1. DEFINING PERSONAL INFORMATIONPersonal information is any information about an “identifiable individual” that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual. Business contact information such as information on your business card and certain publicly available information, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers as published in telephone directories are not considered personal information under federal legislation (PIPEDA). Information about corporations is not considered personal information.
Where an individual provides his or her home address to the BCAC as their business contact information, BCAC considers it to be business contact information, and is therefore not subject to protection as personal information.
2. COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATIONWe collect no personal information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us. We do not use techniques that collect personal information about anyone without their knowledge. We only collect personal information about individuals when they specifically and knowingly provide it to us; for example, when subscribing to the BCAC Agvocate Update e-newsletter. You may also provide us with your credit card information in order to pay for your application to or renewal of your BC Farmer Identity Card. We collect this information only to set up your account, process the order, and provide you with the services you are purchasing. We do not store credit card information for later use.
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will neither gather nor store any personal information about you. Our web server collects statistical data about visitor information used only in aggregate. This tracking system does not record personal information about individuals or link this information to any personal data collected.
4. USE OF INFORMATIONThe BCAC commits to you that individual information will be used to establish and maintain responsible relationships with you, and to provide you with products, services and support. Your personal information will be used to provide you with the specific transaction that you applied for or services requested in the application you submitted.
5. CONSENT BY INDIVIDUALSThe information you provide to the BCAC such as your name, address, etc, allows the BCAC to inform you about events and activities, and to notify you of issues, events or special offers which may be of interest to you. By requesting information, you are giving the BCAC permission to contact you by way of the information you provide. If you wish to be removed from the BCAC’s communications, you can opt out at any time through the opt-out mechanism provided in such communications or by emailing us through our contact page.
6. DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATIONThe BCAC may share aggregate information about its customers – not individual data – with current and/or potential sponsors and partners, and other parties to help them better understand the BCAC. Such aggregate information is used to give the BCAC demographic data about its customers.
7. SECURITY OF INFORMATIONThe BCAC endeavours to maintain appropriate safeguards and adequate physical, procedural and technical security with respect to our offices and information storage facilities so as to prevent any unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, or modification of personal information. Safeguards include securing physical documents and technological measures by way of secure access and encryption. BCAC employees are authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason(s) for which it was obtained. Safeguards are in place to ensure that the information is not disclosed or shared more widely than is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was gathered. We also take measures to ensure the integrity of this information is maintained and to prevent its loss or destruction.
To ensure the integrity and privacy of the personal and credit card information you pass to us via the Internet when you make an online transaction, the BCAC has obtained a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Server Certificate, the industry standard with the strongest level of 128-bit encryption. All information collected within a secure page is encrypted while being transmitted to the BCAC’s secure server. The BCAC server is configured according to industry best practices. All critical vendor-issued security updates are applied as soon as possible following their release.
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
We’re always looking for ways to engage with our stakeholders, including through social media. We’re here to listen and will work to ensure our channels are a place for you to get information that you need. To help ensure that everyone has a productive, positive experience on our social media channels, here are a few quick guidelines:
CONTENTOur goal is to use social media to help inform our audiences on the value of agriculture in British Columbia, BCAC's contribution to it as well as share industry-related information that may be useful. Retweets, “Likes” and shares of third party content do not imply endorsement by the BC Agriculture Council.
BE RESPECTFULWe understand that sometimes you may have concerns or issues, but please ensure that you keep dialogue polite, respectful and considerate. We’ll do our best to ensure you get the information that you need.
Being respectful includes avoiding profanity and obscenity. You’re welcome to post about concerns or problems that you may have, but please use language that is acceptable for everyone. Please note that we will remove posts that are attacks, misinformation, unsupported allegations and any posts that reference violence, racism, hatred or bigotry towards others.
CONSIDER YOUR PRIVACYBCAC takes privacy and security very seriously. We ask that you do not share personal information (such as your address, FID account information or other personal details) with us through social media. We’ll remove posts that include personal information to protect privacy, but with any online service, you should exercise your judgement about the kind of information you share.
Users who register with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social networks are advised to read privacy policies regarding how their profile information will be used.