AAACommons Operating Principles and Objectives

The American Accounting Association (AAA) is committed to the value of privacy and has adopted the following Privacy Policy as part of our commitment to protect any personal information (“Personal Information”) which you may provide to us through the AAACommons. In keeping with that commitment, AAA assures users that:


The AAACommons is designed to facilitate communication and content sharing among AAA members and with the accounting community at large.  The data collected online from AAACommons users is voluntary, although some services are only accessible by registering user details. Except as described in this Privacy Policy, AAA will endeavor to keep your information confidential. We focus on using the information as part of AAA’s service to you and its mission to promote worldwide excellence in accounting education, research, and practice.


AAACommons Privacy Policy
Effective Date: July 31, 2008

User Consent
By participating in the AAACommons and submitting personal and other information, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy and expressly consent to the processing of your information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.
What Information is Collected
Active Information
This is information that the user enters into the AAACommons.  There are 2 types of Active Information associated with the AAACommons.

“Personal Information” is information about the user that is personally identifiable (like the user’s name, address, email address, or phone number). Base personal information is retrieved from and managed within the AAA Members database.  Additional personal information is entered through the AAACommons User Profile, and all fields can be maintained from that user interface.

“Contributed Information” is information that a user enters for purposes of storing or sharing with selected or all segments of the AAACommons community. This may include text, pictures, video, data, etc.  Such information may be associated with the name of the contributing user but is not considered to be Personal Information. Contributed Information is managed using a variety of community tools such as Posts, Comments, Groups, etc. 

Passive Information 
This is information that the AAACommons may collect without the user entering it.  This includes various types of tracking information (such as IP addresses and Cookies).

Aggregated Information  
This is information derived from multiple individual records and contributions. Active and Passive Information may be included. Aggregated Information does not include personally identifiable information.

Personal Information Received From Other Sources 
We may receive Personal Information about you from other sources that provide services for us in connection with the AAACommons community.  We may add this information to the information we have already collected from you via our website in order to improve the community and the services we provide.

Regarding Children 
We do not intentionally gather Personal Information about visitors who are under the age of 13.
How Information is Collected
Registration and User Profile Management

Participation in the AAACommons

Collection of Passive Information

How Information May Be Used
The idea behind the AAACommons is that the members of our community share information and knowledge. Therefore, you should assume that any information that you enter or post on the AAACommons website may be openly shared with other community members on the website and may also be available to people outside the community.  Depending on where you post your information, you might be able to further specify a Privacy Setting indicating which members or group of members of the AAACommons community will have access to this information. Please be aware that if you enter any Personal Information into publicly available sections of the website, this information will be displayed to anyone who has access to these sections. These publicly available sections of the website include, without limitation, the User Forum, any public folder within the website and even posts and comments of other AAACommons members, if these posts and comments can be accessed by any member without limitations.

AAACommons will not use or disclose your Personal Information unless you have given your permission, except for the following purposes:

We may provide your Personal Information to third party service providers who work on behalf of or with AAACommons to provide some of the services and features of the AAACommons community and to help us communicate with the members of our community. However, these service providers do not have any independent right to share this information (expect pursuant to a legal requirement such as a subpoena or warrant).

Any partners, affiliates, joint ventures or other companies that we may work with in the future will be obligated to honor this Privacy Policy.

AAACommons will not sell, trade, or rent your Personal Information to others unless you have given your permission. With your permission, we will only share your Personal Information with carefully chosen, reputable, and trustworthy third parties. We will follow the relevant legal requirements and use all reasonable precautions to ensure that only responsible third parties see your Personal Information. However, we are not responsible for any breach of security or act or omission of third parties who receive the Personal Information.

If you provide feedback to us, we may use information contained in that feedback for any purpose, provided we will not associate such feedback with your Personal Information.   Personal Information included in the feedback will be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

The AAACommons may also contract with third parties to place ads on the website. We may use Contributed Information and Passive Information to tailor the display of ads to the interest of the members of our community. Personal Information that has been designated as Private will not be shared.  Clicking on such ads will direct you to the website of the third party and the third party may also use Cookies in connection with these ads. Please be advised that AAACommons is not responsible for these other websites or any content on these other websites and that this Privacy Statement does not govern your visit of these other websites.

Communications from the AAACommons to Users
We may use your Personal Information to send you administrative emails regarding our services or other information important to your participation. 
Accessing and Managing Personal Information
The user has access to and control over the Personal Information that they enter into their User Profile. The user may update, correct and delete Personal Information that they contribute to their User Profile on the AAACommons.
International Considerations
Your Personal Information may be processed, used, transferred to, or stored in the country where it was collected as well as other countries (including the United States) where laws regarding processing of Personal Information may be less stringent than the laws in your country.  This Privacy Policy will apply to such Personal Information whether or not required under the laws of each country.


Links to Other Sites
AAACommons contains links to other websites, and other sites have links to AAA. Please be aware that AAA is not responsible for the privacy practices (or other practices, goods, services, or content) of other sites.  Such links may also be posted by other AAACommons members within the AAACommons community.

We have no control over, do not review, and cannot be responsible for these outside websites or their content. Please be aware that the terms of our Privacy Policy do not apply to these outside websites.  We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by AAACommons.
AAACommons takes precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, we make commercially reasonable efforts to protect your information both online and off-line. When our registration/order form asks for sensitive information (such as a credit card number), we use dedicated software designed to encrypt the information and protect it. While on a secure page, such as an order form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just ‘surfing’.

We use reasonable measures to maintain the security of your Personal Information. However, no organization, including AAA or AAACommons, can fully eliminate security risks associated with Personal Information, and AAA is not responsible for any damages or losses that may occur due to the accidental disclosure or unauthorized accessing of any Personal Information.
Privacy Policy Updates
This Privacy Policy is subject to occasional revision.  Non-material changes will take effect immediately.  Material changes will be announced on the home page of the AAACommons site and will take effect within 30 days of their posting on this site.  Material changes are those affecting the ways in which your Personal Information may be used or shared.  The new effective date will appear at the top of the Privacy Policy.   If you object to any such changes, you must cease using our website. Continued use of our website following notice of any such changes shall indicate your acknowledgement of such changes and agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions of such changes.

Contact Us:  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us:  Email: