UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION

PRIVACY POLICY

(Last Updated February 23, 2018)

The United States Golf Association (“USGA” or “we” or “us” or “our”) recognizes the importance users of our websites and mobile applications place on the privacy of their information. We created this privacy policy statement (“Privacy Policy”) to demonstrate our firm commitment to protecting the privacy of your information as described below and to explain the privacy policies and procedures of the USGA.

This Privacy Policy governs the privacy practices and procedures of the USGA with respect to the data it collects from users of the suite of products and services that are part of GHIN Technology Services (including GHIN.com, GHIN Kiosks, USGA Admin Portal, Tournament Pairing Program and USGA Tournament Management) distributed through USGA’s (or it’s licensor’s) web sites and properties (“USGA Web Sites”) and their associated USGA mobile applications (“USGA Mobile Apps”), if any. The USGA Web Sites and the USGA Mobile Apps are herein collectively referred to as the “USGA Products”.

By using the applicable USGA Products, you are consenting to the practices and procedures described in this Privacy Policy and in the USGA’s Terms of Service into which this Privacy Policy is incorporated. If you do not agree with the practices and procedures described in this Privacy Policy or in the Terms of Service, please discontinue using all of the USGA Products and follow the applicable procedures described in the Opt Out section of this Privacy Policy.

PLEASE NOTE - WE SHARE CERTAIN PERSONAL AND NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU WITH REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND SUB-ASSOCIATIONS, MEMBER CLUBS, OTHER GOLFERS, APPROVED TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS, AND IN SOME INSTANCES WITH THE PUBLIC, SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY CAREFULLY, INCLUDING THE SECTION ENTITLED SHARING WITH REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, MEMBER CLUBS, GOLFERS AND APPROVED TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS. As used herein, the term “Regional Associations” shall mean Allied Golf Associations, State and Regional Golf Associations and any other golf associations that can access and use the USGA Products, and the term “Approved Technology Providers” shall mean golf related technology providers who have been pre-approved by the USGA.

Table of Contents

Please click on a section title below to skip to that section of this Privacy Policy.

Policy Changes

What Information Does the USGA Collect?

How Does the USGA Use My Information?

Sharing with Regional Associations, Member Clubs, Golfers and Approved Technology Providers

Sharing with Other Third Parties

Cookies, Third Party Advertisers, Analytics and Social Networking

How Does The USGA Try to Protect My Information?

Account Deactivation

Links to Other Web Sites

Children’s Online Privacy Protection

Consent to Worldwide Transfer and Processing of Personal Information

Change Information

Opt Out

California Privacy Rights

Contact Us

Policy Changes

The USGA has the right to change or modify any part of the Terms of Service (including this Privacy Policy), or to impose new conditions on your use of the USGA Products, at any time.  Such changes, modifications, additions or deletions shall be effective immediately upon notice thereof, which may be given by any means including, but not limited to, posting within the USGA Products, by electronic mail, by messaging, or by any other means from which you may obtain notice thereof.  Any use of the USGA Products by you subsequent to such notice shall be deemed to constitute your acceptance of such changes, modifications, additions, or deletions.

What Information Does the USGA Collect?

The USGA collects two types of information from users of the USGA Products: (1) non-personal information as you interact with the USGA Products that cannot, in itself, be used to specifically identify or contact an individual (except as described below) (“Non-Personal Information”); and (2) personal information that can be used to specifically identify or contact an individual (“Personal Information”).

