AARC Website (aarc.org)

The AARC website is intended primarily for use of members of the American Association for Respiratory Care as a resource for information on general respiratory care.

The information contained on this website is intended to be used as a general information source. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for consultation with your health care provider or to replace the relationship between the patient and physician.

The American Association for Respiratory Care is a professional membership association. Many individuals provide content for this website, which is edited by staff members of the AARC. Some of these staff members are respiratory therapists who are Registered Respiratory Therapists.


Members of the AARC are admitted to protected areas of our website and must use their member number to gain access. Their membership in the AARC is the only criteria needed to enter these areas, and no additional information is collected or required to these areas.

Website Privacy Statement

The AARC is committed to protecting the privacy of all website visitors. We intend to abide by the privacy rules and regulations of medical/health information that apply in the United States. Our website practices and policies regarding visitor privacy are described below.

Information Collected

Our system collects information about the origin and site navigation of website users. This information is used to compile statistics on website use to help us improve our site. We do not collect identifying information from visitors of the website unless they fill out a form for requesting information.

Use of the Information

The information collected on website use patterns is used to improve our website and make it more useful for visitors. Any identifying individual information (such as name or email address) provided by website users will be used only as requested by the visitor. We do use cookies as described below.

Information Sharing

AARC will not sell, share, or release any information about website users. However, we may disclose information when legally compelled to do so.

Normal Web Site Usage

During a normal visit to our site, no personally identifiable information about you is collected. HoweverYour visit does however generate a session log.

Cookies: What They Are and How We Use Them

A method of tracking web site visitors is through the use of “Cookies.” Cookies are small bits of data that help web site owners and web servers identify you and remember you when you return. By doing this, the web site owner and web server can provide you with information that is most valuable to you, based on your last visit.

We also use third-party web beacons to gather usage data. You have a variety of tools to control cookies, web beacons and similar technologies, including browser controls to block and delete cookies from some third-party analytics service providers and opt out of data collection through web beacons.

Important Cookie Facts:
  • Only the information that you provide, or the choices you make while visiting a Web site, can be stored in a cookie. For example, the site cannot determine your name or e-mail address unless you choose to enter it into a pre-existing input box.
  • Allowing a web site to create a cookie does not give that site or any other site access to the rest of your computer.
  • Cookies cannot roam around inside your computer and collect personal information.
  • Only the site that created the cookie can read it.
AARC Cookie Examples

Password Protected Areas:

  • In the AARC web sites, we use cookies if an area of our site is password protected. This cookie is remembered until you log off of your web brower. This cookies allows you access to certain information available to members only.


The AARC web site, its affiliated web sites, e-newsletters, emails, and publications have been developed by the AARC, its staff, member volunteers, editors, and authors for the respiratory care community. There is no commercial involvement in the development of content or in the decision-making process for these products. The appearance of advertising on the AARC’s web sites e-newsletters, emails, and publications is neither a guarantee nor an endorsement by the AARC of the product, service, or company or the claims made for the product in such advertising. AARC magazines and Journals posted on this website do accept advertising.

Advertisers who buy recruitment advertising in our publications are provided with free listings on our website as defined in our policies.

Financing and Funding Sources

The AARC and its website are financed primarily through the dues of members of the organization and through non-dues revenue sources such as its educational programs and conventions. There are no conflicts of interest.


The AARC website contains links to other sites. It is our goal to select credible websites as links. However, AARC is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of linked websites. Users are encouraged to review the privacy policy of each linked site.

Contacting AARC

If you have questions about this privacy policy or the practices of this site, contact: info@aarc.org.

AARC Mobile Android App

This privacy notice for American Association for Respiratory Care (“Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) describes how and why we might collect, store, use, and/or share (“process”) your information when you use our services (“Services”), such as when you:

  • Download and use our mobile application ({mobile app name}), or any other application of ours that links to this privacy notice
  • Engage with us in other related ways, including any sales, marketing, or events
Questions or Concerns?

Reading this privacy notice will help you understand your privacy rights and choices. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, please do not use our Services. If you still have any questions or concerns, please contact us at info@aarc.org.

1. What information do we collect?

Personal information you disclose to us. We collect personal information that you voluntarily provide to us when you express an interest in obtaining information about us or our products and Services, when you participate in activities on the Services, or otherwise when you contact us.

