The Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund (collectively “the Society”, “we,” “our,” or “us”) respect and are committed to protecting the privacy of users of the Society website. This Privacy Policy describes the ways in which the Society uses, discloses, and collects information from or about you through

Please be aware that your use of the Society website is not guaranteed to be anonymous, and the Society may collect, use, and disclose information about your use of the website as set forth in this Privacy Policy.

We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy carefully to understand how we will treat your information.

By using the Society website, you consent to the processing of your information as set forth in this Privacy Policy, now and as amended by us.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from or about you through the Society website for a number of purposes, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Processing a member application;
  • Processing an application for research funding;
  • Processing a proposal to write clinical guidance;
  • Processing a proposal to present at a conference;
  • Processing a conference registration;
  • Processing a conference exhibitor application;
  • Processing any additional transactions you have authorized;
  • Providing you with products, services, or information you request;
  • Following up on services or information we provided to you;
  • Contacting you about funding opportunities, meetings, job opportunities, and fundraising campaigns;
  • Conducting research;
  • Promoting membership in the Society of Family Planning;
  • Providing you with information about the website or required notices;
  • Allowing us to improve the website, including better tailoring our content to our users’ needs and preferences;
  • Generating and analyzing statistics about your use of the website;
  • Detecting, preventing, and responding to fraud, intellectual property infringement, violations of our Terms of Use, violations of law, or other misuse of the website.

We also may combine or aggregate any of the information we collect through the website or elsewhere for any of these purposes.

Under what circumstances do we disclose your information?

We may disclose the information we collect from or about you through the Society website to the following:

  • Service providers who work on behalf of the Society and who have agreed to keep the information confidential and use the information solely to carry out the services that they are performing for us;
  • As required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena or other legal process, a court order, or government reporting obligations;
  • When we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary (a) to protect our rights, the integrity of the website, or your safety or the safety of others, or (b) to detect, prevent, or respond to fraud, intellectual property infringement, violations of our Terms of Use, violations of law, or other misuse of the website; and
  • Service providers, advisors, and other third parties to the extent reasonably necessary to proceed with the negotiation or completion of a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of our assets.

In addition, we may share de-identified information, such as reports on user demographics and traffic patterns, with third parties, including researchers and funders.

This website contains links to third-party websites and applications for your convenience and information. The Society does not control those third-party websites and applications or their privacy practices, which may differ from ours, and we do not endorse or make any representations about those third-party websites and applications. You acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the collection and use of your information by third-party websites and applications that are not under our control, and that this Privacy Policy does not govern such information.

Because we cannot protect your privacy once you leave the Online Services, so when you visit third-party websites and applications, we encourage you to review their privacy policies and be careful about the information you submit or share.

What information do we collect?

We and our service providers collect information that you provide when you use the website, including, but not limited to, when you:

Create an account,
Make a donation,
Contribute content to the website,
Use interactive features on the website,
Apply for funding,
Register for a meeting,
Participate in one of the Society’s programs,
Sign up to receive updates and other communications from the Society, and
Contact us with a question, comment, or request.

The information you provide us can include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Your name;
  • Your photograph;
  • Your biography;
  • Your contact information, such as your physical address, email address, and phone number;
  • Your username, password, and other account information;
  • Demographic information;
  • Transaction-related information, such as credit card information;
  • Information you provide when submitting an application for participating in one of the Society’s programs; and
  • Information you provide when you request information or contact us.

You have control over your own privacy. Think carefully before providing any personal or financial information online.

We and our service providers may automatically collect certain technical information from your computer or mobile device over time and across different websites when you use the Society website, such as your Internet Protocol address, your geographic location, your browser type, your operating system, the pages you view on the website, the pages you view immediately before and after you access the website, and the search terms you enter on the website. This information allows the Society and our service providers to recognize you and personalize your experience if you return to the website and to improve the website and the services we provide. The Society and our service providers may collect this information using “cookies,” which are small text files that many websites save on your computer when you visit and access when you return, or similar technologies. We also collect this information by setting a unique anonymous identifier called User ID, set by Universal Google Analytics. User ID helps identify unique users across multiple devices and browsers. Clearing your cookies does not ensure that you will not be recognized as the same unique visitor even after you cleared them. Website visitors who do not want their data collected with Google Analytics in this way can install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

If you are accessing this website from a country in the European Union, please note that this website and the information contained in it is not provided for or directed to you.

Where is this information processed?

Information collected through the website will be processed in and subject to the laws of the United States. By using the Online Services, you consent to processing this information in the United States.

How is your information secured?

We strive to maintain reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed to safeguard the information collected through the website. However, no information system can be 100% secure, so we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your information. Moreover, we are not responsible for the security of information you transmit to the website over networks that we do not control, including the Internet and wireless networks. If you have concerns about the security of sensitive information, do not send it electronically.

Your choices

If you do not want the website to collect information through the use of cookies, you can set your web browser to reject cookies from the website. Each browser is different, so you should check your browser’s “Help” menu to learn how to change your cookie preferences. If you reject or block cookies from the website, however, the website may not function as intended.

In addition to the records left on your computer by cookies, your browser and operating system contain other records of your web browsing and other actions (e.g., browser history). As with cookies, you can find information about how to clear these history trails in your browser’s “Help” menu.

If you wish to review the contact information we have on file for you, correct your contact information, or inform us how you wish your contact information to be used, please contact our staff using the contact information below.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

If we update this Privacy Policy, we will notify you by posting a new Privacy Policy on this page. If we make any revisions that materially change the ways in which we use or disclose the information previously collected from you through the website, we will give you the opportunity to consent to such changes before applying them to that information.

Your California Privacy Rights

If you reside in California and have provided your personally identifiable information to us, you may request information once per calendar year about our disclosures of certain categories of your personally identifiable information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. Such requests must be submitted to us in writing at