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Personal data we collect and why

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites:
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

When you join SMPS, your contact information is entered into our database so you may receive communications from SMPS via mail, phone, and e-mail. SMPS uses this contact information to deliver to you Marketer (the Society’s bi-monthly journal) and Marketer QuickLook (weekly e-newsletter), as well as information about membership, certification, awards programs, volunteer and leadership opportunities, networking opportunities, educational programs and resources, special offers, news, and the SMPS Foundation that may be of interest to members.

To manage how SMPS contacts you, you can edit your communications preferences in any email message that you receive from SMPS headquarters. To manage your visibility in the SMPS Member Directory,  log in to with your member number and password and update your visibility at any time under communications information.

SMPS does not provide member e-mail addresses to third-party vendors. However, SMPS may send out an occasional e-mail on a third party’s behalf.

You can be removed from a list at any time by writing to or by clicking “unsubscribe” links in e-mail promotions.

Terms of Use: SMPS Online Membership Directory
In exchange for access to the information in SMPS’s Membership Directory (found on, all users must agree to the following terms and conditions contained in this non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited license agreement. Please read this agreement carefully before accessing the directory. By accessing the directory online, you hereby accept and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions.

The directory and its contents are proprietary products of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. The directory is intended primarily for use by members as a means to contact their fellow professionals.

The contents of this directory may not, in whole or part, be reproduced, copied, disseminated, or entered into a computer database for the purpose of marketing a product or service to the individuals and companies listed in the directory. The listing of any individual or firm in the directory does not represent their consent to receive any marketing or related information. This prohibition against use of the directory for marketing purposes extends to all individuals and companies, regardless of membership status in SMPS.

While members of the Society for Marketing Professional Services and their firms are listed in the directory, SMPS is not responsible for examining or evaluating the products and services offered, nor does it warrant the products or services of any of these businesses or individuals or the content of their websites.

For More Information
Contact SMPS Headquarters at 703.549.6117 or


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