Privacy Policy

AAPLAC: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean is a membership association that facilitates and supports study abroad programming among Latin American, Caribbean, and US institutions of higher learning and organizations dedicated to the promotion of cross-cultural, academic-based experiences. AAPLAC respects and is committed to protecting your privacy. This privacy policy explains how we use the personal data we collect from you when you use our website. This policy may be revised from time to time and will be posted to

What data do we collect?

We do not collect any personally identifying information (e.g., name, email address, etc.) as a requirement for browsing our website. We may, however, collect technical data (e.g., domain name, browser type, operating system, etc.) in order to improve our website. This technical data is collected automatically and is not matched to personally identifying information that you provide. We do collect personal identification information when you interact with our website beyond just browsing (see “How do we collect your data?” section below).

How do we collect your data?

You directly provide us with most of the data we collect. We collect and process data when you:

  • Create an account on this website.
  • Voluntarily submit surveys or comments on posts and discussion forums.
  • Write to us using the contact form or via email.
  • Register for our Annual Conference or other events.
  • Use or view our website via your browser’s cookies.

How long do we retain your data?

If you leave a comment on our website you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me,” your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after one day.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

If you register for our Annual Conference or other event, even if you subsequently cancel, we will retain your registration data indefinitely to track participation and interest in our events.

What are your data protection rights?

Every user is entitled to the following data protection rights:

The right to access: You have the right to request copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service.

The right to rectification: You have the right to request that we correct any personal information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request that we complete any personal information you believe is incomplete.

The right to erasure: You have the right to request that we erase your personal data, under certain conditions.

The right to restrict processing: You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.

The right to object to processing: You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.

The right to data portability: You have the right to request that we transfer the personal data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at .

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information. When you visit our website, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology. For further information, visit Cookie Policy.

You can set your browser not to accept cookies (refer to your browser’s help section). If have clicked “Accept” on the cookie banner on our website, you can revoke that consent at any time using the “Manage consent” link in the lower right of our website. However, in a few cases, some of our website features may not function as a result.

Privacy policies of other websites

This website contains links to other websites. Our privacy policy applies only to our website, so if you click on a link to another website, you should read their privacy policy.

Where do we send your data?

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available at After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, the data we hold on you, or you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights, please do not hesitate to contact us at .