The AALA is committed to safeguarding your privacy online. Please read the following statement to understand how your personal information will be treated. The AALA website is owned and operated by the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects.
If you have any questions regarding our privacy statement, please contact us.
Our primary goal in collecting user information is to enhance your experience on our website. We use aggregated information gathered from across all user accounts to develop the content of interest to the users and to improve the website. The AALA is committed to your privacy and will not share any personal information with any third party at any time without your specific consent, other than as provided herein or unless required by law.
Please note, however, Business Information is not currently protected under law (learn more). Information that is listed within your profile as Business Information is clearly listed as non-private and is only collected with your explicit consent. Business Information may be provided to third parties under certain limited circumstances.
The AALA does not collect personally identifying information about any individual AALA website user except when knowingly provided by such an individual. For example, we may ask you for your name, address and e-mail address when you register for an event. If you order something from the AALA, we may request additional personal information, such as your credit card information, to complete the purchase. You always have the option to refuse to provide the information we request, except where required by law or government. If you choose not to provide the information we request, you can still visit most of the AALA website; however, you may be unable to access certain options and services.
When you become a member of the AALA or provide information to the AALA in any other manner, you agree to provide only true, accurate, current and complete information.
A cookie is a small data file that is written to your computer’s hard drive by your web browser. A cookie file can contain information such as a user identification code, which a website will use to track the pages you have visited and to remember your preferences and membership status so that you do not have to login each time you visit the website. The data read from these cookies may be linked to personally identifying (PII) and non-personally identifying (non-PII) information.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser settings to display a warning before accepting a cookie, choose to accept cookies only from certain websites, or to refuse all cookies. If you choose to disable the receipt of cookies from our website, you may not be able to use certain features of the site.
The AALA web servers log information about the IP address of the website user, the browser type being used, and the current URL the user is requesting. This information is always provided by every type of browser. These log files are stored in a secure location and used in our internal analysis of traffic patterns within our website. This information is automatically logged by most websites.
Our primary goal in collecting user information is to enhance your experience on our website.
To enhance your experience, we may provide you with interactive communications such as our electronic newsletters to the e-mail address that you have provided. Such interactive communications are provided only to those users who have expressly given their permission to receive them as part of their user profile or member status.
From time to time, we may provide e-mails highlighting new features or promotions on the website to those users who have expressly provided us with their permission to send such communications as part of their user profile.
Registered users may change the information stored in their member profile (such as e-mail address, postal code, country, and name), and they may elect to stop receiving newsletters or other materials from the AALA. Users may choose to stop receiving such communications at any time by visiting the “To unsubscribe or change your email settings” link found at the end of any such e-mail received.
When you are on an area of the AALA website and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with the AALA as well as business partners and vendors that provide hosting and other services for the AALA.
We use third parties to provide credit card processing, e-mail and web hosting services on our site. When you sign up for such services, we will share your personally identifiable information as necessary for the third party to provide that service. These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose. If you do not want your information to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer of your information by not using that particular service.
We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as handling the processing and delivery of newsletter mailings, processing transactions, or performing statistical analysis of our services. We will only provide those companies with the information they need to deliver the service. In some instances, these companies may collect information directly from you (such as for credit card processing). In these cases, you will be notified of the involvement of the external service provider. In all cases, these companies are subject to agreements that require them to maintain the confidentiality of your information and they are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.
Business Information is not currently protected under law (learn more). Information that is listed within you profile as Business Information is clearly listed as non-private and is only collected with your explicit consent. Business Information may be provided to third-parties under certain limited circumstances and only explicitly non-private information will be used in promotional or sponsorship processes.
The AALA may disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to conform to the edicts of the law or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order or legal process served on the AALA or to protect and defend the rights or property of the AALA.
Your information is stored on AALA servers located in the United States. We use industry-standard procedural and technical safeguards to protect your personal information against loss or theft as well as unauthorized access and disclosure to protect your privacy, including encryption, “firewalls,” and the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). We treat data as an asset that must be protected against loss and unauthorized access. We employ many different security techniques to protect such data from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the company. However, “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet.