Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

1. Overview and contact information

The International Housewares Association (hereinafter “IHA” or “we”) is a trade association committed to maximizing the success of the home products industry by bringing together all industry constituencies. IHA provides a world-class home products marketplace; facilitates global commerce and the buyer-seller interface; increases consumer awareness and interest in home products; gathers and disseminates essential marketplace intelligence; and educates and supports key constituencies to improve their success.

You can contact us at:
6400 Shafer Court, Suite 650
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 847-292-4200
Fax: 847-292-4211

This Privacy Policy sets forth how we collect, process and protect personal data in our possession and control, including without limitation, personal data of individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). In general, IHA

  • Collects, uses and stores the minimum amount of personal data that is necessary for one or more legitimate business purposes and to comply with legal obligations.
  • Limits who has access to the personal data in our possession to only those who need it for a legitimate business purpose.
  • Protects personal data through physical and technical security measures tailored to the sensitivity of the personal data we hold.
  • Communicates with our employees, suppliers, business partners and other industry constituents about how we intend to use personal data in our day-to-day operations.
  • Takes reasonable steps to ensure our personal data is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Integrates privacy in the design of our activities and projects that involve the use of personal data.

For residents of the EU or the EEA, we are the controller of the processing of your data and our processes relating to your personal data are governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). If you have any questions or inquiries, contact us at

2. Types of Information Collected

IHA recognizes any data related to an identifiable individual or which identifies an individual as “personal data” subject to this Privacy Policy. Depending on how you interact with IHA, we collect and use different types of personal data. Identifiers that we may collect from you include your name, username, e-mail address, mailing address, telephone number, and payment information (if products or services are purchased from IHA). There is other information that we collect automatically when you visit our site through the use of cookies or similar technologies such as your IP address, browser type, access times. See our Cookies Policy on our website for more information.

3. Why we process your personal data

We use your personal data depending on the type of relationship that you have with us (e.g. if you are one of our members, an attendee at our events or a member of the general public visiting our website).We use your information in the following ways:

  • Personal data collected through our app is processed for purposes of facilitating communications with you;
  • Personal data collected through our membership accounts on our website are used for purposes of managing the applicable member’s membership account and providing membership–related services;
  • Personal data collected from registration to our events is processed for purposes of providing services at the event;
  • Personal data may be processed for purposes of marketing activities to promote IHA membership, services and activities. Personal data may be used to send communications to IHA members and others who interact with IHA and may be collected from such recipients about their use of marketing communications.
  • Personal data collected through cookies placed on our website may be processed to support the operation of our website and to analyze the traffic patterns to our site. See our Cookies Policy on our website for more information.

4. Our Policy Towards Children

Our services are not directed to children. We do not knowingly collect personal data from children. We may incidentally process personal data of children, for instance where participants to our events travel with family. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with personal data without their consent, please contact us. If we become aware that a child has registered for one of our events or services and has provided us with personal data without the consent of their parent or guardian, we will delete such information from our files.

5. Disclosures to Third Parties

At times, IHA engages third-party contractors, service providers, and other vendors to help us accomplish our business objectives. There are other circumstances where we are required by law to disclose personal data to third parties such as public bodies or judicial authorities.

We engage with our agents, representatives, contractors, service providers or other third parties to enhance our user experience and operations, such as to process credit card transactions, to service an organization’s participation in an event, to manage event registration or housing requirements and to conduct marketing.

We require third parties that transmit personal data to treat such data consistent with this Privacy Policy. A contract to protect personal data is executed with any vendor who will process personal data in the EU/EEA prior to disclosing such personal data.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, IHA may disclose personal data when it has a good-faith belief that such disclosures is necessary to: (a) comply with law; (b) protect and/or defend IHA’s rights or property (including without limitation intellectual property); (c) enforce IHA’s policies or terms of use; or (d) protect the interests of other users.

In addition to the above, IHA may be compelled to provide personal data to governmental authorities. Such compelled disclosures include a court order, subpoena, or to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation. IHA reserves the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we believe in good faith to be unlawful.

6. Your European Privacy Rights

IHA is committed to processing personal data of users in the EU or EEA lawfully and to facilitating the exercise of such rights grants granted by GDPR. You may contact us at to discuss your privacy concerns.

Legal basis for data collection and use: IHA only collects and uses personal data of EU or EEA residents when there is a fair and legal basis and/or when you have consented to our collection or use of such personal data. Information you provide to us is collected and used in the performance of the contract for the products and/or services you are requesting from IHA, and for IHA’s legitimate interest in providing membership services, event-related services to all attendees and to increase awareness of IHA and its offerings. In addition, we may obtain your consent to collect information automatically or to use information you have provided to us for a particular purpose, such as e-mail marketing.

