At Ronald McDonald House Charities (“RMHC”) Atlantic, we are committed to maintaining the privacy, accuracy and security of your personal information.
What is Personal Information?
For example, personal information includes your name, age, e-mail address, preferences (such as asking to receive our emails or special offers), usage habits (including how and when you use the Site and the Services) and, where applicable, payment details. Personal information may also include your child’s information in the event that you consent to permit your child to use the Site and Services.
What Personal Information Do We Collect?
You can visit the Site without directly telling us who you are. However, it is important to note that our web server collects information related to your visit to the Site or the Services, including the IP address and domain used to access the Site or the Services, the type and version of your browser, the website you came from to access the Site or the Services, the page you entered and exited at, any pages that are viewed by that IP address and the country from which you accessed the site. We use this information to monitor the performance of the Site and the Services (such as number of visits, average time spent per page, number of page views), to determine interest in the Site and Services, and for business purposes, such as working to continually upgrade the Site and Services to meet consumer needs.
In addition, we may collect the personal information that you submit to us, such as your name, address and any other contact or other information that you choose to provide by:
- registering as a member/subscriber on the Site or for the Services;
- using your membership or subscriber account to access the Site or the Services;
- contributing an article, photo, video, comment, data, or preferences to the Site or the Services;
- corresponding with us via e-mail using the hyperlinks created for that purpose; or
- corresponding through other communication methods.
Your personal information may also be collected when you participate in surveys or polls, or respond to special offers, give-aways or promotions on the Site. In addition, the Site may store your electronic chat and other communications, which are necessarily incidental to the transmission and delivery of those communications and to prevent misuse of our Site and Services.
Other, more fulsome information, such as your account status and choice of Services and preferences is created and maintained by the Site and through our third party providers (each with their own privacy policies) in the normal course of providing Services to our members/subscribers and other users. This includes the tracking of time spent within the Services.
This information is collected and aggregated with the information of other users in order to gain an understanding of the usage habits and preferences of our members/subscribers and to assist us with the selection and adjustment of future content and features for the Services.
Aggregated information is also shared with select third party providers who are fundamental to the success of the Services, including content providers, in order for RMHC Atlantic to provide feedback regarding the success of the content and features offered within the Services. This information is aggregated across all members/subscribers in order to protect the usage habits of individual members/subscribers.
Why Do We Collect, Use, and Disclose Personal Information?
We collect personal information from you for a variety of purposes, including to:
- establish, maintain and manage our relationship with you.
- review and improve the products and services that we provide to you;
- comply with your requests;
- protect us against error, fraud, theft and damage to our goods and property; and
- comply with applicable law or regulatory requirements.
Additionally, we collect personal information for specific purposes that we may advise you of at or before the time that we collect such personal information.
We may also use your contact information to provide you with notification regarding the Site or Services, such as any future amendments to this policy, and may disclose such information in response to law enforcement agencies or other public agencies, or if we feel that such disclosure may prevent the instigation of a crime, facilitate an investigation related to public safety, protect the security or integrity of the Site and Services, or enable us to take precautions against liability.
Your personal information may be shared with our employees, contractors, consultants, affiliates and other parties who require such information to assist us with establishing, maintaining and managing our relationship with you or developing, operating and maintaining the Site and Services. In addition, your personal information may be disclosed or transferred to another party in the event of a change in ownership of, or a grant of a security interest in, all or a part of RMHC Atlantic.
For example, our secure billing service provider may provide certain information technology and data processing services to us from time to time so that we may operate our business. As a result, your personal information may be collected, used, processed, stored or disclosed in the United States of America, Canada and any other relevant locations.
Further, your personal information may be disclosed:
- as permitted or required by applicable law or regulatory requirements (for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena);
- to protect the rights and property of RMHC Atlantic;
- during emergency situations or where necessary to protect the safety of a person or group of persons;
- where the personal information is publicly available; or
- with your consent.
You acknowledge and agree that access to and use of this Site and the Services is provided via the Internet and that your information, including personal information, may be transferred across national borders and stored or processed in any country in the world. We may also collect, use or disclose your personal information without your knowledge or consent where we are permitted or required by applicable law or regulatory requirements to do so.
We may send you E-mail
From time to time we may e-mail important information to you regarding the Site or the Services (such as a change to our service offering).
In addition, when you request information from us or become a member/subscriber of the Site or Services, we may use the e-mail address that you provide to send you information about offers on products and services that we believe may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive such e-mails, you may opt out of receiving emails by simply clicking on the unsubscribe link embedded within any one of the emails sent by us.
A Few Words about On-line Safety
It is important to remember that while we take steps to protect your personal information and the integrity of the Services that you sign up to enjoy, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. In addition, whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information on message boards, in e-mails, or in chat or comment areas on the Site or through the Services, that information can be collected and used by others. If you post personal information in public places, others may send you unsolicited e-mail messages or attempt to contact you in other ways. RMHC is not responsible for the collection, usage or disclosure of your personal information by third parties to whom you voluntarily disclose such information.
Always be cautious about the information you provide or store online.
When you visit the Site or Services, we may place a “cookie” on the hard drive of your computer to track your visit. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your hard drive through your web browser that can only be read by the website that placed the cookie on your hard drive. The cookie acts as an identification card and allows the Site to identify you and to record your passwords and preferences. The cookie allows us to track your visit to the Site or Services so that we can better understand your use of the Site and Services and customize and tailor it to better meet your needs. For example, our cookies help us to learn about the usage of the Site and Services by helping us to track how many visitors we have, how often they visit various sections of the Site and Services, and their geographic location.
Most web browsers are set to accept cookies. However, on most web browsers you may change this setting to have your web browser either: (1) notify you prior to a website placing a cookie on your hard drive so that you can decide whether or not to accept the cookie; or (2) automatically prevent the placing of a cookie on your hard drive. It should be noted that if cookies are not accepted, you will not be able to access a number of web pages found on the website.
How is Your Personal Information Protected?
RMHC Atlantic endeavors to maintain physical, technical and procedural safeguards that are appropriate to the sensitivity of the personal information in question. These safeguards are designed to protect your personal information from loss and unauthorized access, copying, use, modification or disclosure.
The security of your personal information is important to us. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while this Site and the Services strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the confidentiality or security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.
What about Third Party Advertisements or Links to other Websites.
You should be aware that companies that advertise on our Site may use their own cookies. This Policy does not cover how these companies use their cookies.
Our Site and Services may contain links to other websites that may be subject to less stringent privacy standards. We cannot assume any responsibility for the privacy practices, policies or actions of the third parties that operate these websites. RMHC Atlantic is not responsible for how such third parties collect, use or disclose your personal information. You should review the privacy policies of these websites before providing them with personal information.