Non-Personal Information

If you are using one of the USGA Products, we will automatically capture certain Non-Personal Information about you and your use of the USGA Product. For example, our web server automatically recognizes and collects certain Non-Personal Information about your visit to the USGA Products, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, Internet service provider and domain name. The USGA also collects usage and “clickstream” data, which includes a trail of electronic information captured when you use a USGA Product. The USGA uses cookies on the USGA Products, which are small pieces of data stored by your web browser or USGA Mobile App that contain data regarding your settings and preferences or other data used by and about your visits to the USGA Products. We use this information to, for example, recognize you and your computer or mobile device when you return to any of the USGA Products, provide you with access to certain account information you may have entered on any USGA Product, compile statistics about traffic to the USGA Products, and for other purposes consistent with this Privacy Policy. Your usage and clickstream data may tell us, for example and as applicable, the type of device and browsing software you are using and their settings (including language settings), your browser ID, general geographic information derived from your IP address, URL information, the address of the web site from which you linked to a USGA Product, the pages, content or ads you see or click on during your visit and when and for how long you do so, items you download, any search terms you have entered on the USGA Products or a referral site, the time stamps of your visits to the USGA Products and other similar types of information. Using analytics, we may also receive counts of the screens and features of the USGA Products that are used, the countries from which the USGA Product is used, time stamps of uses, device language settings, and the types of devices, operating systems, carriers, IP addresses, wireless connections you are using and other similar types of information. In addition, the USGA Product may assign a unique numerical identifier that is associated with other information about you. We work with analytics companies to help us understand how the USGA Products are being used, by how many users, for how long, and how frequently. We may use this data to determine how much time visitors spend on each page or section of any USGA Product, how visitors navigate throughout the USGA Products, and how we may tailor the USGA Products to better meet the needs of users and visitors. Except as described in this Privacy Policy for cross-site tracking, clickstream data will be anonymous and it is not our intention to use clickstream data to obtain any Personal Information.

You may be able to refuse cookies any time by turning them off in your Web browser. However, if you turn off cookies, certain features and functions of the USGA Products may not be available to you. To learn more about the use of cookies, including how to manage or delete them, click here.

The USGA uses Web beacons or similar technologies to help track usage and viewing of the USGA Products and communications (such as emails). Web beacons, also sometimes called single pixel GIFs or action tags, allow the USGA to track page and message viewing counts and patterns, which we use to focus and tailor future content development and otherwise measure and improve the performance of the USGA Products.

Any or all of the above-described activities may be performed by us and/or on our behalf by our Representatives (defined below). These technologies enable us to assign a unique number to you, and relate your Non-Personal Information to other information about you, including your Personal Information. If we relate or combine your Non-Personal Information with your Personal Information, we will treat such related or combined information as Personal Information. These technologies also enable us to recognize you when you access the USGA Products using different Web browsers and different computers or devices.

Personal Information

When you use a USGA Product, you may be asked to provide or otherwise choose to provide Personal Information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate an individual, including, but not limited to, an individual’s name, employer, social security number, driver’s license number or state identification card number, account number, credit card, debit card or other payment instrument information, security code, access code or password, birthdate, address, email address or other contact information, golf play statistics (such as where and when played, scores, etc.) and background (such as amateur or professional), USGA Handicap Index, USGA membership identification number, and other information or data that can be used for identity theft and other sensitive information regarding such individuals.

The USGA Mobile Apps may collect precise information about the geographic location of your device. If your device is equipped with GPS or can connect with wireless access points or hot spots, or if your device is also a phone that communicates with cell towers or satellites, then your device is able to use these features to determine its precise geographic location. If you have consented using your device’s user interface, the geographic location of your device may be transmitted to our servers in real time any time that the USGA Mobile App is running (sometimes even if you are not actively using the USGA Mobile App or it is minimized on your device). Once you set your device to transmit its location information to us, your device will continue to transmit its location information to us until you set your device to no longer do so. You may at any time opt-out from further allowing us to have access to your device’s location information by accessing the USGA Mobile App’s location settings on your device and setting your device not to share its location with us. If there is any reasonable way such geolocation data can be associated with any of your Personal Information then we will treat such geolocation data as part of your Personal Information. Notwithstanding, you agree that we have the right to use any such geolocation data so long as we de-identify such data with any other Personal Information about you, and to the extent we so de-identify the data, the resulting data will be considered Non-Personal Information that we can use for research, marketing and any other legal purposes (e.g., tracking crowd movement in a tournament, etc.).

