Official On-line Privacy Statement of the American Polygraph Association          

The American Polygraph Association (APA) respects the privacy of both our members and individuals viewing our website ( and our on-line policy is to collect no personal information about you unless you choose to make such information available to us. The APA does not distribute personal information about our visitors, other than what is needed for referrals and relaying information that you may provide to assist us in responding to your inquiries and to monitor general statistical information to help us serve you better.

This policy does not apply to the practices of companies or organizations outside of  the APA, or to persons who are not Officers, Board or Committee members of the APA, or to other external links that may be included within  our site.    Nor does this policy apply to any information you may provide to us through other means such as that during a live event, via mail or via telephone.  The APA website contains links to other websites that we do not control and the APA is not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of such other websites.  Viewers are encouraged to read the privacy statements of each website that collects any identifiable information when visiting sites outside of the APA website since use of information you may disclose will be governed by their independent policy and practices.

Collection of Statistical Information

The APA collects and uses information you provide to respond to your requests for information, products and services.  Much of the information we collect is in the form of aggregated statistics, such as the number of visitors to our site,  traffic that visits various pages within our sites,  geographic location of a visitor, requests for particular information and does not include any information that would identify you personally. In some cases, our website or third party  servers may use electronic images, cookies or other technology that allows the APA to recognize browser level information to help us tailor our site to better serve the interests of our users, while at the same time, assist us by measuring traffic to our site.  These features may also be used by third parties through our  electronic newsletters and our in-site search engine, so that we can learn which messages and links are opened, as well as what search terms are the most frequently requested information by users of our site.   Users can set their browsers not to accept cookies, however, in doing so, you may not be able to take advantage of the personalized features enjoyed by other visitors.   In some instances such as through links for vendors, service providers and online announcements of items such as job opportunities, your information may be made available to those providers.  Their use of your information will be subject to the terms of their respective privacy and viewers are reminded to read their privacy statements.

Membership Roster

The Membership roster is a benefit of membership. Our hard copy Membership roster has information published, that is based on information which members have indicated as publishable which includes such information as their name, mailing address, phone, fax, email, website url’s, type of membership, whether or not the member is in the private, law enforcement or government sector, and whether or not the member has received approved PCSOT training.  This membership roster is compiled from information provided by members for reference uses such as searching for and contacting other members or for making referrals, etc.  This information is collected yearly by the National Office to ensure that information about a member is current and up-to date.   You will have the opportunity to review, update or delete information that your have submitted to publish by contacting the APA National Office Manager  [email protected].  Although the APA endeavors to ensure that the information set out in the Membership roster is accurate, the APA does not guarantee the accuracy of such information.

Online Membership Roster

The online Membership roster is also a benefit of membership.  No names or information about a member is posted online unless there has been consent for posting it by said member.   Such a posting is provided to other members, as well as for the general public, for verifying and locating members in a specific location.  When you sign up to post your name on-line, your membership status will be verified through the National Office by the Website Manager.  You will have the opportunity to review, update or delete information that you provide by contacting Website Manager.  Although the APA endeavors to ensure that the information set out in the Membership roster is accurate, the APA does not guarantee the accuracy of such information.  Only current members in good standing can be posted at the online membership roster.  Applicants that are still processing will not be posted until official board approval of that member.

Purchases, Registration, and Membership Renewal

The APA offers several  features such as purchasing logo merchandise, registering for seminars, and membership renewal online through our website as a convenience to those who choose to participate.   When you do such, we ask that you provide us with certain information which includes your name, address, telephone number, email and billing information (such as your credit card number, type of card, cv number expiration date) to allow us to make that transaction for you.   We may also ask you to provide other information that is unique to you (such as your date of birth or partial social security number) to verify who you say you are in order for us to process your transaction. 

Applying for Membership Online

The APA allows qualified persons to apply for membership online.  As such, we use information that you supply us with in order to conduct a background investigation to verify information listed on your application and qualifications that you have supplied us with.  Online applications are routed directly to our National Office and upon receipt, your application is forwarded to a member of the membership committee in order to conduct your background investigation to verify your eligibility to join our Association. Every applicant for membership in the APA has to be approved by the  Board of Directors.   In addition, names of applicants for membership must be published in the APA Newsletter at least 30 days prior to nominating applicants to the Board of Directors for their review and approval.

Children’s Privacy

From time to time, Internet inquiries are received from juveniles, who may be conducting a term or research paper regarding the polygraph field.  Children under the age of 13 should always seek permission from their parents prior to sending any information about themselves, including their names, email addresses, etc.  The APA does not collect any personal identification information beyond responding to or referring those inquiries as to where they can locate the requested information. 


Policy Revisions

The APA may update this policy from time to time.  Any changes or future additions to this On-line Privacy Policy will be posted on our website.

[email protected] (updated 8-18-09)