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Privacy policy

The Stewardship Community Web Site is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Privacy Policy applies to the Stewardship Community Web Site at www.stewardshipcommunity.com (the “Web Site”) and governs data collection and usage in relation thereto. By using the Web Site (including the Community Forum), you consent to the data practices described in this policy.

Changes to this policy

The Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator may occasionally update and change this Privacy Policy. You are therefore encouraged to periodically review this Privacy Policy to be informed of how the Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator are protecting your information. Your continued use of the Web Site constitutes your continued consent of the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy, as from time to time amended.  This Privacy Policy was last revised on April 1, 2008.

Collection of your personal information

The Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator may collect personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. The Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator also may collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favourites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by the Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring web site addresses. This information is used by the Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator for the operation of the Web Site and associated services, to maintain quality of the Web Site and associated services and to gather and provide general statistics regarding use of the Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through the Community Forum or other communication services on the Web Site, this information may be collected and used by others.

The Stewardship Community Web Site encourages you to review the privacy statements of web sites you choose to link to from the Web Site so that you can understand how those web sites collect, use and share your information. The Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator are not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on web sites outside of the Web Site.

Use of your personal information

The Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator collect and use your personal information to operate the Web Site and associated services and to deliver such services you have requested and agreed to by using the Web Site.  The Stewardship Community Web Site may also use your personal information collected through the Web Site to improve the content and functionality of the Web Site. 

The Stewardship Community Web Site strives to maintain the reliability, accuracy, completeness and currency of personal information in its databases and to protect the security of its databases. Your personal information will only be kept for as long as reasonably necessary for the purposes for which it was collected or to comply with any applicable legal or ethical reporting or document retention requirements. The Stewardship Community Web Site’s servers and databases are protected by general industry standard security technologies.

Cookies and click-stream data

The Web Site may use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Web Site pages, or register with the Web Site or services, a cookie helps the Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. When you return to the Web Site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Web Site features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Web Site or its services.

The Web Site may also use technology to track your use of the Web Site, for example, which pages you view and which links you use. If you use a link on the Web Site to access information provided to the Web Site by third parties, this technology tells how you use these resources. This information about your use of the Web Site and the resources available through the Web Site is called "click-stream data." Click-stream data helps to determine what is important to you, and what is not. It helps to decide what content and features to add to the Web Site and what to discard. It also helps to determine whether the Web Site is easy to use or whether there is a need to redesign certain pages and links. Click-stream data does not identify you personally, but it can be linked to your user name and password. If the Web Site links any click-stream data to your personal name the Stewardship Community Web Site will treat it as personal information.

Security of your personal information

The Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator will take all viable measures to secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. The Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator will secure the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.

Transfer of information

The Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator may have facilities and databases in different countries related to the operation of the Web Site and may, from time to time, transfer your personal information to a database in another country for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy. When the Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator do so, it will take reasonable precautions, in accordance with applicable law, to protect the confidentiality and security of your personal information.

Contact information

The Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator welcome your comments regarding this Privacy Policy. If you believe that the Stewardship Community Web Site and/or its operator have not adhered to this Privacy Policy, please contact the Stewardship Community Web Site or its operator.


 
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