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Privacy Policy

In an effort to maintain efficient service while respecting the privacy of the COMMON website (Site) visitors, COMMON has created and posted the following privacy policy. This privacy policy is incorporated into and is a part of the Terms and Conditions of Use Agreement our Site.

Information Collection and Use

We will collect personally identifiable information that you provide to us, including, but not limited to, your name, employer’s name, address(es), telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and credit card information. COMMON may use and store such information in order to notify you of official COMMON business; provide a product or service you requested; secure your membership status; analyze, evaluate, and improve member and prospective member needs and interests; track continuing education related activities; alert you of COMMON news, activities, programs, services, and benefits; and for other legitimate and lawful business purposes. Personally identifiable information may be given to a third party in order to complete a specific business transaction on behalf of COMMON. Contact information from inquiries received by COMMON may be shared with COMMON members to provide a service, satisfy a question, or develop a prospective business relationship.

We may disclose personally identifiable information to the proper authorities if we become subject to a subpoena or court order or if we are otherwise legally required to disclose such information. We also may use and disclose information about you to establish or exercise our legal rights, to enforce the Terms and Conditions of Use, to assert and defend against legal claims, or if we believe such disclosure is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take other action regarding actual or suspected illegal or fraudulent activities or potential threats to the physical safety or well-being of any person. If all or part of COMMON is merged into or otherwise transferred to another entity, we may transfer the personally identifiable information you provided to us to such entity as part of that transaction.

Registration and Order Forms

In order to enroll or register in a program, attend COMMON events, meetings, or conferences, or request products or services, you may be required to fill out a registration or order form and provide personally identifiable information, which we will use to process your registration or order. In certain circumstances, a program accessed through the Site may be jointly sponsored or co-sponsored with other organizations, and registration may or may not be handled by COMMON. In such event, this privacy policy will not apply – instead, such third party’s privacy policy will be controlling. Please note that COMMON is not responsible for the privacy policies of these other organizations (or their use of your personally identifiable or other information) and hereby disclaims any liability or responsibility in connection therewith. In addition, your name and information may appear on registration or attendee lists distributed at COMMON events, meetings, and conferences to other attendees and third parties.

Cookies and Log Files

Cookies are pieces of stored information used: to provide smoother navigation throughout the Site, such as a saved password; to identify user trends, such as page views; and for other internal purposes, such as assessing the effectiveness of the Site. You have the option of setting your computer to disable cookies or to alert you when cookies are being used. If you choose to disable cookies, please be aware that portions of the Site may not function properly.

Google AdWords

This Site may use the Google AdWords remarketing service to advertise on third-party websites (including Google) to previous visitors to the Site. That could mean that we advertise to previous visitors who have not completed a task on the Site, including, for example, using the contact form to make an inquiry. That could be in the form of an advertisement on the Google search results page or a site in the Google Display Network. Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on users’ past visits to the Site. Any data collected will be used in accordance with this privacy policy and Google’s privacy policy. Users may opt out of this service through the Google’s Ads Settings or Ad Settings mobile resource.


There are links to other websites throughout the Site. Please note that COMMON is not responsible for the privacy policies of those other sites and hereby disclaims any liability or responsibility in connection with such linked sites.


Online registration and information, such as credit card numbers, will be secured using a commercially accepted method of encryption. However, while we employ reasonable security measures to protect your personal information, please be aware that no method of electronic transmission is completely infallible, and we cannot guarantee its absolute safety. If you become aware of any breach of Site security, please contact us immediately.

Updating Personal Information and Participation

You may contact COMMON as set forth below to update your personally identifiable information or to opt in to or opt out of any service at any time. We will provide opt-in and opt-out opportunities as applicable to the service or product being offered.

Privacy Policy Updates

Should any changes be made to this privacy policy, we will post them on this page with appropriate explanation.

Acceptance of our Privacy Policy Terms

Using the COMMON Site indicates your acceptance of our privacy policy. Your continued visits to the COMMON Site after changes are posted to this policy will signify your acceptance of those changes.

Contact information

If you have questions, please contact us at:


8770 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 1350

Chicago, IL 60631

Telephone: 800.777.6734 or 312.279.0192