Last revised October 2010
IPSOS Privacy Statement
The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to inform you about the practices and procedures of IPSOS (as follows, “we” or “us”) in handling Personal Information and to inform you about the Personal Information we collect about you (for example, when you participate in one of our surveys). It explains how we use and disclose that information, the choices you have regarding such use and disclosure, and how you may correct that information.
If you are a resident of the United States of America or Canada and have any questions or comments regarding this statement, you should first contact our Member Relations Team at Ipsos, Ipsos Custom Panels, Member Relations, 1285 West Pender Street, Suite 200, Vancouver BC, Canada, V6E 4B1 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. What is Personal Information?
Personal Information is any information that is identifiable with you. This information may include but is not limited to your name, mailing address, phone numbers, email address, identification numbers and, in certain circumstances, your opinions and individual preferences. Personal Information, however, does not include (i) your name, business title or business address and business telephone number and fax in your capacity as an employee of an organization; and (ii) depending on the jurisdiction, publicly available information. However, if in your capacity as an employee of an organization you participate in one of our surveys, your responses will be treated as Personal Information.
We may collect personal information about other members of your household. This information may include but is not limited to the age and gender of the other household members. We use this information to determine if certain surveys are relevant to you based on the composition of your household. Sometimes we use this information to invite other members of your household to participate in our surveys. If one of your household members is selected for one of our surveys we will always deliver the survey invitation to your email address, and ask you to personally invite the household member to participate.
We may offer you the opportunity to refer-a-friend on some of our proprietary Custom Communities, which allows you to invite one or more friends to join the Community and after joining participating in any type of event on the Community or in surveys. This process will never ask you to provide the email address or any other personally identifiable information about the individuals you wish to refer. An email message with a registration link may be sent to you, and you may be asked to pass on a link to the membership survey to one or more of your friends. Alternatively we may encourage you to forward a link to the membership survey to one or more of your friends by using the friend feature on the community homepage.
2. How do we collect your Personal Information?
We will always collect your Personal Information by fair and lawful means (for example, when you respond to one of our surveys or participate on our Interactive Community). We collect your Personal Information where we have obtained your consent to do so or as otherwise permitted by law.
We may use a third party agent to host surveys or community events to collect personal information, including email address. That information is delivered to Ipsos directly. Contractual agreements between Ipsos and third party vendors ensure that your personal information will not be shared with anyone and will not be used for any other purpose without your consent.
We may receive your email address from a third party through a co-registrations process. If you indicate that you would like to join our survey Community through one of our co-registration partners, your email address may be provided to us for the purpose of us sending you a link to our registration page. Our co-registration partners may just direct you to a registration page on one of our websites, in which case your email address will not be given to us until you provide it at the appropriate point in our registration process. Contractual agreements between us and our co-registration partners ensure that your personal information will not be shared with anyone and will not be used for any other purpose without your consent.
3. How do we use your Personal Information?
We identify the purposes for which we use your Personal Information at the time we collect such information from you and obtain your consent, in any case, prior to such use. One of the primary purposes for which we collect your Personal Information is to conduct marketing and social research through conducting surveys. We may also use your Personal Information as otherwise permitted by law. If you provide us with sensitive personal information such as health or financial information, we will obtain your expressed consent for the collection, use and disclosure of sensitive personal information.
4. How do we use your email address?
We will use your email address to send you several different types of messages related to your participation in the Community you joined. Primarily we will invite you to participate in any type of exercise or event on the Community, whether it is participating in a live chat, bulletin board discussion or other type of exercise or send you an email invitation to participate in online surveys. Once you have joined you can also participate by posting comments, providing feedback and giving kudos anywhere on the Community. We will contact you by inviting you to participate in events on the Community or a survey. When you register to participate in the Community we will send an email message to the email address you provide us to confirm that we have received your registration information. We may send you a weekly email informing you about news, new events and contests on the Community. These weekly email communications are a requirement of you participation in this Community. You can only opt out from received the weekly emails by unsubscribing from the Community.
If you use the “Need help with your login name or password?” link on Community Login Page to inquire about your login information, you will receive an automated email message sending you the information requested to the email address you provided. Our Member Relations Team may also contact you using the email address you provided to respond to your questions.
5. How can you opt-out of receiving our email messages?
All of our email messages clearly explain how you can opt-out of receiving future email communications and unsubscribe from the Community. Our weekly emails, event or survey invitations and other communications always include an unsubscribe link that allows you to unsubscribe yourself from the Community right away or an email address that you can contact to unsubscribe. We will always process your opt-out request within 10 business days of receiving it. Note that you can only opt out of receiving certain emails by unsubscribing from the Community.
6. To whom do we provide your Personal Information?
We identify to whom, and for what purposes, we disclose your Personal Information at the time we collect such information from you and obtain your consent to such disclosure. For example, we may disclose your Personal Information, including email address:
a) to a client of IPSOS for the client’s purposes of conducting further research; In such rare cases we will explain the reason for the disclosure and ask for your consent before providing disclosure of your Personal Information;
b) a third party engaged by IPSOS to perform functions on its behalf;
c) such other disclosures of Personal Information to such persons for which you provide your consent; and
d) as otherwise permitted by law.
