NCSS Privacy Policy

NCSS Privacy Policy

National Council for the Social Studies respects your privacy. We will make every reasonable effort to ensure that any personal information you provide to us is used only for the purposes stated below. While the policy presented here concentrates on information collected by the NCSS website, it also applies to personal information submitted by other means (mail, fax, phone, sign-up sheets, and so on).

Several areas of the NCSS website require that you send us personal information:

  • Membership application
  • Convention registration
  • Convention session applications
  • NCSS Email Bulletins
  • NCSS Email List Subscriptions
  • NCSS Communities websites

This information is received offline as well (mail, fax, phone). NCSS uses the demographic and professional information collected on membership, convention, and other forms for aggregate analysis, to personalize our member records for better service, and to create targeted mailing lists. Aggregate demographic is may be shared with third-parties.

In addition to the primary purpose stated or implied at the time the information is collected, we may use your postal mailing address to send you information about NCSS programs or products, surveys, etc. We provide our convention attendee data to convention exhibitors and make it available to others. We also make our member data available to companies offering NCSS member benefits and to other responsible third parties.

If you supply an e-mail address, we use it to confirm your membership application or registration, follow up on a request, etc., as the context determines. We may also use it to keep you informed about NCSS programs and initiatives. On occasion we may use your e-mail address for a purpose indirectly related to the original context (e.g., e-mailing a customer satisfaction survey to members or those who have attended the NCSS Annual Conference.) If you do not wish to receive emails from NCSS, please email

NCSS Members

Because of the special relationship we seek to maintain with our members, NCSS sends them periodic updates and announcements by e-mail. We may also make an occasional phone call (e.g., to clear up a problem or inquire about a lapsed membership). NCSS members have their own online profile page where they can specify their preferred phone number and mailing address.

NCSS provides as a service to its members the ability to search for other members through the member services website. Your contact information will be available to other members through this directory.

NCSS also makes available to members and other parties contact information for members who serve on committees, task forces, are affiliate council leaders or associated group leaders, or are SIG chairs or contact persons.

"Anonymous" information collected online

Generally speaking, you can visit the NCSS website without revealing any personal information about yourself. We do keep a record of all server activity, which means that every page, image, or other type of file requested by your browser is written into a log file. Each entry in the log contains, among other things, information about the computer you're using to connect to the Internet (its "IP address") and about your browser (e.g., which version of Firefox you're using). It does not, however, tell us anything about you personally. We use aggregate data from the web logs to determine how the site's resources are being used and to refine its navigational structure. If the need arises, we may use the logs to trace the source of abusive or illicit activity. We do not share our web server logs with any outside party.


A "cookie" is a text file, stored on your computer, that includes information that identifies that computer and can be retrieved by our server to create a seamless browsing session. Most cookies used on the NCSS site are deleted when your browser is shut down or in a fixed amount of time, whichever occurs sooner. Members-only pages and other restricted areas use this type of cookie.

Several areas of the NCSS website use so-called "persistent" cookies. These files are retained on the user's hard drive after the browser is shut down. Most browsers accept cookies by default. If you set your browser to reject all cookies, these areas and others may not function properly. Most browsers have a setting whereby the browser alerts you when a server attempts to place a cookie on your hard drive; you are given the option of accepting or rejecting it.

Material submitted online

Some areas of the NCSS Communities section of the website allow you to submit items for discussion or share information with other members. All submissions become the property of NCSS. Keep in mind that any information you post on any of the NCSS Communities sites are immediately available to anyone with a web browser. Don't give out more information than what you would like everyone in the world to know. You can, of course, edit or delete the messages you post there.

Links to other websites

The NCSS website contains links to other websites. NCSS is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those sites. Check the privacy policy of a website before revealing any personal information.


In certain circumstances, and as an exception to this privacy policy, we may, without notice to you, release information to comply with any valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute or court order, or in other special cases, such as, for example, suspected fraudulent or criminal activity, or an attempt to breach the security of NCSS or its website.

Privacy policy updates

We have tried to create a privacy policy that is comprehensive, readable, and durable. Despite our best efforts, we may find it necessary to revise it. Any changes will be made without prior notice. The current NCSS privacy policy will continue to be posted at this address ( If you have questions or comments about our privacy policy, please email

(November 2007)

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