Collection Of Your Personal Information By Explore Waterloo Region
Explore Waterloo Region routinely collects, compiles, and reports statistics and information reflecting the use of the Explore Waterloo Region website and information services in order to enhance membership services, advertising services, improve marketing and promotional efforts, analyze Explore Waterloo Region website usage, improve Explore Waterloo Region’s website content and layout, generate aggregate reports on trends, interests and behaviour and enhance service offerings.
(A) PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION
Our website analytics use only non-identifiable information, except where you may voluntarily provide identifiable information to us for specific purposes, such as to ask questions, provide feedback or subscribe to our communications. While Explore Waterloo Region reserves the right to share general demographic information with advertisers or potential advertisers, profiles of individual users and other identifiable information are not shared, unless users expressly request information from our members or request information from our site and provide identifiable information for the purpose of receiving a response.
If you are under 18, be sure to obtain your parent’s or guardian’s permission before you send any information about yourself (your name, address, e-mail address, etc.) to us or anyone else over the Internet. We encourage parents to get involved with their children’s online usage and to be aware of the activities in which they are participating.
(B) INFORMATION COLLECTED BY “COOKIES”
Cookies used by Explore Waterloo Region do not contain any personally identifying information. They cannot view or retrieve data from other cookies, nor can they capture files and data stored on your computer. You may reset your computer’s browser to accept or block cookies, or allow your computer’s browser to show you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept cookies from Waterloo Tourism or its partners or advertisers, your experience at our site and other websites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.
Advertisements displayed on our Website may also contain cookies. Those advertisements may be provided by third party advertising companies, and we do 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.
Explore Waterloo Region engages third party information management service providers to help maintain efficient operations. Because such information management service providers may access our systems, such information management service providers may have access to your personal information. Explore Waterloo Region does not transfer or relinquish ownership of information maintained about you within Explore Waterloo Region systems and databases to such information management service providers but requires these information management service providers to sign confidentiality agreements to keep all confidential information and other proprietary information found in our systems confidential.
We offer free, electronic newsletters, updates and e-mail reminders as a service to our registrants, based upon your voluntary subscription. You will only receive an electronic newsletter if you have requested it (opted-in). We do not share our mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers or partners. If you do not wish to receive electronic newsletters or other electronic communication from Waterloo Tourism then you may unsubscribe at any point by selecting “unsubscribe” at the bottom of any electronic newsletter.
Users participating in Explore Waterloo Region contests may be required to submit varying degrees of personal information, depending upon the nature of the particular contest. The specific information to be collected and how it will be used will be disclosed in the general contest rules and regulations and/or in the referring contest page or newsletter. The names, addresses and photograph or likeness of contest winners may be reproduced on the site or in other advertising materials.
From time to time, Explore Waterloo Region will conduct online surveys for internal purposes or for third parties, to gather general information about users and/or their views. Participation in these surveys is voluntary; no personal information will be collected except that which is knowingly supplied by the user. Identifying personal information will not be shared with third parties.
Our forums are not moderated. We depend on participants to conduct themselves within the bounds of community standards. The views and opinions expressed by participants are not endorsed by Explore Waterloo Region, nor is Explore Waterloo Region responsible for them. Users are asked to refrain from the use of profanity or rude language, and to make no personal attacks. Advocating violence or criminal behavior, and hatemongering is forbidden. Posting of copyright infringing material is forbidden. Explore Waterloo Region reserves the right to remove any postings which do not meet these defined standards immediately and without any notice or warning.
Participants in our forums grant Explore Waterloo Region the unrestricted right to use, reproduce, modify, translate and distribute any posted material, for any use whatsoever. Participants agree to indemnify Explore Waterloo Region against any liability whatsoever caused by material posted or used. Participants agree that Explore Waterloo Region will not be liable for any damages of any kind whatsoever arising from use of, the use by others of or actions taken by Explore Waterloo Region in respect of, the forums. Participants agree that use of Waterloo’s forums constitutes agreement to abide by these rules. Registration is required for participation in Explore Waterloo Region forums. The above policies are outlined when a user logs in to participate in a discussion.
These privacy policies refer to areas and services offered by Explore Waterloo Region at the domain (web address) explorewaterloo.ca. The Explore Waterloo Region website links to external partner website. Explore Waterloo Region is not responsible for the content and privacy practices of sites other than our own. Partner sites may post their own privacy policies. Users are encouraged to take the time to familiarize themselves with the privacy policies of websites outside the Explore Waterloo Region site.
Although we attempt to ensure that all information posted on our website is accurate and complete, we do not represent that it is so, or guarantee it, and accept no liability or responsibility for inaccurate or incomplete information.
Explore Waterloo Region reserves the right to remove any posts with content, as follows: profane language or content; content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race creed, colour, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation; inappropriate sexual content or links to such content; conduct or encouragement of illegal activity; information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public, public systems or employees; personal information or personal health information of others; content that violates legal ownership interests of any other party; materials that are owned/copyrighted by Explore Waterloo Region, including but not limited to images, screen shots, video, and any other information unless approved by Explore Waterloo Region.