Privacy Policy

Metalworking Basics Privacy Statement


Thank you for visiting the Metalworking Basics Institution network of Websites and reviewing our Privacy Statement. The Metalworking Basics Institution does not collect personal information about visitors to our Websites unless you choose to provide that information to us. The Metalworking Basics will use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested.

This Privacy Statement applies to the online activities of the Metalworking Basics Institution and onsite interactive activities (collectively ""). It does not apply to its Metalworking Basics Enterprises websites (Metalworking Basics Magazine, Air & Space Magazine, Metalworking Basics Store, and Metalworking Basics Journeys). Consult those websites for the Metalworking Basics Enterprises privacy statement.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

When you visit our Websites, we automatically gather and store the following information about your visit so that we can track the use of our Websites in order to make improvements. This information is stored and used in the aggregate only, and is not used to contact you personally:

  • The IP address from which you access our Websites;
  • The name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example,, if you are connecting from a Google account);
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our Websites;
  • The date and time you access our sites;
  • The pages, files, documents and links that you visit; and
  • The domain of the website which referred you to this Website (the last website you visited before visiting this one).


In addition to information collected automatically, we use cookies to support the internal functionality of the Websites. Cookies, which are small pieces of information sent to your browser by a website that you visit, are used to track usage patterns, traffic trends and customer behavior, as well as to record other information from the Website.

When you register on the Websites, cookies also allow us to save information so that you will not have to re-enter it the next time you visit. Many content adjustments and customer service improvements are made based on the data derived from cookies. Some Metalworking Basics Websites use third-party vendors, such as Google Analytics, to place cookies and analyze the information collected by cookies in order to make the Metalworking Basics Websites more interesting and useful to you. No personally identifiable information is collected. Information that we collect from cookies will not be used to create profiles of individual users and only will be used in aggregate form.

The data is retained for as long as necessary to support the mission of the Metalworking Basics Websites. You may set your browser to refuse cookies from any website that you visit. If you so choose, you may still gain access to most of the Metalworking Basics's Websites, but you may not be able to conduct certain types of transactions (such as shopping) or take advantage of some of the interactive elements offered. You may opt-out of Google Analytics using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Additionally, some Metalworking Basics Websites may use the Demographics and Interest reporting feature for Google Analytics for Display Advertising. The data provided by this service (such as age, gender, and interests) is used to better understand visitors to these Websites and customize our Websites to our users' interest. You may opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising by visiting Ad Settings.

If You Send Us Personal Information

The Metalworking Basics's Websites will only collect personal information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide by, for example, sending emails, completing membership forms, registering for classes, events, or other programs, responding to surveys or ordering merchandise. If you provide us with personal information, we will normally respond to your inquiry, request or order.

We may also contact you to provide information about Metalworking Basics activities, programs, membership and development opportunities, products and special events that may interest you. Except as described below, we will not share your name or information outside the Metalworking Basics unless you affirmatively authorize us to do so by opting-in.

When we send you such information by email, you will always have an immediate opportunity to decline further communication. Please use the contact specified in the email so that we can remove you from the list that contains your name. If you are uncertain about whom to contact, you may contact our webmaster at

The Metalworking Basics uses outside vendors to provide certain services, such as companies that process credit card transactions for the Metalworking Basics. These third-party vendors will have access to the information needed to perform their functions, but may not use your information for any other purpose. Some Metalworking Basics units, on occasion, rent or exchange select member name and address information with other charitable or cultural non-profit organizations. You will be notified of any such sharing and provided an opportunity to opt-out.

There may be sites within the Metalworking Basics's network of Websites where you can opt-in to receive information from non-Metalworking Basics entities. If you opt-in, you may receive correspondence from these organizations on programs, products or services that might interest you. If you decide to opt-out of receiving any further correspondence from a non-Metalworking Basics entity, please correspond directly with that business or organization to be removed from its mailing list.

Please note that the Metalworking Basics also may provide your information to: (1) a Federal, State, or local law enforcement agency if the Metalworking Basics becomes aware of a violation or potential violation of law or regulation; (2) a court or party in a court or Federal administrative proceeding if the Metalworking Basics is a party or in order to comply with a subpoena; (3) a member of the public in response to his or her request for Metalworking Basics records under Metalworking Basics Directive 807, available at (4) the Department of Justice or in certain legal proceedings when the Metalworking Basics, an employee of the Metalworking Basics, or the United States is a party to litigation or has an interest in the litigation and the use of such records is deemed relevant and necessary to the litigation; (5) Metalworking Basics officials, including the Inspector General, as needed to perform official duties; (6) a Committee of Congress in response to a formal request; (7) protect the security or integrity of the Metalworking Basics Websites and services; and (8) any other person or entity as required by law.

Any further sharing or disclosure requires your consent.


The Metalworking Basics takes reasonable steps to design and manage our Websites' technology to ensure that its information technology systems, applications, and information technology infrastructure are secure.

The Metalworking Basics requires credit card processing be secured based on compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards. When you use your credit card for any purchase on a Metalworking Basics Website, that transaction is always encrypted when traveling over the Internet.