At NSF International, we strive to honor the privacy and security of our users, customers and
suppliers, as well as their representatives, in relation to all products, services, applications and
websites provided by NSF International, 789 North Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 USA ) or
its affiliates (each an NSF entity and collectively NSF or we/us hereunder).
This privacy statement describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you
may provide to us, for instance when you visit the websites owned or operated by us (including
but not limited to www.nsf.org; collectively the "Websites"), and our practices for collecting,
using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information. Please read this privacy
statement carefully in order to understand our policies and practices regarding your information
and how we will treat it.
This privacy statement may change from time to time. Please check for updates. If you have any
questions or comments regarding this privacy statement, please contact us at
Children Under the Age of 13
Our Websites are not intended for children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect
personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any
information on our Websites or provide any information about yourself to us, including your
name, address, telephone number, email address, or any screen name or user name you may use.
If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without
verification of parental consent (to the extent such consent is required), we will delete that
information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13,
please contact us at our Data Protection team: NSF International, 789 N. Dixboro Road, Ann
Arbor MI 48105 or via email at [email protected].
Kinds of Personal Data Processed
When you submit a request or electronically pass information to any NSF entity (including, but
not limited to, orders, subscriptions, registration, contest or survey participations, comments,
feedback, forms, transactions, employment applications and resumes), you are sometimes asked
to provide certain information, including, but not limited to, your name, title, company, address,
phone and fax numbers, e-mail address and line of business, as well as appropriate categories of
personal data (such as transactional data in the event of transactions). When you browse on any
of our Websites, we may also automatically collect electronic identification and configuration
data, such as device- or connection-related details. These kinds of data will in many
circumstances be considered as personal data under applicable data protection legislation.
In addition to obtaining personal data from you or your device directly, we may obtain such
personal data from third parties, for example our business partners.
For more information on the automated collection of information through cookies and similar
files/tags, please see our section below on Cookies.
Purposes of Processing
We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal data:
Based on a (potential) contract with you or our legitimate interest in concluding or performing a contract with your employer:
- To provide you with information, products, or services that you request from us.
- To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it.
- To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection.
For any other purpose with your consent.
The information we collect automatically is statistical data and does not/may include personal data , but we may maintain it or associate it with personal data we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve our Websites and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to:
- Recognize you when you return to our Websites.
- Speed up your searches.
- Estimate our audience size and usage patterns.
- Store information about your preferences (mailing lists you’ve signed up for, services your company is interested in), which allows us to customize our Websites according to your individual interests.
- We may also use your information to contact you about our own services that may be of interest to you. If you do not want us to use your information in this way, see Your Rights as a Data Subject.
Disclosure of Your Personal Data
We may disclose aggregated information about our users and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.
We may disclose personal data that we collect or you provide as described in this privacy statement:
- To our subsidiaries and affiliates for the purpose of delivering the service for which you provided it.
- To contractors, service providers, and other third parties we use to support our business and who are bound by contractual obligations to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
- To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of NSF’s assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by NSF about our Website users is among the assets transferred.
- To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it.
- For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
- With your consent.
We may also disclose your personal data:
- To comply with any court order, law, or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request.
- If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of NSF, our customers, or others.
International Data Transfers
In the event of transfer of personal data from (initially from a country within the European
Economic Area to another country outside of the European Economic Area, NSF systematically
ensures the application of an adequate level of protection of such personal data by approved
means (e.g. selecting “Privacy Shield”-certified processors or putting in place standard
contractual clauses on the processing of personal data, in accordance with the EU Commission
model clauses). You can request more information about such measures (including copies where
relevant) by getting in touch with NSF through the contact details below.
Your Rights as a Data Subject
Subject to applicable law, you may have some or all of the following rights in respect of your personal data.
You can exercise these rights by submitting your request [by getting in touch with NSF at [email protected].
Please include your personal details as well as some means of verifying your identity (e.g. copy of identity card.).
Please note that NSF may reject requests that are excessive or a misuse of the relevant right.
Access right. You may have the right to obtain confirmation of whether NSF processes personal data in relation to you and, if so, gain access to a copy thereof. For certain kinds of data, you may also have a right to data portability.
Data accuracy: right of rectification and right to erasure. You may have the possibility
rectify or obtain the erasure of your personal data, provided that the applicable legal
requirements are met. The right to erasure is subject to various exceptions, notably as
regards personal data whose processing is necessary to support litigation or for
compliance with statutory retention requirements.
Please note that it may not always be possible for us to delete your personal data on the
relevant Website without deleting your user account.
