privacy policy

Privacy Policy

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully before using this Site. This Privacy Policy is subject to and expressly incorporated into the Terms of Use.

As part of the services provided by, certain types of information is collected from Users.  The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), and it's partner organizations, are committed to protecting your privacy while using this Site. This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) describes how information is collected and used. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected by APMA via the Site.

We reserve the right to modify, alter, or otherwise update this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason. You should visit this page from time to time to review the current terms. To assist you in knowing when the Privacy Policy was last updated, the month and year of the most recent updated policy will appear at the top of this page. In the event APMA makes a material change to the Privacy Policy, we will notify you by e-mail (to the e-mail address we have on file) or by posting a notice to the Site.

I. Information Collection

For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, the term “personally identifiable information” is any and all information that identifies you personally, such as your name, address, telephone number(s), e-mail address, or company name. We do not collect personally identifiable information about you except when you voluntarily provide it to us. Please note that in order to receive some benefits or participate in some activities, it will be necessary for you to provide this information. For example, if you request additional information on upcoming events, you will need to provide your email address so that we can send information to you. If you sign up to Find a Mentor via the Mentor Network, we may collect your name and contact information in order to process this request. The type of product or service that you seek will determine the personally identifiable information that is collected.

"Non-Personally Identifiable Information" can be technical information or it can be demographic information, such as your age, gender or interests. Non-personally identifiable information does NOT identify you personally. Here are some examples of the non-personally identifiable information that is collected via the Site:

  • Internet Protocol (IP) address -- Your IP address is a number that lets computers attached to the Internet know where to send you data -- such as the webpages you view. We use this information to deliver our webpages to you upon request, to tailor this Site to the interests of our users and to measure traffic within this Site.
  • Cookie -- A "cookie" is a small text file that may be used to collect information about your activity on the Site. For example, when someone visits a page within the Site, a cookie is placed on the user's machine (if the user accepts cookies) or is read if the user has visited the Site previously. You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser, but if you do, you may not be able to take advantage of the personalized features enjoyed by other users to this Site. Some of the cookies we use may be flash cookies or Adobe cookies. While they are harmless, they may contain non-personally identifiable information and, depending on your browser, these cookies may not normally be deleted when your cookies are deleted. Please check your browser to determine where these types of cookies are stored and how they may be deleted.
  • We may collect aggregate survey data, such as statistical data on conditions relevant to the APMA. 
  • We also may collect demographic information to identify the type of visitors we have to the Site, and what pages on the Site are most popular.

We collect the above non-personally identifiable information from all visitors to this Site. If you do not want APMA to have access to this non-personally identifiable information, please do not visit this Site.

II. Information Use

We use your personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information that is collected on the Site primarily for the following purposes:

  • To deliver services, such as information, or other content that you request;
  • To alert you to special offers, promotions, updated information and other new services from and it's partner organizations;
  • To complete a transaction or service requested by you;
  • To fulfill the terms of a promotion;
  • To ensure the Site is relevant to your needs;
  • To help us create and publish content most relevant to you;
  • To notify you about a material change to this Privacy Policy or the User Agreement, if necessary; and
  • To contact you in response to sign up forms such as Keep in Touch .

Non-personally identifiable information is used as described above and in other ways as permitted by applicable laws, including combining non-personally identifiable information with personally identifiable information (except with respect to non-personally identifiable information collected from children age thirteen or under).

III. Sharing and Disclosure of Information

We may share or disclose your personally identifiable information in the following instances:

(1) We may share your mailing address and name with relevant partner organizations we believe may be of interest to you. These third parties are prohibited from using this information for any other purpose than the one specified in the applicable use agreement.

(2) We may, for the purpose of recruitment activities, provide your personally identifiable information, including your e-mail address, to relevant partner organizations. If you do not want us to share your personally identifiable information in this manner, please do not provide this information to us.

(3) We may share your information in order to fulfill a service to you. For example, if you e-mail us a question, we may use your e-mail address to process your request and respond to your question. 

(4) We may share your information with unaffiliated third-party service providers, agents or independent contractors who help us maintain this Site and provide other administrative services to us (including, but not limited to, order processing and fulfillment, providing customer service, maintaining and analyzing data, sending customer communications on APMA's behalf, and entry collection, winner selection and prize fulfillment for contests, sweepstakes and other promotions). We seek to ensure that these unaffiliated third parties will not use the personally identifiable information for any other purpose than to provide the administrative services for which they are responsible. Because such unaffiliated third-party service providers that help us administer this Site will have access to users' personally identifiable information, if you do not wish for our unaffiliated third-party service providers to have access to your information, please do not register or submit any personally identifiable information to us.

(5) We may share your information to comply with the law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the requirements of law or comply with legal process served on us, protect and defend our rights or property or act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of our end users.

(6) We may share your information to track and analyze non-identifying and aggregate usage and volume statistical information from our visitors and provide such information to third parties, such as third party statisticians for the analysis of the data. 

Except as described in this Privacy Policy or at the time we request the information, we do not otherwise use, share or otherwise disclose your personally identifiable information to any third parties. 

IV. E-mails from Step into Podiatry

Step into Podiatry/APMA sends "transactional or relational e-mail messages," which include, but are not limited to, electronically transmitted news, informational bulletins, event announcements, and surveys. You may opt-out of a specific e-mail list by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any e-mail message sent to you from Step into Podiatry, APMA, or its partner organizations.

V. Accessing Your Personally Identifiable Information and Privacy Preferences

We provide you the opportunity to access and/or provide directions to us regarding your personally identifiable information to ensure it is correct, accurate and current, or to delete your personally identifiable information from our databases. You may request that we delete information collected about you by sending us an e-mail at You also may remove your name from our third party mailing list by calling 301-581-9200.

VI. Forums, Chat Rooms and Other Public Posting Areas

Please note that any information you include in a message that you post to any chat room, forum or other public posting area is available to anyone with Internet access. If you do not want people to know your e-mail address, for example, do not include it in any message you post publicly. PLEASE BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN DISCLOSING ANY INFORMATION IN CHAT ROOMS, FORUMS, AND OTHER PUBLIC POSTING AREAS. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE USE BY OTHERS OF THE INFORMATION THAT YOU DISCLOSE IN CHAT ROOMS, FORUMS, AND OTHER PUBLIC POSTING AREAS. APMA reserves the right to monitor comments and posts left in any chat room, forum or other public posting area and remove any content it deems inappropriate.

VII. Links

This Site contains links to or from other websites, such as those of APMA partner organizations. Please be aware that APMA is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites. This Privacy Policy applies only to the information we collect on the Site. We encourage you to read the privacy policies and any other terms of other websites you link to from the Site.

VIII. Security

We implement security measures to protect the security of your personally identifiable information, both on and off line including against the unauthorized access to, or deletion or alteration of your personally identifiable information. Access to your personally identifiable information is subject to confidentiality obligations and is limited to our business partners who may have a need to know and/or access your personally identifiable information as part of our providing this Site and/or services to you and as otherwise set forth in this Privacy Policy or the Terms of Use. If you have any questions about security at this Site, you can send an e-mail to

IX. No Guarantee

No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, APMA cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, or to or from our online services.

X. Children Age Thirteen or Under

APMA and Step into Podiatry does not knowingly solicit data online from or market to children under the age of 13.


Beginning on January 1, 2005, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits our visitors who are California residents to request certain information regarding APMA's disclosure of personally identifiable information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us:

American Podiatric Medical Association
9312 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 571-9200
Fax: (301) 530-2752

Effective Date: December 20, 2019