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Privacy Policy

    Welcome to Stark County HR Association Online, owned and produced by the Stark County Human Resource Association (STARK COUNTY SHRM). STARK COUNTY SHRM is the leading membership association for the human resource professionals in Stark County & surrounding areas. Our website is available to all visitors, although some content and features are restricted to STARK SHRM members.

    Throughout Stark County HR Association Online, there are forms for visitors to request information, products, and services. These forms may ask for contact information (such as your phone number or e-mail address), unique identifiers (usually your STARK SHRM membership number, if one is available), financial information (such as your credit card number), or demographic information (for example, your age, location, PHR/SPHR designation, etc.). Contact information from these forms is used to provide the products, promotional materials, or memberships that you request. Forms on our site that request financial information do so in order to bill you for products or services ordered. Unique identifiers (specifically, your STARK SHRM member number) are collected from website visitors to verify the user's identity for access to restricted content or features on the site.

    This Online Privacy Policy discloses STARK SHRM’s privacy practices and contains detailed information about the following:

    1. What information of yours does Stark County HR Association Online collect?

    Our goal is to become your destination for Stark County HR-related information by providing information, services, and product offerings that are most relevant to you in the most convenient way. To achieve this goal, Stark SHRM Online collects information about site visitors.

    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. Stark SHRM collects some information each time a visitor comes to a Stark SHRM website, so we can improve the overall quality of the visitor's online experience. For example, Stark SHRM 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. Other anonymous information helps us determine what sections of Stark SHRM Online are most popular and how many visitors come to our site(s). You do not have to register with Stark SHRM Online before we can collect this anonymous information.

    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).

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

    1. Stark SHRM Membership Applications: You are sharing personally identifiable information, including your name and mailing address, with us when you join Stark SHRM or renew your Stark SHRM membership through our website(s
    2. 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.
    3. What are "cookies" and how does STARK SHRM 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-but not you-to Stark SHRM computers whenever you visit Stark SHRM Online. 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 Stark SHRM 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, Stark SHRM generally uses cookies to:

    1. Identify return visitors. Cookies let us remember your web browser so we can provide personalized member services such as My SHRM and SHRM search agents. Cookies also allow us to identify SHRM 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.
    2. Display advertisements. National SHRM uses an outside ad company to display SHRM-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 national SHRM to manage the delivery of ads and do not collect personally identifiable information. For more information about our third party ad company, their cookies, and how to "opt-out" of those cookies, please  
    3. What organization collects the information and who has access to it?

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

    a.) Personally identifiable information.

    (i) Information provided when joining or renewing membership in Stark SHRM. If you join Stark SHRM or renew your membership through our website, you provide personally identifiable information on the membership application. Stark SHRM does not sell mailing lists (names and mailing addresses) of members to third-parties. If you wish to opt out of mail list sales at any time during your Stark SHRM membership, you may do so by sending an email with an opt out request to

    b.) Anonymous information.

    Be aware that SHRM'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 SHRM Online, you are linked to another site. Please note also that links to other websites are provided throughout SHRM Online for users' information and convenience. SHRM hopes that all third parties involved adhere to our policies regarding the privacy of our users. However, SHRM's Online Privacy Policy does not cover third-party data collection practices, and SHRM Online does not assume any responsibility for any actions of third parties.

    1. How does STARK SHRM use the information it collects?

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

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

    Stark SHRM 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, Stark SHRM may voluntarily provide information to appropriate governmental authorities.

    1. How can you modify your STARK SHRM member information?

    Stark SHRM members have the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided.


    Send mail to the following postal address:

    PO Box 20247
    Canton, OH 44701

    1. What is the opt-out policy for Stark County HR Association Online?

    Stark SHRM 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:

    You can send mail to the following postal address:

    PO Box 20247
    Canton, OH 44701

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

    Stark SHRM 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.

    1. How does Stark County HR Association Online use bulletin boards, discussion lists, and moderated chats?

    This site makes bulletin boards and discussion lists available to its members. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information, and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Although users may post messages that will appear on the message boards anonymously, Stark SHRM does retain a record of who posts all notes.

    All products and services on Stark County HR Association 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:

    PO Box 20247
    Canton, OH 44701

    Stark County HR Association Online will update this policy from time to time, so please check back periodically. When such changes occur, you will see the word "updated" next to the Privacy Policy link on each page on Stark County HR Association Online. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will prominently post such changes prior to implementing them.

    Privacy Policy Effective May, 2011.