ABMI Privacy Policy

a. APPLICATION OF THIS POLICY

i. This Website Privacy Policy ("Policy") is a summary of the privacy practices and policies of the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (the "ABMI" or the "Institute"). The Policy governs the website found at at www.abmi.ca, including every website page that shares the domain name "abmi.ca", and naturelynx.ca (collectively, the "Website"), and is applicable to visitors to the Website. By accessing this Website, you confirm your consent to the contents of this Policy. If you do not agree with the contents of this Policy, or to our collection, use or disclosure of Personal Information as described in this Policy, then you should not access this Website.

ii.  We may from time to time revise this Policy to reflect changes in our privacy procedures and post the revised version of the Policy on this Website. We reserve the right to modify the Policy at any time without prior notice. Upon posting on this Website, the revised Policy will come into effect.

b. PERSONAL INFORMATION

i. "Personal Information" means information about an identifiable individual (e.g. name, address, telephone, fax number and e-mail address). This does not include information of an aggregate or anonymous nature where a specific individual or individuals cannot be identified, nor does it include business contact information used to contact an individual in their capacity as an employee or official of an organization.

c. COLLECTION, USE & DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

The ABMI may collect, use and disclose information, including Personal Information, provided by individuals to us by email, online forms or other means (subject to our consent policy set out in section 1(d) below), in order to fulfill the objectives and mandate of the ABMI, which involves:

(1) Collecting and producing data and information on the state of Alberta's biodiversity;
(2) Providing services and information to the public on Alberta's biodiversity; and
(3) Such other purposes consistent with the foregoing purposes.

ii. While you should be aware that most web servers do collect some information about visitors, such as the browser and version you are using, your operating system, and your Internet Protocol ("IP") address, which may identify your Internet Service Provider or computer but normally not the person using it, simply visiting our Website does not result in our collecting any Personal Information from you. If you visit the Website and you permit "cookies", then the ABMI only has the means to track your use of the Website and the ABMI has no means to determine who you are unless you provide your Personal Information.

iii. See the documentation provided with your Internet browser for more information on cookies and how to disable them; however, please note that it may not be possible to utilize certain services available through the Website if cookies are rejected. 

iv. The ABMI may collect, use and disclose aggregate or anonymous information for purposes of analyzing traffic to and within this Website, improving the experience of users of this Website and related business purposes.

v. If you are accessing the Website through your mobile device, the ABMI may collect, use and disclose information regarding your location ("Location Information") through device-based location services. Your approximate location is determined using information from local Wi-Fi networks, and is collected in a manner that doesn’t personally identify you.

d. CONSENT POLICY

i. It is our policy to collect, use and disclose Personal Information only with consent, either express or implied, of the individual to whom the Personal Information pertains. Further, the ABMI does not share Personal Information with third parties without the consent of the individual to whom the Personal Information pertains. 

ii. If you choose to voluntarily submit Personal Information to us by e-mail, online forms or other means, we will consider that you have done so with your consent for purposes reasonably related to your providing the information. If we have your express or implied consent to do so, after our initial response, we may communicate further with you with information that may be useful, but we will include instructions on how to terminate receiving such further information.

iii. It is our policy to collect, use and disclose Location Information only with the consent, either express or implied, of the user of the device. You can subsequently choose to turn the device-based location services off.

iv. Please note that there are circumstances where the use and/or disclosure of Personal Information may be justified or permitted or where the ABMI is obliged to disclose information without consent, such as where required by law or by order or requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental tribunal. 

v. You may refuse to provide Personal Information to us. You may also refuse to provide consent to the use of your Personal Information by us. Further, you may ask us about your Personal Information and notify us of any corrections that may be necessary. You may also withdraw any consent you have given us at any time, subject to applicable legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice.

e. WEBSITE SECURITY

i. While the ABMI makes reasonable efforts to maintain the security of Personal Information in its custody or control, please be advised that the Internet and e-mail are inherently unsecure media, the ABMI accepts no liability for the security or privacy of Personal Information in transit over the Internet.

f. E-MAIL COMMUNICATION

i. We may have in force acceptable use policies with respect to our computers, systems and e-mail received by and sent from the ABMI. In order to enforce such policies, we reserve the right, but not the obligation, to intercept and review the contents of e-mail, including any Personal Information provided by the authors or originators or recipients of e-mail messages. Users of our systems and computers have no expectation of privacy and, by using e-mail as a means of communication with us, you consent to such interception and monitoring.

g. LINKED SITES

i. Please note that the Website may contain links to other websites ("Linked Sites"). The Linked Sites are maintained by independent parties over which the ABMI has no control. Linked Sites will be governed by the Linked Site's own privacy policies and practices. This includes social networking sites whose content is partially or entirely contributed to by the ABMI, including the ABMI's Facebook Page, Twitter Account, Vimeo Channel, LinkedIn Account and Instagram Account (collectively, the "ABMI Social Media Accounts"). 

ii. While the ABMI Social Media Accounts will be governed by the privacy policy of the respective social networking site, the ABMI maintains this Policy, which specifically applies to the use of the ABMI Social Media Accounts. 


h. FURTHER INFORMATION

i. For further information with respect to our Website Privacy Policy, feel free to contact the ABMI directly at abmiinfo@ualberta.ca

ii. This policy was last updated on May 21, 2015.

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