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Privacy & Safety
Sharon Nichols understands it has a responsibility to protect the personal information under its control. We have implemented several personal information handling policies and procedures to ensure this protection. We will also use contractual, or other means, to ensure any third party we share information with has similar, or better, procedures and policies in place to handle its information protection responsibilities.
Sharon Nichols collects personal information through its web site contact form. Information collected from this form is used for such things as marketing, business development, and customer relationship management. Information that is collected is kept in electronic form on our servers and/or in hard copy form under secure access. This information is only disclosed to the Sharon Nichols and his employees.
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Our web servers use log files to analyze trends, administer our site, track users’ movements on an aggregate basis, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. The log files include things such as Internet Protocol addresses (IP addresses), browser types and versions, Internet service providers (ISPs), referring/exit pages, platform types, date/time stamp, and number of clicks. We currently use Google Analytics and AW Stats as our primary statistics systems.
Notice of Collection
We will inform individuals of the purpose for collecting information before or at the time we collect it. If a new purpose(s) for the information arises after it has been collected, explicit permission to use the information for the new purpose(s) will be obtained from the individuals to whom the information belongs, prior to its use. Any modification to the original purpose(s) will be documented in the Information Log.
Sharon Nichols does not share its information with third parties.
Sharon Nichols will obtain consent from an individual to collect, use, and/or disclose their personal information. Consent will be obtained either before or at the time of collection and in cases where a new purpose(s) has been identified after collection, consent will be obtained for the new purpose prior to use. We also recognize that the principle of obtaining consent is dependent on the level of sensitivity of the information and the reasonable expectations of the individual. Given this, Sharon Nichols will take reasonable efforts to consider these things, in accordance with PIPEDA, whenever necessary. We will also never use deception to obtain information because honesty is Sharon Nichols strongest founding principle.
Any time an individual wishes to withdraw consent they can contact Sharon Nichols Privacy Officers and the procedures and consequences of withdrawal will be explained. After such discussion and the identity of the individual and/or group has been verified, Sharon Nichols Privacy Officers will be more than happy to take the necessary and requested actions required to handle withdrawal of consent.
Sharon Nichols will only collect information for the purposes stated before or at the time of collection of that information from an individual. We will specify the amount and type of information that is being collected and limit collection to those specifications.
Limiting Use, Disclosure, and Retention
Sharon Nichols will only use and disclose personal information for the purposes stated before or at the time of collection of that information. We will specify the amount and type of information that is being collected and limit use and disclosure to those specifications.
Sharon Nichols will retain information collected, used, and disclosed for a client project for a minimum period of six months and maximum period of one year from the latest date of either project completion, training completion, or final invoicing, unless otherwise agreed upon by Sharon Nichols, the client, and/or the individual. Personal information collected through our online contact form becomes part of a contact list and is kept until the individual unsubscribes themselves. When personal information has been used to make a decision about a specific individual, that information will be available to the individual for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year from the date of the decision. In the event a request for personal information has been refused, the personal information relating to that request shall be retained for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year from the date refusal was delivered, not received. Once collected information has expired, it will be destroyed, erased, or made anonymous.
Sharon Nichols will make sure information is as accurate, complete, and up to date as is necessary for the purpose(s) that it was collected. used, and/or disclosed. We do not routinely update personal information that is submitted through our online contact form. In the event an individual would like to add, edit, or delete their information, Sharon Nichols Privacy Officers would be happy to assist after verifying the individual’s identity.
Sharon Nichols protects the personal information it collects, uses, and discloses. Physical methods of protection include office alarms and locks on appropriate cabinets. Organizational methods of protection include internal policies and procedures for information use, collection and disclosure. Technical methods of protection include firewire, firewalls, and password access controls. We make our employees aware of these safeguards and take care when disposing of personal information.
Sharon Nichols primary method of communication in its line of business is by digital means. Therefore, its policies and procedures are primarily made available digitally, namely online via the Internet. In the event that digital access requires unreasonable effort on behalf of the individual, Sharon Nichols would be happy to send a package on our policies and procedures to requesting individuals, provided the cost of doing so is not prohibitively expensive. Questions, comments, and requests regarding our privacy policies and procedures can be forwarded to our Privacy Officers.
Sharon Nichols will give an individual access to their personal information upon request, provided none of the exceptions noted in Paragraph 4.9 of Schedule 1 of PIPEDA apply. We must receive a request for access to personal information in writing, as per Paragraph 8(1) of PIPEDA and we will assist anyone in doing so, if required, as per Paragraph 8(2) of PIPEDA. If an individual would like their information added to, edited, or deleted after gaining access, Sharon Nichols Privacy Officers will be happy to comply, if possible. Certain circumstances may require us to refuse to provide a visitor with a copy of their information, but we will provide reasons for our refusal. For example, if you request access to your information and it contains information belonging to another individual who will not grant you permission to view their information, nor can that information be removed, we would be unable to grant you access.
Complaints Regarding Access
Requests for access to information are recorded in our Information Log. If an individual feels a request for information has not been handled satisfactorily, the individual should notify Sharon Nichols Privacy Officers in writing by email or regular mail. Dissatisfaction will also be noted in the Information Log and the Privacy Officers will take reasonable efforts to remedy the complaint, if found justified.
If an individual has a challenge regarding Sharon Nichols's compliance with PIPEDA and Schedule 1 of PIPEDA, they must contact Sharon Nichols Privacy Officers. The complaint must contain the date, individuals involved, an explicit statement of the events that occurred, and contact information for the individual submitting the complaint. The Privacy Officers will investigate the complaint to the best of their abilities and with reasonable effort. The individual filing the complaint will be notified of the actions taken to remedy the complaint. The complaint will also be noted in the Information Log. In the event, an individual is dissatisfied with the remedy for the complaint they may contact the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
The Sharon Nichols web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Sharon Nichols is not responsible for the privacy practices of these other sites. We recommend site visitors make themselves aware of the policies of these other sites. Our privacy statement only applies to www.sharonnicholsbooks.com.
Notification of Changes to Our Policies
Privacy Commissioner of Canada: Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and Your Responsibilities: A Guide for Businesses and Organizations
This statement was last updated on November 16, 2020.
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