Updated as of January 1, 2017
- Use of Personal Information
When you access our Site, we may collect information from and about you in different ways. When you register as a member of GFSR, we store all the personal information you provide on your membership registration form. We only use this personal information as described in this policy. We do not collect any personal information from Site visitors only from members and from our contributing authors, speakers and panelists.We only use the personal information you provide: (i) to register you as a member of GFSR or as an author, speaker or panelist; (ii) to send email and other digital communications about our programs and services to you in accordance with the preferences on your membership registration form or any changes you make to your preferences from time to time; (iii) to administer Site usage to monitor traffic-levels; and (iv) to make improvements to our Site and our services. We may use your e-mail address to contact you directly regarding services, products, or information that we believe may be of interest to you.
WE DO NOT SELL, RENT OR OTHERWISE PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT TO ANY OF OUR ADVERTISERS, SPONSORS OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES.
This is because many people who sign up as members of an organization including GFSR do not want their personal information sent out to others. Increasingly, governments are enacting tough laws in and around the sharing of personal information where a person has conducted activities through an online source. We value our members’ privacy and we will not share any personal information of our members who click on a link embedded within an email or other digital communication we send to our members (who have opted in to receive such communications) which brings to their attention products or services offered by our third party advertisers or sponsors. The derived benefit of these third party emails or other digital communications is one of brand awareness when sent to a targeted, opted in audience. A reasonable expectation by our advertisers and sponsors is that through awareness their product or service will resonate in the mind of our members who may be seeking solutions to their most pressing food safety issues. Of course, we do not guarantee any result from these products or services.
However, whether you are a member or visitor, if you download a white paper published on our site or sign up for a webinar or other interactive program, your personal information will be shared with that sponsor. We contractually require sponsors to disclose their privacy policies on their websites so that you can review the same before deciding to download a white paper or participate in an interactive program.
- Passive Data Collection
Some non-personally identifiable information is automatically collected when you access our Site whether as a visitor or a registered member. For example, your IP address, access times, browser type, operating system, page views and the website you visited before visiting our Site is logged automatically.We use “cookies” (small data files) to help tailor our Site operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
A cookie does not give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the personal information you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies when you register as a member and complete our membership application. In addition, most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser setting to decline cookies. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of our Site.
We may also produce aggregate reports for our internal use and for our advertisers. We also use such non-personally identifiable information to monitor website traffic, collect statistical data, and determine the effectiveness of content.
If you click on an embedded link in an email or other digital communication we send on behalf of our advertisers or sponsors, cookies or other passive information tracking features may be used by these third parties.
- Links to other Websites
You may choose to restrict our use of your personal information. On our membership application, you have the option to tell us that you do not want your personal information to be disclosed to third parties. However, if you opt-out, then do not download any white papers or register for any of our webinars or panels.
In addition, you may also opt-out of receiving any of our emailed digital communications by clicking on the opt-out feature found at the bottom of the communication where you will be re-directed to your profile preferences and can choose to opt-out of communications you do not wish to receive.As a member, you may, at any time, choose to correct or update the information you have submitted to us or unsubscribe to one or all digital communication lists. This may be done by accessing your profile by logging in and following the applicable prompts. Or by clicking on the unsubscribe link found at the bottom of all our communications.
As a Member, you may, at any time, cancel your Membership by unsubscribing from all communication lists associated with your member profile.
We have taken formidable security precautions to protect your personal information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access and disclosure.Please remember that your membership account containing your personal information is password protected. Only those who log on with your password can access your account. You play a critical role in security and your membership account password should never be shared with anyone and should be changed at regular intervals. Never use a single password more than once and never use the same password for multiple system logins. After you have finished using the Site, you should log off and exit your browser so no unauthorized persons can use our Site with your name and account information. Regardless of the precautions taken by you or by us, we cannot ensure the ultimate security of any information transmitted or received or stored using the internet.
- Data Retention
We will retain your information for as long as your membership account is active. If you wish to cancel your membership with us or request that we no longer use your personal information to provide you services or communicate with you, please contact us at [email protected]. We will also retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
- Change of Ownership
If we are acquired by or merged with another entity, we will plan to transfer all our members’ personal information to the new entity but we will afford our members an opportunity to opt out of this transfer process in advance of the transfer.
- Our Contact Information
If you have any questions about this policy, please email us at [email protected] or send a letter to Global Food Safety Resource Centre Inc., 2006 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4L 1J3.