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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (“ASME,” “we” or “us”) last reviewed these Terms of Use on February, 2013.

  1. Introduction

    Welcome to the website of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (“ASME,” “we” or “us”) , located at asme.org (“Our Site”), Except as set forth in the next paragraph, these Terms of Use (“Terms”), which include our Privacy and Security Statement, govern your use of Our Site. Please read these Terms carefully, because by visiting or using Our Site, you agree to be legally bound by and comply with them. If you do not agree to these Terms, you are not authorized to use Our Site. Certain portions of Our Site are accessible only to registered users who affirmatively agree to these Terms by clicking “I AGREE” on the registration page. For those areas of Our Site, if you do not wish to comply, please click the “I DISAGREE” button and the registration process will be cancelled and you will not be permitted to access and use those portions of Our Site. Certain sections of Our Site, including but not limited to the ASME Peerlink (formerly Communities of Practice) section, contain supplemental terms and conditions that govern your use of products and services available through those sections of Our Site. Those supplemental terms and conditions are hereby incorporated in these Terms.

    These Terms do not apply to websites not directly operated by ASME, including : (i) web sites operated by individual ASME sections, subsections, groups, student sections, divisions, subdivisions, boards, committees, districts and other ASME-related groups for the benefit of their members or participants; (ii) web sites operated by individual ASME members (“Members”); (iii) web sites operated by ASME affiliates; (iv) the websites of those who sponsor portions of Our Site (“Sponsors”); or (v) any third-party web sites referred to or linked to on Our Site. You should review those sites’ terms of use before using them.

    Please check these Terms regularly, because we may modify them from time to time. We will notify you of a material change to these Terms in a manner commensurate with the nature of the change. Your continued use of Our Site after we have posted amended Terms constitutes your consent to the amended Terms. If you have questions about these Terms, please feel free to contact us by sending an email to webmaster@asme.org.

  2. Privacy and Security Statement

    Please review our Privacy and Security Statement, which is a part of these Terms and describes what information we collect when you visit Our Site, how we collect it, how we use it and the steps we take to protect it.

  3. Persons Under Age 18

    Only persons aged 18 years and older may use Our Site. By continuing to use Our Site after consenting to these Terms, you represent that you are at least 18 years old.

  4. ASME Content

    All content on Our Site is owned by ASME or a third party and is protected by United States and international copyright laws. Except as explicitly permitted by these Terms, you may not copy, modify, creative derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform or display, or otherwise exploit any content on Our Site, or any computer code or programs, in whole or in part, without our prior written consent (or the consent of the author of that content, if applicable) in each case, which may be granted or withheld in our sole discretion. To request permission from ASME, please contact us at Webmaster@asme.org.

    We may make audio and video files (for example, podcasts) available for download on Our Site. You may download these audio and video files, but you may use them solely for your personal use or research in connection with non-commercial activities. In addition, you may copy and distribute only a small portion of other copyrighted ASME works contained on Our Site, but solely for your personal use or research in connection with non-commercial activities.

    If you download or print text, images, video or audio files, or any other content from Our Site, you must include all trademark, copyright and other proprietary rights notices in the same form in which the notices appear on Our Site or in the files. You may not modify or alter the proprietary notices in any way. In addition, unless we indicate otherwise, you may not alter or modify any of the content that you download or print from Our Site. You may not use any content from Our Site in a manner that attributes a false or misleading statement to ASME or any third parties.

  5. Accounts

    Certain portions of Our Site allow you to create an account (“Account”). You must create an Account to use the social networking features of Our Site or to make a purchase on Our Site. If you are an ASME Member, you may create an Account for your membership. If you sign up for an Account to use the social networking features of Our Site, and you already have another Account, your old Account will be merged into the new Account.

    You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the log-in information and password associated with your Account and for all activity under your Account. You may not transfer or permit the use of your Account by others. You must notify ASME immediately if you become aware that anyone has gained unauthorized access to your Account. You represent, warrant and covenant that (i) all information you provide in connection with your Account is accurate and complete; (ii) you will update your Account as necessary to keep it accurate and complete; (iii) you will not use or attempt to use your Account to pass yourself off as any other party; (iv) you are using Our Site on your own behalf and not on behalf of any other party; and (v) you have and will maintain all permissions and approvals needed from other parties for you to use Our Site and to comply with these Terms.

    ASME reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend or terminate your Account or to restrict access to Our Site at any time if it suspects that you have not complied with these Terms, or for other reasons that ASME determines in good faith are necessary or appropriate, including if ASME suspects you are using or attempting to use Our Site in any way that violates applicable laws or regulations. ASME is not liable to you for any loss or damage that may result from its refusal to provide you access to Our Site or any portion of it.

  6. Guidelines for User Content

    Our Site contains social networking features, discussion forums and other features that allow users (“Users”) to submit and share text, commentary, messages, information, documents, images, questions, links, and other material (all together, “User Content”).

