This document is published by the Ethical Brand Foundation ("EBF") at https://www.ethicalbrand.com/formals/privacy. It concerns the use of information we obtain from you via https://www.ethicalbrand.com (the "website").
We respect your privacy and we are committed to protecting any personal information that you choose to share with us. This policy describes how we collect and use that information. You may browse our website without giving us any personal information about yourself. When we do require personal information from you it is generally to assure the integrity of our service.
Personal information refers to any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to a name, email address, home, postal or other physical address, title, birth date, gender, occupation, industry, personal interest, or any other information that may be collected in order to fulfil a service request or whilst conducting research.
When you browse our website, you generally do so anonymously, until you choose to identify yourself to us. We request and collect some personal information whenever you submit your personal information for any reason.
We only ever request and collect personal information for the purpose of providing a service to you and or as part of our ongoing research into issues that the EBF believes to be of interest and concern to you. All contributions of feedback, personal opinions, suggestions, anecdotes and or accounts of your experiences which you submit to us using any means represents a contribution to our research. You make this contribution on a quid quo pro basis, which is to say you acknowledge that the purpose for which the information is being collected is likely to benefit you, either directly or indirectly. We may request personal information and use this to validate your contribution. However, neither the fact that you have participated in our research, nor any personal information that may be used to identify you is ever passed to any third party without your express permission to do so.
If you prefer not to receive cookies while browsing our website, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and you may refuse the cookie when your browser alerts you to its presence. You can also refuse all cookies by turning them off in your browser. In any of these instances your use of the website is likely to be severely curtailed.
Use of Information
We use your personal information for the general purpose of fulfilling our service obligations, to personalise your website experience and deliver a service to you. We may use it to keep you up to date with news and other information that fits criteria you have set as being of interest and relevance to you and generally to provide you with a service that is consistent with your particular needs.
Access and Storage
All data is stored and controlled on secured servers with limited access. Your information may be stored and processed in any country where EBF operates.
We reserve the right to contact you at any time for research purposes, but you are not obliged to participate in this. However, in any event and under no circumstances will the results of any research that you have participated in be used to identify you personally to any third party without your approval.
We do not use your information to send you direct marketing information about our products and services, unless you have specifically indicated your desire to receive this type of communication from us.
We will never share your personal information with any third party without your permission with the following exceptions. When we have your consent to share the information in order to provide a product or service you have requested and we have contracted a third party to provide a service in that respect. Even then, we will only provide the information they need to perform that service and they shall be prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.
Unless specifically stated and agreed to the contrary, we require specific action from you to indicate your consent before we use your personal information for any purposes other than those described herein.
When an account is closed the information associated with it will not be deleted for so long as any agreement binding you to the EBF remains in force and effect. This also allows us to prevent the re-use of your user identity, email and or other relevant login information.
EBF makes every reasonable effort to safeguard the security of the data you provide to us with physical, electronic, and managerial procedures. Your account information is password-protected for your privacy and security and accessible using industry-standard SSL-encryption to enhance the security of data transmissions. While we strive to protect your personal information and opinions, we cannot absolutely ensure the security of the information you transmit to us, and so we encourage you to take precautions to protect your personal data whenever and wherever you are on the internet. Change your passwords often, use a combination of letters and numbers, and make sure you use a secure browser.
Children and Privacy
Our websites do not target and are not intended to attract children under the age of 13. We do not not knowingly solicit personal information from children under the age of 13 or request personal information from them.
Third Party Sites
Changes, Questions and Suggestions
The EBF will amend this policy from time to time and post the updated document to the website. If you have questions or concerns about our collection, use, or disclosure of your personal information, please contact us here.
Last Updated: January 2017