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FCBA - Privacy Policy

Federal Communications Bar Association and Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation – Privacy Policy

Last Reviewed and Effective: June 22, 2023

This Privacy Policy explains how the Federal Communications Bar Association (“FCBA”) and the FCBA Foundation (collectively “we,” “our,” or “us”) may collect, use, share, and safeguard personal information collected both offline and online, including on the FCBA website (the “Site”) when you engage with our services (“Services”).

When we discuss “personal information,” we mean any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person that can be directly or indirectly identified by the information.

Why Do We Collect Personal Information?

When you use and engage with our Services, we may collect personal information directly or indirectly from you. We primarily collect information from you when you provide it to us, such as when you become a member, sign up for or attend an event that we are hosting, request our newsletter, apply for a scholarship, or otherwise visit our Site. We also collect certain information indirectly from you through the use of digital technologies on our Site.

What Personal Information Do We Collect?

Depending on how you engage with our Services, we may collect the following categories of information from you:

  • Identifiers include your name, company, job title and social media handles.
  • Contact information includes your email, mailing address, and phone numbers.
  • Payment information, such as your credit or debit card.
  • Marketing preferences includes information such as the committees or chapters that you have joined, and whether you have signed up for our newsletter.
  • Images, such as photographs or video from events that you attend.
  • Sensitive information, if you apply for a scholarship, stipend, grant or other benefits, we may collect your social security number.
  • Technical information includes your IP address, browser type, OS type, time zone settings, and location.
  • Other Information that you provide to us. We also may obtain personal information about you from public sources, such as your company’s website or social media.

How Do We Use Your Personal Information?

We use your personal information to provide you our Services. Specifically, we may use your personal information for the following business purposes:

  • Providing our Services.
  • Managing your membership.
  • Evaluating your request for a Scholarship and administering Scholarships if awarded.
  • Recruiting new members.
  • Engaging with you when you ask us questions or for information.
  • Conducting surveys and polls.
  • Offering and administering events (online and in-person).
  • Evaluating how our Services are being used.
  • Improving our Site and Services.
  • Protecting our rights and property

Who Do We Share Your Personal Information With?

We may share certain personal information with others for a variety of reasons, including with:

  • Other members, through the Membership Directory.
  • Co-sponsors of events or other presenters for events.
  • Our service providers and vendors who support us in providing the Services.
  • Our analytics providers and marketing partners.
  • We may sell, at the discretion and approval of the Executive Director, the membership mailing list to member law firms, other communications-related organizations, major sponsors of FCBA seminars, or others for direct marketing and promotional purposes. The list contains names and mailing address. We do not sell email addresses. You may not opt out of such disclosures.
  • Third parties, such as law enforcement, when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights or property, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud or respond to a government, judicial or other legal request, or to comply with the law.
  • Third parties in connection with a corporate change or dissolution, including for example a merger, acquisition, reorganization, consolidation, bankruptcy, liquidation, sale of assets or wind down of business.


Our Site also uses cookies. Cookies are small data files stored on your computer or device at the request of a website. A cookie assigns a unique numerical identifier to your Web browser, and may enable us to recognize you as the same user visited our Site in the past, and relate your use of our Site to other information about you, such as your Site usage information and personal information. Cookies may be used to enhance your experience on our Site (for example, by storing your username so you can log in easily, keeping you logged into the Site after you have provided your password) or to collect general usage and aggregated statistical information and detect and prevent fraud. Most browsers can be set to detect cookies and give you an opportunity to reject them, but refusing cookies may, in some cases, inhibit or preclude your use of Site or its features. To learn more about the use of cookies, including how to manage or delete them, click here.   

Do-Not-Track Disclosures

Some web browsers may transmit “do-not-track” (DNT) signals to the websites with which the user communicates. Because there currently is no industry standard concerning what, if anything, websites should do when they receive such signals, we currently recognize DNT signals.


We maintain physical, technical and procedural safeguards that are appropriate to the sensitivity of the personal information in question. These safeguards are designed to prevent your personal information from loss and unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification, disposal or destruction. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while the Service strives to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the confidentiality or security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

Third Party Websites

Our Site may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for these other websites, and so their posted privacy policies (not this Policy) will govern the collection and use of your information on them. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each website visited after leaving our Site to learn about how your information is treated by others.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time. When we do, we will let you know by posting the changed Policy on this page with a new “Last Updated and Effective Date.” In some cases (for example, if we were ever to significantly expand our use or sharing of your Personal Information), we may also notify you about changes by additional means, such as by sending an e-mail to the e-mail address we have on file for you. 

Children’s Privacy

On occasion we offer family friendly events, such as the FCBA Annual Seminar, where members are welcome to include their children in the activities. In these cases, we will collect limited information from the parent or guardian about the child, such as their preferred name. Otherwise, our Services are not directed to individuals under the age of 18.  

Shine the Light

California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of personally identifiable information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please use the contact information below.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments regarding our privacy practices, you may contact us at: