Privacy Statement

CCSHRM Online Privacy Statement (some sections also refer to CCSHRM's Privacy Policy)

This Online Privacy Policy discloses CCSHRM's privacy practices and contains detailed information about the following:

  1. What information of yours does CCSHRM Online collect?

  2. What are "cookies" and how does CCSHRM use them?

  3. What organization collects the information and who has access to it?

  4. How does CCSHRM use the information it collects?

  5. How can you modify your CCSHRM member information?

  6. What is the opt-out policy for CCSHRM Online?

  7. What types of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?

  8. How does CCSHRM Online use bulletin boards, discussion lists, and moderated chats?

All products and services on CCSHRM Online are made available subject to this Privacy Policy. By using the products and services, you agree, without limitation or qualification, to be bound by this Privacy Policy.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to:

Carroll County SHRM
P.O. Box 142
Westminster, MD 21158
[email protected]

Frequently-Asked Questions

1. What information of yours does CCSHRM Online collect?

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. CCSHRM collects some information each time a visitor comes to a CCSHRM website, so we can improve the overall quality of the visitor's online experience. For example, CCSHRM 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.

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).

CCSHRM collects personal information in the following ways from different parts of its website(s):

  • CCSHRM Membership Applications: You are sharing personally identifiable information, including your name and mailing address, with us when you join CCSHRM or renew your CCSHRM membership through our website(s).

  • 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 Paypal.

2. What are "cookies" and how does CCSHRM use them?

A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that is transferred from a website to the hard drive of your computer. This unique number identifies your web browser. A cookie will not provide personally identifiable information about you, such as your name and address. The use of cookies is now an industry standard, and cookies are currently used on most major websites. Most web browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can reset your browser to notify you when you have received a cookie. You can also set your browser to refuse to accept cookies altogether. While CCSHRM does not require you to use cookies, keep in mind that certain services will not function properly if you set your browser to refuse all cookies.

To help serve you better, CCSHRM generally uses cookies to:

  • Identify return visitors. Cookies let us remember your web browser so we can provide personalized member services.  Cookies also allow us to identify CCSHRM 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.

  • Display advertisements. CCSHRM uses an outside ad company to display CCSHRM-approved ads on our website. While we use cookies on other parts of our website(s), the cookies received with banner ads are collected by our ad company. These cookies allow CCSHRM to manage the delivery of ads and do not collect personally identifiable information.

3. What organization collects the information and who has access to it?

Data collected through CCSHRM's website(s) is generally collected and maintained solely by CCSHRM. More specifically:

a.) Personally identifiable information (CCSHRM Website- Privacy Policy)

(i) Information provided when you register for services or products. When you provide personally identifiable information on CCSHRM Online to register for a service, buy a product, or take advantage of a promotion; effective as to information you provide CCSHRM on or after May 1, 2009, CCSHRM 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 CCSHRM. If you join CCSHRM or renew your membership through our website, you provide personally identifiable information on the membership application. CCSHRM 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 CCSHRM membership, you may do so by following the directions in Item 6 below. CCSHRM does not sell to third-parties, e-mail addresses obtained from member applications or renewals (except that effective May 1, 2009 CCSHRM will rent a member e-mail address if that member has expressly opted in to allow such rentals).

b.) Anonymous information  (CCSHRM Website- Privacy Policy)

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.

Be aware that CCSHRM's sponsors, advertisers, and third-party content providers have links on our site(s) that take you to other websites. For example, when you click on an ad displayed on CCSHRM Online, you are linked to another site. Please note also that links to other websites are provided throughout CCSHRM Online for users' information and convenience. CCSHRM hopes that all third parties involved adhere to our policies regarding the privacy of our users. However, CCSHRM's Online Privacy Policy does not cover third-party data collection practices, and CCSHRM Online does not assume any responsibility for any actions of third parties.

4. How does CCSHRM use the information it collects?

CCSHRM collects information to provide you with the services you request and to improve our website(s).

If you join CCSHRM or renew your CCSHRM membership through our website(s), we use the personally identifiable information you provide in the membership application to send you CCSHRM publications, information about member benefits and special offers, and other information that CCSHRM believes is relevant and useful to its members. See Section 3 above as to CCSHRM policy on list sales.

As mentioned above, CCSHRM 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). CCSHRM 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 CCSHRM Online; and to analyze how and where best to use our resources. Without such data, we would not know which parts of CCSHRM Online are the most popular, and we would not be able to change and update the content and services appropriately.

CCSHRM 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, CCSHRM may voluntarily provide information to appropriate governmental authorities

5. What is the opt-out policy for CCSHRM Online?

CCSHRM 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:

You can send an e-mail to:  [email protected]

6. What kinds of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?

CCSHRM 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 CCSHRM member ID and password. You may not share your CCSHRM member ID and password with colleagues or friends so they can access content or features on CCSHRM Online that are restricted to CCSHRM 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.