You may be able to send information about products and services to your friends and family members by clicking on a “Send-to-a-Friend” or similar button on the USGA Products, or in an e-mail that we have sent you. In some of these cases, you may provide the name and e-mail address of your friend or family member to us, and such information will be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable law. In some parts of the USGA Product, you will also have an opportunity to provide us with Personal Information of third parties (i.e., other golfers, member golfers in your club or Regional Association). We will assume you have the required permission to do so and all such information will be treated within the USGA Product in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable law. You may also share information about yourself and others through social media and any such conduct shall be governed by the privacy policies of those social platforms.

The above are only examples of the types of Personal Information we may collect. The actual types of Personal Information collected depend on the specific product or service you request, the types of transactions you conduct on the USGA Products and the various activities in which you participate.

How Does the USGA Use My Information?

The USGA uses the information it collects (including Personal Information and Non-Personal Information) primarily to serve our needs and the needs of the Regional Associations, member clubs, golfers and Approved Technology Providers, including to administer and manage membership, manage tournaments, to calculate, manage and administer the Handicap SystemTM, and to better understand your needs, provide you with better products and services, and deliver the specific product, service, or information you requested. For example, we may use the information you provide for processing and evaluating your entry application, for processing your membership application, for processing transactions on certain USGA Products, for processing your registration on certain USGA Products, and for contacting you with regard to your membership, registration, transactions and other activities or accounts on the USGA Products.

We may use your information to communicate back to you, to update you on products, services, and benefits of ours and select third parties, to personalize your experience on the USGA Products, to tailor ads displayed to you on the USGA Products and elsewhere to your interests and history with us, to contact you for market research or to provide you with marketing information, newsletters, or other information we think would be of particular interest. We may also use the information we collect to send you occasional e-mails about USGA news, announcements, or changes to the USGA Products. If you do not want to receive promotional e-mails from us, please notify us by following the procedures contained in our promotional e-mails or in the “Opt Out” section of this Privacy Policy. In addition, we may use your location information to send you relevant notifications and other information through the USGA Mobile Apps. If you wish to stop receiving notifications through the USGA Mobile App, you may change the settings for the USGA Mobile App and/or your device.

Information obtained through the USGA Products (including both Personal Information and Non-Personal Information) may be combined and used in conjunction with information obtained through sources other than the USGA Products or at different times, including both offline and online sources. The USGA and our Representatives may use this combined information to enhance and personalize your various experiences with us on and in connection with the USGA Products.

Sharing with Regional Associations, Member Clubs, Golfers and Approved Technology Providers

The USGA will share your Personal Information and Non-Personal Information with Regional Associations, member clubs, other golfers, Approved Technology Providers, and sometimes the general public as described herein. Your Regional Association is tasked with administering the Handicap SystemTM for its member clubs and golfers, therefore all related information about you will be shared among the USGA, the Regional Association and member clubs. Additionally, when a Regional Association or a member club manages a golf tournament using Tournament Pairing Program or USGA Tournament Management, then all information collected through such USGA Product will be shared among all organizations, entities and persons affiliated with that tournament. All information inputted by an individual when using the USGA Product will be shared with those organizations that either you or your organization is part of or managed by. For example, all information collected through the USGA Products from a golfer may be shared with the member club that the golfer belongs to and the Regional Association to which such member club belongs, and all information collected through the USGA Products from a member club may be shared with the Regional Association to which the member club belongs. Additionally, because Regional Associations play such a critical role in the administration of the USGA Products and managing regional qualifiers, they are given access rights (not edit rights) to the Personal Information and Non-Personal Information of all member clubs and golfers who use USGA Products; the Regional Association(s) and member club(s) to which golfers are a member have access and edit rights to your Personal Information and Non-Personal Information (prospective member club(s) have access rights in order to add golfers to their membership and after golfers have been added to their roster then they will have edit rights as well). If you or your Regional Association or member club uses an Approved Technology Provider, then such Approved Technology Provider will have access and edit rights to your Personal Information and Non-Personal Information.  Finally, as part of the peer review process, certain parts of a golfer’s Personal Information and Non-Personal Information like name, golf club affiliation and golf data (scores, locations of play, dates played, etc.) will be generally available to the public (if you would like more information on peer review please refer to: Definition of PEER REVIEW. THE SHARING OF INFORMATION AS DESCRIBED HEREIN IS AN ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT OF THE USGA PRODUCTS AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE HANDICAP SYSTEMTM. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO SUCH SHARING OF INFORMATION THEN YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY STOP USING THE USGA PRODUCTS AND REQUEST THAT THE MEMBER CLUB(S) AND THE ASSOCIATED REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS NOT INCLUDE ANY OF YOUR INFORMATION IN ANY USGA PRODUCTS AND APPROVED TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS.