Limits to processing: right to restriction, right to object & consent withdrawal. In
addition, you may have the right to object to the processing of personal data based on
NSF’s legitimate interests (see above) and to otherwise obtain the restriction of certain
forms of processing in specific circumstances. In particular, in relation to the processing
of personal data for direct marketing purposes, you may have the right to object at any
time thereto. Where any processing is based on consent, you may have the right to
withdrawal such consent at any time (without this affecting the processing prior to the
You can exercise this right sending us an email stating your request to
[email protected] If we have sent you a promotional email, you may click on the
unsubscribe box at the bottom of the email which will omit you from future email
distributions. [This opt-out does not apply to the processing of personal data in the
context of a service purchase, warranty registration, service experience or other
In relation to cookies and tracking technologies, you can set your browser to refuse all or
some browser cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. To learn how you can
manage your cookie settings, visit your browser settings. If you disable or refuse all
cookies, including functional cookies, please note that some parts of this site may then be
inaccessible or not function properly.
Right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authorities: You may have the right
to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority, in particular the data protection
authority that is competent for your place of residence.
Your California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code Section § 1798.83 permits users of our Websites that are California
residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third
parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to
[email protected], or write us at Data Protection Team, NSF International,789 North
Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal data from accidental loss and
from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure.
The safety and security of your data also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where
you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Websites, you are responsible for
keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure.
Although we do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your
personal data transmitted to our Websites. Any transmission of personal data is at your own risk.
We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained
on the Websites.
referred to as “tags/files” hereunder) to distinguish you from other users of our Websites. This
helps us provide you with a good experience when you browse our Websites and also allows us
to improve our Websites and our services.
In many cases, these tags/files lead to the use of your device’s processing or storage capabilities.
Some of these tags/files are set by NSF itself, others by third parties; some only last as long as
your browser session, while others can stay active on your device for a longer period of time.
In particular, the technologies we use for automatic data collection may include:
Cookies (or browser cookies). A cookie is a small file placed on the hard drive of your
computer. You may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting
on your browser. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain
parts of our Websites. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse
cookies, our system will issue cookies when you direct your browser to our Websites.
Flash Cookies. Certain features of our Websites may use local stored objects (or Flash
cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from,
and on our Websites. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are
used for browser cookies.
Web Beacons. Pages of our Websites and our e-mails may contain small electronic files
known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that
permit NSF, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email
and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain
website content and verifying system and server integrity).
For information about managing your privacy and security settings for cookies, see Your Rights
as a Data Subject.
These tags/files can fall into several categories: (i) those that are necessary for functionality or
services that you request or for the transmission of communications (functionality tags/files); (ii)
those that we use to carry out performance and audience metrics regarding our website (analytics tags/files)
and (iii) the rest (tracking across a network of other websites, advertising, etc.) (other tags/files).
Depending on applicable law, different rules may apply. Within the European Union, for
instance, functionality and analytical tags/files do not require your consent. For analytical and
other tags/files, however, we request your consent before placing them on your device. You can
give your consent by allowing cookies in your browser settings, by continuing to use our
website, or by clicking on the appropriate button on the banner displayed to you.
You can find more information about cookies and similar tags/files at the following addresses:
Specific information relating to this website
We use the following cookies on this website specifically:
NSF Essential (Functional) Cookies: Enables you to navigate the site and use it’s services
and features. We also use preference cookies to collect information about your choices
and preferences (for example, language and location settings).
Tracking Cookies, such as Pardot, etc.: Allow us to assess how you and other web users
use this website, and this information is essential in helping us to continuously improve
our website's functionality. They can be preserved from 30 minutes to 2 years. Also
enable us to follow up on your request for information about specific services and help us
remember preferences (like form field values) when you return to our site. (Pardot
cookies don’t store personally identifying information, only a unique identifier.)
Changes we make to our privacy statement will be made public on this page with a notice, on the
relevant Website home page, stating that the privacy statement has been updated. If we make
material changes to how we treat our users' personal data, we will notify through a notice to your
primary email address or on the relevant Website home page. The date the privacy statement was
last revised is identified at the bottom of the page. You are responsible for periodically visiting
our Websites and this privacy statement to check for any changes.
To ask questions or comment about this privacy statement and our privacy practices, contact us
at: Data Protection Team, NSF International, 789 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor MI 48105 or via
email at [email protected] or by calling us at: 800-NSF-MARK (800-673-6275 (toll-free
in USA) or (+1) 734-769-8010.
Last Modified: May 22, 2018