data. We encourage you to be aware that when you go to another website you should carefully read its privacy policy.

Conditions of Use

By using our Website or services, you agree to the terms and conditions contained in this Privacy Policy and Conditions of Use and/or any other agreement that we might have with you. If you do not agree to any of these terms and conditions, you should not use the Website. You agree that any dispute over privacy or the terms contained in this Privacy Policy and Conditions of Use and any other agreement we have with you will be governed by the laws of Illinois. You also agree to arbitrate any such dispute in Rosemont, Ill., and abide by any limitation on damages contained in any agreement we may have with you.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

As AAOMS and its services change from time to time, we may update this Privacy Policy to reflect changes to our information practices. We reserve the right to amend the Privacy Policy at any time, for any reason, and may do so by posting a new version online. Your continued use of the Website, and/or continued provision of Personal Data to us will be subject to the terms of the then-current Privacy Policy. If we make any material changes or if otherwise required by applicable law, we will notify you by email (sent to the email address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this website prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our treatment of the information you provide us, please contact us at:

Address: 9700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 847-678-6200
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