    User Content should relate to ASME’s purposes, which are described in our Articles of Incorporation and Constitution as follows:

    • promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical engineering and the allied arts and sciences;
    • encouraging original research;
    • fostering engineering education;
    • advancing engineering standards;
    • promoting information exchanges among engineers and others;
    • broadening the usefulness of the engineering profession in cooperation with other engineering and technical societies, and
    • promoting a high level of ethical practice.

    Some Users volunteer their experience and information to other Users as facilitators (“Facilitators”). For example, Facilitators may assist by contributing material or answering questions for other Users. Facilitators may identify themselves as being affiliated with ASME (e.g., because of a position they hold in an ASME section or group). However, Facilitators are not ASME’s employees or agents for any purposes whatsoever, and Users should not rely on Facilitators as agents or representatives of ASME. Each User, including each Facilitator, participates on Our Site in that User’s individual capacity, and not as a representative of ASME. If you serve as a Facilitator, you are solely responsible for all of your activities in that capacity.

  7. Conduct on Our Site

    When you use Our Site, you acknowledge and agree to the following:

    • You will not use Our Site (i) to send chain letters, unsolicited advertising, or any other junk or bulk mail, or (ii) for the benefit of third-party organizations, businesses, products, or services.
    • You will not impersonate or try to pass yourself off as any other person or entity.
    • You will not upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any information, files, code or other materials that are unlawful, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, or libelous, or that are threatening, abusive, or harassing on the basis of an individual’s (or group’s) religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, disability, or any other protected characteristic.
    • You will not upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any information, files, code or other materials that contain viruses or are able to disrupt or damage Our Site or ASME software, hardware or other equipment.
    • You take sole responsibility for your User Content.
    • Your User Content is non-confidential and any ideas, inventions, or know-how disclosed in them will be available to other Users (though Our Site may offer privacy controls with respect to certain User Content, as described in the Privacy and Security Statement).
  8. Responsibility for User Content

    User Content, including User Content contributed by Facilitators, does not necessarily reflect the views, policies or opinions of ASME, and ASME does not endorse or adopt any User Content (including any external Web sites that may be listed in any User Content) through the act of making it available on Our Site. ASME bears no responsibility for any User Content or any injury or offense it causes (regardless of whether the User Content has been approved, edited, rejected, or removed by ASME or a User). ASME has no obligation to pre-screen, monitor, edit, or delete User Content, but ASME reserves the right to do so if any User Content fails to comply with these Terms of Use or is otherwise harmful, inaccurate, or objectionable.

    You take sole responsibility for all User Content you submit, and all User Content you submit must be your own. You grant ASME a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and perform, transmit, adapt, and translate any User Content you submit, in whole or in part and in any medium now known or later developed, for the purpose of making it available on Our Site. You represent and warrant that the User Content you submit does not (i) defame any party; (ii) violate any party’s copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, right to privacy or publicity, or any other proprietary or personal right; (iii) contain any material or information furnished to you in confidence or with the understanding that it would not be disclosed or published (including, but not limited to, any confidential information related to the business of your employer, colleagues, or clients); or (iv) otherwise violate any applicable law or regulation. You additionally represent, warrant and covenant that you are under no obligation that would in any way interfere with the disclosure or use of any User Content you submit.

    You submit User Content entirely at your own risk. Because ASME cannot guarantee the security or confidentiality of any User Content, you should consider all User Content you submit to be non-confidential and assume that any ideas, inventions, or know-how disclosed in it could be made available to the public. ASME is not responsible for any third party’s misuse or misappropriation of any User Content you submit through Our Site. Please refer to our Security and Privacy Statement for more information regarding ASME’s use of User Content.

    ASME has no obligation to pre-screen, monitor, edit, or delete User Content, but ASME reserves the right to do so, including if any User Content do not comply with ASME’s purposes or these Terms or are otherwise harmful, inaccurate or objectionable. ASME is not responsible for any failure or delay in removing User Content that fails to comply with these Terms. For avoidance of doubt, ASME has no obligation to store, maintain or provide you a copy of any User Content.

    Any complaint about copyright infringement relating to User Content may be made by following the procedures in these Terms under the heading “Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.”

  9. No Advice or Recommendations

    The information on Our Site, including User Content, is made available for general informational purposes only. It should not be construed as any kind of professional advice (or substitute for it). If you need professional advice or services, you should consult a qualified person in the relevant field.

    If you use the social networking features of Our Site, Our Site may include features that automatically generate suggestions regarding (i) information you might be interested in or (ii) other Users with whom you may wish to connect. These suggestions are provided for informational purposes only, and ASME does not endorse or recommend them for any purpose. You assume sole responsibility and risk for your use of this information, and you expressly release ASME from all liability arising from or relating to your use.

