Privacy Policy

The following statements disclose the privacy practices of the Air Line Pilots Association's public Internet and private Intranet Web sites. ALPA is committed to respecting and protecting the privacy of its members. The Association has adopted a set of guidelines that serve as the basis for the relationship between member data and the Association's Web site. These guidelines have been developed with the recognition that Internet technologies are rapidly evolving; accordingly, guidelines are subject to change. Should the Association's privacy policy change, any changes will be posted on this page. We ask that you read the following policy, and we encourage you to send us your questions or comments.

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Where does ALPA get information about pilot members?

  • Pilot Information Database: Data in ALPA's membership database comes from several sources, including members themselves, employers, and ALPA officials. This data is entered into the system and updated by designated ALPA employees.
  • Preferences Page:   To access the private, Members Only, Intranet portion of the ALPA Web site, members must agree to abide by the Conditions of Use of site use. When members complete their Preferences pages on the ALPA Intranet site, they supply to the Association their e-mail address, their password, and the manner in which they wish to access documents disseminated by the Association.
  • The My Account & Address Info link on the ALPA Members Portal takes users to an area where they may update their name, status, phone number, and mailing address data for the membership database.
  • Usage information: Our site gathers statistical data about the number of visitors to the site and the number of visits to specific areas on the site, much in the same way that highway departments collect statistical data about vehicular traffic patterns.



How does ALPA use this information?

The ALPA site uses pilot information from its membership database to provide members with customized account information and access to specific message boards and MEC and LEC sites. Through choices indicated on their Preferences page, users may elect to receive e-mail notification when material has been posted to Intranet site areas to which they have access. ALPA uses the e-mail address information entered on the Preferences page to send e-mail messages to pilot members when they have elected to participate in this service.

In addition, the Association transmits on a periodic basis, to each pilot e-mail address it has on file, the "ALPA FastRead," a Communications Department publication containing information about the Association's activities, accomplishments, and concerns, as well as industry developments and issues affecting members and the piloting profession. Recipients may decline to receive these e-mail messages at any time. Please see our Opt-Out Policy described below.

Just as highway departments use statistical data to determine how often and to what degree roads must be maintained and improved, the Association uses "site traffic" data as a basis for deciding how site pages can be improved and be made as useful as possible to as many pilot members as possible.

How may members access, update, or correct their information?

At any time, members may add, change, or delete any information contained on their Preferences page.   Members may use the My Account & Address Info link on their ALPA Members Portal to access the area where they may make online updates to their member account information.   In addition, members may contact their Membership Department Membership Analyst to review, add, change, or delete any personal information contained in the Association's pilot database.

With whom does the Air Line Pilots Association share its membership information?

ALPA does not sell personal information about pilot members, nor does it release or disseminate personal information about members to advertisers, third parties, or any other entities, unless legally required to do so.

What safeguards are in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of pilot information?

All information containing personal data (log-in number and password, mailing preferences, etc.) provided to and from the Air Line Pilots Association is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven encryption standard that secures Internet transactions to and from Internet browsers.

Do I need to logoff from ALPA.ORG?

Yes. Furthermore, you should also close you browser when finished with the website – especially when accessing the ALPA.ORG from shared terminals like those found in Crew Rooms or Libraries. These steps insure all cookie and session variables are forced to expire from the computer and prevents users from accessing your personal ALPA.ORG information.

What other information should members know about their privacy?

Throughout the ALPA Intranet, links to Web sites outside the ALPA site may be provided as a convenience. Members should note that when they click on links to these sites, they are entering sites for which ALPA has no responsibility for either content or the privacy of any data that may be intentionally or inadvertently transmitted to that site. The Association encourages members to read the privacy statements of all such sites as their policies may be materially different from ALPA's privacy statement. Members are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of their passwords as well as any account information. They are urged to be careful, responsible, and alert with this information, especially whenever they are logged on to an Internet site.

IP Addresses: The Association does not use IP address logs to track user sessions or user behavior on the ALPA Internet or Intranet sites.

What are cookies, and how does ALPA use them?

Cookies are small text files that are created on your computer and used by many sites to store information about you to customize your visit to those sites. ALPA does not use cookies to store personal information about you. ALPA creates a randomly generated session variable when you log in; your session variable is stored in a cookie. The session variable, which is provided via the cookie, becomes your ticket to the ALPA site. When you go from page to page within the site, this ticket is checked to see if you are authorized to access specific data. Much like a movie ticket, it does not include any personal information.