Vet Alliance Inc. (“Vet Alliance”, “we”, “our”, “us”). recognizes the importance of your right to privacy and wants you to be familiar with how we collect, use and disclose any personal information that individually identifies you (e.g. name, phone number, e-mail address).
What Personal Information do we collect?
Personal information means any information about an identifiable individual. Anonymous Data means data that is not associated with or linked to any individual’s personal information or will not easily permit the identification of individuals. Vet Alliance does not consider personal information to include anonymous data, as further described below. The types of personal information that we may collect include, but is not limited to:
your employee’s name and email address if you provide this to us;
your email address;
your phone number;
the province in which you reside;
you IP address;
the type of device(s) you use to access our App or use our Services;
the version and build of the App and operating system you are using;
log information such as details of how you used our Services; and
personal information you give us that we did not request (such as personal information you voluntarily put into an email to us or that you may disclose as a comment to one of our blog posts).
Purposes for Collecting Your Personal Information
We collect, use and disclose your personal information in order to provide you with our App and Services. We also collect, use and disclose your personal information to comply with legal and regulatory requirements and as otherwise may be permitted or required by applicable laws. We will only use the personal information that we collect for the purposes for which it was collected. We collect your personal information for the following purposes and in accordance with applicable laws:
to provide you with our Services as requested by you;
to provide you access to our App;
to establish and maintain commercial relations with you;
to provide you access to rebates through our partner organizations;
to respond to your questions that you send by email or through our Site;
to allow you to register for our continuing education programs and to confirm your attendance at such programs;
to contact you about the Services and the App, including notifying you about updates;
subject to applicable law, to notify you about other services and apps provided by Vet Alliance, which may be of interest to you;
subject to applicable law, to provide you with newsletters and articles;
to customize the appearance of the Site, App and Services displayed to you;
to obtain your feedback regarding our Services;
to track behavioural information on the Site and App to serve similar content upon future visits;
to improve the Site and App and help us develop new services, apps, tools and Site features;
to support our business functions such as internal business processes, marketing and advertising; and
to meet any legal or regulatory requirements.
When Do We Collect Personal Information?
We may collect your personal information when you voluntarily provide it to us by using our Services and App. For example, we may ask you to provide personal information if you:
use our Site, App and our Services, including our continuing education services;
register, update or create an account on our App or through our Services;
sign into your account;
send us a question or comment by email or phone;
post comments or other content on our Site, App and our Services;
register to receive newsletters, articles and updates about our services; and
otherwise participate in features of our Site, App and our Services that ask for personal information.
Limiting Collection of Personal Information
Use, Disclosure and Retention of Personal Information
We may generate anonymous data from personal information collected through the Site, App and Services by removing information that makes the data personally identifiable to an individual. We may use this anonymous data and aggregated data for any reasonable purpose and disclose such data to third parties in our sole discretion. For example, we may use anonymous data generated from your use of your device and our Services to help our user base better diagnose and remedy problems with their devices and Services. If a solution on your device was successful, we may share that information with other users with the same device so that others may benefit on an anonymized basis.
We retain your personal information only for as long as we need it to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected, to ensure your compliance with our Terms of Service, and to comply with our legal obligations.
We may also use and disclose your personal information to service providers, data processors and other third parties (“Third Parties”) under the following limited circumstances:
to provide confirmation of your attendance to our continuing education programs;
to our partner organizations who provide our members with special pricing and rebates;
when necessary to protect our safety, property or other rights, our representatives, customers and users of the Site, including to detect and prevent fraud;
with your consent; or
when otherwise required or permitted by law.
Data Processors in Other Country
As discussed above, we may engage Third Parties to perform certain services on our behalf and to otherwise provide the Services. These Third Parties may store, process and transfer personal information on servers located outside of Canada in jurisdictions whose data protection laws may differ from those of Canada, such as the United States of America. As a result, personal information may be subject to access requests from governments, courts, or law enforcement in those jurisdictions according to the laws in those jurisdictions. For example, information may be shared in response to valid demands or requests from government authorities, courts and law enforcement officials in those countries. Subject to applicable laws in such other jurisdictions, we will use reasonable efforts to ensure that appropriate protections are in place to require our Third Parties to maintain protections on personal information that are equivalent to those that apply in Canada.
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Cookies, Web Beacons and Other Similar Technology
As you interact with this Site, we may use automatic data collection technology and services that record and collect information that identifies your computer, tracks your use of this Site and collects certain other information about you and your surfing habits. This data collection technology may include cookies, web beacons and other similar devices on this Site to enhance functionality and navigation for our visitors.