  10. Availability of Our Site

    We continually work to improve Our Site, and may change any feature, service, or tool offered through Our Site at any time. We allow you to access Our Site as it exists and is available on any given day. We may modify, replace, refuse access to, suspend or discontinue Our Site, partially or entirely, in our sole discretion. All of these changes will be effective upon their posting on our site or by direct communication to you unless otherwise noted.

  11. Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement

    If you believe that any material posted on Our Site infringes your copyright, then you may request the removal of those materials from Our Site in accordance with the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3), and the procedures described below. A notice of infringing material ("Notice") must be sent to the agent we have designated with the Copyright Office:

    John Delli Venneri
    American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    3 Park Avenue
    New York, New York 10016

    To comply with the Copyright Act, a Notice must be in writing and must include the following:

    1. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of the works;
    2. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
    3. Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted;
    4. A statement that you have a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
    5. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and made under penalty of perjury, and that you are the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; and
    6. A physical or electronic signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

    When we receive a Notice that complies with the Copyright Act, we will remove the identified material immediately. We will promptly take reasonable steps to inform the user who posted the allegedly infringing material (the “alleged infringer”) of the Notice and subsequent removal. The alleged infringer may then provide us with a counter notice ("Counter Notice”) that the initial infringement notice was erroneous. To comply with the Copyright Act, the Counter Notice must be in writing and must include the following:

    1. Identification of the material removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled;
    2. A statement under penalty of perjury that the alleged infringer has a good faith belief that the material was removed or access to it disabled as a result of error;
    3. The alleged infringer’s name, address, and telephone number;
    4. A statement of consent to jurisdiction in federal district court and that the alleged infringer consents to service of process from the complaining party or its agent; and
    5. A physical or electronic signature of the alleged infringer.

    Upon receipt of a Counter Notice that complies with the Copyright Act, we will notify the sender of the Notice of the Counter Notice and restore the material within 10 to 14 business days, unless the sender of the Notice informs us that the sender of the Notice has filed an action seeking a court order to restrain the allegedly infringing party from engaging in infringing activity relating to the material on Our Site.

  12. Trademarks

    ASME, the ASME logo and other ASME indicia of source used on Our Site are owned by ASME (“ASME Trademarks”). You may not use any ASME Trademark without our prior written consent. You may not use any ASME Trademark in connection with any products or services that do not belong to us, or in any manner likely to cause confusion about the source of any product or service, that implies that ASME endorses any third-party product or service, or that disparages or discredits ASME. You agree not to register any domain names containing any ASME Trademark.

    If you are an official ASME unit or group, contact ASME Creative Services at 212-591-7081 for information regarding appropriate ASME Trademark use. For third-party inquiries or legal questions about the ASME Trademarks, please contact the ASME Executive Office at 212-591-7153.

  13. Linking Policy; Frames, Metatags and Links

    The following policies for Our Site’s link management will help to steer third-party and internal link requests. If you have any questions about linking to Our Site, please contact the ASME.org Department at 212-591-8645.

    You may not frame the content of Our Site. You may not use metatags or any other “hidden text” that incorporates ASME Trademarks without our prior written consent. ASME invites companies to link to Our Site but only if the link is made in good faith and is not derogatory in nature. Any link to Our Site or any of the individual web pages contained in them should open in a new browser window. Links to Our Site should be in the form of hypertext that says "ASME" or "The American Society of Mechanical Engineers" and does not use any ASME logo or design. Please let us know if you link to Our Site by contacting us at Webmaster@asme.org.

    If you link to Our Site, you may not place the link on a web site with content that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, illegal or otherwise objectionable, or place the link in a manner that would imply ASME’s sponsorship, endorsements or approval of another party’s site or activities, constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or otherwise give rise to liability or violate any applicable law or regulation.

  14. Links to Third Parties from Our Site

    ASME does not link to third-party web sites or non-ASME entities as a general rule, except for content partners and Sponsors. ASME does not generally provide reciprocal linking (i.e., trading links), but there may be exceptions in the case of links to sites that are informational in nature. These sites may include travel, hotel, entertainment and historical sites in the areas where ASME business or activities take place.

    We do not control other sites or their content, and you should read the privacy policies and terms of use that govern your use of other sites. The inclusion of links on Our Site, including links to the websites of our Sponsors, does not imply ASME’s endorsement of that site, the organization operating the site, or any products or services offered by the operator of that site.

  15. Language Translation Disclaimer

    Translations of ASME web sites are done using a third-party service provider (Motionpoint, Inc.). Neither ASME nor any agency, officer, or employee of ASME warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information translated by this system and will not be liable for any losses caused by any reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of the translation. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the translation, portions may be incorrect. Any person or entity who relies on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk.

