Who we are
Our website address is: http://howtohardscape.com/.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Who we share your data with
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.How to Hardscape Personal Information Protection Policy At How to Hardscape, we are committed to providing our members with exceptional service. As providing this service involves the collection, use and disclosure of some personal information about our members, protecting their personal information is one of our highest priorities. We will inform our members of why and how we collect, use and disclose their personal information, obtain their consent where required, and only handle their personal information in a manner that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in the circumstances. This Personal Information Protection Policy outlines the principles and practices we will follow in protecting members’ personal information. Our privacy commitment includes ensuring the accuracy, confidentiality, and security of our members’ personal information and allowing our members to request access to, and correction of, their personal information. Scope of this Policy This Personal Information Protection Policy applies to How to Hardscape and its subsidiaries. This policy also applies to any service providers collecting, using or disclosing personal information on behalf of How to Hardscape. Definitions Personal Information – means information about an identifiable individual. Personal information does not include contact information (described below). Contact information – means information that would enable an individual to be contacted at a place of business and includes name, position name or title, business telephone number, business address, business email or business fax number. Contact information is not covered by this policy. Policy 1 – Collecting Personal Information 1.1 Unless the purposes for collecting personal information are obvious and the member voluntarily provides his or her personal information for those purposes, we will communicate the purposes for which personal information is being collected, either orally or in writing, before or at the time of collection. 1.2 We will only collect member information that is necessary to fulfill the following purposes: • To verify identity; • To identify [client, customer, member] preferences; • To open and manage an account; • To deliver requested products and services • To guarantee a travel or hotel reservation; • To process a magazine subscription; • To provide counselling services; • To enrol the client in a program; • To send out association membership information; • To contact our members for fundraising; • To ensure a high standard of service to our members; • To meet regulatory requirements; Policy 2 – Consent 2.1 We will obtain member consent to collect, use or disclose personal information (except where, as noted below, we are authorized to do so without consent). 2.2 Consent can be provided electronically or it can be implied where the purpose for collecting using or disclosing the personal information would be considered obvious and the member voluntarily provides personal information for that purpose. 2.3 Consent may also be implied where a member is given notice and a reasonable opportunity to opt-out of his or her personal information being used for mail-outs, the marketing of new services or products, fundraising and the member does not opt-out. 2.4 Subject to certain exceptions (e.g., the personal information is necessary to provide the service or product, or the withdrawal of consent would frustrate the performance of a legal obligation), members can withhold or withdraw their consent for Name of organization to use their personal information in certain ways. A member’s decision to withhold or withdraw their consent to certain uses of personal information may restrict our ability to provide a particular service or product. If so, we will explain the situation to assist the member in making the decision. 2.5 We may collect, use or disclose personal information without the member’s knowledge or consent in the following limited circumstances: • When the collection, use or disclosure of personal information is permitted or required by law; • To protect ourselves from fraud; • To investigate an anticipated breach of an agreement or a contravention of law Policy 3 – Using and Disclosing Personal Information 3.1 We will only use or disclose member personal information where necessary to fulfill the purposes identified at the time of collection [or for a purpose reasonably related to those purposes such as: • To conduct member surveys in order to enhance the provision of our services; • To contact our members directly about products and services that may be of interest;] 3.2 We will not use or disclose member personal information for any additional purpose unless we obtain consent to do so. 3.3 We will not sell member lists or personal information to other parties [unless we have consent to do so]. Policy 4 – Retaining Personal Information 4.1 If we use member personal information to make a decision that directly affects the member, we will retain that personal information for at least one year so that the member has a reasonable opportunity to request access to it. 4.2 Subject to policy 4.1, we will retain member personal information only as long as necessary to fulfill the identified purposes or a legal or business purpose. Policy 5 – Ensuring Accuracy of Personal Information 5.1 We will make reasonable efforts to ensure that member personal information is accurate and complete where it may be used to make a decision about the member or disclosed to another organization. 5.2 Members may request correction to their personal information in order to ensure its accuracy and completeness. A request to correct personal information must be made in writing and provide sufficient detail to identify the personal information and the correction being sought. 5.3 If the personal information is demonstrated to be inaccurate or incomplete, we will correct the information as required and send the corrected information to any organization to which we disclosed the personal information in the previous year. If the correction is not made, we will note the members’ correction request in the file. Policy 6 – Securing Personal Information 6.1 We are committed to ensuring the security of member personal information in order to protect it from unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification or disposal or similar risks. 6.2 The following security measures will be followed to ensure that member personal information is appropriately protected: • User ID’s and passwords; • SSL • Access to information by the administrator only. 6.3 We will use appropriate security measures when destroying member’s personal information such as deleting electronically stored information. 6.4 We will continually review and update our security policies and controls as technology changes to ensure ongoing personal information security. Policy 7 – Providing Members Access to Personal Information 7.1 Members have a right to access their personal information, subject to limited exceptions. 7.2 A request to access personal information must be made in writing and provide sufficient detail to identify the personal information being sought. 7.3 Upon request, we will also tell members how we use their personal information and to whom it has been disclosed if applicable. 7.4 We will make the requested information available within 30 business days, or provide written notice of an extension where additional time is required to fulfill the request. 7.5 A minimal fee may be charged for providing access to personal information. Where a fee may apply, we will inform the member of the cost and request further direction from the member on whether or not we should proceed with the request. 7.6 If a request is refused in full or in part, we will notify the member in writing, providing the reasons for refusal and the recourse available to the member.