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Privacy Policy

    Welcome to BAHREC Online, owned and produced by the Bay Area Human Resource Executives Council (BAHREC). BAHREC is the leading senior membership association for the human resource professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. At BAHREC we are "Shaping the Future of HR Leadership in the Bay Area."  Our website is available to all visitors, although some content and features are restricted to BAHREC members.

    Throughout BAHREC Online, there are forms for visitors to request information, products, and services. These forms may ask for contact information (such as your phone number or e-mail address), unique identifiers, or demographic information (for example, your age, location, PHR/SPHR designation, etc.). Contact information from these forms is used to provide the products, promotional materials, or memberships that you request. Forms on our site that request financial information do so in order to bill you for products or services ordered. Unique identifiers are collected from website visitors to verify the user's identity for access to restricted content or features on the site.

    This Online Privacy Policy discloses BAHREC's privacy practices and contains detailed information about the following:

    1. What information of yours does BAHREC Online collect?
    2. What are "cookies" and how does BAHREC use them?
    3. What organization collects the information and who has access to it?
    4. How does BAHREC use the information it collects?
    5. How can you modify your BAHREC member information?
    6. What is the opt-out policy for BAHREC Online?
    7. What types of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?
    8. How does BAHREC Online use bulletin boards, discussion lists, and moderated chats?

    All products and services on BAHREC Online are made available subject to this Privacy Policy. By using the products and services, you agree, without limitation or qualification, to be bound by this Privacy Policy.

    Questions regarding this statement should be directed to:

    BAHREC Online will update this policy from time to time, so please check back periodically. When such changes occur, you will see the word "updated" next to the Privacy Policy link on each page on BAHREC Online. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will prominently post such changes prior to implementing them.

    Frequently-Asked Questions

    1. What information of yours does BAHREC Online collect?

    Our goal is to become your destination for HR-related information by providing information, services, and product offerings that are most relevant to you in the most convenient way. To achieve this goal, BAHREC Online collects information about site visitors.

    Information collected online is usually defined as being either anonymous or personally identifiable.

    Anonymous information refers to data that cannot be tied back to a specific individual. BAHREC collects some information each time a visitor comes to a BAHREC website, so we can improve the overall quality of the visitor's online experience. For example, BAHREC collects the visitor's IP address, browser, and platform type (e.g., a web browser on a Windows platform). Gathering this data helps us to learn what browsers we need to support. Other anonymous information helps us determine what sections of BAHREC Online are most popular and how many visitors come to our site(s). You do not have to register with BAHREC Online before we can collect this anonymous information.

    Personally identifiable information refers to data that tells us specifically who you are (e.g., your name and postal address). You are only required to provide such information if you want to take advantage of optional products and services provided through our website(s).

    BAHREC collects personal information in the following ways from different parts of its website(s):

    1. BAHREC Membership Applications: You are sharing personally identifiable information, including your name and mailing address, with us when you join BAHREC or renew your BAHREC membership through our website(s). BAHREC members are given a BAHREC membership number, and this member ID and password enables members to take advantage of restricted content and features on BAHREC Online.
    2. Other Registration: You may be asked for personal information when registering for specific services. For example, if you subscribe to an e-mail newsletter, you will be asked to provide your e-mail address.
    3. Online Purchases: We also ask for personal information when you make a purchase or when you subscribe to a BAHREC publication through our website. The number and variety of useful services on BAHREC Online that may require collection of personally identifiable information will continue to grow in the future.

    2. What are "cookies" and how does BAHREC use them?
    A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that is transferred from a website to the hard drive of your computer. This unique number identifies your web browser-but not you-to BAHREC computers whenever you visit BAHREC Online. A cookie will not provide personally identifiable information about you, such as your name and address. The use of cookies is now an industry standard, and cookies are currently used on most major websites. Most web browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can reset your browser to notify you when you have received a cookie. You can also set your browser to refuse to accept cookies altogether. While BAHREC does not require you to use cookies, keep in mind that certain services will not function properly if you set your browser to refuse all cookies.

    To help serve you better, BAHREC generally uses cookies to:

    • Identify return visitors. Cookies let us remember your web browser so we can provide personalized member services such as My BAHREC and BAHREC search agents. Cookies also allow us to identify BAHREC members who are returning to the site, so you will not have to re-enter a member ID and password the next time you visit.
    • Display advertisements. BAHREC, as an affiliated chapter using SHRM's web services, uses an outside ad company to display approved ads on our website. While we use cookies on other parts of our website(s), the cookies received with banner ads are collected by our ad company. These cookies allow BAHREC to manage the delivery of ads and do not collect personally identifiable information.

    3. What organization collects the information and who has access to it?
    Data collected through BAHREC's website(s) is generally collected and maintained solely by BAHREC. More specifically:

    1. Personally identifiable information. When you provide personally identifiable information on BAHREC Online to register for a service, buy a product, or take advantage of a promotion, that information is collected and maintained solely by BAHREC, unless specifically stated otherwise at the point of collection. BAHREC will inform you at the point of collection if your personal data is being shared with another organization. If you do not want to share your information with that company, you can choose not to use that service.

    If you join BAHREC or renew your membership through our website, you provide personally identifiable information on the membership application. BAHREC does not sell member e-mail addresses to third-parties.

    1. Anonymous information. BAHREC, as an affiliated chapter using SHRM's web services, disclose to third-party sponsors/advertisers aggregate statistics (i.e., impressions and click-throughs on a company's advertisement). Also, we may share aggregate website statistics with the media or other third parties. No personally identifiable information is disclosed to these sponsors/advertisers or other third parties as part of this process-only information in an aggregate form.

    Be aware that BAHREC's sponsors, advertisers, and third-party content providers have links on our site(s) that take you to other websites. For example, when you click on an ad displayed on BAHREC Online, you are linked to another site. Please note also that links to other websites are provided throughout BAHREC Online for users' information and convenience. BAHREC hopes that all third parties involved adhere to our policies regarding the privacy of our users. However, BAHREC's Online Privacy Policy does not cover third-party data collection practices, and BAHREC Online does not assume any responsibility for any actions of third parties.

    4. How does BAHREC use the information it collects?
    BAHREC collects information to provide you with the services you request and to improve our website(s).

    As mentioned above, BAHREC, as an affiliated chapter using SHRM's web services, uses the aggregate, anonymous data collected to let our sponsors/advertisers know the number of impressions or views and the number of "click throughs" on their advertisement(s). BAHREC also uses this aggregate, anonymous data to perform statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our site visitors; to measure user interests regarding specific areas of the BAHREC Online; and to analyze how and where best to use our resources. Without such data, we would not know which parts of BAHREC Online are the most popular, and we would not be able to change and update the content and services appropriately.

    BAHREC may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide information on individual users to the appropriate governmental authorities. In matters involving a danger to personal or public safety, BAHREC may voluntarily provide information to appropriate governmental authorities.

    5. How can BAHREC members modify their personal information?
    BAHREC members have the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided.

    Visit: The "Member" tab on

    6. What kinds of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?
    BAHREC Online has security measures, such as firewalls, in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your user data under our control. While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration to data will not occur, we take reasonable precautions to prevent such unfortunate occurrences

    You are ultimately responsible for the security of your BAHREC member ID and password. You may not share your BAHREC member ID and password with colleagues or friends so they can access content or features on BAHREC Online that are restricted to BAHREC members only. You should log out of your browser at the end of each computer session to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence, especially if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.

    Privacy Policy Effective July 2020.