  16. Email Alias Disclaimer

    ASME offers its Members an email alias. The alias is a simple "store and forward" mechanism that accepts email sent to the alias name and forwards it to the Member’s actual email address. Once an email alias is issued to a Member, ASME makes no guarantees about the future privacy of the alias. ASME has taken measures to protect Members from spam in the form of adding third-party spam-blocking services; however, because the software cannot guarantee complete spam blocking, Members must take sole responsibility for protecting against publication or misuse of their email aliases. Therefore, Members use the email alias service at their own risk.

  17. Disclaimers of Warranties

    OUR SITE AND THE SERVICES AND MATERIALS AVAILABLE THROUGH IT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO USER CONTENT, SOCIAL NETWORKING FEATURES, AND ASME’S EMAIL ALIAS SERVICE, ARE AVAILABLE "AS IS" AND “AS AVAILABLE.” WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT OUR SITE OR ANY OF THE SERVICES OR MATERIALS AVAILABLE THROUGH IT WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. THERE MAY BE DELAYS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS AND INACCURACIES IN MATERIALS OR SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SITE. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS, RELIABILITY OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF ANY CONTENT ON OUR SITE OR SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH IT, INCLUDING THE SOCIAL NETWORKING FEATURES, ASME PEERLINK AND OUR ASME EMAIL ALIAS SERVICE, OR THROUGH LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES. ASME IS NOT RESPONSIBLE, AND MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTIES REGARDING THE DELIVERY OF ANY INFORMATION SUBMITTED THROUGH OUR SITES SOCIAL NETWORKING FEATURES, INCLUDING MESSAGES SENT TO OTHER USERS. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CORRECT ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN OUR SITE AND OUR SERVICES. IF YOU RELY ON OUR SITE AND ANY MATERIALS OR SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH IT, INCLUDING USER CONTENT, YOU DO SO ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

    BECAUSE ASME DOES NOT HAVE ANY OBLIGATION TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY OF USERS, OR TO MONITOR THE USE OF OUR SITE, IT DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY RELATED TO THE MISUSE OF YOUR IDENTITY OR INFORMATION. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER LAW, WE DISCLAIM ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO OUR SITE AND ANY CONTENT, INFORMATION, GOODS OR SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH IT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE (EVEN IF THAT PURPOSE HAS BEEN DISCLOSED).

    ALTHOUGH WE INTEND TO TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION OF VIRUSES, WORMS, "TROJAN HORSES" OR OTHER MALICIOUS CODE TO OUR SITE, WE DO NOT GUARANTEE OR WARRANT THAT OUR SITE, OR SERVICES OR MATERIALS THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SITE, ARE FREE FROM DESTRUCTIVE FEATURES. WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR HARM ATTRIBUTABLE TO THOSE FEATURES.

  18. Limitation of Liability

    ASME AND ITS OFFICERS, GOVERNORS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “ASME ENTITIES”) ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER BASED ON LOSS OR INJURY ARISING OUR OF OR RELATING TO (i) ERRORS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS OR INACCURACIES IN OUR SITE (ii) ANY SERVICES OR MATERIALS AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SITE, (iii) ANY CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTIES ON OUR SITE, INCLUDING USERS AND FACILITATORS, OR (iv) YOUR BREACH OF ANY PROVISION OF THESE TERMS.

    UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE ASME ENTITIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING FOR LOST REVENUES OR PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR LOSS OF DATA (EVEN IF THE ASME ENTITIES HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THOSE DAMAGES), ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH (A) YOUR USE OF OUR SITE, (B) YOUR USE OF SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SITE, OR (C) THESE TERMS, REGARDLESS OF THE THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), CONTRACT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR THESE KINDS OF DAMAGES, SO THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

  19. Indemnification

    You agree to indemnify the ASME Entities against all liabilities, losses, damages and costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs) that the ASME Entities may incur based on claims arising out of (i) your violation of these Terms, (ii) any allegation that any materials that you make available through Our Site infringe or otherwise violate the intellectual property, privacy, or other rights of any third party; or (iii) your violation of any rights of any User, ASME Member, customer, or any other third party. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which we are entitled to indemnification. You agree to provide us with whatever cooperation we reasonably request.

  20. Termination

    We reserve the right to deny you access to Our Site and to terminate these Terms at any time without notice for any reason, including your violation of these Terms. The following provisions of these Terms survive any termination: limitations of liability, governing law, jurisdiction and venue, the restrictions imposed on you with respect to material you download or print from Our Site, the provisions related to User Content, warranties, indemnification, and any other provision that by its terms contemplates survival.

  21. General

    (A) These Terms (including the incorporated Privacy and Security Statement) constitute the entire agreement between you and ASME relating to its subject matter and, except as otherwise provided in this these Terms, supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous written or oral agreements or understandings between you and ASME relating to that subject matter.

    (B) These Terms are governed by the laws of the State of New York applicable to agreements made and completely performed there, unless doing so would lead to the applicable of the laws of another jurisdiction. You irrevocably agree to bring any claim or dispute relating to or arising from your use of Our Site and these Terms exclusively in the state and federal courts located in the State and County of New York, to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of those courts, and to waive any objections (including those based on convenience) to those courts.