Furthermore, to the extent you or any third party uploads any Personal Information about you on a publicly available tournament event site hosted on a USGA Product, you understand that such Personal Information may be available to the general public and outside the control of the USGA.  You are responsible for controlling and monitoring any of your Personal Information uploaded on a publicly available tournament event site hosted on a USGA Product.  If You become aware of Personal Information about you on a publicly available tournament event site hosted on a USGA Product that has not been authorized by you, you may contact the USGA at comments@usga.org to request removal of such information and the USGA will make commercial reasonable efforts to comply subject to additional information the USGA may request from you for verification purposes.

Sharing with Other Third Parties

The USGA may share your information (including Personal Information and Non-Personal Information) with third parties in certain circumstances where it believes such sharing is (1) reasonably necessary to providing you with a requested service, (2) legally required, or (3) permitted by this Privacy Policy or otherwise by you.

For example, we may share your information (including Personal Information and Non-Personal Information) with our affiliates, technical consultants, service providers, third party auditors, third party partners or other third parties who use such information on our behalf to help make the USGA Products available, enhance their functionality, provide associated services, process your orders, or deliver content, samples, products, services, advertisements, gifts and prizes (our “Representatives”). Such Representatives include, for example, Web site or database hosting companies, address list hosting companies, e-mail service providers, analytics companies, advertising companies, distribution companies, fulfillment companies, payment processing companies and other similar vendors and services providers. We aim to implement reasonable and appropriate contractual and technical protections for limiting our Representatives’ use of your information to these business activities.

We reserve the right to access and disclose your Personal Information and Non-Personal Information as required by courts or administrative agencies and to the extent required to permit us to investigate suspected fraud, harassment, or other violations of any law, rule, or regulation, the rules or policies of the USGA Products, or the rights of third parties, or to investigate any suspected conduct which the USGA deems improper. We may disclose your Personal Information and Non-Personal Information when we have reason to believe that someone is causing injury to or interference with our rights or property, other users of the USGA Products, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. We also reserve the right to transfer your Personal Information and other information in the event we, or a substantial portion of our assets, undergo a business restructuring, transfer of ownership, or similar transaction.

Except for the sharing of information as explained in this Privacy Policy, the USGA does not share your Personal Information with third party marketers without your permission, which we will seek to obtain either by an “opt-in” or “opt-out” method at the point of collection, or by other means, such as sending you an e-mail if we seek to share your information at a later point in time. You can also opt out of such sharing by notifying us in accordance with the “Opt Out” section of this Privacy Policy below. However, we reserve the right to freely share your Non-Personal Information for marketing and other purposes, with or without your consent. For example, we may disclose Non-Personal Information regarding our users and user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, the USGA Products to third parties, including, for example, aggregate data, such as overall patterns or demographic reports that do not describe or identify any individual user. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SECTION DOES NOT AFFECT THE SHARING OF INFORMATION WITH REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, MEMBER CLUBS OTHER GOLFERS AND APPROVED TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS, WHICH IS STRICTLY GOVERNED BY THE SECTION ENTITLED SHARING WITH REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, MEMBER CLUBS, GOLFERS AND APPROVED TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS. YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO OPT-OUT OF SUCH SHARING AND SHOULD NOT USE ANY OF THE USGA PRODUCTS IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO SUCH SHARING.

