Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

USSA PRIVACY POLICY
Introduction


The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is committed to providing its constituents with information to maximize their interest in skiing and snowboarding, while protecting their privacy. USSA provides this notice explaining its policies for data collected through the Internet and other means.
 
About the USSA

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding. Founded in 1905, the USSA provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders who share an Olympic dream. As a company, USSA’s management and staff coordinate a nationwide program in seven distinctly different Olympic sports: alpine, cross country, disabled, freestyle, ski jumping, nordic combined and snowboarding. USSA is the umbrella organization that manages both the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding. USSA’s national administrative and athletics office is in Park City, Utah, with several athletic satellite or volunteer offices around the country.
 
USSA Web Sites
USSA currently operates the following web sites to which this policy applies:
http://www.ussa.org/
http://www.usskiteam.com/
http://www.ussnowboard.com/
http://www.usfreeskiing.com

In addition, USSA owns several other domain names that point to the web sites listed above. From time to time USSA may add new sites that may not be listed above, but will provide a link to this policy.
 
USSA Data Management

USSA maintains strict protocols in the management of its data. Any suspected abuse of USSA’s privacy policy should be reported to USSA Data Management at the contact listed below.

  • USSA manages all of its company email transmissions exclusively through BlueHornet, a San Diego-based email marketing company that maintains extremely high anti-spam standards. http://www.bluehornet.com/
  • USSA manages its own fundraising donor database, which is maintained at Oaktree Systems:
        Oaktree Systems
        4462 Middle Country Road
        Calverton, NY 11933-1185
        800.726.8163
  • USSA manages all of its membership data in-house.

Providing Information to the USSA 

Any persons providing information to the USSA do so voluntarily. Although information may be required to participate in some USSA activities, promotions or sales, participants provide that information voluntarily. The USSA collects information in conjunction with the following services:

  • Registering as a member of the USSA
  • Purchasing products or services from the USSA
  • Registering for a USSA sweepstakes or contest
  • Registering for the USSA’s newsletters or other communications
  • Participating in the USSA’s donor programs
  • Participating in message boards, chat rooms or other online services where registration is required
  • Communicating by any other means to the USSA

Collection of personal information for these services may include the collection of your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, demographic information, age range, interests and/or credit card number. USSA needs to collect this information for management of its athletic programs, fulfilling purchases or prizes, providing requested communications, tracking/verifying compliance with USSA's policies and federal, state and local laws, and for feedback solicitation purposes.
USSA adheres to strict data management protocols. Those protocols vary based on the category of participation with USSA, as indicated below.
 
USSA Members

In order to conduct its athletic programs, the USSA may share personal information including name, address, birth date and athletic background with USSA-registered clubs, event organizers and officials. This information is shared solely for the purpose of conducting USSA athletic programs. Name and address information only may be shared with third parties providing a product or service deemed by the USSA to be of direct interest to USSA members’ pursuit of their athletic interests. Email addresses are never provided to third parties, although USSA itself, on behalf of its partners, or its regional or divisional offices, may distribute information to email addresses of members. Credit card or any other financial information is never shared under any circumstances. USSA members have the right to opt-out of any communications from USSA or third parties by contacting USSA Data Management. Any suspected abuse of this usage should be reported to USSA Data Management at the contact listed below.
 
Purchasing Products or Services

In order to accept orders for products or services, the USSA and its agents may collect personal information including name, address and payment information, including credit card, for the purpose of delivering such products or services. Name and address information only may be shared with third parties providing a product or service deemed by the USSA to be of direct interest to those purchasing the USSA’s products or services. Email addresses are never provided to third parties, although USSA and its partners may distribute information through the USSA to email addresses of those purchasing products or services. Credit card or any other financial information is never shared. Some of the USSA’s product or service partners maintain their own privacy policy. As an example, the privacy policy for USSA’s primary online store can be found at the bottom of any page at: shop.usskiteam.com and shop.ussnowboarding.org. Persons wishing to opt-out of any future communications may contact USSA Data Management. Any suspected abuse of this usage should be reported to USSA Data Management at the contact listed below.
 
Registering for Sweepstakes or Contests

In order to manage sweepstakes or contests, the USSA and its agents may collect name, address and email address. First-time registrants will also be asked to confirm their registration through an industry-standard double-opt-in registration process. USSA, in management of the sweepstakes or contest, may share that information only with sweepstakes or contest partners, and only with companies providing a product or service consistent with the interests of the sweepstakes or contest participants and adhering to a strict privacy policy that allows for unsubscribing or opting-out of any future communications. Every subsequent USSA email communications carries a simple opt-out or unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email. Persons wishing to opt-out of any future communications may contact USSA Data Management. Any suspected abuse of this usage should be reported to USSA Data Management at the contact listed below.
 
Registering for Newsletters and other Communications

In order to provide requested communications, including printed and online newsletters, bulletins and other communications, USSA may collect name, address and email address for the purpose of fulfilling communications. First-time registrants will also be asked to confirm their registration through an industry-standard double-opt-in registration process. Every subsequent USSA email communications carries a simple opt-out or unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email. Name and address information only may be shared with third parties providing a product or service deemed by the USSA to be of direct interest to USSA members’ pursuit of their athletic interests. Email addresses are never provided to third parties, although the USSA itself, on behalf of its partners, or its regional or divisional offices, may distribute information to email addresses of members. Persons wishing to opt-out of any future communications may contact USSA Data Management.
Any suspected abuse of this usage should be reported to USSA Data Management at the contact listed below.

