Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the American Planning Association, California Chapter (“APA California”) “website (“Site”) and for reviewing our privacy policy. Your privacy is very important to us. We recognize your right to know what information is being collected about you and how that information will be used, as well as our legal obligations to limit collection and protect the information we obtain. For purposes of this privacy policy, “the Site” includes use of the website located at and operated by APA California, any APA California mobile, social media, eNews, or other application associated with the Site, and all other APA California communications and events. Please carefully read the following privacy policy for the Site. The privacy policy applies to your access to and use of the Site and any APA California mobile, social media, eNews, or other application associated with the Site, and all other APA California communications and events. The privacy policy applies to all content, products, services, information, and resources provided within the Site, and may be used only under the privacy policy as hereby agreed between you and APA California. For additional information, contact [email protected].

APA California is a non-profit professional organization for planners. APA California operates for purely professional purposes, and any personal information provided by an individual to APA California is subject to these privacy policies. By using this Site or providing to us your personal information through email, you consent to the collection and use of personal information as stated in this policy.

Information that You Provide Voluntarily

APA California collects personally identifiable information including, but not limited to, first and last name, physical address, email address, telephone number, credit/debit card numbers, or other identifiers that permit the physical or online contacting of an individual, only if specifically and knowingly provided by you. You do not have to give APA California personal information to visit the Site.

The personally identifiable information you provide through the Site may be used to:

  • Respond to your email inquiry.
  • Provide the services or products you request.
  • Deliver the services or products you purchase or order on the Site.
  • Forward your email inquiry to the appropriate person or entity for response or assistance.
  • Notify you of issues or information in subject areas or matters you have expressed interest in or concern about.

Email Address Sharing with Conference Sponsors During Conference

APA California may share your email address with APA California conference sponsors that may send information to attendees regarding conference matters only (e.g., booth information or hosted receptions). However, you can opt out of the email sharing with conference sponsors by checking a box in the Conference Registration Form under “APA Member Verification”.

Information Shared with Other Third Parties

In order to further its mission, APA California may share personally identifiable information you provide through the Site with APA California vendors administering programs that benefit planners or with national organizations that represent local government interests. These third parties will not use the personally identifiable information that APA California shares with them for direct marketing purposes.

Data Retention

  • The information you provide may also be collected for APA California’s statistical purposes, including to perform analyses of user behavior to measure customer interest in the various areas of, or pages on, the Site. APA California does not include personally identifiable information in disclosing any consumer information in aggregate form for analysis.
  • If APA California is merely responding to your electronic inquiry, the personally identifiable information you provided for APA California to do so will not be maintained.
  • APA California uses cookies. A cookie is a small file created by your Web browser to assign a unique identification to your computer. APA California uses the cookie to track your clicks as you browse and move between pages on the Site. We do not use cookies to retrieve personal information about you from your computer. You are not required to accept our cookies and you may restrict their use by changing your browser settings and you may delete our cookies from your hard drive. If you use the Site and do not disable these cookies, then you consent to our use of these cookies.
  • If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the Site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits. We use this information to learn about the number of visitors accessing different sections of or pages on the Site, what information is of greatest interest, and technical information that will enhance your ease of use, such as system performance, problem areas, and the types of technology our visitors use. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
  • The Internet domain (for example, “” if you use a private Internet access account, or “” if you connect from a university’s domain) and IP address (the number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access the Site.
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access the Site.
  • The date and time you access the Site.
  • The pages you visit on the Site.
  • If you linked to the Site from another website, the Internet address of that website.

Your Rights to the Data Collected

At any time, you may withdraw your consent and ask to have your personal information removed by contacting us at the address or email below.

If for any reason you wish to request confirmation that your personally identifying information has not been shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes, if you have questions or concerns, or if you wish to access or modify your personal information provided through the Site, contact APA California at [email protected].

Electronic Mail Precautions

Remember that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication is very sensitive or includes information such as your bank account number(s), credit card number(s), or social security number, you should send it by mail unless the Site indicates that a particular website is secured.

Electronic Commerce Precautions

Some of our Site pages allow you to purchase products or services, or to request information electronically. That information will be maintained and protected in accordance with the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a, which means that it will be secured in transit to us and secured once received. APA California will not share this information with third parties other than necessary to fulfill your order or request; comply with the law or legal process served on APA California or the Site; protect and defend the rights, interests, or property of APA California, including its respective directors, officers, employees, agents, volunteers, affiliates, marketing partners, consultants, or third parties; or to protect the personal safety of APA California members or members of the public.

Online Surveys

From time to time, APA California may conduct online surveys that ask you for demographic data. APA California or its agents may also contact you by telephone with the option to participate in other member research studies.

Participation in any survey or other consumer research is always voluntary. APA California aggregates the responses received before using the information, to improve the information, products and services APA California offers. APA California does not link your individual responses to your personal information at any time.

Protecting Your Information

APA California takes reasonable steps to secure your privacy. We have incorporated procedural, administrative, and electronic protections to safeguard your personal information. Please be aware that although we have implemented these protections, we cannot guarantee the security of your information.

Children’s Privacy

APA California does not knowingly collect personal information from children. If we become aware that a child has provided us with their personal information without the consent of the parent, that information will be deleted.

Member Communications

We occasionally send mail and e-mail communications to our members to let them know about new programs, webinars, products, and special offers. If you wish to discontinue receiving such communications, you may unsubscribe from receiving them at any time. To unsubscribe, simply find the appropriate link on the Site homepage or the applicable email communication or contact APA California for assistance at [email protected].

Modifications or Changes to this Policy

In the event of a material change to this privacy policy, a notice will be posted on APA California’s homepage of the Site, as well as this page.

For additional information regarding proper use of the Site, read the Terms of Use of the Site.