Privacy Policy

How We Collect and Use Information About You

Information you provide us directly:

header-logo-2We ask for certain information such as your username, real name, and e-mail address when you register for access to or if you correspond with us. We may also retain any messages you send, and may collect information you provide in User Content you post to We use this information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of our website. Your username and if you choose to disclose it, your real name, may be published publicly. Once published your username and/or real name may not be able to be removed.

Information we may receive from third parties:

We may receive information about you from third parties. For example, if you access our websites or services through a third-party connection or log-in, for example, through Facebook Connect, by “following,” “liking,” or linking your account to, etc., that third party may pass certain information about your use of our services. This information could include, but is not limited to, the user ID associated with your account (for example, your Facebook UID), an access token necessary to access that service, any information that you have permitted the third party to share with us, and any information you have made public in connection with that service. If you allow us access to your friends list, your friends’ user IDs, and your connection to those friends, may be used and stored to make your experience more social, to allow you to invite your friends to use our website and provide you with updates.

Analytics information:

We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for our website. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in improving our services. We collect and use this analytics information in aggregate form such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify any particular individual user.

Cookies information:

Full details can be found on our Cookie Policy. When you visit and/or register with our website, we may send one or more cookies — a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters — to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets us know how to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. A cookie may also convey information to us about how you use our website (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take), and allow us or our business partners to track your usage over time. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled. Full details can be found on our Cookie Policy.

Log file information:

Log file information is automatically reported by your browser or mobile device each time you access our website. When you use our website, our servers automatically record certain log file information. These server logs may include anonymous information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links listed on our website, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.

Clear gifs/web beacons information:

When you use, we may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns of our Users. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information is allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of our website.

Device identifiers:

When you access by or through a mobile device (including but not limited to smart-phones or tablets), we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store one or more “device identifiers,” such as a universally unique identifier (“UUID”). Device identifiers are small data files or similar data structures stored on or associated with your mobile device, which uniquely identify your mobile device. A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device’s operating system or other software. A device identifier may convey information to us about how you browse and use our website. A device identifier may remain persistently on your device, to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation. Some features may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled.

Location data:

When you access by or through a mobile device, we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store “location data,” which may include GPS coordinates (e.g. latitude and/or longitude) or similar information regarding the location of your mobile device. Location data may convey to us information about how you browse and use our website. Some features, particularly location-based services, may not function properly if use or availability of location data is impaired or disabled.

Commercial and marketing communications:

We use the information we collect or receive, such as your email address, to communicate directly with you. We may send you emails containing newsletters, promotions, and special offers. If you do not want to receive such email messages, you will be given the option to opt out or change your preferences. We also use your information to send you other necessary emails (e.g., account verification, reminders, changes/updates, technical and security notices). You may not opt out of service-related emails.

Use of certain service type information we collect about you:

We use or may use cookies, log file, device identifiers, location data and clear gifs information to: (a) remember information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the site; (b) provide custom, personalized content and information; (c) to provide and monitor the effectiveness of our website; (d) monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, and demographic patterns; (e) diagnose or fix technology problems; (f) help you efficiently access your information after you sign in; (g) to provide advertising to your browser or device, and (h) automatically update our applications on your mobile devices.

Sharing of Your Information

We will not rent or sell your information into third parties without your consent, except as noted below:

Who can see User Content: Any User Content that you voluntarily disclose for posting to our website becomes available to the public and cannot be removed, except by AAWA or AJWRB in its sole discretion. Once posted on, User Content may not be removable from public view, as copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the website, on other sites that have republished us, or if other Users have copied or saved that information. If you do not wish your User Content to be available to the public, please don’t post it on Your username and if you choose to disclose it, your real name, will be published publicly for content you submit to us for publication. Once published your username and / or real name may not be able to be removed.

Who can see your IP address: If you post User Content on the website while not logged in, your IP address will be published with your User Content in order to attribute your contribution as part of our user analytics. Our webmaster and certain other designated administrators have the ability to review IP addresses of users to reduce abusive behavior.

