Effective September 6, 2015
This privacy statement describes how "we" (Vella.ca and third parties (Google Analytics, Google AdSense, Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, and our web host server at BigCommerce.com)) collect and use the personal and non-personal information that you may provide us.
Vella will not share your personal information with any third parties, except:
As necessary to fulfill your product orders;
To respond to your communication requests;
With our payment processor, a Canadian chartered bank; and
As outlined below under the Information Sharing heading.
When you make a purchase or register for an account on michaels.ca, we collect the following personal information from you:
Your contact information such as your name, email address, mailing address, phone numbers;
Your billing information such as credit card number, expiry date, and billing address, if you make a telephone order;
if you choose to pay online via PayPal, from your PayPal account or with your credit card, and we will not receive your credit card information.
We use this information to:
Fulfill your order;
Send you an order confirmation;
Assess your needs to determine suitable products;
Send you requested product or service information;
Send product updates;
Respond to customer service requests;
Administer your account;
Send you a newsletter;
Send you marketing communications; and
Improve our web site and marketing efforts
Vella EMAIL CHOICE/OPT-OUT
You may choose to stop receiving our newsletter or marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in those emails or you can contact us using the form below to unsubscribe from marketing email campaigns, should our emails become unwelcome.
INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THIRD PARTIES.
If you provide us personal information about others, or if others give us your information, we will only use that information for the specific reason for which it was provided to us, and we will not re-distribute personal information.
We will not share your personal information with third parties except in ways that are described in this privacy statement. We will not sell your personal information to third parties.
We may provide your personal information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities such as processing and shipping your order or offering customer service. These companies will be authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us.
We may also disclose your personal information as required by law, such as to comply with a court order, a subpoena, or similar legal process. If we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, or to investigate a claim, we may share your information with investigators, lawyers, and a court, if necessary.
COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES
As is true of most websites, both vella.ca's web hosting servers and Google Analytics automatically collect information about your computer such as your IP address, browser type, referring websites, your landing and exit pages, the length of time that you spend on michaels.ca and your operating system type. We can only access aggregate information; we are unable to determine any personally identifiable information about any particular user. This data is collected from vella.ca's web hosting servers at bigcommerce.com and by Google in the United States of America.
Cookies are used to collect general usage and volume statistical information that does not include personal information. Google may place cookies on your computer to collect non-personally identifiable information to compile aggregated statistics for us about the visitors to our site and they may also use local storage on your browser as newer browsers may permit.
We have implement Google Analytics features that are based on Display Advertising (e.g., Remarketing, Google Display Network Impression Reporting, the DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration, or Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting).
Visitors can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Ads Settings.
We encourage you to use the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on should you wish to opt-out remarketing and demographic based advertising and the associated data collection as you browse the web on Internet in general.
Web pages on vella.ca may contain electronic images known as web beacons, or single-pixel GIFs. These web beacons may be used along with cookies to compile aggregated statistics to analyze how vella.ca is accessed and to let us know whether our marketing emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of our customer communications and marketing campaigns.
Our web pages may also contain electronic images known as Web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel GIFs) that are set by our third party advertising partners. Our advertising partners may use these web beacons with cookies to compile aggregated statistics when analyzing how our site is used and whether we refer them any business for their complementary products and services.
We use a third party, such as Google Analytics and BigCommerce.com, to gather information about how you and others use vella.ca. For example, we will know how many users accessed a specific page, how long they stayed on the page, what page they went to next, and product search queries. We use this aggregated information to understand and optimize how our site is used and deliver the products that our customers want most.
LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES
vella.ca includes links to other web sites whose privacy practices may differ from those of vella.ca. If you submit personal information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy statements. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy statement of any web site you visit.
The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information, such as a credit card number on our order form, we encrypt the transmission of that information using PCI compliant secure socket layer technology (SSL).
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. Since no method of transmission over the Internet is 100% secure, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
If you have any questions about security on our web site, or you have any suggestions to improve security, you may contact our chief privacy officer, David Michaels, using the contact form below.
Additional Policy Information
vella.ca's privacy officer periodically participates in TRUSTe privacy training and seeks to offer its clients meaningful notice, transparency, and to follow industry best practices. TRUSTe is an independent organization whose mission is to advance privacy and trust in the networked world.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, you should contact us as indicated below.
Correcting and Updating Your Personal Information
To review and update your personal information to ensure it is accurate, contact us as indicated below.
Notification of Privacy Statement Changes
We may update this privacy statement to reflect changes to our information practices. If we make any material changes we will notify you by email (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this website prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.
You can contact us about this privacy statement by writing to us at the address below:
David T. Michaels, J.D., B.Eng., CHRM
5230 Dundas Street West
RPO Box 40571 Six Points Plaza
Etobicoke, ON, Canada M9B 6K8