Privacy rights under the European regulation:
Transparency and the right to information: We provide notice to all our members, website users and other third parties who interact with us about how we use personal data in our day-to-day activities at the time of collecting personal data, or as soon thereafter as possible. We also publish this Privacy Policy for greater transparency.

Right to access, rectification, restriction of processing, erasure, and data portability: If you are based in the EU or EEA, we provide you with access to your own personal data upon request. In addition, for EU or EEA residents, when requested in writing by you, we will rectify any errors in your personal data when it is incorrect or inaccurate, and we will ensure the right to erasure, portability and to restriction of processing when these rights are not incompatible with other legal obligations.

Right to object and withdraw consent at any time: For all marketing materials, you can opt-out anytime, and free of charge. The right to object for other processing activities will be balanced to ensure that it is not incompatible with local regulations or our legitimate interests.

These requests should be submitted as follows:

  • Opt-out of marketing communications: You can exercise your right to object and opt-out anytime by following the opt-out instructions in our commercial e-mails or contacting us at You will continue to receive emails relevant to course event registrations or purchases (e.g. registration confirmations or purchase receipts), information necessary to your continued membership in the IHA (e.g. dues notices) or information relevant to exhibiting in a current or future event. If you believe that SPAM has been sent from us, please contact us at so that we can investigate and rectify the situation.
  • To exercise the rest of your rights: You should send a communication in writing to In order to fulfill this request, we may require you provide us information to validate your identity and specify your request. We will attend to your request in a timely manner within 30 days after receiving your request. If for any reason we need to extend this period of time, we will contact you.

If you are not satisfied with our response, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement.

7. International Transfers of Personal Data

If you are located outside the United States and you interact with our website or provide us personal data, then your personal data is transferred to the United States whenever you interact with us. The US has not sought, nor obtained adequacy status from the European Union. The EU-US Privacy Shield framework obtained an adequacy decision. The level of protection of your personal data is not deemed equivalent to the one in the EU, unless the receiving organization is self-certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield.

Article 49 of the GDPR permits IHA to transfer your personal data on the basis of the following derogations:

  • Explicit consent for newsletter subscribers and certain processing in relation to organizing events;
  • Necessity to enter and for the performance of a contract for registration information to participate to our events; for processing personal data of our members to maintain their relationship with our organization, provide them services including when they log in to their member accounts; and also for processing personal data for online and offline courses.

As for safeguards to your personal data, we directly apply the GDPR provisions to your personal data.

8. Data Security

IHA is committed to the security, confidentiality and integrity of your personal data. We take commercially reasonable precautions to keep all information obtained from our online visitors secure against unauthorized access and use and we periodically review our security measures.

IHA’s website contains links to other sites. While IHA strives to link only to sites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, IHA is not responsible for the privacy practices employed by other sites.


9. Retention Periods

IHA applies the storage limitation principle in order to retain personal data in our records only for the length of time required to fulfill the purpose for which the data was collected.

We only keep personal data in our records as long as they are necessary for the purposes they have been processed. The retention period depends on the context in which we process data and on specific circumstances such as regulations requiring retaining information for a certain period of time. These circumstances may include local laws, the reasonably anticipated future business needs for the data, the benefit to the user to have the data available, legal requirements to hold the data, or similar circumstances.

10. Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. We will duly inform you of any changes.

IHA may occasionally update this Privacy Policy and other statements referenced by it. You will be notified of these changes through placement of a prominent notice on IHA’s website. The date stamp you see below will indicate the last date it was revised.

Last Updated: May 6, 2019

Cookie Policy

International Housewares Association (“IHA”) may utilize a standard Internet technology called “cookies” to recognize your device so that we can provide certain features on our website to you.  While you control the ability to modify your browser settings to either accept all cookies, notify you when a cookie is sent or reject all cookies, it may not be possible to utilize certain features of our website which require the use of cookies if your browser is set to reject cookies.

What are cookies and why do we use them?

Cookies are files that are downloaded on your computer or mobile device when you visit certain websites. Cookies allow a website to complete certain functions such as identify a user session, recall your preferences (e.g. language), gather information about your browsing habits or show you advertising adapted to your preferences.  Cookies can allow us to determine that you have visited the site in the past and thus save and remember preferences that you may have set while browsing our site.  Cookies do not allow us to retrieve any other data from your hard drive or obtain your e-mail address.  Further, the IHA may also make use of memory-based cookies in support of authenticating the user of certain IHA web applications.

We use analytic and advertising cookies (non-essential cookies) on our website, and we ask your consent for using them. However, you can withdraw your consent at any time.  Please note that some or all features of the IHA website may be unavailable if we do not have your consent to cookies.

