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    Privacy Policy

    Most recently amended January 15, 2021.

    The scope and application of the Francombat Privacy Policy are as follows.

    The Francombat Privacy Policy applies to Personal Information about Francombat Employees and non-employee Persons who interact with Francombat that is collected, used or disclosed by Francombat.

    Employees in this context includes past and present employees and independent contractors of Francombat.

    Non-employee Persons in this context includes Individuals who are viewers, readers, subscribers, advertisers, contest participants, job applicants, Internet users who are exposed to the media content of Francombat or a Francombat Company and about whom Francombat collects Personal Information.

    The Francombat Privacy Policy applies to the management of Personal Information in any form whether oral, electronic or written. Francombat reserves the right to amend this Francombat Privacy Policy from time to time.

    The application of the Francombat Privacy Policy is subject to the requirements or provisions of any applicable legislation, regulations or agreements (such as collective agreements), or the order of any court or other lawful authority.

    Exclusions from Privacy Protection

    The Francombat Privacy Policy does not impose any limits on the collection, use or disclosure of the following information by a Francombat Company: a) information that is publicly available, such as a Person’s name, address, telephone number and electronic address, when listed in a directory or made available through directory assistance; b) business-contact information, such as the name, title or business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization; c) information collected, used or disclosed in the course of journalistic, literary or artistic activities; or d) aggregate information that cannot be associated with a specific person, such as demographic statistics about Francombat customers, or number of visitors and average time spent on a website.

    Purposes for Collection of Personal Information

    Francombat has collected and collects Personal Information for the following purposes: a) to establish and maintain responsible commercial relations with Individuals and to provide ongoing service; b) to understand Individual needs; c) to develop, enhance, market or provide products and services; d) to manage and develop its business and operations, including personnel and employment matters; and e) to meet legal or regulatory requirements, including to protect or defend a legal interest, and in connection with an actual or possible Francombat corporate re-organization, merger or amalgamation with another entity, or an actual or possible sale of all or a substantial portion of the assets of Francombat, provided that the Personal Information disclosed continues to be used by the entity acquiring the information either for evaluation of the possible transaction, or, on completion of any such transaction, for the purposes permitted by this Privacy Policy.

    As examples of the above:

    • Francombat may from time to time use a Person’s Personal Information to contact the Person about changes, enhancements or similar notices related to Francombat products and services;

    • If a Person indicated that he/she was interested in receiving offers or information from Francombat or certain of our selected sponsors or advertisers, Francombat may send the Person materials about products and services that Francombat feels may be of interest to the Person; and

    • If a Person enters a contest or other promotion offered on a Francombat Management website, Francombat may, under the rules of the promotion, use the Person’s name and certain other information to administer the promotion, such as contacting, announcing and promoting the winners of the promotion.

    Obtaining Consent

    Francombat will make a reasonable effort to make sure Persons understand how their Personal Information will be used by Francombat. Francombat will obtain consent from Persons before or when it collects or uses the Personal Information. Francombat will not attempt to deceive Persons into giving consent.

    A Person’s consent can be express, implied, or given through an authorized representative. A Person can withdraw consent at any time, with certain exceptions noted herein. Francombat, however, may collect, use or disclose Personal Information without the Person’s knowledge or consent in exceptional circumstances where such collection, use or disclosure is permitted or as required by law.

    Note: If any Person at any time has any questions or concerns about Francombat’s privacy practices, the Person can write to info@francombat.com

    Refusing or Withdrawing Consent

    Subject to legal and contractual requirements, a Person can refuse to consent to Francombat’s collection, use or disclosure of Personal Information about the Person, or a Person may withdraw the Person’s consent to Francombat’s further collection, use or disclosure of Personal Information at any time in the future by giving Francombat reasonable notice, unless: i) the consent relates to certain information required for credit approval which a Person applies for or accepts, ii) the consent is otherwise required by law or iii) the use or disclosure is permitted by law or is related to the legal or regulatory requirements described herein. If a Person refuses or withdraws the Person’s consent, Francombat may not be able to provide the Person or continue to provide the Person with some products, services or information which may be of value to the Person.

    Internet Aspects

    Personal Information may be collected by Francombat or third-party service providers on Francombat’s behalf. Although information collected, used or disclosed on the Internet as described below often does not constitute Personal Information (and to the extent that such is the case, then the obligations under the Francombat Privacy Policy do not extend to such information), Francombat provides the details below about Internet aspects of Francombat Companies Services for the purposes of disclosure about Francombat Companies Services.

    Internet Protocol Address (IP Address)

    When the user’s web browser requests a web page from another computer on the Internet, it automatically gives that computer the address where it should send the information. This address is called the computer’s “IP address.” For most users accessing the Internet from a dial-up Internet service provider (ISP), the IP address will be different every time the user logs on.

    Francombat Companies may use the user’s IP Address to:

    • Facilitate the diagnosis and remedy of a technical problem reported by the user’s or Francombat Company’s technical team.

    • Display (or allow the display by Third Party advertising providers of) more appropriate and relevant content and advertising, such as content and advertising based on the user’s geographic area, demographic profile and site session behaviour.

    • Estimate user traffic from specific countries or organizations. Many IP addresses are commonly associated with Internet service providers, universities, or major corporations in specific regions or localities.

    • Aggregate information derived from IP addresses may also be reported to advertisers.

    Cookies

    A cookie is a small text file, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier, that is sent to the user’s web browser from a website’s computers and is stored on the user’s computer’s hard drive. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to a user’s computer.

