(Revised May 17, 2015)
We take your privacy seriously. Please read this to learn about our policy regarding visitor and member privacy.
You must be 19 years or older to create a www.bchikechat.com account.
This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that #bchikechat does not own or control, or to people that #bchikechat does not directly employ or manage.
Information Collection and Use
We collect personally identifiable information when you register for a www.bchikechat.com account and when you use the service. We may also receive personally identifiable information from our business partners.
When you register with www.bchikechat.com, we ask for your name, address and email address. You may also be requested to provide additional information to www.bchikechat.com. Once you register with www.bchikechat.com and sign in to our services, you are not anonymous to us. Any personal information collected via our website (e.g. web forms) is done in compliance with BC’s privacy legislation and is considered necessary for providing services offered by us. There is always an option of whether or not to provide us with personal information. Your decision not to participate in electronic service delivery activities will not impair your ability to browse our website. However, it may limit the use of certain website features. The personal information provided to us is used for the purpose for which it was collected or for a use consistent with that purpose. Collected information is tied to personally identifiable information to improve the content of the site for the user.
We also automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser which may include, but is not limited to your IP address, browser type, internet service provider, referring /exit pages, dates and times visited, www.bchikechat.com cookie information and the page you requested. We may store and use contact, log and other information that we collect through the website, its services, and/or third parties to create a profile of you.
We are the sole owner of the information collected on www.bchikechat.com. We collect information from our users at several different points on our website.
Users will occasionally receive information on products, services, special deals or other such information. Out of respect for the privacy of our users we present the option to not receive these types of communications.
Users who no longer wish to receive this information may unsubscribe from receiving these communications by following the directions given in the email. If no option is available, please login to your account to change your settings or contact the customer support department.
On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
We will not provide your personally identifiable information to other companies or people except in the following instances:
– We have your consent to share the information;
– We need to share your information to provide the product or service you have requested;
– We have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process.
In certain situations, we may need to provide personal information to our service providers in order to facilitate the operation of our website, database or marketing software. In some cases, these service providers may reside outside of Canada.
We reserve the right to reject or edit the content of submissions and user comments in order to protect individual privacy.
This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, #bchikechat, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.
We operate and run a variety of optional contests on the Website. We use online contest entry forms to collect personal information deemed necessary for your participation in a contest. We may provide the option to you to provide permission to #bchikechat to contact you in the future. Giving your permission for future contact is completely optional, and will not impact your ability to participate in a contest.
When you provide us with your personal information to enter a contest, we retain and use it in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Your information is only used for the purpose for which it was collected or for a use consistent with that purpose. Our purpose is to measure the success of our contests and marketing campaigns, and help us understand the characteristics and preferences of our users in order to improve the Website and our services.
We work diligently to ensure the contest entry data we receive is securely stored and may only be accessed by authorized staff and approved contest service providers. Any service provider that we engage for a given contest should comply with applicable laws for protecting personal information. Effectively safeguarding all personal information in our custody is of paramount importance to #bchikechat.
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any personally identifiable information, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website. We may use both session ID cookies and/or persistent cookies.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. However, no security system is completely impenetrable, so we cannot guarantee that absolute security of our database, nor can we guarantee that information you supply won’t be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet. We cannot guarantee that information will not be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this policy. The length of information retention varies in relation to the nature of the service provided. We keep information for the length of time necessary to fulfill the purpose or purposes for which it was collected.