Please note that the USGA is not responsible for removing your information from third party lists or databases. You can restrict the use of certain of your Personal Information by certain direct mail companies by contacting: Mail Preference Service c/o Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, New York 11735-9008.

Cookies, Third Party Advertisers, Analytics and Social Networking

Please note that at times, some of the advertisers on the USGA Products and their and our ad service providers (including affiliate network providers and third party ad servers) may set cookies or use related technologies or web beacons when you view and/or click their advertising banners, links or other ads. While we use cookies and web beacons on parts of the USGA Products, information from cookies, tracking pixels, clear GIFs and other tracking technologies received with third party ads and links may be collected directly by those advertisers and ad service providers and used to cause relevant ads to be displayed to you. For example, these companies may collect and use information about you and your visits to the USGA Products and other Web sites (including Personal Information and Non-Personal Information) in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. These advertisements may appear on the USGA Products and on other Web sites. The advertiser’s privacy policy and/or that of its service provider will govern the use of this information and we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such companies. We encourage you to read these businesses’ privacy policies to learn about how they treat your information. Additionally, some of these companies (like the ad networks) are members of the industry groups, the Network Advertising Initiative and the Digital Advertising Alliance, each of which offers a single location to opt out of their cookies. For more information about third party advertisers and how to prevent them from using your information, we encourage you to visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s consumer web site, at http://www.networkadvertising.org, and the Digital Advertising Alliance's consumer choice page at http://www.aboutads.info/choices.

As described herein, we and third parties, such as ad networks, web analytics companies and social networking platforms, may collect information (including Personal Information and Non-Personal Information) about you and your online activities over time and across the USGA Products and other web sites. Unless you opt out following the instructions below, these companies may use your Personal Information, information about your visits to and usage of the USGA Products and other web sites, and general geographic information derived from your IP address, in order to provide advertisements about goods and services that are customized to your interests and preferences on the USGA Products and other web sites. Some advertisements may display icons that consumers can click on for more information about their advertising choices.

We work with advertising partners, including DoubleClick, Quantcast and Adobe, to make this happen. These companies may employ cookies, clear GIFs, tracking pixels and/or other tracking technologies to cause relevant ads to be displayed to you. To opt out of this, follow the instructions here or here. You may also individually opt out of DoubleClick here, Quantcast here and Adobe here. For information about applicable Doubleclick privacy practices, visit https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/; for information about Quantcast’s privacy practices, visit https://www.quantcast.com/how-we-do-it/consumer-choice/privacy-policy/; and for information about Adobe’s privacy practices, visit http://www.adobe.com/privacy/policy.html. If you do want to opt out of using these tools, you need to opt out separately for each of your devices and for each Web browser you use (like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari) on each device. However, if you opt out, we may still suggest offerings to you on the USGA Products based on your history at the USGA Products.

Unless you opt-out, you consent to the use of cookies, pixels and other similar tracking technologies on your computer or device in this way and as described in this Privacy Policy. For more information about third-party advertisers and how to prevent them from using your information, visit the NAI’s consumer Web site at http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/  or the DAA’s consumer Web site at http://www.aboutads.info/choices/. We currently do not change our tracking practices in response to “do not track” signals transmitted by users’ web browsers, so we encourage you to visit these links if you would like to opt out of certain tracking.

You may opt in or opt out of our sharing of your Personal Information with third parties for their marketing use by following the directions in the “Opt Out” section below.

How Does the USGA Try to Protect My Information?