Personal information provided by you. The personal information that we collect depends on the context of your interactions with us and the Services, the choices you make, and the products and features you use. The personal information we collect may include the following:

  • names
  • phone numbers
  • email addresses
  • mailing addresses

Sensitive information. We do not process sensitive information.

Application data. If you use our application(s) we also may collect the following information if you choose to provide us with access or permission:

  • Geolocation Information. We may request access or permission to track location-based information from your mobile device, while you are using our mobile application(s), to provide certain location-based services. If you wish to change our access or permissions, you may do so in your device’s settings.
  • Mobile Device Access. We may request access or permission to certain features from your mobile device, including your mobile device’s calendar, camera, contacts, storage. and other features. If you wish to change our access or permissions, you may do so in your devices settings.
  • Push Notifications. We may request to send you push notifications regarding your account or certain features of the application(s). If you wish to opt out from receiving these types of communications, you may tum them off in your devices settings.

This information is primarily needed to maintain the security and operation of our application(s), for troubleshooting, and for our internal analytics and reporting purposes. All personal information that you provide to us must be true, complete, and accurate, and you must notify us of any changes to such personal information.

Information automatically collected. We automatically collect certain information when you visit, use, or navigate the Services. This information does not reveal your specific identity (like your name or contact information) but may include device and usage information. such as your device characteristics, operating system, device name, device model and other technical information. This information is primarily needed for our internal analytics and reporting purposes.

Like many businesses. we also collect information through cookies and similar technologies.
The information we collect includes:

  • Device Data. We collect device data such as information about the phone or tablet you use to access the Services. Depending on the device used, this device data may include information such as your application identification numbers and system configuration information.
  • Location Data. We collect location data such as information about your device’s location, which can be either precise or imprecise. How much information we collect depends on the type and settings of the device you use to access the Services. You can opt out of allowing us to collect this information either by refusing access to the information or by disabling your Location setting on your device. However, if you choose to opt out, you may not be able to use certain aspects of the Services.
2. How do we process your information?

We process your information to provide, improve, and administer our Services, communicate with you, for security and fraud prevention; and to comply with law. We may also process your information for other purposes with your consent.

We process your personal information for a variety of reasons, depending on how you interact with our Services, including:

  • To send administrative information to you. We may process your information to send you details about our products and services, changes to our terms and policies. and other similar information.
  • To save or protect an individual’s vital interest. We may process your information when necessary to save or protect an individual’s vital interest, such as to prevent harm.
3. When and with whom do we share your personal information?

We may share information in specific situations described in this section and/or with the following third parties.

Vendors, consultants, and other third-party service providers. We may share your data with third-party vendors, service providers, contractors, or agents (“third parties”) who perform services for us or on our behalf and require access to such information to do that work. They also commit to protect the data they hold on to our behalf and to retain it for the period we instruct.

The third parties we may share personal information with are as follows:

  • Web and mobile analytics — Google Analytics for Firebase.
4. Do we use cookies and other tracking technologies?

We may use cookies and similar tracking technologies to access or store information. Specific information about how we use such technologies and how you can refuse certain cookies is set out in our cookie notice.

5. How long do we keep your infomation?

We will only keep your personal information for as long as it is necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy notice unless a longer retention period is required.

When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize such information, or, if this is not possible (for example. because your personal information has been stored in backup archives) then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.

6. How do we keep your information safe?

We aim to protect your personal information through a system of organizational and technical security measures. We have implemented appropriate and reasonable technical and organizational security measures designed to protect the security of any personal information we process. However, despite our safeguards and efforts to secure your information, no electronic transmission over the Internet or information storage technology can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, so we cannot promise or guarantee that hackers, cybercriminals, or other unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security and improperly collect, access, steal, or modify your information. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, transmission of personal information to and from our Services is at your own risk. You should only access the Services within a secure environment.

7. Do we collect infomation from minors?

We do not knowingly solicit data from or market to children under 18 years of age. By using the Services, you represent that you are at least 18 or that you are the parent or guardian of such a minor and consent to such minor dependent’s use of the Services. If we deem that personal information from users less than 18 years of age has been collected, we will deactivate the account and take reasonable measures to promptly delete such data from our records. If you become aware of any data we may have collected from children under age 18, please contact us at info@aarc.org.

8. How can you review, update, or delete the data we collect from you?

In certain situations, you may request to review, update, delete your personal information. To do so please submit a request to info@aarc.org.

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