MLA Privacy Notice
The Medical Library Association (MLA) is sensitive to privacy issues on the Internet. We believe it is important that you know how we treat the information about you we receive via the Internet, and who can access information about you located on MLANET.
In general, you can visit MLANET without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. Our Web servers and statistics loggers (awstats, Google Analytics, Opentracker.net) collect the domain names or IP addresses, NOT the email addresses, of visitors. This information is aggregated to measure the number of visits, average time spent on the site, pages viewed, etc. MLA uses this information to measure the use of our site and to improve the content of MLANET for members. MLA does not track visitors to our site in order to sell or give away the information. In order for us to receive ongoing web statistics, you may be asked to allow a cookie to reside in your browser. This cookie only shows us what areas of MLANET are useful and used; we do not follow your browsing habits once you leave MLANET. For additional information, please see the Opentracker.net article on privacy.
There are times, however, when we may need information from you, such as when you access the members' areas of MLANET. At that time, we collect from you your member user name and password. These items are used to authorize your access to the members' area website through a comparison with our database.
If you leave MLANET (but do not close your browser), you will still be able to access the members' area if you return. To ensure that unauthorized persons cannot access or change any confidential data about you, or use your member benefits, we encourage you to close your browser window when you have finished accessing the members' area of MLANET.
Other MLA members can access contact information about you, information formerly available in the printed MLA membership Directory. Vendor representatives who hold MLA membership are NOT authorized to use your contact information available on MLANET for marketing purposes. Members are not authorized to use Directory information to "spam" other members.
When we collect any other information from you, we try to let you know at the time of collection how we will use the information. Usually, the information we collect is used in aggregate, or internally to respond to inquiries, process orders, collect confidential survey data, or to allow you to access specific member information. MLA does not retain any credit card numbers you may have used to place an order or pay an invoice.
MLANET may contain links to other sites, such as MLA sections, chapters, meeting sponsors, and related organizations. We hope these sites share our high standards and respect for privacy; however, MLA is not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites.
For further information, please contact MLA Headquarters.
This document was last revised June 24, 2013.
Medical Library Association
Last Updated: 2013 June 24