Welcome to gettingstrong.net.  This web site is owned and operated by Jane Damude Empey. CAUTION - This web site does not offer psychotherapy.  Use of this web site could be a poor choice if you are actually in need of therapy.  The only way you can determine that is by seeking the advice of a mental health professional. PRIVACY POLICY Ms. Damude Empey may collect information from people using her web site (referred to as "Users").  She is firmly committed to protecting the privacy, confidentiality, accuracy and security of Users' personal information.  Personal information includes any factual or subjective information, recorded or not, about an identifiable individual.  This includes information in any form.  Personal information does not include the name, title, business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization. Ms. Damude Empey's privacy policy is based on the ten principles of the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information (CAN/CSA-Q30-96).  Ms. Damude Empey is accountable for compliance with this policy.  Principle 1 - Accountability Ms. Damude Empey is accountable for the protection of all personal information within her possession or control, including any personal information that has been transferred to a third party for any purposes.  She will not sell, trade or rent any of her Users' personal information to any third parties. Principle 2 - Identifying purposes The purpose(s) for collecting any information from Users will be identified before the information is collected.  In general, Ms. Damude Empey will be collecting information by means of such instruments as paper and electronic forms.  These forms may include contact and information forms, and information requests.  In general, the information collected will be used only to provide requested information. If Ms. Damude Empey identifies other purposes for which the personal information may be used, she will seek your consent prior to such use.  Ms. Damude Empey advises that it is your right to refuse permission for her to use personal information for any new purposes. Principle 3 - Consent Ms. Damude Empey will obtain consent before or when she collects, uses or discloses personal information about an individual.  An individual can provide consent to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information about them expressly or implicitly.  For example, completion of the optional online information request implies consent for the purposes of providing the requested information. Ms. Damude Empey will collect, use or disclose personal information without an individual's explicit consent only when the consent may reasonably be inferred from the context.  For example, providing an email address when requesting information implies your consent to send the information to that email address.  With the exception of certain legal and contractual restrictions, if reasonable notice is given, an individual can refuse or withdraw their consent to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information about them at any time.  Principle 4 - Limiting Collection Any personal information collected from Users, by fair and lawful means, will be limited to only those details necessary for the identified purpose.  Ms. Damude Empey will not collect more information than she needs to fulfill the purpose identified to Users. Principle 5 - Limiting Use, Disclosure, and Retention Users' personal information will not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with consent or as required by law.  Ms. Damude Empey will keep a User's personal information only for as long as necessary to fulfill the purpose identified to the User. Principle 6 - Accuracy Ms. Damude Empey will keep our Users' personal information as accurate, complete and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used. Principle 7 - Safeguards Users' personal information shall be protected with security measures that are appropriate for the sensitivity level of the information. Ms Damude Empey's employees are required to comply with her Information Security Policy.  In addition, all employees are required to abide by the privacy standards she has established.  Unauthorized access to and/or disclosure of User personal information by an employee of Ms. Damude Empey is strictly prohibited. Principle 8 - Openness Ms. Damude Empey will provide and make readily available to Users, information on her policies, procedures and practices relating to how Users' personal information is managed. Principle 9 - User Access Upon request, a User will be informed of the existence, use, and disclosure of his or her personal information and will be given access to that information.  A User may verify the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate. Principle 10 - Compliance A User may forward any questions or enquiries about compliance with these privacy principles to Ms. Damude Empey as follows: " E-mail her at [insert email address] or " Call her at [insert phone number - note, you do not need to provide a phone number]    GENERAL WEBSITE POLICIES Cookies Cookies are small data files stored on your computer to allow information flow.  This web site does not use cookies to store your personal information. External Links This web site, or other materials of Ms. Damude Empey, may contain links to other sites.  Ms. Damude Empey is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of such other websites.  The terms and conditions of the Ms. Damude Empey's privacy policy do not apply to any such linked websites.  Ms. Damude Empey does not endorse any linked websites, or the information, materials, products or services that are contained in or accessible through such linked websites.  Ms. Damude Empey disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information, materials, products and services that are contained in or accessible through linked websites, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. Changes, Updates, Opt-Out Policy Ms. Damude Empey strives to keep your personal information as accurate and up-to-date as necessary.  She will provide you with the opportunity to update personal information you have provided, or, opt-out of receiving communications from her at any time.  To remove your information from her database lists, so as not to receive any future communications or offers of services: e-mail her at [insert email address] or call her at [insert phone number if applicable].  Privacy Questions & Concerns   If you have any questions or concerns about her personal information handling practices, please contact Ms. Damude Empey by e-mail at [insert email address] or call her at [insert phone number if applicable]. Policy Updates Ms. Damude Empey reserves the right to change or modify these policies and her information handling practices.  A modification date will be posted. Modified November 2010. 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