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Internet Privacy Policy

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) respects the privacy of every individual who visits our website. This privacy statement provides notice of the standards and terms under which ABO protects the privacy of information supplied by visitors to This privacy statement provides notice of our information collection practices and of the ways in which your information may be used.

What Information Does ABO Collect and How is it Used?

A. Personally-Identifiable Information:

ABO receives specific data about its website visitors only when such information is provided voluntarily, such as when our visitors request information via email, purchase merchandise, enroll for services, provide resume information for employment opportunities, or participate in online registration, online examination, or online exam question submission. When you provide personally identifiable information to the ABO through our website, it will be used to fulfill your specific request. You may also request that the ABO not use your information by sending an e-mail to, however, ABO reserves the right, in its discretion, to send you bulletins and other important information about your ABO services.

ABO will not, however, sell or trade your personally identifiable information unless we are authorized or legally required to do so. Where you may provide ABO with credit card or other ordering information via the web, ABO protects and secures this information by employing commercial web-based security and encryption protocols, examples of which include Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Secure Electronic Transaction (SET). Where you voluntarily offer any feedback, data, answers, questions, comments, suggestions, ideas or the like, ABO will treat that portion of the information as non-confidential and nonproprietary and, except as otherwise expressed in this privacy statement, ABO assumes no obligation to protect such information from disclosure.

B. Non Personally Identifiable (Generic) Information:

In general, the ABO gathers some generic information automatically. Generic information does NOT reveal the identity of the visitor. It usually includes information about the Internet address assigned to your computer, the number and frequency of visitors, and the web pages visited. The ABO gathers this information for the limited purpose of determining customer service and website needs. We accomplish this by using certain technologies, including "cookies" (a technology that can be used to provide the visitor with tailored information about the ABO services). The ABO does not combine information collected in this way with any personally identifiable information. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie and you can refuse it.

C. Exceptions and Limitations:

Notwithstanding the foregoing and in compliance with applicable laws, the ABO (1) cooperates fully with state, local, and federal officials in any investigation relating to any content (including personal or private electronic communications transmitted to ABO) or purported unlawful activities of any user of the Service, and (2) takes reasonable measures to protect its proprietary rights. For the limited purposes of accomplishing such cooperation and measures and in compliance with applicable laws, the ABO may be required to disclose personally identifiable information. In addition, the ABO may elect to monitor the areas of communication of any kind (1) to satisfy any law, regulation, or government request; (2) if such disclosure is necessary or appropriate to operate the ABO; or (3) to protect the rights or property of the ABO or others. In connection with the potential transfer of any of its interest in, the ABO reserves the right to transfer your information (including, but not limited to name, address information, and other information you provided to the ABO) to a third party that (1) agrees to be the ABO's successor in interest with regard to the maintenance and protection of information collected and maintained by the ABO; and (2) agrees to the obligations of this policy statement.

Administrative Office:
401 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 300
St Louis, MO 63141-7839
phone (314) 432-6130
fax (314) 432-8170

The ABO welcomes submission of potential examination questions to increase the relevance and validity of the exam. Each question must be supported by literature references.