SAME Privacy Policy

SAME respects the privacy of our members and other visitors to our web site.  To protect online privacy, SAME has implemented the following policy, which may be amended at any time by posted amendments to this page.

What Information Does SAME Collect?

SAME collects data to better serve our members and the military engineering community.  It is our policy to collect and store only personal information that our members and visitors knowingly provide. 

How Does SAME Use Cookies?

Cookies are small text files that may be stored on your computer, smart phone, or tablet when you access an SAME website.  This information can be read by the SAME website when you return to this site. SAME uses cookies to speed up your future visits by storing preferences and log-in information you provide, and to support a better experience through tailored content. In addition, cookies provide statistical and other information to SAME about how the website is used in order for SAME to monitor access and use of the site, assess the effectiveness of particular content, and suggest areas for improvement.

While these cookies alone do not allow SAME to personally identify visitors to the website, information collected by SAME cookies may be used to streamline communications with members and customers by facilitating targeted content consistent with users’ email preferences and SAME’s privacy policy. No information collected by SAME through cookies will be shared with third parties, except as required by law.

How does SAME Use Collected Data?


Anonymous Information from General Users. SAME does not collect personal information from users browsing our web site. Users to the public areas of SAME's web site browse anonymously. SAME collects aggregate data from users browsing our web site. SAME uses this information for purposes of statistical analysis of web site traffic. Aggregate data are only used for internal and marketing purposes, and SAME does not provide any personal identification information.

Information from SAME Members, Conference Registrants, and Other Customers. There are a number of areas in the SAME web site where we ask for and collect information about you, including personally identifiable information. Where we do, it is in order to serve you better, or is necessary to accomplish the service you are requesting. Examples include membership information (which may include name, address, email, telephone number and educational and professional experience information), conference and seminar registrations, security identifiers, shipping information, and product purchase information stored in online shopping carts.

Membership information is used in the SAME database, which is used to generate SAME mailing lists. This includes lists provided to SAME Posts. The mailing list may be used in connection with informing you about SAME services, products, conferences, meetings and events. In addition,
SAME also makes member contact available through the SAME Membership Directory to other members and registrant contact information to conference exhibitors and attendees. Users may request SAME refrain from disclosing the data it collects to third parties on the membership application form, conference registration form or any other form on which they are providing information; an opt-out box will appear on each form on which a user provides information.

Public Information.  Some information on the SAME website is viewable by any visitor to the site. By listing your contact information in one of those areas, you accept that people may contact you as a result.  Contact information for staff members, officers, event chairs, and committee members are listed on the appropriate pages, so that members and attendees can reach them with questions. Volunteers and officers choose what information they want to have listed, but they must be reachable.

Third Party Disclosure. SAME does not sell or rent email addresses to anyone outside of SAME and its organizational entities. From time to time, to better serve our members and to supplement member dues, the SAME mailing list, in part or as a whole, is released to other carefully selected third party organizations to provide you with information on products and services related to your profession, or that we otherwise believe is useful to our members. You may instruct us not to share information about you in the SAME mailing list with third parties by indicating this preference on your membership application when you join SAME, on your renewal form when you renew your membership, or by notifying us at member@same.org, or by calling us at 703-549-3800. 

General SAME Web Server Security.

All of the SAME web servers are registered as secure servers using industry-standard certificate techniques. This enables all communication between our servers to be verified when services are requested between computers.

All the personal information collected from you on our site, including names and addresses, is stored behind a "firewall," and defenses have been erected to seek to enhance the protection of your information from outside attack by hackers and curious visitors.

Secure Transactions. For your protection, we have taken a number of steps to maximize the security of financial transactions that are accepted on the SAME web site. Credit card numbers and expiration dates are taken when you place your order, but the full credit card number is never stored by SAME except temporarily in memory on the server while the order is being processed.  We do store the last 4 digits of your credit card number for auditing purposes, but we never record the full number in any permanent medium.  Credit Card processing is accomplished using secure processing services.  Your entry of credit card information is encrypted when transmitted in secure mode.  If for any reason you still feel uncomfortable submitting your credit card over the Internet, you can mail your information to us.

REGARDLESS OF THE PRECAUTIONS TAKEN BY YOU OR BY SAME, "PERFECT SECURITY" DOES NOT EXIST ON THE INTERNET. SAME CANNOT ENSURE OR WARRANT THE SECURITY OF ANY INFORMATION YOU TRANSMIT TO THIS SITE OR SAME, AND YOU TRANSMIT SUCH INFORMATION AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

What Privacy Issues Arise With Links To Other Sites?

This web site contains links to other web sites, including third party organizations that provide SAME member benefit programs. SAME is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites and you should read their terms and privacy policies before using them.

Legal Compliance

SAME cooperates with law enforcement and other third parties to enforce laws. You authorize and recognize SAME's right and intention to disclose any information about you to law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate, in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringements, or other activity that is or may be illegal or may expose us, service or content providers we work with, or you to possible legal liability.

What Means Of Redress Are Available?

If any user suspects SAME has handled its personal information in a manner that does not comply with this Privacy Policy, please notify us by email at member@same.org or by calling 703-549-3800.