IFT Online Privacy Policy

The Institute of Food Technologists respects the privacy of visitors to its website. IFT has developed the following privacy policy to inform visitors about how information is handled once it has been submitted online. This policy is subject to change at the discretion of IFT and applies only to IFT websites and the dissemination of electronic communication. The following information relates to http://www.ift.org and http://connect.ift.org.


Please be aware that IFT websites use "cookies" to improve your user experience and provide continuity across different websites operated by or on behalf of IFT. Some cookies are "session" cookies which are not stored on your computer and do not persist after you close your browser.

Some cookies are "persistent" cookies which are stored on your computer and may remain even after you close your browser. For security and privacy reasons, these cookies are readable only by websites operated by or on behalf of IFT and do not contain personal information beyond your name and IFT member number.


Be advised that while using IFT websites, the website will query visitors' browsers for certain information, such as:

  • the domain from which you are accessing our site
  • the type of PC operating system you use
  • the type of browser you use
  • the type of device you use

This data is collected for the sole purpose of improving our online offerings. No individual data is saved. IFT only uses aggregate statistical data to compile usage reports. The data types IFT reports on include:

  • Unique user sessions
  • Most/least popular pages
  • Most/least downloaded documents
  • Statistics on errors experienced
  • Average duration of site visit
  • Geographical location


Personal, identifying information is not collected from visitors to our site unless this information has been voluntarily provided. All sensitive information sent to IFT is kept confidential. Personal, identifying information is captured to help IFT keep our accounts accurate. Information collected (on a volunteer basis) includes:

  • Changes in password and username
  • Changes in contact information
  • Subscription and community activation


Information about our members, customers, and visitors to our website is critical to IFT’s operations. We are not in the business of selling this information to others. This type of information is shared only as described below, and with subsidiaries which IFT controls that are either subject to this privacy policy or follow practices at least as protective as those described in this privacy policy.

  • Protection of IFT and Others: We release account and other personal information when we believe its release is appropriate to comply with the law; enforce or apply our IFT Community Terms of Service and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of IFT, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction. Obviously, however, this does not include selling, renting, sharing, or otherwise disclosing personally identifiable information from members, customers, or visitors for commercial purposes in violation of the commitments set forth in this privacy policy.
  • IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo:  We  periodically share basic attendee data on a one-time-only usage basis with exhibitors of the IFT Food Expo, for the purposes of exhibit-related promotion. Only mailing information is shared, and only data from that particular year’s event is made available to exhibitors at that event.  For the protection of attendees, email addresses are not shared with exhibitors.
  • With Your Consent: Other than as set out above, you will receive notice when information about you might be shared with third parties, and you will have an opportunity to choose not to share that information.


http://www.ift.org and http://connect.ift.org were not designed for use by children and are members-only forums. If you are under the age of 18, you may use http://www.ift.org and http://connect.ift.org only with the supervision of a parent or guardian.


If you choose to visit http://www.ift.org or http://connect.ift.org, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this privacy policy and the IFT Community Terms of Service, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of the law of the State of Illinois. If you have any concern about privacy at http://www.ift.org and http://connect.ift.org, please contact us with a thorough description of your concern, and we will try to resolve it.

Our business changes constantly, and our privacy policy and the IFT Community Terms of Service will also change. We may e-mail periodic reminders of our notices and conditions, but you should check our sites frequently to stay abreast of recent changes. Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account. We stand behind the promises we make, however, and will never materially change our policies and practices to make them less protective of customer information collected or user information posted in the past without the consent of affected site visitors.

After you register with IFT, you may occasionally receive information about IFT products and services via e-mail. You will have the option to opt-out of these communications by clicking Unsubscribe at the bottom of the e-mail.

If you have questions or concerns about IFT's online policy or wish to be removed from any IFT list, please contact IFT Central at info@ift.org or by telephone at 800.IFT.FOOD or +1.312.782.8424.