TU is sensitive to member concerns about privacy issues. Under no circumstances will TU make a member's email address or phone number available to outside parties, however we do provide council and chapter officers member contact information to assist them locally. Councils and chapters are not authorized to transfer member information to third parties (i.e. fly shops, other local businesses).
TU does occasionally rent or exchange street address information with other organizations, for example Fly Fisherman magazine, Cabela's or Orvis. TU bases its decisions on a variety of criteria including a review of the promotional content and a determination as to whether the mailing competes with any TU initiatives. Third parties are not allowed to use the TU name or logo; promotional materials are generic in nature and do not imply a TU endorsement. It is also important to note that mailers do not "buy" TU member names; each rental/exchange is for a one-time use only.
TU occasionally rents or exchanges mailing lists in order to:
- Raise significant unrestricted revenue to help support our conservation initiatives
- Dramatically reduce the cost of obtaining mailing lists for our own direct mail efforts
- Ensure access to other fly fishing mailing lists
TU members may opt out of mailing list rentals. In each issue of Trout, the policy is stated up front, on the same page as the "Letter from the President Opting out does not remove members from TU's internal mailing list, which means that they will still receive Trout and any other TU-generated mail, including materials generated by local chapters and councils. Members who wish to receive less mail from TU must put in a separate request.
If you do not want TU to rent or exchange your information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure you provide your full name, address, phone, email and member ID to ensure we update the correct membership record.
Does TU sell/exchange/rent my personal information to outside parties?