We take Anonymity very seriously and respect the SA principles!
11th Tradition - "Our public relations policy is based
on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain
personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, and
TV." The information expressed on this website does not
necessarily reflect the position of sa.org
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Our Commitment to Privacy
to combine quality products and services with integrity in
dealing with our customers. The Policy is designed to assist
you in understanding how we collect, use and safeguard the
personal information you provide to us and to assist you in
making informed decisions when using our website and our products
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the age of thirteen to join the Site nor will we knowingly
collect any information from anyone under the age of thirteen.
Any member who suspects another member may be under the age
of thirteen should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If
we learn that we have personal information relating to someone
who is not at least 13 years of age, we will delete that information
from our systems and immediately disable the account associated
with that information.
What Information Do We Collect?
Use of the Site requires that you create an account with our
Site. The process of creating an account requires that you
provide us with certain information, referred to herein as
"Account Data". Account Data shall include your
functioning email address, birth date, desired member name,
password and any other information you may choose to provide
in connection with the creation of your account profile. During
sign-up and thereafter, we may also require and/or collect
your IP address(es), referring website information, Internet
browser used to access the Site, country, zip code, gender
and/or other data regarding search history, browsing history,
and registration and user history (collectively, "Passive
Information"). Please note that we may log and store
your IP address information, which, while it does not identify
an individual by name, it may, with the cooperation of the
ISP, be used to locate and identify an individual using the
Internet. Used alone or in cooperation with your ISP, your
IP address can be used reveal what geographic area you are
connecting from, or which ISP you are using. Your IP address
may be used to address problems with our server, administer
our Site and/or to gather broad demographic information about
our Members. Finally, the other websites that you visit have
IP addresses, and we may collect the IP addresses of those
websites and their pages, as well. If you choose to make any
purchases through our Site, you will be required to provide
payment information including information for your method
of payment, your name and address information (the "Financial
Information"). We also collect information regarding
all messages posted, shared and/or sent through the Site (the
How is This Information Used?
Account Data is used for customer support, to convey messages
regarding your membership with the Site and other matters
related to the use of you account. Passive Information is
used to help better tailor your experience on the Site with
reading suggestions and advertisements based upon your past
use of the Site. Passive Information is also used in the aggregate
to maintain and improve the Site based upon all members usage
of the Site. Passive information may be collected through
the use of "cookies". If you do not wish to store
"cookie" information on your computer, you may turn
off this in your web browser; however, please be aware that
doing so will not disable the Passive Information collected
by the Site. In the event that you make a purchase through
our Site (such as, for example, from our Daily Meditation,
Product or Music purchase sections), we will be required to
share your Financial Information with our third party credit
card processors in order to process your purchase. For this
reason, it is imperative that you review the privacy information
for such credit card processor as disclosed during the purchase
process. We may also share your address as necessary to complete
and/or ship your order.
We may use the Account Information and/or Passive Information
to contact you about changes to the Site, new services, features
or products we offer, or other information we think you may
find valuable. If at any time you do not wish to receive such
information, you may "opt-out" by changing your
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or by emailing us at email@example.com. Please note
that it may take up to ten (10) days for the change to be
fully effective. Please note we will never send you an email
directly or through our marketing partners without your consent.
Please immediately report to us any email you may receive,
without your prior authorization, that purports to promote
the Site or relates to the Site in any other way. To make
a report, please forward a copy of the email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that all Public Information is considered to be
in the public domain and will be readily available our members.
With Whom Do We Share Information?
We do not share your information with any third party without
your prior consent.
We reserve the right to release your information (both Account
Information and Passive Information) in the event that: (1)
at our sole discretion if we believe that the Site is being
or has been used to commit, or help commit, any unlawful act;
(2) if the information is subpoenaed or otherwise required
in a court proceeding; (3) in the event that you violate or
breach an agreement with the Site including, but not limited
that you have submitted fraudulent or otherwise invalid information
to this Site; (5) we believe that you may harm, or have harmed,
the property or rights of us, the Program's other members
or any other third party; (6) if another party is reviewing
our records because our company or assets may be sold or acquired;
(7) to third parties such as Internet credit processors, server
security contractors or other necessary for us to provide
you with services, if applicable; and/or (8) when we otherwise
deem it necessary or appropriate. In the event that we disclose
your identity and contact information, if requested by a government
or law enforcement body or as a result of a subpoena or other
legal action, your use of the Site indicates your agreement
that we shall not be liable for damages or results thereof,
and you agree not to bring any action or claim regarding such
How Do We Secure Account Information and Passive Information?