We reserve the right to disclose your personal identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site.
7. When and how do we obtain your consent?
We obtain your consent prior to collecting, and in any case, prior to using or disclosing your Personal Information, including email address, for any purpose. You may provide your consent to us either orally or in writing. For example, when you participate in an event on the Community, you provide your consent to allow us to use your Personal Information for the purposes of conducting market and social research and, in certain circumstances, to disclose your Personal Information to our clients. From time to time, we may collect, use or disclose your Personal Information based on your consent and as permitted by law. If you provide us with sensitive Personal Information such as health or financial information, we will obtain your express consent for the collection, use and disclosure of such sensitive personal information.
8. How do we ensure the privacy of your Personal Information, including email address, when dealing with our affiliates and other third parties?
9. How long will we use, disclose or retain your Personal Information?
We will use, disclose or retain your Personal Information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected and as permitted or required by law. We have established minimum and maximum retention periods and procedures for maintaining and destroying your Personal Information. If you have any questions about the Personal Information, including email address, which we have on file for you, you can contact our Member Relations Team by sending an email to: email@example.com. You can update your Personal Information, including email address, using the Change of Info form on our website.
10. How can you review your Personal Information that we have collected, used or disclosed?
We will make available to you any specific Personal Information on you in our custody or control, that we have collected, used or disclosed, upon your written request, to the extent permitted by law. We will make such information available to you in a form that is generally understandable, including explaining any abbreviations or codes.
11. How do you know that the Personal Information we have on you is accurate?
We will ensure that your Personal Information is kept as accurate, complete and up-to-date as possible. When we collect Personal Information from you, we rely on you for its accuracy.
12. What if the Personal Information we have on you is inaccurate?
You can at any time, demonstrate in writing the accuracy or completeness of the Personal Information we have on you. If you successfully demonstrate that the Personal Information we have on you is inaccurate or incomplete, we will amend the Personal Information as required. Where appropriate, we will transmit the amended information to third parties having access to your Personal Information.
13. How fast will we respond to your written requests?
We will attempt to respond to each of your written requests not later than thirty (30) days after receipt of such requests. We will advise you in writing if we cannot meet your requests within this time limit.
15. How do we know that it is really you requesting your Personal Information?
16. What safeguards have we implemented to protect your Personal Information?
We have implemented physical, organizational, contractual and technological security measures to protect your Personal Information, including email address, from loss or theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. The only employees, who are granted access to your Personal Information, including email address, are those in secure data centres with a business ‘need-to-know’ or whose duties reasonably require such information.
We prevent electronic intrusion by using firewall technology. The employees who are granted access to your Personal Information, including email address, can only access it using secure connections and passwords from within our networks.
USA and Canada Residents:
Attn: Privacy Officer
Ipsos Custom Panels
1285 West Pender Street, Suite 200
Vancouver BC V6E 4B1
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a resident of the United States of America or Canada you may submit changes to your Name, Mailing Address, e-Mail Address, Telephone Number by email to email@example.com or mail to our Member Relations Team at Ipsos, Ipsos Custom Panels, Member Relations Team, 1285 West Pender Street, Suite 200, Vancouver BC V6E 4B1.
We will inform you when you make an inquiry or lodge challenges or complaints of the relevant procedures.
If you are chosen as a winner in one of our sweepstakes or judged contests you will be given the option to provide a testimonial which we may post on the Community Homepage or include in an email communication to Members. Your testimonial, username, and an electronic picture of yourself, if you provide one, will only be included in the newsletter or communication, if you provide us with consent. You can request to have your testimonial and Personal Information removed from the Homepage or future email communication by sending an email to our Member Relations Team: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit your request in writing to:
Ipsos Custom Panels
1285 West Pender Street, Suite 200
Vancouver BC V6E 4B1
Notification of Changes
If, however, we are going to use Members' personally identifiable information, including email address, in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection we will notify users via email. Members will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. However, if Members have opted out of all communication with the site, or deleted/deactivated their account, then they will not be contacted, nor will their personal information be used in this new manner. In addition, if we make any material changes in our privacy practices that do not affect user information already stored in our database, we will post a prominent notice on our web site notifying users of the change. In some cases where we post a notice we will also email Members, who have opted to receive communications from us, notifying them of the changes in our privacy practices.
As is true of most Web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and click stream data.
We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track Members’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.
We do not link this automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information, including your email address.
From time to time, we employ a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs). Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We do not tie the information gathered by clear gifs to our customers’ personally identifiable information.
We use clear gifs in our HTML-based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our email campaigns. If you would like to opt-out of these emails, see #5 above for opt-out instructions.
Some of our business partners also use clear gifs on our site. We have no access or control of these clear gifs.
We may use digital fingerprinting technology, also known as “Machine Identification” digital fingerprints, to gather certain information about your computer hardware and software, for example, your IP address, the display settings of your monitor, the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system you are using, etc. This information is sent to our trusted third-party partner who converts it into a unique serial number – the digital “fingerprint” – and determines if it matches previous fingerprints. The data collected in this process and the digital fingerprint created is not tied to any of your personal information, is stored on secured servers, and is used only to help prevent Members from completing the same survey multiple times and for no other purpose.