The security of your Personal Information is important to us. For example, when you register and use any USGA Products, we endeavor to protect the security and integrity of any sensitive information collected thereon or there through by putting in place reasonable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures. However, while we strive to protect your Personal Information, due to the inherent open nature of the Internet we cannot guarantee that communications between you and any USGA Products, or information stored on any USGA Products or servers, will be free from unauthorized access by third parties such as hackers. Your use of the USGA Products demonstrates your assumption of this risk. We also cannot guarantee or assume any liability for the security and safeguarding of your information by the Regional Association, member clubs, other golfers or Approved Technology Providers after we have shared your information with them in accordance with the section entitled Sharing with Regional Associations, Member Clubs, Golfers and Approved Technology Providers. We encourage you to follow up with the Regional Associations, member clubs and Approved Technology Providers (if applicable) directly to obtain information on the procedures they use to secure and safeguard your information. It is also important that you review and appreciate the rules governing what the Regional Association, member clubs and Approved Technology Providers do with any information we share with them and any information you provide to them directly. Please make sure to review their terms of use and privacy policy, if any. If you have any questions on identifying who your Regional Association, member club or Approved Technology Provider (if applicable) is, please contact us at comments@usga.org and we’ll try to assist you in identifying them. When contacting us, please make sure to provide us with your name and GHIN number.

You should be aware that any information and content, including Personal Information you post to message boards, community tools, or other publicly accessible forums may be viewed and used by anyone with access to such forums. By using these services, you assume the risk that the Personal Information provided by you may be viewed and used by third parties.

If you are using a shared or public computer, we recommend that you log off your profile and close your browser window when you have finished using any of the USGA Web Sites. If you notice any inaccuracies in your Personal Information, please contact us immediately.

Account Deactivation

To deactivate your user account, you may email comments@usga.org, call us at (908) 234-2300, or write us at the United States Golf Association, P.O. Box 708, Liberty Corner, NJ 07938, or follow the procedures in the Contact Us section of this Privacy Policy, or use the deactivate feature in the USGA Product, if available. We will remove your profile from the USGA Products but may retain any record of your information that is necessary to comply with applicable federal, state, or local law. The USGA may maintain and continue to use anonymized data for any lawful business purposes. Please keep in mind that (a) the deactivation of your user account on the USGA Products will not affect the information that Regional Associations, member clubs and Approved Technology Providers (if applicable) may have about you, if any, and (b) if you made use of communication features, e. g., sending a personal message, or using community tools (such as posting on message boards or other publicly accessible forums, to share information with other individuals on any of the USGA Products), such communications are generally not removable. By registering for a user account, you acknowledge and consent that, even after removal of your profile and Personal Information from a USGA Product, your information may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of individuals who have copied or stored such information or content.

Links to Other Web Sites

The USGA Products may contain links, banners, or advertisements to other web sites.  When you click on such links, banners, or advertisements, the privacy policies of the web sites to which you are linked and/or their service provider (as applicable) will govern the use of your information collected on such sites.  The USGA does not have access to or control over any technologies or practices that may be used by third parties.

This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by the USGA via its USGA Products.  We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites.  We encourage our users to read the privacy statements of each and every web site visited after leaving any of the USGA Web Sites through such a link, banner or advertisement, in order to learn how such third parties may treat your information.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection

In order for a child under the age of 13 (“Young Minor”) to obtain and maintain a Handicap SystemTM, the parent or guardian of the Young Minor or any other adult with authority to act on behalf of the Young Minor for this specific purpose (i.e., club professional) (“Authorized Adult”), must register the Young Minor on the USGA Product, a process which requires an Authorized Adult, and not the Young Minor, to provide certain Personal Information regarding the Young Minor. Thereafter, only an Authorized Adult may interact with the USGA Products and act on behalf of the Young Minor in order to maintain a Handicap SystemTM and participate in tournaments. All information collected from the Authorized Adult relating to the Young Minor will be treated in the same manner as any other information subject to this Privacy Policy, including the section entitled Sharing with Regional Associations, Member Clubs, Golfers and Approved Technology Providers.

