We respect the privacy of every individual who visits this Site. Our policy on the collection and use of personal information via this Site is set forth below.
b. Collection and Transfer of Personal Data
This Site may involve the processing of information that is personally identifiable to an individual (including, for example, information about the Reduction we may collect from your business, if you are a sole trader, or contact details for you personally, if you are the contact person for your business) or other data about you or your business which is similarly protected under applicable data privacy or bank secrecy law ('Personal Data').
By accessing the restricted services on this Site with your username and password, you acknowledge your business' participation in the Accelerated Payment Program ('Program'), meaning inter alia that you consent to the transfer of your Personal Data to our server in the USA (regardless whether we have collected such data on this Site or through other administration of the Program) and to our use of such Personal Data for the purposes of administering the Program for your business.
c. Use of Personal Data
We will process Personal Data now or in the future in order to respond to your enquiries with us (including directly marketing the Program to your business if that is the nature of your enquiry) and to administer the Program (including, for example, providing electronic remittance advices, invoice status inquiries and other restricted services reserved for registered users of this Site, generally servicing your business' account with us off this Site, determining business and marketing strategies, and developing and implementing improvements to this Site and to the Program).
We may also need to disclose your Personal Data to others upon request of law enforcement authorities or when required to do so by law or legal process.
We may collect information by way of 'cookies' in order to help us measure the number of visits, average time spent, page views and other statistics relating to your access to this Site. This means we may use Personal Data for web traffic analysis and website design improvement purposes.
Cookies are small data files, typically consisting of a string of text and numbers, which assign you a unique identifier. A 'client cookie' is sent to your browser so that our systems remember your requests and keep track of the pages you view on this Site and which services you use. A 'server cookie" is maintained on our systems to recognize you when you return to the Site. Each time you visit this Site from the same computer, the client cookie previously sent from this Site will be retrieved from your computer in order to help us recognize your computer as a previous source of access to this Site and thereby increase the functionality of this Site on your computer.
Our cookies cannot be used to get information from your hard drive, to get your e-mail address or any other information that we can trace to you personally. Most web browsers have features that can notify you when you receive a cookie or prevent a cookie from being sent or that allow you to delete cookies. If you do not want information to be transmitted to or from a cookie, you should disable cookies or visit the manufacturer's support web site.
e. Information obtained anonymously
When you visit our site, we may collect certain technical and routing information about your computer to facilitate your use of this Site. For example, we may log environmental variables, such as browser type, operating system and CPU speed, and the Internet Protocol address of your originating Internet Service Provider, to help us determine how we can improve our service on this Site. We may also record search requests and results to ensure the accuracy and efficiency of our search engine. We use your IP address to track your use of the site. If you are logged on as a registered user of this Site, the information collected in this manner may be identifiable to you. Otherwise, we will not be able to identify you personally through this information.
f. Data security
Please remember that Internet communications are not secure. We do not use encryption tools in connection with this Site and cannot accept responsibility for the unauthorized access by a third party and/or the corruption of information sent by you to us during transmission. If you are providing us with confidential information, you should consider sending such information by post.
However, we do employ adequate measures to ensure that your information is kept secure once it reaches us.
g. Contacting us about your Personal Data
Last Updated: October 16, 2006
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