Privacy Policy/Terms of Use

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is intended to help you understand how Non-Ferrous Founder’s Society collects, uses, and shared personal information collected through the website and when you receive our electronic communications.  It does not apply to information we collect in any other fashion.


1.         Personal Information We Collect

Information you provide. By using, you may provide us your personal information, including your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and work information when you create an account, register for an event, or otherwise correspond with us.

Information automatically collected. Our servers and third party service providers may automatically collect information about you and your computer hardware and software. This information can include without limitation your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. We also get information from your use of our services including how you use them. We collect this information in server logs and by using cookies and similar tracking technologies. See our Cookie Policy, below, for more information.

Statistical Analyses. We use Google Analytics to help us gather statistical information about the visitors to and how they use the site on an anonymous, aggregate basis.  However, we will not associate this data with your personal information unless required to do so to cooperate with law enforcement activity or other governmental request or to comply with law.  We may use this information to gain a better understanding of the users of our site, to improve our site, and to improve our services.  Depending on the type of browser and device that you use, you may have the ability to control the type of information that Google Analytics use. To understand how Google Analytics collects and processes data, please visit  We reserve the right to license or sell aggregate, de-identified information about the visitors to our Site, but this information will not contain your personal information or otherwise be individually identifiable.

2.         Our Use of Your Personal Information

We use the personal information described above for the following purposes and as otherwise described to you in this Privacy Policy or at the time of collection:

To provide the site and our services. We use your personal information:

  • to provide, maintain and improve the site and our member services;
  • to better understand your needs and interests, and personalize your experience with the site;
  • to register you for events;
  • to respond to your requests, questions, comments, and feedback; and
  • to perform website analytics and database management services.

To send you communications. We may send you newsletters, promotions or other marketing communications, but you may opt out of receiving them as described in the Your Choices section, below.

To create and maintain your account. To utilize the services provided through the site, you must create an account using certain personal information, including your name, email address, and phone number. You have choices about the information included in your account profile. You do not have to provide additional information on your profile; however, additional profile information may help you get more from our services. It is your choice what to include on your profile and make that information public. To opt out of the sharing of your membership information, see the Your Choices section, below.

For compliance, fraud prevention and safety.  We may use your personal information as we believe appropriate to: (a) investigate or prevent violation of the law or your agreements with us; (b) protect our, your or others’ rights, privacy, safety or property (including by prosecuting and defending legal claims); (c) protect, investigate and deter against fraudulent, harmful, unauthorized, unethical or illegal activity; (d) comply with applicable laws, lawful requests and legal process, such as to respond to subpoenas or requests from government authorities; and (e) where permitted by law in connection with a legal investigation. For example, we may share information with law enforcement to reduce the risk of fraud or if someone uses or attempts to use our site for illegal reasons.

To advertise to you.  We may use your personal information to manage and serve ads on third party sites and to tailor ads to your interests and browsing history. In addition to the cookies utilized by us on this site, we may allow trusted third parties to place advertisements for our services on sites and applications operated by others. These third parties may use cookies and web beacons to measure the effectiveness of our ads and to determine the display of content and advertising to you based on your interests both on our site and other sites and applications that you may visit (see our Cookie Policy below). To support this interest-based advertising solution, we and the companies we have contracted with may use anonymous information about your visits to our and other websites and applications. The information collected and used by this process is always anonymous and does not enable any third party to identify you individually. You can learn more about interest-based advertising and opt out of such advertising from certain companies at

3.         Disclosure of Your Personal Information to Others

We do not disclose your personal information to third parties without your consent except as follows:

Service providers. We disclose personal information to companies and individuals we employ to perform functions on our behalf, including hosting our Web servers, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing payment, and providing customer service. These companies and individuals may have access to your personal information as necessary to perform their functions, but unless otherwise indicated at the time we collect your information, we will have contractual provisions or other appropriate protections in place to ensure such access is for limited purposes and in compliance with this Privacy Policy..

Members and business partners. Unless you opt out as detailed in the “Your Choices” section, below, we will share some of your membership details, including your name, address, phone number, and email, with other members and other third parties for the purposes of promoting networking and business development among our members and within our industry. We may also share your personal information with our business partners who offer a service to you jointly with us.

Law enforcement and legal proceedings. We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of if we have a good-faith belief that disclosure of the information to government or law enforcement officials or private parties is reasonably necessary for the purposes described above under the section titled “For compliance, fraud prevention and safety.”  