Young Minors are expressly prohibited from providing any Personal Information, including name, physical and e-mail address, telephone number, golf playing data and information, or any other information to the USGA via the USGA Products. USGA does not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information directly from Young Minors or allow Young Minors to register to use any USGA Product. In the event the USGA learns that we have collected Personal Information from a Young Minor without verifiable parental consent, we will delete such information as quickly as possible.

Consent to Worldwide Transfer and Processing of Personal Information

Note to residents of the EEA: When you give your Personal Information to the USGA through the USGA Products, it may be collected and used by the USGA and its affiliates for the purposes of, for example, providing you services and sending you correspondence. Your Personal Information may also be transferred to entities other than the USGA and its affiliates, which entities may be located in countries outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”), including the United States. Each of these countries has different privacy laws that afford varying levels of protection for your personally identifiable information, and such laws may not be as comprehensive as those that exist in the EEA. By registering on the USGA Products or otherwise using their services, you consent to the USGA’s and its affiliates’ transmission to, and collection and processing of your information in, any jurisdiction, in accordance with its Privacy Policy.

Change Information

You can access, view and change your preferences, profile, and other information by visiting the applicable profile section of the USGA Product or emailing us at comments@usga.org, calling us at (908) 234-2300, or writing us at the United States Golf Association, P.O. Box 708, Liberty Corner, NJ 07938. You may also inform us of such changes by following the procedures described in the Contact Us section of this Privacy Policy, and the USGA will take reasonable steps to correct any information about you that is incorrect.

Opt Out

You may opt out of being contacted by the USGA for promotional purposes, or having your Personal Information disclosed to third parties for such third parties’ marketing use, by updating your opt-out preferences in your USGA Web Site account (if any and if applicable) or by contacting the USGA by following the instructions set forth in the Contact Us section of this Privacy Policy below. From each of its promotional e-mails, the USGA also enables you to opt-out of receiving future promotional emails from the USGA.

Please understand that if you opt out of receiving promotional correspondence from us, we may still contact you in connection with your relationship, activities, transactions and communications with us. Also, a request to have us stop sharing your Personal Information with other entities for marketing purposes will only apply as of the date of your request, and we will not be responsible for any communications that you may receive from entities that received your Personal Information prior to such request. In these cases, please contact that entity directly.

Note that your choice to change your information or opt out may affect the USGA’s ability to provide you with the requested product or service. If you change your mind at a later time, you can contact the USGA about your preferences by following the procedures in the Contact Us section of this Privacy Policy.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SECTION DOES NOT AFFECT THE SHARING OF INFORMATION WITH REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, MEMBER CLUBS, OTHER GOLFERS AND APPROVED TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS, WHICH IS STRICTLY GOVERNED BY THE SECTION ENTITLED SHARING WITH REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, MEMBER CLUBS, GOLFERS AND APPROVED TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS. YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO OPT-OUT OF SUCH SHARING AND SHOULD NOT USE ANY USGA PRODUCT IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO SUCH SHARING.

California Privacy Rights

Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as Senate Bill 27 or “Shine the Light” law, California residents with whom we have an established business relationship are entitled to request and receive, free of charge, once per calendar year, information about the customer information we shared, if any, with other businesses for their own direct marketing uses in the previous calendar year. You may email us at comments@usga.org, calling us at (908) 234-2300 to request a copy. We will provide the requested information to you at your email address in response. Please be aware that not all information sharing is covered by the “Shine the Light” law requirements and only information on covered sharing will be included in our response.

Contact Us

The USGA welcomes your questions and comments about privacy. Please feel free to contact us for any reason, including a request to be added to or taken off a marketing list or to prevent sharing your Personal Information with third parties, by sending an e-mail to comments@usga.org, calling us at (908) 234-2300, or writing us at the United States Golf Association, P.O. Box 708, Liberty Corner, NJ 07938.