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  • AST Privacy Policy Statement

     

    Section 1 - Information we collect.

     

    AST collects many kinds of information from multiple sources in order to accurately process applications, identify and provide you with the best services and experiences.

     

    We collect information from when you submit an application either by online or by hard copy, contact us via email or phone, when you access our website and from other related organizations.

     

    General website statistics also are collected.

     

    We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

     

    Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

     

    Your Access to and Control Over Information 
    You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by following the instructions in Section 6, or by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:

       • See what data we have about you, if any.

       • Change/correct any data we have about you.

       • Have us delete any data we have about you.

       • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

     

    We share current certification and contact information with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for the purpose of marketing and statistical data. We also share data with AST state assemblies. Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA).

     

    We share current certification and contact information with the Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA) for the purpose of marketing, statistical data and validation for ASAs bylaws.

     

    WellsFargo – We share financial information in order to process your payment.

     

    Payflow Pro – We share financial information in order to process your payment.

     

    The NBSTSA, AST and ASA will never sell your contact information to others. NBSTSA, AST and ASA will always marketing on behalf of marketers.

         

    Section 2 – How we use your personal information.

     

    We use certain information including your AST membership number, contact information and name to identify you in our system.

     

    Financial information is never shared with any other organizations except those related to processing payments.

     

    Contact information such as email address, mailing address and phone number may be used for sending receipts, general contact, marketing and general mailing.

     

    We also collect website access information. This data is usually anonymized and used for statistical purposes only.

     

    Section 3 – Who we share your information with and what information is shared.

     

    We share current certification and contact information with the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for the purpose of marketing and statistical data. We also share data with AST state assemblies.

     

    Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA) – We share current certification and contact information with the Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA) for the purpose of marketing, statistical data and validation for ASAs bylaws.

     

    WellsFargo – We share financial information in order to process your payment.

     

    Payflow Pro – We share financial information in order to process your payment.

     

    The NBSTSA, AST and ASA will never sell your contact information to others. NBSTSA, AST and ASA will always marketing on behalf of marketers.

     

    Section 4 – How we protect your information.

               

    AST does not store credit card information.

     

    Electronic application forms will be destroyed after a period of time set by our retention policy.

       

    Section 5 - What information can I opt-out of receiving?

     

    AST periodically sends out newsletters, surveys and special offers by e-mail or mail, and you may opt out of receiving this contact by calling our office or checking the “no” box on an application or in the email.

     

    AST shares contact information with the NBSTSA and ASA. Both the NBSTSA and ASA have their own marketing opt-out system. Please contact them to opt out of their system.

     

    Section 6 – How to opt out.

    Contact us by email at memberservices@ast.orgor login to your AST membership account – under account Maintenance – Update Profile- Contact Preferences (Optional)

     

    Section 7 - Cookies 

    Cookies are very small text files that are stored on your computer when you visit some websites. We use cookies to help identify your computer so we can tailor your user experience, track your activity on our website, and target specific advertising messages that may interest you. Cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. By visiting our website third parties may place cookies on user’s browser for targeted advertising purposes. The types of data collected and used may include IP addresses, cookie identifiers, and website activity. This data may be used by third parties to target advertising on other website based on the users’ online activity. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our site. This website will not share any personal information with third parties.

     

    Opt Out

    You can disable any cookies already stored on your computer, but these may stop our website from functioning properly. You can opt out of receiving targeted advertising at any time by contacting us by email here.

     

    The following are strictly necessary in the operation of our website.

     

    This Website Will:

    Remember what is in your shopping cart.

    Remember where you are in the ordering/payment process.

    Remember that you are logged in and that your session is secure.  You need to be logged in to complete an order.

     

    The following are not Strictly Necessary, but are required to provide you with the best user experience and also to tell us which pages you find most interesting (anonymously).

     

    Functional Cookies

    This Website Will:

    Offer Live Chat Support.

    Track the pages you visits via Google Analytics.

     

    Targeting Cookies

    This Website Will:

    Allow you to receive promotions targeted to your specific interests.

     

    Section 8 - Links 

    This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

     

    Section 9 - Security 
    We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline. Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.

     

    While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

     

    Section 10 - Updates

    Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on this page.