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By Jean Hoffman   
November 20, 2013

US Chess Privacy Policy (revised on 20 November 2013 at 3:00 PM CST and effective 20 February 2014 at 3:00 PM CST)

The US Chess Federation (US Chess) values the privacy of our members. We maintain information knowingly provided by members including: name, address, email address, and telephone number. This information may be used by US Chess to better serve our members and the US Chess community. If you are a member or plan to be one and do not want US Chess to contact you, please notify us.

To help further the promotion of chess, some member information is available for a small service charge to US Chess-affiliated tournament organizers, chess clubs, and other chess promoters. US Chess may also make that list available for commercial uses with affiliated promotional offers. US Chess may also provide single addresses on request to its affiliates for legitimate reasons, such as the distribution of unclaimed prizes. If you are a member or plan to become one, and do not want your name and address to be available for any such affiliated groups or commercial purposes, please notify us.

Note: Members who are Delegates as defined in the US Chess Bylaws are subject to some policies which may differ from this Privacy Policy, as described in US Chess Privacy Policy with respect to Delegates. Note: In order to comply with Illinois law, registered voters may be included in mailing lists ordered for electioneering purposes even if the member has requested that his name and address be withheld from such lists.

Members who provide an e-mail address to US Chess will be able to exclude their email addresses from any such use and from US Chess e-mailings that are part of a commercial promotion.

US Chess does e-mailings on behalf of US Chess Sales, our sale partner, on behalf of affiliates and possibly on behalf of third parties. As of December 2009, US Chess will also begin offering an email service to members to notify them when an event they played in has been rated, and is expanding its TLA Mail service to include most events. To update your email profile, including signing up for notification when an event you played in has been rated and for TLA Mail, click here.

US Chess does not currently make available email addresses of its non-member customers to outside groups, except as noted below. If this policy should change, we will provide notice on this page. As of July 1st, 2015, US Chess is required by FIDE to supply email addresses for individuals who are being assigned a FIDE ID.

If US Chess requests your phone number, US Chess may contact you. If you do not want to be contacted by phone, you may email ([email protected]) or call the US Chess office and be put on a do not call list.

US Chess operates www.uschess.org and other chess websites. When you visit our sites, our server recognizes your domain name, but not your email address unless there is a specific request for an e-mail address and you provide one.

For purposes of verifying identity and eligibility, US Chess maintains a record of the date of birth of its members. US Chess is required by FIDE to supply birthdates for players in FIDE-rated events held in the USA as part of the process of submitting those events for rating by FIDE. This information is not shared with other groups, although chess promoters are able to order lists of names and addresses of players over or under a specified age. With such requests, US Chess requires documentation to ensure the purpose behind the request is reasonable.

Notification. We may amend our policy from time to time; please review it periodically. We will provide electronic notice by posting any changes on our website.