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NASW-MN Privacy Policy


What Information does NASW gather/collect on the web, and how is it used?
With whom does NASW share my member information?
How does NASW protect my member information?
How can I review, update and correct my member information?
How can I opt-out of NASW’s collection and dissemination of my member information?

What types of emails does NASW send out?



What Information does NASW gather/collect and how is it used?


Member Information:

We are a membership organization; as a result, we collect member information on our members, including email address, username and certain member preferences. At this time, we do not expressly request a user’s proper name, address and other demographic information. However, as we move more member services to the web, we will, by necessity, request and process that information online as a benefit to our members.


Your email address will be used to send you information relating directly to your NASW membership, such as to provide username information and to recover lost passwords. Your email address may be used to send you periodic information from NASW-MN, but only upon your express consent/preferences (see NASW communications and Opt-Out sections below for more details).


Personally identifiable information is only collected when voluntarily submitted by you (e.g., when you fill out registration pages or send us feedback). NASW-MN reserves the right to collect and review communication sent through


Session Records:

We collect user session connection information as a means to provide additional security to members. To maintain our quality of service, we may also gather additional data on connection information, including the timing and size of all packets sent over the internet during a session. The gathered information is not correlated with personally identifiable data about individuals and is used only to ensure the highest quality experience possible at



In addition to required member information, we may conduct surveys and ask users to volunteer demographic information to be used on an aggregate basis for internal member research. We use such information to better focus and personalize our service offered to each individual user.



A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. To learn more about cookies, click here (note: a new page will open and you will leave the NASW-MN website). By setting a cookie on our site, users would not have to log in a password more than once per session, thereby saving time while on our site. If users reject the cookie, they may still use our site. However, they will be limited in the use of members-only areas of the website.


Traffic Pattern Files:

We also collect aggregate traffic statistics throughout our site to show the number of visitors to our site, the requests we receive from our website, and the ISPs that those requests came from. These statistics are used by internal NASW-MN staff to improve our website and provide better services to members. NASW-MN does not share e-mail addresses in any manner, including but not limited to renting our membership list of e-mail addresses.


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With whom does NASW share my member information?


The Minnesota Chapter of NASW does not release information about a member other than to confirm her/his status as a member of the Association in response to general public requests. In the context of approved Association business such as identification of members for leadership positions, specific identifying information is provided in order to permit contact.


The Minnesota Chapter of NASW offers for rent, membership labels for one-time use to organizations promoting professional materials or training related to the field of Social Work and to individuals performing research specific to the profession of Social Work. Members have the right to have their name excluded from rental lists by contacting the NASW-Mn office and requesting exclusion. This can be done in writing through e-mail to


NASW-MN is not able to control the practices of external websites and organizations that we may provide links to. If you have questions about how such organizations use the information gathered when you link to their sites, please read their privacy policies.


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How does NASW protect member information?


NASW-MN and take reasonable precautions to protect our users’ information. When our registration form asks members to enter member information (such as member id, username and password), that information is protected by encryption before being sent to us. Also, the member information you provide is stored in a secure location, and is accessible only by appropriate staff.


If you have questions about the security at our website, you can send an email to


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How can I review, update and correct my member information?


Members can update their usernames and email addresses at any time on the NASW-MN website. Members can update other member and demographic information by visiting the NASW National website at and visiting the “member center” area of the website. Members can update other member and demographic information using the methods suggested on their membership application or by calling the NASW National office at: 1-800-742-4089. Please note that as NASW-MN receives data from the National office on a monthly basis, all membership profile changes must be done through the National office.


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How can I opt-out of NASW-MN Chapter’s collection and dissemination of my member information?


Members may elect to opt-out of receiving emails from NASW-MN (except the service announcements as described in “NASW-MN communications” above). Members that choose to not receive email will have an option to opt-out by going to the bottom of the email they receive. Every email will have a link at the bottom, giving a member the chance to opt-out of that specific email list. Any replied emails asking to be removed will not be removed. This privacy policy is subject to change at the sole discretion of NASW-MN. We will post notices on our website notifying users of our changes.


To opt-out NASW National's emails members need to visit National's site,, and visiting the “member center” area of the website.


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What types of emails does NASW-MN Chapter send out?



Members will receive Newsbytes, the Minnesota Chapter newsletter, via e-mail, on a quarterly basis. This is in a working process and being updated for our members.


Continuing Education

Event Notification Members will regularly receive information on upcoming Continuing Education events offered by NASW-MN.



Members can choose to unsubscribe from one of our email notifications, such as Action Alerts and Newsbytes. Please follow the unsubscribe instructions at the end of these e-mails.


Action Alerts

NASW-MN utilizes a service called CapWiz to send out legislative Action Alerts. This service provides an immediate opt-out feature; should you decide at a later time to receive Action Alert announcements, members may choose to opt-in. Occasionally, NASW-MN will decide to send an Action Alert to all Chapter members, based on the importance of the issue to the social work profession; these alerts, due to their significant nature, are not possible to opt-out of.


Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, members will be sent a courtesy email notifying members of annual Governing Board elections; members may not opt-out of this e-mail communication.


Non-Electronic Notices

In order to reduce costs and uphold our commitment to the environment, NASW-MN is consciously working to increase communication sent via email.


If you wish to receive these communications in paper format, please contact the NASW-MN office at either 651-293-1935 or


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