The Tennessee Council for the Social Studies respects your privacy. We will make every reasonable effort to ensure that any personal information you provide to us is used only for the purposes stated below. While the policy presented here concentrates on the information that the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies ("TCSS") collect in connection with the operation of its websites (collectively, the "Site"), it also applies to personal information submitted by other means (mail, fax, phone, sign-up sheets, and so on). All of the information that you provide on the Site is maintained by TCSS.
You can access some areas of the site without submitting any personally identifiable information. Several areas of the TCSS website require that you send us personal information, including but not limited to:
Conference, workshop and webinar registrations
Award application and nomination forms
This information is received offline as well (mail, phone).
Personal information collected includes name, your school or business name, mailing address, phone, and e-mail address. TCSS uses the information collected on membership, conference, and other forms for aggregate analysis, to personalize our member records for better service, and to create targeted mailing lists. Aggregate demographic is NOT shared with third-parties.
In addition to the primary purpose stated or implied at the time the information is collected, we may use your postal or email address to send you information about TCSS programs.
Members can at any time request that their names be removed from mail and/or e-mail list by visiting their online membership account or contacting a TCSS board member. Such requests should include the requestor's name, complete postal address, and e-mail address.
Credit Card Information
Some areas of the site require that you submit credit card information for payments. Credit card information that you submit through a TCSS site is submitted directly to a secure, third-party payment processor. TCSS does NOT store credit card numbers.
Because of the special relationship we seek to maintain with our members, TCSS sends them periodic updates and announcements by e-mail. We may also make an occasional phone call (e.g., to clear up a problem or inquire about a lapsed membership). TCSS members have their own online profile page where they can specify their preferred phone number and mailing address.
TCSS also makes available contact information for members who serve on committees (e.g. award committee, conference committee, etc.)
"Anonymous" information collected online
Generally speaking, you can visit the TCSS website without revealing any personal information about yourself. We do keep a record of all server activity, which means that every page, image, or other type of file requested by your browser is written into a log file. Each entry in the log contains, among other things, information about the computer you're using to connect to the Internet (its "IP address") and about your browser (e.g., which version of Google Chrome you're using). It does not, however, tell us anything about you personally. We use aggregate data from the web logs to determine how the site's resources are being used and to refine its navigational structure. If the need arises, we may use the logs to trace the source of abusive or illicit activity. We do NOT share our web server logs with any outside party unless required to do so by law or legal process or otherwise requested by any law enforcement officer or agency acting under color of law.
NCSS collects cookies on our Web site to capture information about page visits. This information is anonymous and TCSS uses this information only internally - to deliver the most effective content to our visitors. Information from the cookies is used to gauge page popularity, analyze traffic patterns on our site and guide development of other improvements to our site.
TCSS does not require that you accept cookies, however, some functionality on our web site, including member-only resources, service check-out process, and other products and services may be disabled if you decline to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it.
Links to other websites
TCSS may disclose your personally identifiable information if required to do so by law or legal process or otherwise requested by any law enforcement officer or agency acting under color of law. In addition, TCSS reserves the right to disclose your personally identifiable information based on the good faith belief that such action is necessary or appropriate to: (a) protect and defend the rights or property of TCSS, or (b) act in urgent circumstances to protect the safety or security of the public or of users of the TCSS's services and/or the site.