We secure your personal information submitted by you by using
reasonable technical efforts to prevent unauthorized access
or disclosure, or accidental loss or destruction of Account
Information and Passive Information. Efforts we may take to
ensure security include but are not limited to: maintaining
our own servers under our control and/or monitoring of our
network and data for intrusions. Communications you may have
with us via email or mail may not be secure unless we advise
you that security measures are in place prior to your sending
information. Therefore, if you choose to communicate with
us through these means, you are assuming the risk of doing
so and we request that you do not send or post sensitive information
through these means.
Third Party Advertisements
We may utilize the services of outside advertising agencies
to advertise our services and goods and/or services offered
by third parties. Either we or our advertising agencies may
effectiveness on an anonymous basis. Some emails from us may
contain advertisements from businesses unrelated to the Site.
Should you elect to visit any such advertiser's website, we
cannot, and do not, make any representations about applicable
terms and conditions or privacy policies for such advertiser's
website. Also, we cannot, and do not, make any representations
about the applicable terms and conditions or privacy policies
of any business with advertisements appearing anywhere on
the Site or brought to your attention through the Site or
any email from the Site or its advertising partners, regardless
of whether or not there may be any mention of, or references
to, the Site on such business's website.
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AA 12 Traditions - Long Form*
1.) Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part
of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us
will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But
individual welfare follows close afterward.
2.) For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority-a
loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.
3.) Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism.
Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A.
membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or
three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves
an A.A. Group, provided that, as a group, they have no other
4.) With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should
be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience.
But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups
also, those groups ought to be consulted. And no group, regional
committee, or individual should ever take any action that
might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with
the Trustees of the General Service Board. On such issues
our common welfare is paramount.
5.) Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual
entity having but one primary purpose-that of carrying its
message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
6.) Problems of money, property, and authority may easily
divert us from our primary spiritual aim. We think, therefore,
that any considerable property of genuine use to A.A. should
be separately incorporated and managed, thus dividing the
material from the spiritual. An A.A. group, as such, should
never go into business. Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs
or hospitals which require much property or administration,
ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary,
they can be freely discarded by the groups. Hence such facilities
ought not to use the A.A. name. Their management should be
the sole responsibility of those people who financially support
them. For clubs, A.A. managers are usually preferred. But
hospitals, as well as other places of recuperation, ought
to be well outside A.A.-and medically supervised. While an
A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought
never go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied.
An A.A. group can bind itself to no one.
7.) The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported
by the voluntary contributions of their own members. We think
that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public
solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous
is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals,
or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts
from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation
whatever, is unwise. Then too, we view with much concern those
A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to
accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose. Experience has
often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual
heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.
8.) Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional.
We define professionalism as the occupation of counseling
alcoholics for fees or hire. But we may employ alcoholics
where they are going to perform those services for which we
may otherwise have to engage nonalcoholics. Such special services
may be well recompensed. But our usual A.A. "12th Step"
work is never to be paid for.
9.) Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization.
Rotating leadership is the best. The small group may elect
its Secretary, the large group its Rotating Committee, and
the groups of a large Metropolitan area their Central or Intergroup
Committee, which often employs a full-time Secretary. The
trustees of the General Service Board are, in effect, our
A.A. General Service Committee. They are the custodians of
our A.A. Tradition and the receivers of voluntary A.A. contributions
by which we maintain our A.A. General Service Office at New
York. They are authorized by the groups to handle our over-all
public relations and they guarantee the integrity of our principle
newspaper, "The A.A. Grapevine." All such representatives
are to be guided in the spirit of service, for true leaders
in A.A. are but trusted and experienced servants of the whole.
They derive no real authority from their titles; they do not
govern. Universal respect is the key to their usefulness.
10.) No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as
to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial
issues-particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or
sectarian religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose
no one. Concerning such matters they can express no views
11.) Our relations with the general public should be characterized
by personal anonymity. We think A.A. ought to avoid sensational
advertising. Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought
not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed. Our public
relations should be guided by the principle of attraction
rather than promotion. There is never need to praise ourselves.
We feel it better to let our friends recommend us.
12.) And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that
the principle of Anonymity has an immense spiritual significance.
It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities;
that we are actually to practice a genuine humility. This
to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that
we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who
presides over us all.
*Copyright © The A. A. Grapevine, Inc.,
and Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.