    (C) If a court determines that any provision of these Terms is unenforceable for any reason, then that provision will be deleted and the remaining provisions will be enforceable to fullest extent permitted by law.

    (D) You may not assign, transfer or sublicense any or all of your rights or obligations under these Terms without our express prior written consent, and any conduct that violates any part of this provision is null and void.

    (E) No waiver by either party of any breach or default under these Terms will be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default.

    (F) Any heading, caption or section title contained in these Terms is used as a matter of convenience, and is not intended to govern, limit, modify or in any other manner affect the scope, meaning, or intent of any provision of these Terms, nor should they otherwise be given any legal effect.

Please email us at Webmaster@asme.org with any questions you may have about these Terms, including our Privacy and Security Statement.

ASME Privacy and Security Statement

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. All Visitors
  3. Participants
  4. ASME Members
  5. ASME Sections, Units, Programs, and Groups
  6. General
  1. Introduction

    This is the Privacy and Security Statement (“Statement”) for the website located at asme.org (“Our Site”). This Statement describes how we collect your information through Our Site, the types of information we collect, what we do with that information, and your choices regarding that information.

    (A) This Statement does not apply to websites not directly operated by ASME, including: (i) websites operated by individual ASME sections, subsections, groups, student sections, divisions, subdivisions, boards, committees, districts and other ASME-related groups for the benefit of their members or participants; (ii) websites operated by individual ASME Members; (iii) websites operated by ASME affiliates; (iv) the websites of those who sponsor portions of Our Site (“Sponsors”); or (v) any third-party websites linked to on Our Site. You should review those sites’ privacy policies before using them or submitting any personally identifiable information to them.

    (B) This Statement is part of the Terms of Use (“Terms”) that govern your use of Our Site, so be sure to read those Terms. Please check the Terms (including this Statement) regularly, because we may modify them from time to time. We will notify you of a material change to the Terms in a manner commensurate with the nature of the change. Your continued use of Our Site after we have posted amended Terms constitutes your consent to the amended Terms. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us by sending an email to webmaster@asme.org.

    (C) This Statement contains the following seven sections:

    (i) This Introduction is the first section.

    (ii) The All Visitors section describes how we collect information from all visitors to Our Site (who are referred to in this Statement as “Visitors”), how we use Visitors’ information, and the choices Visitors can make with regard to that information.

    (iii) The Participants section describes how we collect information from those who register to use the social networking functions of Our Site (who are referred to in this Statement as “Participants”), how we use Participants’ information, and the choices Participants can make with regard to that information.

    (iv) The ASME Members section describes how we collect and make ASME Members’ information available through Our Site, how ASME Members can make choices regarding our use of that information, and information related to services we provide to ASME Members.

    (v) The ASME Sections, Units, Programs, and Groups section describes how we use the information of leaders, volunteers, and other participants in ASME Sections, Units, Programs, and Groups on Our Site and the choices those people can make with regard to that use.

    (vi) The General section contains provisions that apply to all users of Our Site and all information collected through Our Site.

    All users of Our Site, including Participants and ASME Members, are Visitors. Users of Our Site may also fall into one or more of the other classes of users described in this Statement (i.e., they may be Participants, ASME Members, participants in ASME Sections, Units, Programs, and Groups, or ASME Peerlink users, if they have taken part in those activities).

    (D) Accounts. You must create an account on Our Site if you wish to (i) become an ASME Member, (ii) make a purchase on Our Site, or (iii) be a Participant. If you sign up to be a Participant, and you already have another account (e.g., to make purchases), your old account will be merged into your Participant account.

  2. All Visitors

    This section describes how we collect information from Visitors, how we use that information, and the choices Visitors can make with regard to that information. This section applies to all Visitors to the site, whether or not they have created accounts to become Participants or ASME Members.

    Please read this entire Statement, because Sections 3-7 contain additional provisions that may also apply to you. For example, Section 3 specifically describes how we collect and use Participants’ information and Section 4 specifically describes how we collect and use ASME Members’ information.

    (A) Collection of Information

    (i) Submissions
    We collect the information you voluntarily submit through online forms, surveys and event registrations on Our Site, such as your name, contact information, employment information, age, and other information. We also collect the information that you provide to us about other people on certain parts of Our Site. For example, you may provide information about others when referring them for membership.

    (ii) Customer Service
    We collect the information you provide to us when you interact with our customer service team in order to identify and respond to your inquiries.

    (iii) Cookies and Log Files
    Our Site uses cookies to track site usage and trends, to improve the quality of our service, and to customize your experience on Our Site. These cookies allows us to recognize you when you return to Our Site using the same computer and web browser. The information collected through cookies does not identify you personally. You can remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser, though doing so may affect your ability to use Our Site.

