AACPM collects personal data that Users provide to us voluntarily when using our services and websites, registering for our services, or purchasing our products. Personal data may include such data as names, contact information, application data, and credit card processing information. This information may be used by AACPM authorized third parties to complete the service requested or the transaction requested by the User, such as when credit card or payment information is forwarded to banks or fulfillment services or when we forward applicant data to the colleges and programs the User wishes to apply to. Personal data may also be used by AACPM, its employees, consultants, and contractors, to assist us in streamlining and improving our services and websites for our members–colleges and teaching hospitals, and applicants. AACPM does not use personal data for promotional or marketing purposes except as related to AACPM’s role in encouraging podiatric medical education.
AACPM websites also collect aggregated data, such as information about traffic on our websites and patterns of use on our sites. This includes which pages are visited, products are purchased, or feedback given by Users. This information is aggregated to assist us with making improvements to the sites and to provide statistics about the effectiveness of our website. Aggregated information may include IP addresses identifying User computers, but these addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information about the User. Cookies, small data files used by most major websites for recordkeeping, are also used by AACPM’s websites to collect information and improve the User experience.