    Francombat Companies may use cookies to:

    • Improve the operation and performance of Francombat Companies Services and to make Francombat Companies Services easier and more convenient to use. For example, cookies help Francombat Companies provide more personalized services by recalling user preferences on subsequent visits (e.g. language preference). Cookies also allow Francombat Companies to save passwords and preferences for a user so that the user will not have to re-enter them on the next visit to a Francombat Companies Site;

    • Measure aggregate user traffic and demographic statistics related to Francombat Companies Services and advertisements (e.g. number of users, average time spent, average age and similar statistics). This information helps Francombat Companies to better understand when to update, change or offer new services and provides Francombat Companies with details as to the performance of Third Party advertisements and content. This information may be reported, in aggregate form only, to Francombat Companies’ current and prospective sponsors, advertisers and business partners. No Personal Information will be disclosed in such reports;

    • Display advertisements. Francombat Companies and Third Party advertising providers may use cookies when serving advertisements on Francombat Companies Sites. In some cases, advertisements from Third Party advertisers are delivered to users (in conjunction with Francombat Companies Services) by such Third Party advertisers, or by separately contracted advertising providers on their behalf, and not by Francombat Companies; as such, the Third-party advertisers’ use of cookies is subject to their own privacy policies, not the Francombat Privacy Policy, and users should consult the privacy policies of such Third Party advertisers.

    • Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If a user prefers, the user can reset his/her browser either to notify the user when the user has received a cookie, or to refuse to accept cookies. The user should understand that while Francombat Companies do not require a user to use cookies, certain Francombat Companies Services will not function properly if a user sets his/her browser to not accept cookies.

    Web Beacons

    Certain Francombat Companies Services may contain electronic images known as Web beacons – sometimes called single-pixel gifs – that allow Francombat Companies to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. Web beacons are not used to access Personal Information; they are a technique used to compile aggregated statistics about Francombat Companies service usage. Web beacons collect only a limited set of information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the Web beacon resides. Certain Francombat Companies Services web pages may also contain Web beacons placed there by Francombat Companies’ advertising partners to help Francombat Companies determine the effectiveness of Francombat Companies’ Internet advertising campaigns.

    Links To Other Sites And Advertisements

    A Francombat Companies Service may contain links to other websites and services. While Francombat Companies try to link only to sites and services that share Francombat Companies’ high standards and respect for privacy, a user should understand that Francombat Companies are not responsible for the content of, or the privacy practices employed by, other companies or websites. This Francombat Privacy Policy applies only to Francombat Companies Services related to this Francombat Privacy Policy.

    Advertisements which are displayed in connection with Francombat Companies Services may be served through one or more reputable Third Party advertisement-serving companies which deliver the advertisements to users in conjunction with Francombat Companies Services. For more information about what information is collected and how information is used by a Third Party advertising providers, please consult with the Third Party advertising provider.

    Language of these Terms and Conditions

    The language of this Privacy Policy is English. Where Francombat has provided a translation of the English version of this Privacy Policy, you agree that the translation is provided for your convenience only and that the English language version of this Privacy Policy will govern your relationship with any Francombat Sites. If there is any contradiction between what the English language version of this Privacy Policy says and what a translation says, then the English language version will take precedence.

    Additional Information

    Francombat Companies may automatically collect certain information about the user’s computer hardware and software. This information may include: browser type, operating system type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by Francombat Companies to operate the service, to maintain the quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of Francombat Companies Sites.

    Certain Francombat Companies Services may be co-branded and/or offered in cooperation with or in conjunction with another company. If a user registers for or uses such services, both Francombat Companies and the other company may receive information collected in conjunction with such services.

    Definitions

    Francombat Companies – all companies providing communications services under Francombat Corporation including its subsidiaries, and any successor company or companies thereof, as a result of corporate reorganization or restructuring.
Collection – the act of gathering, acquiring, recording or obtaining Personal Information from any source, including third parties, by any means.

    Consent – voluntary agreement with the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information for defined purposes. Consent can be either express or implied and can be provided directly by the Person or by an authorized representative. Express consent can be given orally, electronically or in writing but is always unequivocal and does not require any inference on the part of Francombat. Implied consent is consent that can reasonably be inferred from a Person’s action or inaction.

    Disclosure – making Personal Information available to a Third Party.

    Employee – an employee or independent contractor (including freelancers)* of Francombat.

    * The inclusion of independent contractors, including freelancers, within the definition of “Employee” is for convenience of reference only, and does in no manner imply that such individuals are employees of the company within the meaning of employment legislation or are in an employee-employer relationship with the company.

    Individual – an individual other than an Employee who (a) corresponds with Francombat, including complaints and including applications for employment; (b) enters an contest sponsored by Francombat; or (c) uses, or applies to use, the products or services of Francombat.

    Person – an Employee or an Individual.

    Personal Information – information about an identifiable Person, but not: a) information that is publicly available, such as a Person’s name, address, telephone number and electronic address, when listed in a directory or made available through directory assistance; b) business-contact information, such as the name, title or business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization; c) information collected, used or disclosed in the course of journalistic, literary or artistic activities; or d) aggregate information that cannot be associated with a specific person, such as demographic statistics about Francombat customers, or number of visitors and average time spent on a website.

    Third Party – a person other than the Person or his agent, or an organization other than a Francombat Company.

    Use – the treatment, handling, and management of Personal Information by Francombat Companies.

    Updates to this Policy

    We reserve the right to modify this Policy from time to time. If we make changes to this Policy, we will change the “Last Revision” date at the top of the page and will post the updated Policy on this page. We may also provide other methods of notice or request your consent depending on the circumstances.

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