PRIVACY POLICY

LAST UPDATE OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY: JANUARY 2017

BEFORE USING OUR SITES (buildingourzoo.com & arkproject.buildingourzoo.com) PLEASE READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY CAREFULLY.

This Privacy Policy applies to buildingourzoo.com (“The Valley Zoo Development Society”) AND arkproject.buildingourzoo.com (“The Ark Project”) and sets out our policy on the gathering and use of information on these sites. The Valley Zoo Development Society is committed to providing safe websites for visitors of all ages and has implemented this Privacy Policy to demonstrate our firm commitment to your privacy. The Valley Zoo Development Society, hereby referred to as the “VZDS,” complies with Canadian Federal and Provincial privacy laws and regulations including the Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act.

There may be links from our sites to other websites; note that this Privacy Policy applies only to our websites and not to websites of other companies or organizations to which our sites may be linked. You must check on any linked sites for the privacy policy that applies to that site and/or make any necessary inquiries in respect of that privacy policy with the operator of the linked site. These links to third party websites are provided as a convenience and are for informational purposes only. The VZDS does not endorse and is not responsible for these linked websites.

Although you are not required to register to access our sites, you may be asked to provide us with personal information when you visit certain sections of our sites. Your use of our sites signifies your acknowledgment and consent to our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not continue to use our websites. Your continued use of the websites signifies your acceptance of these terms and any changes in effect at the time of use.

COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

Personal Information is information about you that identifies you as an individual, for example, your name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number.

We collect information that you voluntarily provide to us through responses to surveys and voting contests, search functions, questionnaires, feedback, contact forms, and through our online shop. We may also ask you to provide additional information such as your e-mail address if you want to obtain other services, information, to participate in a contest or to resolve complaints or concerns.

HOW DOES THE VZDS USE INFORMATION GATHERED ABOUT ONLINE VISITORS?

Before forwarding us any personal information, please be advised that any information gathered on our websites may be used in the aggregate for research and development relating to our sites and/or for future site development and if you ask us to, to send you promotional materials. In particular, we may use information gathered about you for the following purposes: to monitor interest in our range of products and to assist us to tailor the content of our sites to your needs by collecting information about your preferences through tracking of patterns page views on our sites; to create a profile relating to you in order to show you the content that might be of interest to you and to display the content according to your preferences; and, in circumstances where you have indicated that you wish to receive additional information, to send you information about us and promotional material about our non-profit organization or online shop products together with details of any offers we may have available from time to time.

PROMOTIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL OFFERS

With the permission of an online visitor, information submitted at the time of registration or submission may be used for marketing and promotional purposes by the VZDS provided notice of this fact is made available online. If a visitor objects to such use for any reason, he/she may prevent that use, either by e-mail request or by modifying the registration information provided. The VZDS uses reasonable efforts to maintain visitors’ information in a secure environment. If you have submitted personal information and want to change it or opt-out, please contact us as described below:

Email our WebMaster: Erin Miller @ Blue Tortuga Design

DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

The VZDS will not disclose personal information that you provide on its sites to any third parties other than to a VZDS employee except i) in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy, or ii) to comply with legal requirements such as a law, regulation, warrant, subpoena or court order, and/or iii) if you are reporting an adverse event/side effect, in which case the Company may be required to disclose such information to bodies such as, but not limited to, Canadian and/or international regulatory authorities. Please note that any of these disclosures may involve the storage or processing of personal information outside of Canada and may, therefore, be subject to different privacy laws than those applicable in Canada, including laws that require the disclosure of personal information to governmental authorities under circumstances that are different than those that apply in Canada.

COOKIES

The VZDS, in common with many website operators, may use the standard technology called “cookies” on its Sites. Cookies are small data files that are downloaded onto your computer when you visit a particular website. You can disable cookies by turning them off in your browser; however, some areas of the sites may not function properly if you do so.

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN ONLINE

The VZDS considers the protection of children’s privacy, especially online, to be of the utmost importance. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from children, nor do we allow them to become registered users of, or to request information through, our Sites or information lines.

PROTECTION OF INFORMATION

We have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online. The VZDS applies security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information, such as retaining information in secure facilities and making personal information accessible only to authorized employees on a need-to-know basis.

STORAGE INFORMATION

Personal information you share with us is stored on our database servers hosted by a third party who has entered into agreements with us that require them to observe our Privacy Policy.

POLICY CHANGE

If we alter our Privacy Policy, any changes will be posted on this page of our site so that you are always informed of the information we collect about you, how we use it and the circumstances under which we may disclose it.

ACCEPTANCE OF OUR PRIVACY POLICY

By using the VZDS or The Ark Projects websites you signify your acceptance of our Privacy Policy, and you adhere to the terms and conditions posted on the site. By submitting your information, you agree that it will be governed by our Privacy Policy.

HELP BUILD OUR ZOO!

It is through today’s zoos that future generations will come to a greater understanding of the human impact on the natural world and be motivated to preserve it and reverse the damage already done. Every donation, big or small, helps us revitalize our beloved Edmonton Valley Zoo! Thank you for caring for the animals, our children's future and the planet!