The Soaring Society of America, Inc. (SSA) treats the issue of privacy very seriously. It will not sell, reveal, or share its membership roster or any other personal information concerning its members or non-member customers at the SSA online store with any entity not a member of, or associated with, the SSA, except as may be required by law or regulation.

Personal information (e.g., name, address, telephone number, e-mail address) may be required as a condition of membership in the Society. Personal information, including credit card numbers and other data, are required from members and non-members when purchasing goods in the Society’s online store.

For purposes of releasing personal contact information of SSA members within the society and its affiliates, such data (other than credit card numbers) will be available to the following authorized individuals or organizations only:

  • SSA Directors, SSA officials or officers (including SSA headquarters staff, SSA State Governors, State Recordkeepers, SSA Chapter officers, officers of Affiliates (such as the National Soaring Museum) and Divisions, and other SSA members in all categories including Business (except as noted below).

Authorized individuals and organizations may use such data for advertising and/or the providing of products, services, and information to members, as well as fundraising, and other such purposes as determined by the SSA Board of Directors. Individual SSA members may obtain contact information about other members either via the online SSA member locator (accessible only to other SSA members through encrypted access), or by direct inquiry to the SSA office.

As of May 25th, 2018, member locator and other personal information of members covered by European GDPR policies will be restricted unless specifically permitted by the member. Furthermore, e-mails and newsletters, other than membership notices, will not be sent to such members or subscribers without their specific permission.

SSA members may elect, by notifying SSA in writing, to restrict the use of their personal information by the SSA, its members and affiliates, to official SSA business only (see administrative supplement). Members covered by European GDPR policies will be restricted unless permission is granted by the member.

Administrative Supplement to SSA Privacy Policy

Requests By



Regional Directors; Directors-at-Large, State Governors and Recordkeepers, SSA officials and Officers

To communicate with members regarding any official SSA matter


Regional Director Candidates

SSA election campaigning


Chapter Official

To communicate with own chapter members; To solicit non-chapter members regarding membership or events

Official Unofficial

US Team

Fundraising, general communications



To advertise events


Sanctioned Contest Organizers

To advertise events


Individual Members

To find member acquaintances


Business Members

To market products, or send newsletters or event invitations


SSA Affiliates

Fundraising; membership marketing


SSA Divisions

Fundraising; membership marketing


What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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What rights you have over your data: If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

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