Purchasing Cooperative of America

Privacy Policy


At Purchasing Cooperative of America (“PCA”, “We”, “Us”) we consider the privacy of the visitors to our website to be very important. This Privacy Policy describes in detail the types of information that is collected and recorded by www.pcamerica.org and how we use it. By visiting our website, you acknowledge that you accept the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Policy and you hereby consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

How Information is Collected
Cookies are small, usually encrypted text files, located in your browser's directory. They are used by publishers on the Internet to help users navigate websites and perform certain functions. This is how some sites know when you return and keep you logged in, or will display a particular page that you like.

A cookie is a small amount of information sent from a web server to your computer. Cookies are created when your browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the web server.

PCA only uses cookies when someone logs onto our website to maintain that login or to retain login information, if requested. Any activity you engage in while you are at the PCA website may be tracked. We do not use cookies to track your Internet activity before you enter or after you leave our website.

What Information is Collected
When you complete a Vendor Registration or a Member Registration on our site, PCA collects your name, email address, business name and other business-related information. You are responsible for obtaining the necessary authorizations and consents for any information you make available to us.

You may choose to provide us with personal information by sending an email to PCA or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it through our website.

Information Stored Automatically
By default, all web server log files capture Internet Provider (IP) addresses. PCA may use your IP address internally to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our website and to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or cause damage.

If you only browse through our website, read pages, or download information, the web server will automatically gather and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally.

Use of Your Information

Any/all the information you choose to provide to PCA may be used as follows:

  • Respond to comments, questions, and requests
  • Provide customer service and support
  • Communicate with you about services, features, surveys, newsletters, and provide other news or information about us and our cooperative activities
  • Help us diagnose technical problems for analytics and for quality control purposes
  • Investigate and prevent fraudulent transactions, unauthorized access to the Platform Services, and other illegal activities


We do not collect personal information for other purposes. The information your information will never be sold to any third party for commercial marketing or otherwise used except where required by state or Federal law to do so, such as in the investigation of fraud or other inappropriate activity. If we need to use or disclose any personal information in a way not identified in this Privacy Policy, PCA will notify you and/or obtain consent as required under applicable privacy laws.

Links to Other Websites
Our website may contain links to other websites. PCA is not responsible for the privacy policies or the content of these other websites. Should you choose to follow a link to another website, you are subject to its privacy policy.

Website Security
Unauthorized attempts to upload information to or change information on our website are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law.

You have the right to access the personal information we hold about you in order to verify the personal information we have collected in respect to you. Upon receipt of your written request, we will provide you with a copy of your personal information, although in certain limited circumstances, and as permitted under law, we may not be able to make all relevant information available to you, such as where that information also pertains to another user.

We will make every reasonable effort to keep your personal information accurate and up to date, and we will provide you with mechanisms to update, correct, delete or add to your personal information as appropriate to keep it up to date.

Changes to this Privacy Policy
PCA reserves the right to update and/or amend this Privacy Policy.


September 1, 2020