    Our Site also uses log files to track site usage and trends. When you visit Our Site, we automatically retain certain information that your computer sends to us, such as the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave ASME, your IP address, and the type of web browser you are using. We use this information to analyze usage of Our Site and to improve the user experience. This information does not identify you personally.

    (B) Uses of Your Information; Sharing With Third Parties

    (i) Uses of Your Information
    We use the information we collect from you, as described in Section 2(A), for the purposes for which you give it to us and other purposes of which we inform you and from which you do not choose to opt-out. These uses may include the following:

    • To fulfill your order for membership or goods or services;
    • To facilitate your organizational role for or attendance at an ASME-sponsored conference or other event;
    • To process registrations for events, courses and other ASME activities;
    • To conduct surveys and polls;
    • To develop and improve our services and activities;
    • To provide you with information on events, products and services, or other news that we think might interest you; and
    • To solicit new Members.

    (ii) Sharing Information with Third Parties
    ASME takes the privacy of our Visitors very seriously, and we do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide the information you provide through Our Site to third parties, except as described in this Statement, unless disclosure is reasonably necessary in our opinion to: (1) comply with legal process, including civil and criminal subpoenas, court orders or other compulsory disclosures; (2) enforce this Agreement; (3) respond to claims of a violation of the rights of third parties; (4) respond to customer service inquiries; or (5) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of ASME, our users, or the public.

    ASME may share the information you provide through Our Site (but never Participant Information) with carefully selected third parties who offer information, goods or services that we think may be of interest to you. For example, ASME may provide this information to authorized ASME course providers, such as universities, if you have indicated via Our Site an interest in enrolling in our courses.

    ASME uses third-party service providers (“Service Providers”) to provide certain services, such as hosting, software maintenance, database maintenance, address verification and credit card processing, which are necessary for ASME operations, including the operation of Our Site. These Service Providers may be supplied with or have access to the information you provide through Our Site, but only for the purpose of providing these services to ASME or on our behalf. These Service Providers are obligated to keep confidential the information you provide through Our Site. Certain portions of the information you provide through Our Site may also be made available to ASME volunteers in the course of their assisting us with communications or surveys.

    (C) Your Choices
    If you do not want ASME or our selected third parties to send any communications to you, or if you want to limit the kinds of communications sent to you, you can indicate your preferences by (1) checking applicable “opt out” boxes located in areas of Our Site where we collect your information, (2) selecting the “unsubscribe” option in our emails, (3) contacting us by email at CustomerCare@asme.org, (4) mailing your request to the ASME Service Center located at 22 Law Drive, P.O. BOX 2900, Fairfield, NJ 07007-2900, or (5) calling us at 1-800-THE ASME.

  3. Participants

    ASME operates the social networking functions available on Our Site to provide information to the public and to facilitate communication and networking among the engineering community. This section describes the information we collect from you through the social networking features on Our Site (“Participant Information”), how we use Participant Information, and your choices with regard to your Participant Information. Please read this entire Statement, because Section 2 applies to you, and Sections 4-7 may also apply to you. For example, Section 4 describes how we collect and use ASME Members’ information in connection with Our Site.

    (A) Information Collected
    We collect Participant Information in the following ways:

    (i) Participant Profile—Required Information
    In order to become a Participant, you must provide the following information: Name, email address, password, and primary field of technical interest. Without providing this information, you may not become an ASME Participant.

    (ii) Participant Profile—Additional Information
    ASME allows you to submit other information to be displayed in your Participant profile, which will be used in connection with your profile in accordance with your privacy settings (described in Section 3(C) below). This information includes your professional experience, title, photo, education, project, certifications, patents, publications, and other relevant information. We also provide a tool that allows you to import profile information that you have provided to LinkedIn. Providing any of this additional information about yourself is your choice. Any information you provide may be used by ASME as described in the Terms and this Statement.

    (iii) Social Networking Features
    By using the social networking features on Our Site, you transmit Participant Information to us. For example, if you submit Participant Information in the Question & Answer section of Our Site (“Q&A Section”), we will collect that information and use it as described in Section 3(B)(iv).

    (iv) Customer Service
    We collect information from you when you interact with our customer service team in order to identify and respond to your inquiries.

    (v) Cookies and Log files
    Our Site uses cookies to track site usage and trends, to improve the quality of our service, and to customize your experience on Our Site. These cookies allows us to recognize you when you return to Our Site using the same computer and web browser. The information collected through cookies does not identify you personally. You can remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser, though doing so may impact your ability to use Our Site.

    Our Site also uses log files to track site usage and trends. When you visit Our Site, we automatically retain certain information that your computer sends to us, such as the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave ASME, your IP address, and the type of web browser you are using. We use this information to analyze usage of Our Site and to improve the user experience. This information does not identify you personally.

