The Institute of Food Technologists (“IFT”) is committed to the issue of protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy is intended to assist site visitors in understanding how IFT collects, uses, safeguards, and discloses the information collected on,,,, (the “Websites”) and all other publicly available online services controlled or provided by IFT (collectively, the “Services”).

If you have questions about IFT’s Privacy Policy or practices, or if you need to contact us about the information we collect about you, our contact information is:

IFT Central
Institute of Food Technologists
525 W. Van Buren, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: +1.312.782.8424

Applicability & Eligibility

This Privacy Policy applies only to the Services, and IFT’s collection, use, disclosure, and protection of your data. It does not apply to third-party websites, applications, or services. 
Before accessing, using, or interacting with the Services you should carefully review the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.

Eligibility To Use The Services
The Services are not directed to children under the age of 16. You may not use the Services if you are under the age of 16.

See the section further below called Additional Restrictions on Collection and Use of Sensitive Data for information on additional steps IFT takes to manage the privacy of data that are considered “sensitive data” by GDPR and other privacy regulations.

Information Collection and Use

Information We Collect 
Visitors may generally browse public portions of the Website anonymously without providing any personal information. IFT collects data about you and your use of the Services through various means, including when you provide information when you become an IFT Member, donate, register for events and webinars, and when we automatically collect information about you when you access, use, or interact with the Services. We use this information for a variety of different reasons, including to improve the Services and to tailor the Services to you. IFT processes Personal Data collected through the Services on the lawful basis of legitimate interests to provide the Services to you. Such processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by IFT or by our Service Providers related to the Services.

The types of information IFT may collect about you include:

Information You Provide

IFT Membership and Event Registration: We collect Personal Data from you when you register for IFT membership on IFT.ORG, purchase a subscription, signup for webinar, emails, newsletters, or white papers, or register to attend Annual Event. “Personal Data” refers to information about you that may be used to identify you, such as your first name, last name, title, email address, phone number, and mailing address. IFT uses this information to provide your membership, register you for events, provide information about membership and events, and administer your registrations with IFT.

IFT Account Information:  IFT may require you to register for an account (an “IFT Account”) in order to use certain Services, such as the IFT Career Center. We do not require you to register to use all of our Services. However, if you do register for Services offering an IFT Account, you will gain access to those areas and features of the Services that require registration. IFT will collect certain information about you in connection with your registration for your IFT Account, which may include Personal Data and other information such as a username, password, personal profile, pictures, your location, and information about your contacts. Some of your IFT Account information may be displayed publicly. You are not required to provide your Personal Data; however, if you choose to withhold certain Personal Data, we may not be able to provide you with certain Services.

Payment Transaction Information: We may collect, and store information related to purchases and donations made through the Services. You may provide certain information to complete payments via the Services, including your credit or debit card number, card expiration date, CVV code, and billing address (collectively, “Payment Information”), along with your name and billing, delivery, and shipping address, to complete payment transactions through certain Services.

Please note IFT works with Service Providers (as defined below) to handle payment transactions. IFT does not itself collect or maintain your credit card or other financial account information; this information is handled for IFT by our Service Providers. You are subject to the Privacy Policies and Terms and Conditions of our Service Providers when purchasing an IFT membership, shopping for IFT products, or making donations, the terms of which may differ from those of IFT for the IFT Services. Please review the Service Providers’ Privacy Policies and Terms and Conditions before using their services.

Form Information: We may use online forms to request certain information from you in order to perform certain Services, such as your location to assist you in locating our products, or your contact information to assist with contacts or service requests. This information may include Personal Data.

Correspondence Information: If you sign up for a membership, attend a conference or event, email us, subscribe to our newsletters mailing lists, publications, or blogs, we may keep your message, email address, and contact information to respond to your requests, provide the requested products or Services, and to provide notifications or other correspondences to you. If you do not want to receive email from us in the future, you may let us know by sending us an email or by writing to us at the address below. Please note requests to remove your email address from our lists may take some time to fulfill. We may also still contact you as needed to provide important announcements or notifications regarding the Services.

Information Collected Automatically

Cookies, Web Beacons, Links, and other tracking technologies: IFT may keep track of how you use and interact with the Services through the use of cookies, web beacons, links, and other tracking technologies. We do this to help analyze the use of and improve the Services. Through these technologies we may automatically collect information about your use of the Services and other online activities, including our email correspondences, third-party services, and client applications, and certain online activities after you leave the Services. Link information is generally only analyzed on an aggregate basis. Some Services may not function properly if you disable cookies. Such data may include analytics information, sites visited before visiting the Services, browser type, operating system, and tracking of your interactions with our content and emails.

Information Sharing

IFT Personnel: IFT’s personnel may have access to your information as needed to provide and operate the Services in the normal course of business. This includes information regarding your use and interaction with the Services.

