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Privacy Statement

This privacy statement is applicable to Education Canada Network. The Education Canada Network is wholly owned by Columbus Networks Corporation. Any reference to either Columbus Networks Corporation or Education Canada Network can be understood as synonymous to each other.

Education Canada Network does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when such individuals specifically provide such information on a voluntary basis. For example, such personally identifiable information may be gathered from a contest or sweepstakes registration, the registration process for subscription sites or services and in connection with content submissions, community postings (e.g., chat and bulletin boards), suggestions, voting/polling activities and transactional areas. Personally identifiable information on individual users will not be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties without the approval of the user at the time of collection. At such points of collection, the user will have the opportunity to indicate whether he or she would like to "opt out" of receiving promotional and/or marketing information about other products, services and offerings from Education Canada and/or any third parties. Further, notwithstanding any opt out of promotional information by the user, Education Canada reserves the right to contact a subscriber regarding account status, changes to the subscriber agreement and other matters relevant to the underlying service and/or the information collected.

Commercial entities are hereby put on notice that "harvesting" of e-mail addresses through the use of web "spiders" or other similar activities for the use of unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE or "spam") is strictly forbidden. Violation of this policy will lead to referral to the appropriate authorities, including the commercial entity's Internet service provider, and appropriate legal authorities, when applicable. Education Canada reserves the right to invoice such unauthorized advertisers at our current cost per impression advertising rate for appropriation of these addresses. Unsolicited commercial emails are strictly prohibited through any Education Canada mailrings, and may result in the immediate billing for unauthorized advertising at the rate of $25.00 per subscriber per mail list utilized.

Users should be aware that non-personal information and data may be automatically collected through the standard operation of Education Canada's internet servers or through the use of "cookies." "Cookies" are small text files a web site can use to recognize repeat users, facilitate the user's ongoing access to and use of the site and allow a site to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvements and targeted advertising. Cookies are not programs that come onto a user's system and damage files. Generally, cookies work by assigning a unique number to the user that has no meaning outside the assigning site. Users should be aware that Education Canada cannot control the use of cookies or the resulting information by advertisers or third parties hosting data for Education Canada. If a user does not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows the user to deny or accept the cookie feature; however, users should note that cookies may be necessary to provide the user with certain features (e.g., customized delivery of information) available on the Education Canada Site.

Upon request, Education Canada will allow any user to "opt out" of further promotional contacts at any time. Additionally upon request, Education Canada will use reasonable efforts to allow users to update/correct personal information previously submitted which the user states is erroneous to the extent such activities will not compromise privacy or security interests. Also, upon a user's request, Education Canada will use commercially reasonable efforts to functionally delete the user and his or her personal information from its database; however, it may be impossible to delete a user's entry without some residual information because of backups and records of deletions.

Education Canada Network uses third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Education Canada Network does allow for third party advertisers to post their banners and advertisements on our website. From some of these companies (i.e. Google) serve ads from their own web servers. These companies may or may not use cookies to track their ads. As a result, these companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

The foregoing policies are effective as of August 1, 2000. Education Canada reserves the right to change this policy at any time by notifying users of the existence of a new privacy statement. This statement and the policies outlined herein are not intended to and do not create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.

If any Person at any time has any questions or concerns about Education Canada Network's privacy practices, the Person can either:

a) write to Customer Service - Privacy Inquiry, Education Canada Network, #205 - 479 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 6N7; or

b) provide information to Education Canada Network through our contact form.



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