    (B) Uses of Your Participant Information In Your Participant Profile; Sharing Participant Information with Third Parties

    (i) Operating Our Site
    ASME uses your Participant Information to operate the social networking features of Our Site. For example, we will display the information you provide for your Participant profile in your Participant profile so that others may learn about you and so that you may connect with others. In addition, your activity on the social networking portions of Our Site will be shared with Participants with whom you have connected. We provide you with robust tools to control who may view (1) the information in your Participant profile (except that which is required to remain public, described in Section 3(C)(ii)) and (2) your activity. Please see Section 3(C) for more details about these tools and how to control the sharing of your Participant Information. Portions of your Participant profile information will be available to the general public, including your name, field of technical interest, and work experience. This information may be crawled and displayed by third-party search engines when someone searches for your name.

    (ii) ASME Communications
    We may use your Participant Information to communicate with you through email, messages to your ASME inbox, or through other means available through our services. You can change your contact preferences at any time by logging into your account and changing your settings related to your notification choices.

    (iii) Customized Content
    We use your Participant Information to customize your experience on Our Site. For example, when you log in to your account, the dashboard page will display activity on Our Site that may be relevant to you. The nature of the content that is displayed is based in part on the Participant Information you provide.

    (iv) Question & Answer
    If you participate in the Q&A Section, be aware that questions may be viewed by any Visitor, and answers may be viewed by other Participants. ASME is not responsible for the information and materials you choose to submit or disclosures you make in these forums.

    For example, solely by way of illustration, here are some situations in which you should exercise particular caution prior to submitting an answer or comment in this forum:

    • A question or answer that involves any disclosure of your sensitive personal information, such as personal address, employment, family or other personal relationship data or finances;
    • A question or answer that involves disclosure of proprietary information which belongs to your employer and which is subject to the protection of any non-disclosure agreement or policy of that employer;
    • A question or answer that involves information which is subject to any applicable export control or other information security laws and, as such, which may not be lawfully exported to certain other countries or disclosed to others without some form of prior government approval;
    • A question or answer that involves copying and transmission of any copyrighted material (e.g., drawings, images, music, video, etc.) which belongs to some other person and such other person has not given lawful consent to its copying and transmission;
    • A question or answer that involves a derogatory commentary or opinion about a third person’s reputation, judgment, integrity or other similar characteristics; or
    • A question or answer that involves profanity or patently offensive language (e.g., on account of religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or other similar factors).

    (v) Sharing Information with Third Parties
    ASME takes the privacy of our Participants very seriously, and we do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide Participant Information to third parties, except as described in this Statement, unless disclosure is reasonably necessary in our opinion to: (1) comply with legal process, including, but not limited to, civil and criminal subpoenas, court orders or other compulsory disclosures; (2) enforce this Agreement; (3) respond to claims of a violation of the rights of third parties; (4) respond to customer service inquiries; or (5) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of ASME, our users or the public.

    ASME uses third-party service providers (“Service Providers”) to provide certain services, such as hosting, software maintenance, and database maintenance, which are necessary for ASME operations, including the operation of Our Site. These Service Providers may be supplied with or have access to your Participant Information, but only for the purpose of providing these services to ASME or on our behalf. These Service Providers are obligated to keep Participant Information confidential.

    (C) Your Choices
    The Participant Information you provide to ASME may reveal, or allow others to identify, your nationality, gender, age, professional information, and other aspects of your life. By providing your Participant Information to us, you expressly and voluntarily accept the terms and conditions of this Statement and ASME’s Terms, including those governing ASME’s use of your Participant Information. Providing your Participant Information to ASME is entirely voluntary. If you no longer wish to share your Participant Information you supplied to ASME for your ASME profile, you can revise your profile or close your account, as described in this section.

    (i) Accessing and Changing Your Profile Information
    You can review the Participant information you provided for your profile and make changes to that information, or to the settings for your Participant account, at any time by logging in to the Participant account settings page on Our Site. After your change is processed, ASME may retain residual copies of the old information in its backup and/or archival copies of its database [for a limited period of time].

    (ii) Default Settings and Choices
    We strive to offer you control over your Participant Information and how it is shared with other ASME Participants. We offer default settings and other pre-set settings that allow you to control how your Participant Information is displayed and used (e.g., in your profile); you may also customize these settings. You may choose these settings during the registration process, and you may adjust them at any time through your account settings. Some fields of your profile must remain public, including the information you provide regarding your name, field of technical interest, and work experience. If you do not wish to share this information with the public, you may deactivate or delete your account, as described in the next subsection.

    (iii) Deactivating and Deleting Your Account
    If you wish to close your Participant account, you have two options. You may deactivate your account or delete your account. If you deactivate your account, your profile will not be available to other Participants or the public, but we will keep a copy of the information associated with your account to facilitate your return if you ever wish to use the social networking features of Our Site again.

