The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) is committed to the protection of your personal information. We are also committed to allowing you to choose how AABB discloses and uses your personal information. Please read this policy before visiting the AABB website or before providing any personal information to AABB.
AABB collects personal information in the following situations: (1) when you become a member or committee member of AABB; (2) when you buy an AABB product or service or register for an event; and (3) when you attend or speak at an AABB event or write for an AABB publication. While some of the information collected by AABB is required for purposes of processing membership requests or purchases, you may voluntarily provide other information. The type of personal information that AABB may collect could include, but is not limited to, the following:
Your personal information will be stored in accordance with the AABB Document Retention Schedule, which is reviewed and updated periodically.
Please note that when you voluntarily disclose personal information (e.g., through social media, message boards, discussion groups, chat areas), your information can be collected and used by others.
Some countries consider certain personal information particularly sensitive. AABB only collects this data when voluntarily given by the individual and will use it for statistical purposes only. AABB does not share this information with third parties for direct marketing purposes. Such information may include the following:
AABB processes your personal information for the legitimate interests of AABB. These legitimate interests are the commercial interests of AABB relating to disseminating information to improve transfusion medicine and cellular therapies, planning educational seminars and meetings, and serving AABB members and customers. More specifically, AABB collects and stores personal information for the following purposes:
AABB will not disclose to or share your personal information with any unaffiliated third party except as follows:
In general, you may visit our website (aabb.org) without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. AABB does not require a registration or any information to view the public portions of our website. Only members of AABB may visit the “Members Only” sections and content of the website.
Visitors to our website should be aware that non-personal information and data may be automatically collected through the use of “cookies.” Cookies are small text files a web site uses to recognize repeat visitors, facilitate the visitor’s ongoing access to and use of the site, and allow a site to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvements. Cookies are not programs that come onto a visitor’s system and damage files. Generally, cookies work by assigning a unique number to the visitor that has no meaning outside the assigning site. If a visitor does not want information collected using cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows the visitor to deny or accept the cookie feature. AABB uses “cookie” technology primarily to obtain non-personal information from its online visitors to improve visitors’ online experience and facilitate their visit. AABB also uses third-party advertising technology to serve ads when you visit websites upon which we advertise. This technology uses information about your visits to websites upon which AABB advertises (not including name, address or other personal information) to serve our ads to you. You may also configure or opt-out of tracking through Google Ad Settings.
To ensure the safest possible transactions online, AABB uses high-grade encryption and the https security protocol to communicate with browser software. This method is the industry standard security protocol, which makes it extremely difficult for anyone else to intercept credit card information. Purchase of AABB products may also be made by calling our service center at (301) 215-6489.
You have the right to make a written request to be informed whether we hold or process any of your personal information (by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org). In your written request, you may:
Where applicable under your local laws, we will not use your personal information for marketing purposes, nor disclose your information to any third parties, unless we have your prior consent, which we will seek before collecting your personal information. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the consent forms we use when collecting your personal information.
We will acknowledge receipt of any complaint within five (5) business days and will endeavor to provide you with a written response within 30 days of receipt of your complaint. There may be instances where this is not possible due to the contents of the complaint. In such circumstances, we will respond to your complaint in a reasonable and practical time.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, AABB will be happy to provide you with contact information for the appropriate authorities in your jurisdiction. Additionally, many jurisdictions allow for private rights of action.
This policy is effective as of April 30, 2018.