Bengali Association of Minnesota (BAM)
- Scope and Purpose
This Policy does not apply to companies and organizations that BAM does not own or control, or to individuals that are not under BAM’s supervisory control.
The purpose of this Policy is to provide transparency and to provide BAM Directors, Officers, Advisory & Compliance Committee (ACC) Members, and staff (including contract employees, if any) Guidelines regarding the treatment of member’s and guest’s Personal Information that is collected by BAM during its normal day-to-day business activities.
- Personal Information collected by BAM from members and non-member visitors to its website
The BAM website is divided into 2 sections: a general section that is accessible to both members of the general public and BAM members; and a “Members Only” section that can be accessed only by registered BAM members after entering a unique personal password. Content on the BAM website. Content on the “Members Only” section of the BAM website is accessible only to BAM members.
While using BAM’s website, BAM members may submit Personal Information when applying for BAM Membership or Membership Renewal, registering for BAM notifications and emails, signing up for future events and newsletters, and accessing and posting content.
Depending on the service or process, the Personal Information you may be asked to provide is your:
- Postal Address
- Email address
- Phone number
- Age, Gender, Family members, and other pertinent demographic information needed for membership registration
- Financial information like Credit or Debit Card or PayPal Account Information
- Use and disclosure of Personal Information collected by BAM
BAM uses the Personal Information collected from members only for the internal business of BAM. BAM allows access to non-public Personal Information only to BAM members who need to know the information in order to run BAM’s operations and carry out BAMs work and objectives.
BAM does not buy, sell, lease, or rent members’ Personal Information or BAM membership list.
BAM does not disclose any non-public Personal Information about its current or former members to any person or organization except as permitted or required by law.
- Protecting non-public Personal Information
BAM strives to use reasonable steps and precautions to protect and safeguard the non-public Personal Information of its members.
During the course of its normal day-to-day business activities BAM, like many other organizations, works with several outside companies and organizations specializing in the management of websites and web-based information, and for processing online payments (hereinafter referred to as third-party vendors). BAM uses these third-party vendors to host and maintain its website and online services, collect and process payments from members, and collect and process information for registration of members and conducting BAM elections.
To safeguard the information provided by members and processed by these third-party vendors, BAM strives to use reputable and established vendors/service providers that have Privacy Policies and technical infrastructure in place to safeguard the personal information processed or hosted on behalf of their clients. For example, payments made to BAM may be collected through PayPal or credit card or by depositing checks in the BAM’s bank account, and BAM relies on the Privacy Policies, procedure, and technical infrastructure in place at these financial institutions to prevent unauthorized disclosure of Personal Information
However, BAM realizes and cautions its members that in spite of such steps and precautions, Personal Information that is entered or stored online may in some cases be intercepted, collected and used by others.
- Monitoring and Reporting
Complaints or reports received from any BAM member(s) regarding disclosure of Personal Information in violation of this Policy or about a data breach at a third-party vendor site shall be investigated by the BOD and ACC and the results of the investigation will be communicated to the affected parties and BAM General Body, as deemed required by the BOD and ACC.