What personal data is collected, and what types of cookies do we use?

Cookies and information captured through this site are stored for the retention period indicated below, however you can eliminate these cookies any time before the expiration date.

Analytics and advertising cookies (non-essential):

Cookie name Type of cookie, purpose and information collected Source Retention period



Analytics (non-essential)

Purpose: We use Google Analytics to carry out analytics to gather information on how users use our website to improve it. See Google analytics terms for additional information. Information collected includes:

·    The total time a user spends on the site, on each page, and in what order those pages were visited.

·    What internal links were clicked.

·    In addition, the IP address, user agent string, and initial page inspection analytics.js is used to determine things like the following:
the geographic location of the user, browser and operating system used, screen size, whether Flash or Java is installed, and the referring site.


Analytics (non-essential)

Purpose: This cookie is also for use with Google Analytics that we use to carry out analytics to improve our website.  Information collected includes:


·   Determine which domain to measure

·   Distinguish unique users

·   Throttle the request rate

·   Remember the number and time of previous visits

·   Remember traffic source information

·   Determine the start and end of a session

·   Remember the value of visitor-level custom variables


Social networking cookie – Advertising (non-essential):

Purpose: Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real-time bidding from third-party advertisers.


Advertisement (non-essential).

Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user’s device. The ID is used for targeted ads.


Advertisement (non-essential).

These cookies are written by Google for the purpose of showing advertisements to users who have previously visited our site as they browse other websites on the internet


We also use other cookies that are necessary for the appropriate functionality of our website and for security purposes (essential), the majority of these cookies are session cookies:

Cookie name Type of cookie, purpose and information collected Source

Security (essential)

This cookie is a security measure and helps protect the website from unauthorized data submissions.


Functionality (essential).

It is used to make sure that your experience, while on our site is as seamless as possible as you move from page to page


Functionality (essential).

This cookie is used to determine if the Visitor is browsing from a Mobile Device.


Functionality (essential).

This cookie is necessary for site functionality.


Functionality (essential).

Where the website includes paging, this cookie tracks the previous page.




Functionality (essential).

We use these cookies for authentication purposes.


Functionality (essential).

This cookie is used by sites using the .NET technology platform from Microsoft. It enables the site to maintain an anonymous user-id to track unique users within a session without them logging in or otherwise identifying themselves.



Functionality (essential).

This cookie is necessary for site functionality, including forms authentication, created when a user logs in.


Functionality (essential).

This is a functional administration cookie that only affects logged in users and administrators of the website, ensuring that the correct mode “edit mode” is the default setting for making website changes.


In addition, we also provide links to our social network accounts to facilitate easy sharing of content on social network platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.  If you access these pages, third-party cookies will be downloaded to your computer for different purposes such as tracking, analytics or advertising. We have no control over these cookies.

With whom do we share this information?

Information collected through Google Analytics is shared with Google and its partners who may combine it with other information you’ve provided to them or they’ve collected from your use of their services. This information will be stored in Google’s servers in the United States of America according to their privacy practices.

Social advertising cookies are shared with Facebook and Google, according to their privacy policies. Information collected when you access to social media platforms such as FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and  YouTube will be associated with your account when you are logged into these social networks. By clicking on the symbol of the social network, new cookies and information about you will be collected through these platforms according to the respective privacy policies for those platforms.

What other technologies do we use in email marketing?

When we send you email marketing communications we employ Sales Force for email tracking which includes clear gifs that help us better manage our email marketing communications by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier embedded in emails and let us know for instance, which emails have been opened by recipients.

You can always opt-out of our marketing communications by using the unsubscribe link located at the bottom of our email communications or you can contact us.


You can control and delete cookies through your browser settings.

Or you can also use the following cookie management and disposal tools:


If you have questions or concerns regarding our use of cookies you can contact us at:  You can also contact us at:

International Housewares Association
6400 Shafer Court, Suite 650
Rosemont, Illinois 60618
Phone: 847-292-4200

Last Updated: May 6, 2019

Terms & Conditions

Consent to Terms and Conditions
By accessing this website, you are agreeing to be bound by these website Terms and Conditions of Use and IHA’s Privacy Policy, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this website are protected by applicable copyright and trademark law.

Use License

  1. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on the International Housewares Association (“IHA”) website for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:
    1. modify or copy the materials;
    2. use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
    3. attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on IHA’s website;
    4. remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
    5. transfer the materials to another person or “mirror” the materials on any other server.
  1. This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by IHA at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.


