GSCA Privacy & Data Use Notice

GSCA takes your privacy very seriously. This notice explains how GSCA uses any personal information we collect about you when you use this website and/or become a member. GSCA collects personal data only with your consent (i.e. by joining GSCA or creating a guest account) or to fulfill a compelling legitimate interest of GSCA in a manner that does not outweigh your rights and freedoms. GSCA endeavors to apply suitable safeguards to protect the privacy and security of your personal data and to use it only consistent with your relationship with GSCA and the practices described in this Privacy & Data Use Notice.

What information do we collect about you?

We collect information about you when you join GSCA, create a guest account on our website, register for an event, or otherwise input information about yourself in your use of the website. The specific information collected can be found via the join/renewal form, event registration form, etc. This information is collected transparently and voluntarily. Website usage information is collected using cookies (defined below), however this data is not personally identifiable.

How will we use this information?

Your personal, contact, and other information is collected so that GSCA may:

1) provide members, prospective members, and attendees with goods and services, including membership services, educational content, events, and the like;

2) communicate with you about your membership, our events, other association news and business, and/or communicate with you with promotional material from our sponsors;

3) analyze membership composition and trends;

4) tailor member and event services based upon known information about our members;

5) include your contact information in the member directory;

6) contact you regarding opportunities for volunteer service with the association (your information may be shared with volunteers such as the Executive Board and Nominations and Elections Committee).

We occasionally sell or provide names and mailing addresses to relevant third parties, such as providing a member or conference attendee mailing list to annual conference sponsors. Explicit permission to do so is requested via the member join and renew form. Additionally, we may share personal information with third parties who are facilitating the delivery of GSCA services. Specifically, we provide your name and email address to MultiView, who distributes our Counselor Connections newsletter. We also provide your name and mailing address to our printing company, MLS & Associates, if you elect to receive a print copy of the Beacon.

How will we communicate with you?

GSCA will send you information about association news, calls for proposals, registration, etc. By creating an account on the GSCA website, you consent to receiving emailed communications from us. You may opt out from marketing materials using the “Safe Unsubscribe” link on all emails we send or by sending your request to, though you will subsequently not receive any GSCA news or information (including the call for proposals and registration notices for the annual conference). You will receive automated notices from the website (such as expiration reminders and event registration confirmations) regardless of whether you opt out of marketing materials. 

Where is my information stored?

Information related to your member or guest account with GSCA is maintained in your user profile. This personal information is stored in one or more software platforms hosted by third parties. These third parties do not use your personal information for any purpose other than cloud storage and retrieval, or other purpose as noted below. A sample of this software is as follows:

·      Website association management software

· (software for storage of data back ups)

·      Constant Contact (email marketing software)

·      QuickBooks Online (accounting software)

Additionally, when you submit a proposal for the annual conference, you are utilizing a software called ProposalSpace and are subject to their privacy policy:

Website Cookies

As is true of most web sites, GSCA’s website collects certain information automatically utilizing cookies. GSCA utilizes cookies in order to give you the best experience on our website. Cookies assist with the website “remembering” you, and also with our ability to use analyze and assess website behavior and activity so that GSCA may evaluate and adapt the website itself based on visitor use. The information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, the region or general location where your computer or device is accessing the internet, browser type, operating system and other usage information about the use of the GSCA’s website, including a history of the pages you view. You can set your browser not to accept cookies. For more information on cookies, here are third-party links for your reference:

Other Websites

Our website contains links to other websites and subscription services. This Privacy & Data Use Notice only applies to the GSCA website. When you click a link to an outside website, you are leaving the GSCA site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the outside website.

How to Contact Us

Please contact with any questions.