    If you delete your account, we will delete all information associated with your account, and if you ever wish to use the social networking features of Our Site again, you will need to re-submit all information associated with your account and re-establish all connections with other Participants. Please note that, in order to maintain the continuity and integrity of the Q&A Section, your submissions to the Q&A Section will not be removed in connection with the deactivation or deletion of your account.

    Click here if you wish to deactivate or delete your account.

  4. ASME Members

    (A) ASME Members’ Information
    You can apply to be an ASME Member by registering and paying on Our Site or by submitting your application by mail or fax. For more information on membership and how to join, please click here. ASME Members’ information is made available in the ASME online membership directory, which ASME Members may view in the access-restricted Members section of Our Site. You can choose the information that will be made available to other ASME Members. Please contact us at CustomerCare@asme.org if you wish to make changes to this information.

    With regard to ASME Members in leadership or volunteer positions, ASME provides selected portions of those ASME Members’ information for use in connection with the activities of the groups to which they belong. If you would like more information about ASME’s policies concerning the use of Member data, click here.

    ASME also shares Member mailing lists (i.e., names, street addresses and email addresses) with carefully selected third parties who offer information, goods or services that we think may be of interest to you. If you would like more information about ASME’s policies concerning the distribution of mailing lists, click here.

    ASME may also disclose information Members have provided to us through Our Site as described in Section 2(B)(ii). If you prefer that we do not share your Member information with third parties, please contact us at CustomerCare@asme.org and we will respect your request. Please include your name and ASME Member number for identification purposes.

    (B) Email Alias
    ASME offers its Members an email alias. The alias is a simple "store and forward" mechanism that accepts email sent to the alias name and forwards it to the Member’s actual email address. Once an email alias is issued to a Member, ASME makes no guarantees on the future privacy of the alias. Members use the email alias service at their own risk and must take sole responsibility for protecting against publication or misuse of their email aliases. ASME has taken measures to protect Members from spam in the form of adding third-party spam-blocking services; however, the software cannot guarantee complete spam blocking.

  5. ASME Sections, Units, Programs, And Groups

    If you serve as a leader or volunteer for an ASME section, division, board, committee, district or any other ASME Member group, or if you are a Member or non-Member who has assumed a leadership role in any activity or program that ASME conducts or sponsors, then ASME may display limited portions of the contact information you have provided to ASME in sections of Our Site so that fellow group Members or participants may contact you. In addition to your name, shared portions of your contact information may include your email address, employer, job title, employer address, telephone and fax numbers and photograph (if applicable). Also, participants in ASME groups, programs or activities may have access to the information of other group Members or fellow participants in the respective program or activity for information sharing purposes. This information is not collected through Our Site, but it is displayed on Our Site. ASME may also disclose this information as described in Section 2(B)(ii).

    If you no longer wish to have your contact information displayed on Our Site to identify you as a leader, volunteer or participant in a particular group or activity, please send an e-mail to webmaster@asme.org with a subject line of “Remove Personal Information from asme.org.” In the body of the email, identify yourself and the address of the page that lists your contact information.

    Note that while we may make the information of participants in ASME sections, divisions, boards, committees, districts or any other ASME Member group available on Our Site as described in this Section, those groups may have their own websites, which are separate from Our Site and are not governed by this Statement.

  6. General

    (A) Disclosures to Others as the Result of a Change in Control
    In addition to the other disclosures describes in this Statement, we may also disclose the information you provide through Our Site (including your Participant Information) as part of a sale of the assets of ASME, a subsidiary or division, or as the result of a change in control of ASME. Any third party to which ASME transfers or sells its assets will have the right to continue to use the personal and other information that you provide to us in accordance with the Terms.

    (B) Children Under 13
    ASME does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under 13 years of age, unless it is necessary to respond to a one-time request. Once the request has been answered, ASME will delete the requesting child's personally identifiable information. If you are a parent or guardian and you believe that your child under age 13 may have provided his or her personal information to us through Our Site, please contact us at webmaster@asme.org.

    (C) Security
    Except as specified herein, when ASME collects your information you provide through Our Site, all forms are secured through Secure Socket Layers (SSL) encryption, the most widely accepted and tested form of data encryption. Of course, no transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Therefore, you provide us with your information at your own risk.

    (D) Location of Servers and Transfer of Your Information to the United States
    Our servers are located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, please be aware that any information you submit to us through Our Site will be transferred to and stored on a server located in the United States. By submitting information to us through Our Site, you consent to this transfer and the collection, storage, processing and use of that information in the United States

    (E) Your California Privacy Rights
    California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits our customers who are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to DelliVenneriJ@asme.org or write to ASME:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    Attn: John Delli Venneri
    Re: CA Privacy Rights
    Two Park Avenue
    New York, New York 10016

    (F) How to Contact Us
    If you have questions or comments about this Statement, please contact us here or contact us at: webmaster@asme.org.