Trademark / Service Mark
All trademarks, service marks, and trade names (collectively the “Marks”), including but not limited to International Housewares Association, International Home + Housewares Show, The Inspired Home Show® and IHA are proprietary to IHA or other respective owners that have granted IHA the right and license to use such Marks. To the extent that such Marks are owned by IHA, such Marks may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not our product or service, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among our customers or users of this website, or in any other manner in violation of the trademark and service mark laws, without the express written consent of IHA. You also many not use any Marks owned by a party other than IHA without the express written consent of such other owner or IHA if IHA has been given the authority to grant you permission.

The materials on IHA’s website are provided “as is.” IHA makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, IHA does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet website or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

In no event shall IHA or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on IHA’s Internet site, even if IHA or a IHA authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

Revisions and Errata
The materials appearing on IHA’s website could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. IHA does not warrant that any of the materials on its website are accurate, complete, or current. IHA may make changes to the materials contained on its website at any time without notice. IHA does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

IHA has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet website and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by IHA of the site. Use of any such linked website is at the user’s own risk.

Site Terms of Use Modifications
IHA may revise these terms of use for its website at any time without notice. By using this website, you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

Governing Law
Any claim relating to IHA’s website shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

Email Harvesting
IHA does not authorize “email harvesting” of any kind through this website – in compliance with provisions in CAN-SPAM, Sec. 4.(b)(2)(A)(i)(I). Visitors are not permitted to capture email addresses posted on this site using any methods, to use for personal databases, mailing lists, mass email distribution, marketing efforts and the like.

Privacy Policy
Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed a Privacy Policy that can also be found on IHA’s website.


Contest Official Rules and Regulations 


Contest Entry and Eligibility


  1. By entering the Contest, entrants:
    1. Agree to accept and be bound by all terms of these Official Rules and Regulations; and,
    2. Agree that Illinois courts have jurisdiction over any disputer or litigation arising from or relating to Sweepstakes and that the venue shall only be Chicago, Illinois.
  2. International Housewares Association (“IHA”) and its advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected or stolen entries or transmissions, or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, or electronic.
  3. IHA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or prematurely conclude the Contest should any malfunction, fraud, tampering, unauthorized intervention or other cause beyond its control corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Contest. False or deceptive entries or acts will render the participant ineligible and IHA reserves the right to disqualify any participant who attempts to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by tampering with Contest procedures, using automated entry devices or programs, acting in a disruptive manner or violating these Official Rules. Any attempt by an individual to deliberately damage or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be in violation of criminal civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, IHA reserves the right to seek remedies and damages (including attorney’s fees) from any such participant to the fullest extent of the law, including criminal prosecution.
  4. Void where prohibited by law. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws of the United States. By participating via Twitter, Facebook or other social media tools, Entrants agree to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of IHA and waive any and all rights to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Official Rules.
  5. All prize details are at IHA’s discretion.
  6. Prizes are limited to one per person.
  7. Contest submissions are welcome from all legal U.S. residents only.
  8. The Contest will run for a specified period of time as stated in the marketing material announcing the Contest.
  9. All prizes will be awarded within sixty (60) days of the Contest end-date.
  10. The contest is open to all people of age 18 or greater, unless other restrictions apply.
  11. IHA will not verify receipt of entry.
  12. Automated entries and use of automated devices or programs to submit entries are grounds for disqualification.
  13. IHA employees and their family members are not eligible to participate.
  14. The Contest Winner must be a resident of the United States.
  15. No purchase necessary.


Restrictions on Winning

  1. The Contest Winner must accept their prize within thirty (30) days of notification via email or an alternate Winner will be selected.
  2. A Winner is defined as the Contest participant that accepts the prize within thirty (30) days of notification and whose eligibility has been verified.


Limits of Liability

  1. Neither IHA, nor its officers, directors, agents, or affiliated entities are responsible for:
    1. Any loss (financial or otherwise), liability, injury or damage to persons property which may be caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by the use or misuse of any prize items provided; or
    2. Any liability for the cancellation, modification or premature conclusion of the Contest for any reason or through the acts or defaults of any company or person providing the prize. All such losses and expenses must be borne by the affected participant and/or Winner.


Ethics Policy
Contributors to The International Housewares Association (“IHA”) are independent contractors who create and publish content on and affiliated sites and email properties (collectively, the “Site”). Contributors are compensated in part based on the amount of content that they create and/or the page views of the Site containing the content they create. IHA contractually requires that its contributors maintain high ethical standards and all legal requirements, including Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) disclosure requirements. The contributors, and not IHA, are responsible for their own compliance with these standards. These contributors and other writers provide advice and information that they intend to be not only practical but trustworthy. These contributors and other writers write and are responsible for their content, and this content is made available on TheInspiredHome “AS IS”. Your use of the Site is subject to the Terms of Use (including any disclaimers).

Last Updated: January 22, 2021

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