At Vancouver Gadgets, we are committed to protecting your privacy and safeguarding your personal, business and financial information. This Privacy Statement applies to Vancouver Gadgets and their respective affiliates in Canada (collectively, “VG”, “we” or “our”).
The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to inform you about the types of Personal Information that VG collects, uses and discloses. It explains how we use and disclose that information, the choices you have regarding such use and disclosure, and how you may correct that information.
As we are a national organization, this Privacy Statement is designed to meet the standards prescribed by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the regulations thereunder (“PIPEDA”) as well as applicable provincial privacy legislation and regulations, including, the Personal Information Protection Act (Alberta), the Personal Information Protection Act (British Columbia), and An Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector (Quebec). We also note that in addition to these standards, we continue to be subject to the confidentiality rules of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants.
1. What is Personal Information?
“Personal Information” is any information that is identifiable with you, as an individual. This information may include but is not limited to your name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, business facsimile number, age, gender, marital status, health status, financial status, credit card information and credit history. Personal Information, however, does not include your name, business title or business address or business telephone number in your capacity as an employee of an organization.
2. How do we collect your Personal Information?
We will always collect your Personal Information by fair and lawful means (for example, when you engage us to provide services, use the VG website or speak to a VG representative). We collect Personal Information from you and from third party service providers, where we have obtained your consent to do so or as otherwise permitted by law. From time to time you may voluntarily provide VG with unsolicited personal information – that is, other than where VG has requested same (for example, through the VG websites). If you do wish to provide such information for any reason, you consent to VG using that information in the ways described in this Privacy Statement or as described at the point where you choose to disclose this information.
In addition, in order to properly manage our website, we may anonymously log information on our operational systems, and identify categories of visitors by items such as domains and browser types. These statistics are reported in the aggregate to our webmasters. Finally, to gather visitor statistics and manage cookies, we use electronic images called a “single-pixel GIF” or “Web beacon.” Web beacons allow our third-party tracking tool, WebTrends, to gather simple information such as the IP address of your computer, the time the material was viewed and the type of Internet browser used to access the page. This information is tracked on WebTrends’ servers and reported in aggregate to our webmasters.
If you are concerned about the use of Web beacons you can turn off your browsers’ cookies. This action will prevent Web beacons from tracking your specific activity, but the Web beacon may still record an anonymous visit from your IP address. Finally, VG understands the importance of protecting children’s privacy, especially in an online environment such as at our websites. The VG websites covered by this Privacy Statement are not intentionally designed for or directed at children 13 years of age or younger. It is VG’s policy never to knowingly collect or maintain information about anyone under the age of 13.
3. Where do we store your Personal Information?
We will keep the Personal Information that we collect at the offices of those VG personnel involved in the engagement.
4. How do we use your Personal Information?
We identify the purposes for which we use your Personal Information at the time we collect such information from you and obtain your consent, in any case, prior to such use. We generally use your Personal Information for the following purposes (the “Purposes”): to process and deliver products that you have ordered from us;
- to invoice and collect payment for professional services and products provided by us to you.
- to register you for events and conferences;
- to register you for, and facilitate your participation in, certain areas of our website, including our online bulletin boards, discussion or message forums;
- to research, develop, manage, protect and improve our services;
- to gather your opinion and feedback through surveys;
- to enrol you in our contests or promotional programs;
- to develop and maintain our relationship with you and communicate with you;
- to process your application for employment and resume;
- to advise you about new products and services that may be of interest to you (provided that you can choose not to receive any invitations or direct mail from us by indicating your preference as outlined below under Contact Us); and such other uses as may be permitted or required by applicable law.
5. To whom do we provide your Personal Information?
6. When and how do we obtain your consent?
We generally obtain your consent prior to collecting, and in any case, prior to using or disclosing your Personal Information for any purpose. You may provide your consent to us either orally, electronically or in writing. The form of consent that we seek, including whether it is express or implied, will largely depend on the sensitivity of the personal information and the reasonable expectations you might have in the circumstances.
We will not, as a condition of the supply of our professional services or products, require you to consent to the collection, use, disclosure or protection of information beyond that which is required to fulfill the specified and legitimate purposes for which the information is being collected. With respect to our websites, should visitors subsequently choose to unsubscribe from mailing lists or any registrations, visitors may contact the webmaster of the appropriate site e.g. email@example.com.
7. How do we ensure the privacy of your Personal Information when dealing with our affiliates and other third parties?
8. How long will we utilize, disclose or retain your Personal Information?
We may keep a record of your Personal Information, correspondence or comments in a file specific to you. We will utilize, disclose or retain your Personal Information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which that Personal Information was collected and as permitted or required by law.
9. How can you review your Personal Information that we have collected, utilized or disclosed?
If you make a written request to review any Personal Information about you that we have collected, utilized or disclosed, we will provide you with any such Personal Information to the extent required by law. We will make such Personal Information available to you in a form that is generally understandable, and will explain any abbreviations or codes.
10. How do you know that the Personal Information we have on you is accurate?
We will ensure that your Personal Information is kept as accurate, complete and up-to-date as possible. We will not routinely update your Personal Information, unless such a process is necessary. We expect you, from time to time, to supply us with written updates to your Personal Information, when required.
11. What if the Personal Information we have on you is inaccurate?
At any time, you can challenge the accuracy or completeness of your Personal Information in our records. If you successfully demonstrate that your Personal Information in our records is inaccurate or incomplete, we will amend the Personal Information as required. Where appropriate, we will transmit the amended information to third parties having access to your Personal Information.
12. How fast will we respond to your written requests?
We will attempt to respond to each of your written requests not later than thirty (30) days after receipt of such requests. We will advise you in writing if we cannot meet your requests within this time limit. You have the right to make a complaint to the federal Privacy Commissioner in respect of this time limit.
14. How do we know that it is really you requesting your Personal Information?
We may request that you provide sufficient identification to permit access to the existence, use or disclosure of your Personal Information. Any such identifying information shall be used only for this purpose.
15. What safeguards have we implemented to protect your Personal Information?
We have implemented physical, organizational, contractual and technological security measures to protect your Personal Information from loss or theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. The only employees who are granted access to your Personal Information are those with a business ‘need-to-know’ or whose duties reasonably require such information. On the VG websites, we use secure socket layer technology for the protection of credit card information submitted through web forms.