Privacy Policy

The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website and/or its associated services.

General Privacy Statement

The FoodARC website does not automatically gather any personal information from you, such as your name, phone number, or email address. This information is only obtained if you provide it voluntarily, through contacting us via email, through an online form or using the AddThis sharing buttons.

Use of your mailing and/or e-mail addresses

When voluntarily providing information via e-mail or through an online form on the FoodARC website, we will only use your personal information for the stated purposes for which it was collected, unless you provide consent otherwise. Your personal information will only be disclosed to or accessed by FoodARC employees (or designated representative) with a need to know in relation to the purposes for which it was collected. FoodARC will not sell or rent your personal information to any third parties. GoogleAnalytics and AddThis sharing buttons may collect more information than is described here and may have additional privacy requirements – See the AddThis sharing buttons and Google Analytics below for more information.

If you provide FoodARC with your mailing address online, you may receive periodic mailings or e-mails from us with information about new programs or upcoming events, if you give permission to be contacted. See ‘Opt-Out’ below for instructions on how to stop such correspondence and refer to the MailChimp section below for more information.

AddThis Sharing Buttons

When you, an End User, use one of the AddThis sharing buttons, AddThis collects certain non-personally identifiable information automatically for use on their platform (the “AddThis Platform”). They enable FoodARC to use this information via the AddThis Platform for analytics purposes, and they also use some of this information for online advertisement targeting. If you prefer that they do not collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information about your website visits for the purpose of delivering targeted advertising, then you may opt out at their Advertising Choices page.

When you opt out, they will place an opt-out cookie on your computer. The opt-out cookie tells them not to use your information for delivering relevant online advertisements. Please note that if you block cookies, their opt-out process may not function properly. Please also note that if you delete, block, or otherwise restrict cookies, or if you use a different computer or Internet browser, you will need to renew your opt-out choice.

Before using the AddThis sharing buttons please review their Privacy Policies.

Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of data stored on the End User’s computer that allows us to monitor each user’s session from quality of service and session management perspectives. The cookie identifies your browser and will not let a website know any personal information about you, such as your name and address.

FoodARC may use cookies to:

• Monitor website usage and improve the operation and performance of our website to make them easier and more convenient to use; for example, cookies help us remember who you are through your browser settings so that we can offer and provide more personalized services (e.g., language preference).

• Save passwords and preferences for you so that you will not have to re-enter them the next time you visit a website. Registered members need a cookie to be able to log in.

• Allow visitors to leave a comment on a blog/news post

• Measure aggregate user traffic and demographic statistics related to the website (e.g., number of users, average time spent, average age and similar statistics). This information helps us to better understand when to update, change or offer new services.

You may delete these cookies whenever you wish. If you are concerned about the use of cookies, then you can refer to the help information in your browser software for information on how to disable cookies.

Google Analytics

FoodARC uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. FoodARC uses this information to help make our website more useful to our audiences by learning about the number of visitors and by monitoring traffic patterns and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about specific individuals and their visits.

This analytics measurement tool uses “session” and “persistent” cookies to collect standard Internet log information and to track visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer and expire two years after your last visit to our website. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website (including the first nine digits of your IP address) is transmitted to Google. No personal, identifying information is recorded or provided to Google. This anonymous information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. The aggregate data and statistical reports are used only to help us make our site more useful to visitors and are made available only to website managers and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties.

For further information about Google Analytics, please refer to Google Analytics Privacy Policy.

If you wish, you may opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics by disabling or refusing the cookies; by disabling JavaScript within your browser; or by using the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On. Disabling Google Analytics or JavaScript will still permit you to access comparable information or services from our website. If you have never disabled the session cookie option, it should be enabled by default. To disable cookies or JavaScript, please refer to your browser’s instruction guide.

MailChimp

FoodARC uses MailChimp to manage and distribute emails, as part of a subscription service for updates and news about our activities. When you subscribe to the email subscription service, the information you provide is accessible only by FoodARC employees (or designated representatives) and MailChimp. Please refer to MailChimp Privacy Policies, which outlines how your information is stored and accessed, and used by MailChimp as part of its services independently of FoodARC.

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Server Logs

We and/or our Information Service Provider(s) (ISP) may log IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our website and protect against potential Internet-based attacks on our or their facilities. While we do not link IP addresses to anything that is personally identifiable, these logs capture aggregate, generic, non-personal identifying information about visitors such as:

• The Internet domain and Internet Protocol (“IP”) address from which you access our websites;

• The type of browser and operating system used;

• The date and time you access our websites;

• The uniform resource locator (URL) of the pages you visit;

• If you linked to one of our websites from another website, the address of that website; and

• Your general geographic location.

Opting Out

FoodARC uses MailChimp as a service for managing subscription services. Participants in FoodARC subscription services who no longer wish to receive such information can opt out by clicking the “Unsubscribe” option at the bottom of email correspondence sent by FoodARC. At any time, subscribers may review, update or delete their submitted personally identifiable information by clicking “update subscription preferences” at the bottom of email correspondence sent by FoodARC, which will redirect you to the MailChimp website.

Member Profiles

You will have control over the accuracy and completeness of information you provide. In order to respond to your questions, comments or requests, we request that you provide sufficient information to ensure that our response reaches you.

Links

This website contains links to other websites pertaining to our partners, organizations that complement our philosophy or those sites we feel generally add value to your visit to our site. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. Other websites and services follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of personal information. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Inquiries

We welcome and value critique of, and dialogue about, our website, our programs and our opinions as expressed in web-based and printed materials. If you have questions or concerns regarding the privacy or confidentiality of personal information, please feel free to contact us at foodsecurity@msvu.ca.

Security

The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with our website visitors is of utmost concern to us. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, FoodARC can’t ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

Adapted from:
1. Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Privacy section.
2. AHPRC’s Privacy/Copyright section.
3. AddThis’s Privacy section.
4. Dalhousie University’s Privacy Policy.
5. Google Analytics Privacy Policy section.
6. MailChimp’s Privacy Policy.

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