Privacy Policy

The International PhytoEssence  Consortuim ("IPEC") respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its website. This Privacy Policy explains how IPEC collects, safeguards and uses personal information on, IPEC microsites, email and other digital communications under the control of IPEC.

Our Privacy Policy may change periodically. All updates will be posted on this page. 

Information IPEC collects and how we use that information

Most data we collect are used only to help us better serve our members and visitors. It is our policy to collect and store only information that our members and visitors knowingly provide.

Website visitors

We collect aggregate data such as total site visitors, page views, etc. This data may be used for website improvement, internal analysis, program evaluation and validation. No personally identifiable information is utilized for these purposes.

We collect an IP address from all visitors to our website. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our site, analyze trends, track users' movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. This data helps us improve the website and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

In order to help enhance site performance and functionality, we use session, persistent and third-party "cookies" that store a small piece of data on a user's computer and collect certain information about the user's visit to our site. We also use cookies to understand users’ browsing and buying activities so we can measure the success of online advertising campaigns we run on the site. Our site also uses web beacons (either directly or from our partners), along with cookies, to determine if a user has visited a particular website. These beacons aid in providing more relevant advertising to the user, as well measuring the success of an advertising campaign, but provide no personally identifiable information.

Cookies do not allow access to your member account or approve any financial transactions. These steps require an additional login.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our website will not function fully. 

We do collect limited identifying information volunteered by visitors to the website through transactions, such as membership applications, registration forms, and publication orders. This information includes, but is not limited to, name, interests, organization name, phone number, street address, and email. We use this information only for the purposes for which it was provided and to enhance your experience with IPEC. We may occasionally allow other allied organizations specific, one-time use of our postal mailing list to provide our constituents with information that is compatible with IPEC's mission. If you do not want to share your postal mailing address, user profile to change your preference. For your protection, we recommend that you do not provide your password to anyone. If you become aware of any suspicious activity relating to your information, please contact us immediately at

Member Directory 

All active IPEC members are included in the IPEC Member Directory. The directory is accessible only to active IPEC members. The member directory includes your name, email address, city, state/province, country and IPEC Section(s). If you do not want to be listed in the member directory please contact to opt out.

Privacy issues with links to other sites

This website contains links to other websites. We have no control over and are not responsible for the privacy policies of any website other than our own.

Future changes to this policy

From time to time our policies may change to reflect new business practices and changes in the communications environment. Check this Privacy Policy periodically for updates and changes. Where applicable, we will provide you with the ability to opt out of any new uses.


All information provided to IPEC is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. At the time of its installation on IPEC servers, SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our website that is accessible only by certain qualified employees of IPEC. However, no data transmission over the Internet is, or remains, 100 percent secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.