Service Providers: IFT works with various organizations and individuals to help provide the Services to you ("Service Providers"), such as website and data hosting companies and companies providing analytics information, like Google Analytics. We may share your personal information with our Service Providers for the purpose of providing the Services. The information we share to our Service Providers may include both information you provide to us and information we collect about you, including Personal Data and information from data collection tools like cookies, web beacons, log files, Unique Identifiers, and location data. IFT takes reasonable steps to ensure that our Service Providers are obligated to reasonably protect your information on IFT’s behalf. If IFT becomes aware that a Service Provider is using or disclosing information improperly, we will take commercially reasonable steps to end or correct such improper use or disclosure.

Business Transactions: IFT may purchase other businesses or their assets, sell our business assets, or be involved in a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets (a “Business Transaction”). Your information, including Personal Data, may be among assets sold or transferred as part of a Business Transaction.

Lawful Requests: We may be required to disclose User information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We generally do not disclose User information unless we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. We may share your information when we believe it is necessary to comply with applicable laws, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the Services or using the IFT name, or to protect the safety of any person. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents, or government agencies. Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal defenses or objections that you may have to a third party’s, including a government’s, request to disclose your information.

Additional Restrictions on Collection and Use of Sensitive Data

IFT also collects sensitive categories of data, as defined by GDPR, including race, ethnicity, native language, gender identity, and sexual orientation. IFT obtains explicit consent to gather these categories of sensitive data before we accept them from any individual and store them in our database. IFT uses these categories of sensitive data to measure progress in developing a diverse and inclusive membership community at IFT, and to conduct activities that promote ongoing development of a diverse and inclusive membership community. IFT does not provide sensitive data to service providers or other third parties except as may be required by law. IFT does not display personally-identifiable sensitive data to the public. IFT limits access to sensitive data by IFT personnel to a small group that needs such access in order to measure and promote development of a diverse and inclusive membership community at IFT. IFT may use service providers to assist with collection of sensitive data. In such cases, IFT maintains strict confidentiality agreements with the service provider.

Your Rights and Choices Regarding Your Information

Your Rights
Relevant data protection laws provide you certain rights regarding the protection of your data, including: 

  • The right to be informed
  • The right of access
  • The right of rectification
  • The right of erasure
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • The right of automated decision making and profiling

More information about your rights relating to IFT and its Services is provided via this Privacy Policy.

Access to the Information IFT Has Collected About You

IFT welcomes you to contact us regarding the information we have collected about you, including regarding the nature and accuracy of the data that has been collected about you, to request an update, modification, or deletion of your information, to opt-out of certain Services uses of your information, or to withdraw any consent you may have granted to IFT.

Please note requests to delete or remove your information do not necessarily ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information posted. Removed information may persist in backup copies indefinitely. Please note that if you choose to delete your information or opt-out of the collection and use of your information, you understand that certain features, including but not limited to access to the Services, may no longer be available to you.

We may store the information we collect about you indefinitely, but information generally will be retained only for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which the information was collected, or as otherwise required by law. Following termination or deactivation of an IFT Account, IFT may retain your information and content for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, and audit purposes.

Safety of Information

IFT takes reasonable efforts to secure and protect the privacy, accuracy, and reliability of your information and to protect it from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. IFT implements security measures as we deem appropriate and consistent with industry standards. As no data security protocol is impenetrable, IFT cannot guarantee the security of our systems or databases, nor can we guarantee that personal information we collect about you will not be breached, intercepted, destroyed, accessed, or otherwise disclosed without authorization. Accordingly, any information you transfer to or from Services is provided at your own risk.

Please do your part to help us keep your information secure. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and IFT Account and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or IFT Account. IFT specifically reserves the right to terminate your access to the Services and any contract you have with IFT related to the Services in the event it learns or suspects you have disclosed your IFT Account or password information to an unauthorized third party.

Opting-Out of Communications from IFT

Users may opt-out of receiving certain communications from IFT by following the unsubscribe process described in an email communication, or by contacting us using the contact information provided below. However, please note you may not opt-out of Services-related communications, such as account verification, changes or updates to features of the Services, membership payment, or technical and security notices.

Do Not Track

IFT does not currently employ a process for automatically responding to “Do Not Track” (DNT) signals sent by web browsers, mobile devices, or other mechanisms. Per industry standards, third parties may be able to collect information, including Personal Data, about your online activities over time and across different websites or online services when you use Services. You may opt out of online behavioral ads at You also may limit certain tracking by disabling cookies in your web browser.

Additional Provisions Regarding the Services and Your Information

Transfer and Storage of Your Information: Please note information IFT collects about you may be transferred, processed and/or accessed by us in the United States, or another country where we, or our Service Providers operate. Please be aware Personal Data may be transferred to, and maintained on, computers located outside of your state or country where privacy laws may differ from and may not be as protective as those where you live. If you are located outside the United States and choose to allow us to collect information about you, please be aware that IFT may transfer your Personal Data to the United States and process and store it there.

If you are located in the European Economic Area ("EEA") or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that we may transfer information to a country or jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction, as disclosed in this Privacy Policy. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of Service Providers, also as disclosed.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

IFT reserves the right to revise this privacy statement at any time by posting a revised statement on this Website. Use of this Website after such change signifies the user’s acceptance of the changed terms.