Who can see your email address: If you enter an email address, you will enable communication from and other Users. If you reply to users or participate in group AAWA or AJWRB activities such as meetups, your email address will be shared with these users. In addition, some email addresses may be forwarded our administrators and certain trusted volunteers, who will use your email address to reply to you.

What happens in the event of a change of control:

We may buy or sell/divest/transfer the company (including any shares in the company), or any combination of its products, services, assets and/or businesses. Your information such as customer names and email addresses, User Content and other user information related to the website may be among the items sold or otherwise transferred in these types of transactions. We may also sell, assign or otherwise transfer such information in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, dissolutions, reorganizations, liquidations, similar transactions or proceedings involving all or a portion of the company.

Instances where we are required to share your information:

AAWA and AJWRB will disclose your information where required to do so by law or subpoena or if we reasonably believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law and the reasonable requests of law enforcement; (b) to enforce our Terms of Use or to protect the security, quality or integrity of our website; and/or (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety our Users or others.

Sharing certain service type information we collect about you:

We do not share your personal data with anyone except as described in the previous paragraph. We may strip data of all personally identifying characteristics and may share that aggregated, anonymized data with third parties providing service improvement or trouble resolution responsibilities.

Advertising on

We do not share your location, browser, and cookie data and other data relating to your use of our websites with any advertisers without your specific knowledge and consent.

The and Privacy Policy does not apply to, nor can we control the activities of third-parties not related or controlled by our corporation. Please consult the respective privacy policies of such third parties or contact such third parties for more information.

How We Store and Protect Your Information

Storage and Processing:

Your information collected through our website may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which AAWA and AJWRB or their subsidiaries, affiliates, or service providers maintain facilities. We may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information, to affiliated entities, or to other third parties across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world. If you are located in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that we may transfer information, including personal information, to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction, and you consent to the transfer of information to the U.S. or any other country in which AJWRB or its parent corporation, subsidiaries, affiliates, or service providers maintain facilities and the use and disclosure of information about you as described in this Privacy Policy.

Keeping your information safe:

AAWA and AJWRB care about the security of your information, and use commercially reasonable safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of all information we collect. To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information, and for controlling access to your email communications from at all times. However, AAWA and AJWRB cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes to the functionality of third party sites and services that you add to, such as social networks. AAWA and AJWRB are not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party.

Compromise of information:

In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, AAWA and AJWRB will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised and take other steps, in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Your Choices about Your Information

You control your account information and settings: You may update your account information and email-communication preferences at any time by logging in to your account and changing your profile settings. You can also stop receiving promotional email communications from us by modifying your preferences by sending an email to

We make every effort to promptly process all unsubscribe requests. If you have questions about reviewing or modifying your account information, you can contact us directly at

Opting out of collection of your information for Tracking / Advertising:

Please refer to your mobile device or browser’s technical information for instructions on how to delete and disable cookies, and other tracking/recording tools. Depending on your type of device, it may not be possible to delete or disable tracking mechanisms on your mobile device. Note that disabling cookies and/or other tracking tools prevents AAWA or AJWRB or their business partners from tracking your browser’s activities in relation to our website, and for use in targeted advertising activities by third parties. However, doing so may disable many of the features available. If you have any questions about opting out of the collection of cookies and other tracking/recording tools, you can contact us directly at

How long we keep your private profile information:

Following termination of your User account, may retain your private profile information for a reasonable time for backup, archival, or audit purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, any information that you choose to make public on the service may not be removable.

Children’s Privacy

AAWA and AJWRB do not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users. Our web contents are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at

Links to Other Websites and Services

We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites or services linked to or from our website, including the information or content contained therein. Please remember that when you use a link to go from to another website, our Privacy Policy does not apply to third-party websites or services. Your browsing and interaction on any third-party website or service, including those that have a link or advertisement on our website, are subject to that third party’s own rules and policies. In addition, you agree that we are not responsible and we do not control over any third-parties that you authorize to access your User Content. If you are using a third-party website or service (like Facebook, Google groups, or an IRC chatroom) and you allow such a third-party access to you User Content you do so at your own risk. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information we collect by other means (including offline) or from other sources other than through our website.

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