Business transfers. We may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of our business or assets, including your personal information, in connection with a merger, consolidation, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets, or similar transaction.

4.         Cookie Policy

What cookies and other tracking technologies do we use? Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website.   We use several different kinds of cookies on this site, including strictly necessary cookies, which are cookies that are necessary for the site to function and cannot be switched off in our systems; performance cookies, which allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site; and functional cookies, which enable the site to provide enhanced functionality and personalization.  We may also use similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognize when someone has visited our Sites.  These technologies often depend on cookies to function properly, and so disabling cookies may impair their functioning.  If you sign up to receive our e-mails, we will also use cookies in conjunction with these emails. When your browser downloads any graphic content in the e-mail, we will also place a cookie on your computer that will tell us if you come to our website at a later date.

Third-party cookies.  In addition to our own cookies, we collaborate with various third-party service providers who also use cookies to help us optimize our website and understand more about the visitors to our website.  For example, we use Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager to provide us with demographic information about our visitors and to help us analyze how people use our website. To learn more about how Google uses cookies, please click here.

How can you disable cookies and other tracking technology?  Most browsers let you remove or reject cookies. To do this, follow the instructions in your browser settings.  Many browsers accept cookies by default until you change your settings.  For more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your computer or mobile device and how to manage and delete them, visit and Some Internet browsers also may be configured to send “Do Not Track” signals to the online services that you visit. We currently do not respond to “Do Not Track” or similar signals. To find out more about “Do Not Track,” please visit

5.         Your Choices

Opting out of the sharing of your information. If you do not want us to share your membership details with other NFFS members and third parties, you may opt out by configuring your personal profile in your account or by emailing us at

Changing or deleting your information. may provide account holders limited access to and the ability to modify their personal information through their account. If  the information you are seeking is not available within your account, or if you do not have an account, you can contact us as detailed below and ask us to change, update or fix your information in certain cases, particularly if it is inaccurate. You can also request that we erase or delete all or some of your personal information or otherwise object to, limit, or restrict the use of such information (if we have no legal right or legitimate business interest in retaining such information). We may retain indefinitely some of the information we gather about you in an effort to make your repeat use of the site more efficient, practical, and relevant. When updating your personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity before we can act on your request.

Opting out of communications.  If you are receiving newsletters, commercial emails or other communications from, you may opt-out of these communications by selecting an appropriate link in those email communications or by sending an email to To the extent that we utilize the Google Analytics tools available, you have options with respect to some of those tracking tools or features available at

Consequences of not providing personal information. You are not required to provide all personal information identified in this Privacy Policy to use our site or to interact with us, but certain functionality will not be available if you do not provide personal information. For example, if you do not provide personal information, we may not be able to respond to your request, perform a transaction with you, or provide you with marketing that we believe you would find valuable.

6.         Security of Your Personal Information

The security of your personal information is important to us.  We have implemented commercially reasonable technical and organizational measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. However, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your information or that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes.

7.         Children is not intended for children under 18 years of age. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 18.

8.         International Data Use and Cross-Border Transfers 

We are located in the United States and have service providers in other countries, and your personal information may be collected, used and stored in the United States or other locations outside of your home country. Privacy laws in the locations where we handle your personal information may not be as protective as the privacy laws in your home country. However, we will handle your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy regardless of where your personal information is kept. Regarding transfers from the European Economic Area, Switzerland or United Kingdom to the United States, we rely on the derogations for transfers which are necessary to perform the transaction with you. Where required by law, you may request a copy of the suitable mechanisms we have in place by contacting us as detailed below. If you reside in other non-US jurisdictions, your use of the Site or provision of any personal information constitutes your consent for the transfer of such data to the United States for the purposes identified in this Privacy Policy. If you have questions about cross-border transfers, please contact us as detailed at the end of this Privacy Policy.

9.         Changes to Privacy Policy

If we decide to materially change our Privacy Policy for, we will post those changes through a prominent notice on the web site so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and to whom we will disclose it. If at any time, you have questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or believe that we have not adhered to this Privacy Policy, please feel free to email us at

10.       Contact Information operates under the control of the Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society, a 501(c)6 not for profit trade association incorporated in the State of Illinois with its principal place of business at 905 E. Chicago Road, Suite 1, Sturgis, Michigan 49091. Click here to contact us, or call us at (847) 299-0950.


Last updated: June 1, 2023