A cookie is a small data file that is placed on the hard drive of your computer so that your computer will “remember” information when you visit a site. Web beacons and tags are small strings of code that are used in conjunction with a cookie and allow us to record activity on our Site. Internet tags, graphic tags and similar web beacon type functions allow us to count the number of users who have visited a particular web page or to access certain cookies. We may use web beacons on this Site to count users and to recognize users by accessing our cookies. Being able to access our cookies allows us to personalize this Site and improve your experience at our Site. We may also include web beacons in HTML-formatted e-mail messages that we send to determine which e-mail messages were opened. Information tracked through these mechanisms includes, but is not limited to: (i) your IP address; (ii) the type of web browser and operating system being used; (iii) the pages of the Site a user visits; and (iv) other sites a user visited before visiting our Site.
We may also employ cookies and action tags (also known as single pixel gifs or web beacons) to collect information about your use of, and activities on, our Site for our use but also for use by third parties that serve advertisements about Vet Alliance on other sites you may visit.
You can set your internet browser up so that you are notified when cookies are stored, you can decide in each individual case whether you want to accept cookies, or you can refuse to accept any cookies. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may be restricted in how you are able to use our Site. You can delete cookies which are already stored on your hard disk at any time. You will find more details on how to do this in the operating guide for your Internet browser program.
Third Party Analytics
Our Site uses third party analytics services such as Google Analytics, a web analytics service of Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies" to analyze how you use our Site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our Site (including your IP address) is sent to a Google server in the U.S. and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of our Site, compile reports on Site activity for our Site operators and to provide other site activity related internet services. Additionally, Google may transfer this information to a third party when required by law or in the case of a third-party processing information on Google's behalf. In no case will Google use your IP address in connection with any other information held by Google. You can set your internet browser to prohibit the installation of cookies, although we must point out that some features and functions of our Site will then be unusable. By using our Site, you consent to the processing of data about you collected by Google in the manner described and for the above mentioned purpose. The consent for collection and storage of data can be withdrawn at any time in the future by clicking on the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. Given the debate concerning the use of analytical tools using full IP addresses, we wish to point out that our Site uses the "Anonymize IP" function of Google Analytics which works with a shortened form of IP addresses to avoid direct personal identification.
Furthermore, we use the cookies to carry out frequency assessments, page usage assessments and marketing assessments. For the aforementioned assessments, we utilize this cookie information without a link to your personal information, so it is completely anonymous.
We maintain technical, physical and administrative security safeguards to protect your personal information against loss, theft, and unauthorized access. Any personal information that you provide to us is exchanged on a secure server. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we are committed to protecting your personal information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you provide to us.
We take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you access to your account on our Site, however, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your username, password and any other account information. We also take reasonable steps to ensure that our employees are aware of the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of personal information and that unauthorized persons do not gain access to personal information that we have disposed of or destroyed.
Individual Access and Accuracy of Personal Information
We support your right to access personal information that we have collected about you. You may request access to your personal information which we may hold by contacting us at the contact information set forth below, and we will respond within the time periods provided for under applicable laws. We will need to verify your identity before providing you with the personal information we hold about you. There is no cost for such access request unless you require copies of records. We may not be able to provide you with access to your personal information if the information cannot be separated from the personal information of others, cannot be disclosed for reasons of security or commercial confidentiality, or is protected by legal privilege. If we cannot provide you with access to your personal information, we will advise you of the reasons access is being denied, unless we are prohibited by law from doing so.
You may request to update and change your personal information at the contact information set forth below. We shall endeavor to correct or complete any personal information which you advise us is inaccurate or incomplete. Where appropriate, the amended information shall be transmitted to third parties having access to such information.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children and we do not knowingly solicit personal information from children under the age of 13. If a child has already provided us with personal information, his or her parent or guardian may contact us for the purpose of deleting this information.
We comply with Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) and we will not send you electronic communications in contravention of this law. As part of signing up to receive the Services, you may have also opted in to receive email communications from us. If you opted-in to receive such communications, we may use the information to: communicate with you regarding our products, Services and promotions; provide you with other information that you request; and/or improve our product and service offerings.
You will always have the opportunity to "unsubscribe" from receiving any of our e-mail or other communications at any time and we will ensure that our e-mails include instructions on how to unsubscribe if you no longer wish to receive future e-mails from us. We also provide an on-going opportunity to otherwise opt-out of contact from us by sending us an e-mail to email@example.com or by calling us at the following telephone number: 905-264-0707.
User Content in Comments and Message Boards
How to Contact Us
see your personal information that you have already sent us so that you can correct, update or delete it from our files;
if your child under 13 has used this Site or the Services and sent us personal information, delete that personal information from our files;
ask that we not send you electronic communications or otherwise contact you; or
Please contact our Privacy Officer at: (i) firstname.lastname@example.org; (ii) by telephone at 1(905)-264-0707; or (iii) by mail at Vet Alliance, 30 Whitmore Road, Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 7Z4, and we will endeavour to respond to you promptly.