This version in effect since April 15, 2002
- By using the Web Site, or submitting information to the SCCC, you signify your consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Policy. If you do not agree with this Policy, please do not use the Web Site or submit information to the SCCC.
Information Automatically Collected
- Non-Identifiable Information - Like many other Internet resources, the Web Site may automatically collect certain non-identifiable information regarding users, such as the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your computer, the IP address of your Internet Service Provider, the date and time you access the Web Site, and the operating system you are using. This non-identifiable information is used for system administration purposes and to improve the Web Site.
- Cookies - The Web Site may use "cookies", a technology that installs information on a user's computer so that future visits using that computer can be recognized. Cookies enhance the convenience and use of the Web Site. For example, the information provided through cookies may be used to recognize you as a previous user of the Web Site, to automatically populate online forms with your personal information for your convenience, and to otherwise facilitate your experience. You can always choose to decline cookies if your browser permits, but doing so may affect your use of the Web Site. Advertisements displayed in connection with the Web Site may also contain cookies. Those advertisements may be provided by third parties, and the SCCC does not have any control over, or any responsibility or liability for, the cookies used in the advertisements or for the use and disclosure of information collected through advertisement cookies.
Personal Information You Specifically Provide
- Your Personal Information - During your use of the Web Site and in your other dealings with the SCCC, you may be asked to voluntarily provide personal information (such as your name, email address, postal address and telephone number). If you choose not to provide certain requested personal information, you may be unable to use other features of the Web Site or the services provided by the SCCC.
- Use of Your Personal Information - The SCCC may use your personal information to contact and correspond with you, to respond to your communications, to facilitate and enhance your use of the Web Site, to process transactions with you, and as otherwise permitted by law. The SCCC may develop a confidential user profile for you, which will be used to facilitate your use of the Web Site. Additionally, the SCCC may keep a record of all communications with you.
- Emails from the SCCC - If you contact the SCCC or otherwise indicate that you would like to receive email from the SCCC (by, for example, asking to be informed about upcoming events or meetings), then the SCCC may send to you, from time to time, email or other communications containing information about the SCCC and other matters it believes will interest you. At any time you may ask the SCCC to stop sending you email and other information by contacting us through email. Also, each email the SCCC sends to you will tell you how to decline further email.
- Tracking Information - The SCCC may use non-personal information to create aggregate tracking information reports regarding Web Site user demographics and their use of the Web Site, and then provide those reports to others. None of the tracking information in the reports can be connected to the identities or other personal information of individual users. The SCCC also may link tracking information with users' personal information but, once such a link is made, all of the linked information is treated as personal information and will be used and disclosed only in accordance with this Policy.
- Disclosure of Your Personal Information - The SCCC may disclose your personal information in the following circumstances:
- (i) Disclosure to Affiliates, Suppliers and Trading Partners - The SCCC may provide your personal information to the Consulate General of Switzerland and the SCCC members, or to suppliers or other third parties for use in connection with the Web Site or the provision of services to you. Before personal information is disclosed, the third party will agree with the SCCC to protect the privacy of your personal information in a manner that is consistent with this Policy. By notifying the SCCC by email, you can request that the SCCC not disclose your personal information to certain or any third parties. However, this may affect your ability to use the Web Site.
- (ii) Disclosure Through Web Site - Certain of the areas of the Web Site, such as the directory to which you may submit information for posting, permit you to allow third parties to access your personal information, such as your name, address and business information.
- (iii) Law Enforcement and Legal Disclosure - The SCCC may disclose your personal information to a government institution that has asserted its lawful authority to obtain the information or where the SCCC has reasonable grounds to believe the information could be useful in the investigation of unlawful activity, or to comply with a subpoena or warrant or an order made by a court, person or body with jurisdiction to compel the production of information, or to comply with court rules regarding the production of records and information, or to their legal counsel.
- Location of Information - The SCCC will store and process your personal information in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and at other locations in Canada or in the United States of America necessary to facilitate the processing of transactions with you.
- Securing Your Information - To help protect the confidentiality of your personal information, the SCCC employs security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. Nevertheless, due to the nature of the Internet, security and privacy risks cannot be eliminated and the SCCC cannot guarantee that your personal information will not be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Policy.
- Accessing Your Personal Information - You may request access to your personal information and information about the SCCC's collection, use and disclosure of that information by contacting the SCCC by email. Subject to certain exceptions prescribed by law, you will be given reasonable access to your personal information, and will be entitled to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and to have it amended as appropriate. You can help the SCCC maintain the accuracy of your information by notifying the SCCC of any changes to your personal information.
- Web Site Use Agreement - The Web Site Use Agreement governing your use of the Web Site contains important provisions, including provisions disclaiming, limiting or excluding the liability of the SCCC and others for your use of the Web Site and provisions determining the applicable law and exclusive jurisdiction for the resolution of any disputes regarding your use of the the Web Site. Each of those provisions applies to any disputes that may arise in relation to this Policy, and are of the same force and effect as if they had been reproduced directly in this Policy.
- Former Users - If you stop using the Web Site, the SCCC may continue to use and disclose your personal information in accordance with this Policy as amended from time to time.
- Your Comments - The SCCC welcomes your comments and questions about this Policy or your personal information. At any time, you may contact the SCCC by sending an email to our general email address.