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Privacy Policy

PeerNetBC.com Privacy Policy

PeerNetBC.com is committed to maintaining the accuracy, security and privacy of personal information in accordance with applicable laws. This Privacy Policy is a statement of principles and guidelines for the protection of the personal information of PeerNetBC.com’s members, website users, suppliers, service providers, and other individuals (“individuals” or “you”). The objective of this Privacy Policy is to ensure responsible practices in the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, in accordance with laws applicable to PeerNetBC.com. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible while visiting our website and using the resources it offers. This privacy policy covers the treatment of personally identifiable information that we collect, why we collect it, and how we protect it. PeerNetBC.com uses reasonable safeguards in order to protect personal information held by us against interception or misuse by third parties. However, we do not have any responsibility for interception, alteration or misuse of information transmitted over the Internet.

By submitting personal information to PeerNetBC.com, you agree that we may collect, use and disclose such personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and as permitted or required by law. Subject to legal and contractual requirements, you may refuse or withdraw your consent to certain of the identified purposes at any time by contacting PeerNetBC.com’s Privacy Officer. If you refuse or withdraw your consent, PeerNetBC.com may not be able to provide you or continue to provide you with website access or certain services or information which may be of value to you.

1.    What is personal information?

Personal information is information about an identifiable individual, as defined in applicable privacy laws. Personal information does not include aggregated information that does not allow an individual to be identified. Generally speaking, an individual’s business contact information, such as his or her name, title, business address, business telephone and business facsimile numbers, are not considered to be personal information.

2.    What we collect

PeerNetBC.com collects various personal information in order to serve members and website users.

In order to sign up and become a member of PeerNetBC.com, we need to collect specific information from you – members are not anonymous to us. We need to collect the following information from you: username and email address. This information is kept in a secure database and we will only use the information to customize the content that you see, fulfill your requests for certain services, and to contact you when you request it. We will not transfer, distribute, lend, barter or disclose any of the information to third parties unless we are permitted or required to do so by law.

In addition, personal information may be imparted to PeerNetBC.com in the following ways:

  1. Browsing – while you browse, PeerNetBC.com automatically receives and records information on its server logs from your browser, including IP addresses, any pages you visit, documents you download, the type of browser you use and your operating system. PeerNetBC.com makes no attempt to identify you or to track your individual browsing activities.
  2. Cookies – When you access the PeerNetBC.com website, we may use a browser feature called a ‘cookie’ to collect information that is not personally identifiable (such as the type of Internet browser and operating system you use, the domain name of the website from which you came, number of visits, average time spent on our website, and pages viewed). A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that identifies your browser, but not you, to our computers each time you visit one of our websites that uses cookies. Unless you specifically inform us (e.g. by sending us comments or an inquiry from our contact webpage), we will not know who you are. In addition to the identified purposes described in this Privacy Policy, PeerNetBC.com may use this cookie information to measure the use of our website and to improve the functionality and content of our website. If you wish, you can reset your browser either to notify you when you have received a cookie or refuse to accept cookies. However, if you refuse to accept cookies, you may not be able to use certain features on our websites.
    PeerNetBC.com automatically sends cookies to your computer. These cookies are then stored on your hard drive when you log into PeerNetBC.com. However, as soon as you log out or close your browser, PeerNetBC.com destroys the matching session cookie(s) kept on our server. Depending on your browser settings, the session cookies stored on your hard drive may remain, but the matching cookies will no longer be retained by PeerNetBC.com. While cookies are designed to be read only by the site that provides them (not by other sites) we recommend that you regularly delete all the cookies stored on your computer. (See “Safety & Security Tips” for more information on how to do this.)
  3. Email – while membership does require that we keep members’ email addresses in our database for communication purposes, we do not collect the email addresses of anonymous visitors to PeerNeBC.com. PeerNetBC.com will only record your email address if you send an email message and PeerNetBC.com will only use your email for the purpose for which you have expressly or implicitly provided it. Unless permitted by law, your email address will not be added to a mailing list or used for any other purpose without your consent. However, please be aware that email transmission over the Internet with PeerNetBC.com is not encrypted and, therefore, is not completely secure. Email sent to and from PeerNetBC.com may be intercepted or viewed by other Internet users without your knowledge or permission while it is in transit to or from us.
  4. Discussion Forums – your message and user name will be visible to everyone who is registered in the forum(s) to which you post. Your message(s) will appear in our forum(s) for an undetermined amount of time.

In addition to collection of personal information via the means identified above, PeerNetBC.com, and its employees, affiliates, agents and service providers acting on PeerNetBC.com’s behalf, may collect, use and/or disclose personal information for the following purposes:

  1. to understand and respond to the inquiries, feedback, needs and preferences of PeerNetBC.com’s members, website visitors and other individuals, including to communicate with such individuals;
  2. to conduct research and statistical analysis;
  3. to advertise and PeerNetBC.com events and promotions;
  4. to distribute newsletters, promotional information and other material to individuals, in any format or media;
  5. to develop, enhance, market, advertise, sell or otherwise provide PeerNetBC.com’s services;
  6. to update and verify our databases and information provided by individuals;
  7. to detect and protect PeerNetBC.com, its affiliates, and other third parties against error, negligence, breach of contract, theft, fraud and other illegal activity;
  8. as permitted by, and to comply with, any legal or regulatory requirements or laws; and
  9. for any other purpose to which an individual consents.

3.    Links to other Websites

PeerNetBC.com cannot assume any responsibility for the content that appears on externally linked websites or for their information handling processes. We recommend that you review each site’s privacy policy.

4.    User Responsibility

It is your responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure no unauthorized person shall have access to your username and password. It is your sole responsibility to (1) control the dissemination of your username, (2) monitor and control access to your login and password and, (3) promptly notify us of any need to deactivate your account or to change your username and/or password. For this reason, you must not share your username and password with any other person.

5.    Where do we store your Personal Information and how do we secure it?

Your personal information is stored in secured locations and on servers controlled by PeerNetBC.com but located in California, USA.

To help protect the confidentiality of your personal information, PeerNetBC.com employs administrative and technological safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of your personal information. For instance, we operate secure data networks protected by standard firewall and password protection systems.

6.    How can you obtain access to your personal information?

Upon your written request and subject to certain legal exceptions, PeerNetBC.com will inform you of the existence, use and disclosure of your personal information and will give you access to that information. Access requests must be sent in writing to our Privacy Officer at our office address.

7.    Changes to this Privacy Policy

PeerNetBC.com reserves the right to modify or supplement this Privacy Policy, and any terms and conditions of service, at any time. PeerNetBC.com will post any changes to this Privacy Policy on our website and will make written copies available upon your request to our Privacy Officer. However, we recommend that you review this document periodically to be aware of any changes posted. Your continued use of the site will indicate your approval of all changes.

Nevertheless, PeerNetBC.com will seek your consent if we want to collect, use or disclose his or her personal information for purposes other than those to which you have already consented unless otherwise required or permitted by law. Changes to this Privacy Policy will be noted here so that you can be fully informed about our privacy policies and practices.

    

If you have any comments, questions or complaints please contact:
(info@peernetbc.com)

Date last revised: March 29, 2012

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