Privacy Policy

 

At TheHikingChild we take you and your privacy seriously. The Privacy policy below sets out the full scope and limitations of our data collection and data use, and by using our website you agree to all of the terms of the Privacy policy below. However, we give you a very brief summary of what we do in order to make this simple. 

  • We collect your Name, and Email when you subscribe to our mailing list. We rely on MailChimp to handle our mass email communications.
  • We collect your Name and Email when you contact us, so that we can get back to you.
  • We use Google Analytics, which relies on cookies to track your movements on our website. We do this to have a better understanding of how well the site is functioning, and to make improvements down the road.   We also collect traffic flow data to better market the website.
  • We collect all information necessary when you make a donation to or purchase on our website using PayPal. We don’t collect anything other than what is set-out by PayPal. 

At this point, that’s all we really do!

We will never sell or distribute your personal information!

Once again, by using our website you agree to the terms of the Privacy policy below. It outlines further points that we have a right to fulfill. This policy may be updated over time, and when it is we will send an email notification to all of our subscribers.

Privacy policy

  1. Introduction

1.1   We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; in this policy we explain how we will treat your personal information.

1.2   By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.

  1. Credit

2.1   This document was created using a template from SEQ Legal (http://www.seqlegal.com).

  1. Collecting personal information

3.1   We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:

(a)   information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website for the purposes of website analytics (this may include your IP address, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths);

(b)   information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email notifications and/or newsletters (including your name and email address);

(c)    information that you provide to us when using the services on our website, or that is generated in the course of the use of those services (including the timing, frequency and pattern of service use);

(d)   information relating to any purchases you make of our goods and/or services or any other transactions that you enter into through our website such as donations (including your name, address, telephone number, email address and card details as required by the PayPal online payment system);

(e)   information that you post to our website for publication on the internet (including your user name, your profile pictures and the content of your posts);

(f)    information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us or send through our website (including the communication content and metadata associated with the communication); and

(g)   any other personal information that you choose to send to us.

3.2   Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person’s consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with this policy.

  1. Using personal information

4.1   Personal information submitted to us through our website will be used for the purposes specified in this policy or on the relevant pages of the website.

4.2   We may use your personal information to:

(a)   administer our website;

(b)   personalize our website for you;

(c)    enable your use of the services available on our website;

(d)   send you goods purchased through our website;

(e)   supply to you services purchased through our website;

(f)    send statements, invoices and payment reminders to you, and collect payments from you;

(g)   send you non-marketing commercial communications;

(h)   send you email notifications that you have specifically requested;

(i)    send you our email newsletter, if you have requested it (you can unsubscribe at any time if you no longer wish to receive the newsletter);

(j)    send you marketing communications relating to our business or the business of carefully selected third parties, which we think may be of interest to you, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar technology (you will first need to subscribe to receive such communications, and can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications);

(k)   provide third parties with statistical information about our users (but those third parties will not be able to identify any individual user from that information);

(l)    deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to our website;

(m)  keep our website secure and prevent fraud; and

(n)   verify compliance with the terms and conditions governing the use of our website.

4.3   If you submit personal information for publication on our website, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the license you grant to us.

4.4   Your privacy settings can be used to limit the publication of your information on our website, and can be adjusted using privacy controls on your web browser.

4.5   We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party’s direct marketing.

4.6   All our website financial transactions are handled through our payment services provider, PayPal. You can review the provider’s privacy policy at www.paypal.com. We will share information with our payment services provider only to the extent necessary for the purposes of processing payments you make via our website, refunding such payments and dealing with complaints and queries relating to such payments and refunds.

  1. Disclosing personal information

5.1   We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.

5.2   We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group of companies (this means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and all its subsidiaries) insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.

5.3   We may disclose your personal information:

(a)   to the extent that we are required to do so by law;

(b)   in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;

(c)    in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);

(d)   to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset that we are (or are contemplating) selling; and

(e)   to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information.

5.4   Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.

  1. International data transfers

6.1   Information that we collect may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy.

6.2   Information that we collect may be transferred to the following countries which do not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in Canada: the United States of America, countries of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand.

6.3   Personal information that you publish on our website or submit for publication on our website may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.

6.4   By using our website you expressly agree to the transfers of personal information described in this Section 6.

  1. Retaining personal information

7.1   This Section 7 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.

7.2   Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

7.3   Without prejudice to Section 7.2, we will usually delete personal data falling within the categories set out below at the date/time set out below:

(a) personal data will be deleted within three weeks of unsubscribing to our services.

7.4   Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 7, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:

(a)   to the extent that we are required to do so by law;

(b)   if we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and

(c)    in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).

  1. Security of personal information

8.1   We will take reasonable technical and organizational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.

8.2   We will store all the personal information you provide on secure servers that belong to a reputable, United States of America based company hosting our website.

8.3   All electronic financial transactions entered into through our website will be protected by encryption technology.

8.4   You acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.

8.5   You are responsible for keeping the password you use for accessing our website confidential; we will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to our website).

  1. Amendments

9.1   We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.

9.2   You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.

9.3   We may notify you of changes to this policy by email, or through our website.

  1. Your rights

10.1 You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you; provision of such information may be subject to:

(a)   the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity (for this purpose, we will usually accept a photocopy of your passport certified by a solicitor or bank plus an original copy of a utility bill showing your current address).

10.2 We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.

10.3 You may instruct us at any time not to process your personal information for marketing purposes.

10.4 In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to our use of your personal information for marketing purposes, or we will provide you with an opportunity to opt out of the use of your personal information for marketing purposes.

  1. Third party websites

11.1 Our website includes hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites.

11.2 We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.

  1. Updating information

12.1 Please let us know if the personal information that we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.

  1. Cookies

13.1 Our website uses cookies.

13.2 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

13.3 Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

13.4 Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

13.5 We may use both session and persistent cookies on our website.

13.6 The cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:

(a)   we use cookies to recognize a computer when a user visits our website, track users as they navigate the website, improve the website’s usability, administer the website, prevent fraud and improve the security of the website, validate authenticated users sessions, or facilitate the use of our website search engine. We use Google Analytics to optimize the website.

13.7 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:

(a)   in Internet Explorer (version 11) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and then “Advanced”;

(b)   in Firefox (version 44) you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy”, selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, and un-ticking “Accept cookies from sites”; and

(c)    in Chrome (version 48), you can block all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Content settings”, and then selecting “Block sites from setting any data” under the “Cookies” heading.

13.8 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

13.9 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

13.10 You can delete cookies already stored on your computer; for example:

(a)   in Internet Explorer (version 11), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11);

(b)   in Firefox (version 44), you can delete cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”, then selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, clicking “Show Cookies”, and then clicking “Remove All Cookies”; and

(c)    in Chrome (version 48), you can delete all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Clear browsing data”, and then selecting “Cookies and other site and plug-in data” before clicking “Clear browsing data”.

13.11 Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.

  1. Our details

15.1 This website is owned and operated by a private person, not a corporate entity.

15.2 Our principal place of business is in Toronto, Canada and the Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland.

15.3 You can contact us:

(a)   using our website contact form;

 

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