USSA Donor Programs
USSA appreciates the generosity of donors who contribute to support USSA athletes and programs. In order to provide appropriate donor fulfillment, USSA may collect name, address, email address and contribution information, including credit card number, for the purpose of fulfilling donor recognition programs. Name and address information only may be shared with third parties providing a product or service deemed by USSA to be of direct interest to donors. Email addresses are never provided to third parties, although USSA itself, or on behalf of its partners, may distribute information to email addresses of donors. Every subsequent USSA email communications carries a simple opt-out or unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email. Persons wishing to opt-out of any future communications may contact USSA Data Management. Any suspected abuse of this usage should be reported to USSA Data Management at the contact listed below.
 
USSA Telemarketing Programs
The 
USSA may, on occasion, conduct telemarketing campaigns using information provided by persons to USSA, acquired through third parties, or acquired through telematching existing USSA databases. As a non-profit organization conducting fundraising operations, USSA is not bound by the Federal "do not call list."  Nevertheless, the USSA maintains its own “do not call” list. Persons wishing to have their phone numbers placed on the do not call list may contact USSA Data Management. Any suspected abuse of this usage should be reported to USSA Data Management at the contact listed below.
 
Policies for Kids (Individuals Under 13 Years of Age) 

The USSA encourages parents and guardians to spend time online with their children and to participate in the activities offered on the sites. We encourage parents and guardians to take an active role to protect the privacy of their children and to prevent inappropriate use of information about their children. USSA's sites are directed to USSA's fan base and the general public and not specifically to children.  USSA does not actively seek to collect personal information about children under 13 through its website and no information should be submitted to or posted at the USSA site by Guests under 13 years of age without the consent of their parent or guardian. Parents and guardians should instruct their children never to give out real names or any other identifying information over the Internet without first getting parental permission.  If a Parent or Guardian wishes USSA to delete any information provided to USSA by their under 13 year old child, decline to have that information shared with third parties, and/or opt out of any future collection or use of that information, they may contact USSA Data Management.
 
Use of IP Addresses 

An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you're surfing the Web, allowing your computer to possibly be identified. The USSA collects IP addresses for the purposes of system administration, to report aggregate information and to audit the use of its sites. The USSA can and will use IP addresses to identify a user when it is necessary to enforce compliance with house rules, or terms of service, or to protect its service, site, customers or others.
 
Use of Cookies 

To enhance users’ experience, many web pages on USSA’s sites use "cookies." Cookies are text files placed in your computer's browser to store your preferences. Cookies, by themselves, do not tell USSA your email address or other personally identifiable information unless you choose to provide this information to us by, for example, registering on the site. However, once you choose to furnish the site with personally identifiable information, this information may be linked to the data stored in the cookie. The use of cookies is an industry standard – you'll find them at most major web sites. USSA may use the information from cookies to provide services better tailored to users’ needs.

Most browsers are initially setup to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, note that some parts of the USSA's online services will not function properly or may be considerably slower if you refuse cookies. 

You may occasionally get cookies from advertisers, sponsors or business partners. The use of advertising cookies sent by third-party servers is standard in the Internet industry. The USSA does not control or take responsibility for these cookies.
 
Links to Other Sites 

Some of USSA’s sites contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different. For example, if you "click" on a linked banner advertisement, the "click" may take you off the USSA site(s). This includes links from advertisers, sponsors and partners that may use the USSA logo as part of a co-branding or other agreement. These other sites may send their own cookies to guests, collect data or solicit personal information. USSA makes every effort to link only to sites that meet similar standards for maintaining each individual's right to privacy. However, the USSA cannot control any of these links and is not responsible for any content appearing on sites linked to or from the USSA's site(s), or for any personal information gathered at those sites. Guests should consult the other sites' privacy notices, as USSA has no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by these third parties. Children 12 and under should get parental permission before linking to other sites.
 
Security
The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with USSA’s Guests is of utmost concern. USSA exercises great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your computer to the USSA’s servers. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100-percent secure. As a result, while the USSA strives to protect your personal information, it cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to or from USSA’s online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once USSA receives your transmission, USSA makes its best effort to ensure its security on its systems. When credit card information is transmitted, the USSA and its service partners use industry-standard SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.


Your Acceptance of These Terms 
By using the USSA’s web site(s), or registering to participate in any of its programs, you signify your assent to the USSA's Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use USSA’s site(s), or register to participate in any of its programs. USSA reserves the right to delete information or to change its privacy policy at any time. Your continued use of this site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.
 
Contacting USSA About Application of this Policy

If, for any reason, you are concerned with the way the USSA is using your information, if you believe that the USSA has not adhered to these principles, or if you would like to correct or request that the USSA cease from using such information, please contact the USSA. USSA’s Data Management department provides centralized service for any data management questions or issues, including being placed on “do not mail,” “do not email” or “do not call” lists.

USSA Staff Management
USSA
Box 100
1 Victory Lane
Park City, UT 84060
 
Data Management
Sheryl Barnes
Data Management Manager
435.647.2013
sbarnes@ussa.org
 
Web Management
Jon Larson
Information Technology Director
435.647.2029
jlarson@ussa.org
 
USSA Data Management Services Providers
BlueHornet Networks, Inc
1775 Hancock St., Suite 280
San Diego, CA 92110
619.295.1856
  
Oaktree Systems
4462 Middle Country Rd
Calverton, NY 11933-1185
800.726.8163
  
Public Interest Communications, Inc.
7700 Leesburg Pike, Suite 301 North
Falls Church, VA 22043
703.654.8300

Legal Disclaimer
All information that the USSA provides on its site(s) or by any other means is for informational and directional purposes only; it does not address specific circumstances of any particular entity; it is not necessarily complete, accurate or up to date; it is not a professional or legal advice (a company should seek opinions of qualified professionals). Hence, the USSA disclaims its responsibility for any loss, however arising, from the use of or reliance on this information.