TORONTO STOREYS PRIVACY POLICY

Effective Date: August 31, 2016

Your privacy is important to Storeys Publishing Inc. (“Toronto Storeys”, “we”, “us” or “our”) and we take steps intended to protect your personal information and meet our obligations under applicable privacy laws.  The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform our website users and other individuals we deal with (“you” or “your”) how we collect, use, disclose and protect your personal information.

Personal Information We Collect and How We Use It

Toronto Storeys collects personal information in a number of circumstances in the course of your use of our website (www.torontostoreys.com), your interactions with us on our social media platforms, and any other interactions with us.

Information We Automatically Collect

We collect certain information and metrics about how our users use our website.  For example, we automatically collect information such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, computer/device and browser/application type, the URL of the website that you came from and that you navigate to and from our website, the date, time and how long you access our website and what pages and content you access while you use our website.  We use this information to better understand the traffic that our website receives in order to improve our content and our systems, to diagnose problems with our servers, software or systems and otherwise as necessary to operate and develop our website.

We do not use the information that we automatically collect about the use of our website to identify you nor do we link this information to any other individually identifying information about you.

Information We Receive Directly From You

You can visit and browse our website anonymously without providing us with information that would reveal your identity.  However, you may choose to submit personal information directly to us, for example if you send us a question or comment about the website, if you sign up to receive our newsletter, or if you submit content to us through the website. This information may include your name, your contact information (including email, telephone number, address) and the details of any message or content that you send us.  If you submit content to us for use on the website we will also collect information related to the agreements that you have accepted with respect to such content submission.

We use this information to respond to your questions and comments, solicit and obtain content for our website and otherwise to operate and develop our website,  as we disclose to you at the time that we collect such information, or as permitted or required by law.

Social Media

If you connect with us on social media (e.g Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), or use social media functionality that is imbedded into our website, we collect some personal information from the social media network and some personal information may be collected by the social media network, in accordance with the social media network’s terms of use, privacy policy or other rules.  You may be able to control the amount and type of personal information that is shared by changing your privacy settings on the social media platform.

Cookies and Advertising

Cookies

We may set and access cookies on your computer.  A “cookie” is a small file containing a small amount of data that is sent to, and is stored on, your computer’s hard drive and that uniquely identifies your browser to that website.  Many websites use cookies to provide useful features for their users, such as remembering account settings or preferences.  If you wish to do so, you may set your browser to refuse all or some cookies, however, this may mean that some features of some websites may not operate optimally.

We use cookies on our website to: identify browsers that have previously visited our site; to collect metric data about the usage of our site in order to operate and improve the website; to retain certain information about your settings or preferences; and to display advertisements to you that are tailored to your interests and activities.  This may include the cookies of third parties such as service providers that we use to provide data analytics services or advertising services.

Advertising

We may engage third party advertising businesses to serve advertisements on our website, facilitate the targeting of advertisements and/or measure and analyze advertising effectiveness or traffic on the websites.  These businesses may collect and use information such as your computer/device type and browser/application type as well as your interaction with specific advertisements.

Some of these third party advertisers may participate in the Network Advertising Initiative’s Opt-Out Tool (http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/) and/or the Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behaviour Advertising (http://www.aboutads.info/choices/). You can learn more about these tools, including how to opt out of targeted behavioural advertising by clicking on the above links. Please note the following with respect to opting out:

•    The opt-out tools discussed above are “cookie based.” This means that the tools rely on cookies to remember your choices with respect to the use of your information by the parties that offer you those choices. If you delete tracking technologies using the controls in your browser after opting out, you may have to opt out again to re-establish your opt-out preferences.
•    Opt-outs are “browser-specific.” The opt-out preferences that you choose will apply only to the web browser that you used when you selected these preferences. This means, for example, that if you opt-out while using Internet Explorer 9, this choice will not affect the use of information collected by tracking technologies when you use Mozilla Firefox on the same computer or device. It also means that opting-out on one device will not affect the use of information by tracking technologies on other devices that you may use.

Disclosure, Transfer and Sharing of Personal Information

Except as described in this Privacy Policy or with your consent, we do not disclose or share your personal information with third parties.

Aggregated Data

We may share aggregated statistical data about the use of our site, with third parties such as potential investors or advertisers or others, however, such information would not permit the identification of any individual.

Business Transactions

We may disclose personal information to third parties in connection with a proposed or actual business transaction, such as a merger, acquisition or reorganization sale, bankruptcy, dissolution or other transaction.  Our successors and assigns may use your personal information for the purposes described in this policy.

Service Providers

We use third party service providers (including affiliates acting in that capacity) for purposes such as data hosting, analytics collection and analysis or payment processing. In connection with our use of these third party services, we may need to transfer personal information to the third party, or authorize the third party to collect personal information on our behalf. Some of these service providers may be located outside Canada, including in the United States and the European Union (including the United Kingdom), and your personal information may be collected, used, disclosed, stored and processed outside of Canada for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy. We take reasonable contractual or other measures to protect your personal information while processed or handled by these service providers. While your personal information is located outside Canada it will be subject to legal requirements in those foreign countries applicable to our service providers, for example lawful requirements to disclose personal information to government authorities in those countries.

Other

We may disclose personal information as necessary to exercise, enforce or preserve our rights, to meet legal, regulatory, self-regulatory and insurance requirements, for security, fraud prevention, authentication and verification purposes, and to respond to a domestic or foreign legal processes (e.g., a governmental or non-governmental subpoena or a warrant or production order).  We may also disclose personal information for other purposes with your consent or as permitted or required by law, including foreign laws applicable to us, our affiliates and service providers.

Your Options Regarding Communications

If you choose to subscribe to our newsletter you may choose to unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the email.  If you do unsubscribe you may still receive other communications from us, for example if you contact us with a question or comment or if you communicate with us about contributing content to the website.

If you connect to our website through our social media platforms or through third party newsfeeds, or if you “like”, “follow” or subscribe to us on or through such platforms, you can control your preferences regarding notifications and communications from and on those platforms through the settings within the platforms themselves.  Refer to the privacy policy and other documentation of such platforms for information regarding how to control these settings.

How We Protect Your Personal Information

We take reasonable steps to protect your personal information using physical, electronic or procedural security measures appropriate to the sensitivity of the information in our custody or control, which may include safeguards to protect against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. The file containing your personal information will be maintained on our servers (or those of our affiliates or service providers) and will be accessible to our authorized employees, representatives and agents who require access in connection with their job responsibilities.

Links to Other Websites and Services

Our website might link or have functionalities that lead to third parties. We provide linked sites to you solely as a convenience, and the inclusion of linked sites does not imply endorsement by us of the linked sites. Once you access the third party locations, you are subject to any privacy policies of those third parties. If you provide personal information to them, you will be giving it to them and their respective privacy policies will apply.

Access, Correction and Contacting Us

If you wish to request access to, or correction of, your personal information in our custody or control, you may write to the email address below, attention Toronto Storeys Webmaster. Your right to access or correct your personal information is subject to applicable legal restrictions.  We may take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. If you wish to make inquiries or complaints or have other concerns about our personal information practices, you may write to us as described above, e-mail us at info@torontostoreys.com or telephone us at 1-416-850-0614.

Privacy Policy Changes

We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. When the Privacy Policy changes, we will post the amended version and change the effective date listed at the beginning of Privacy Policy. Subject to applicable law, amendments will apply to the way we use personal information that we already have and to personal information obtained after amendment.