Last Updated: June 15, 2015
The International Federation of Accountants ("IFAC") believes that privacy is important to the success and use of the Internet and, as such, IFAC is committed to the appropriate protection and use of data that has been collected through www.IFAC.org and its affiliated websites, including www.iaasb.org, www.ipsasb.org, www.iaesb.org, www.ethicsboard.org, www.mosaicdevelopment.org, and www.accountability-now.org (collectively, the "Website"). This privacy statement explains how we treat your personal information when you use this site. By using this site and/or submitting any personal information, you agree to the use by IFAC of such data in accordance with this privacy statement.
APPLICABLE LEGAL REGIME UNDER WHICH THE DATA WILL BE COLLECTED AND TREATED
Your data will be collected, stored and treated by IFAC under the supervision of IFAC’s Director of Communications pursuant to the terms of this Privacy Statement, and under all applicable state and federal laws.
IFAC has implemented reasonable standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personally identifiable information from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction. Only authorized IFAC personnel are provided access to personally identifiable information, such as your name, email address and other information that could be directly associated with you and that you may provide in order to receive information or services from us, including credit card information. Please be aware, however, that the nature of online security risks is constantly evolving and the complete security of any personal information we collect, store or use cannot be guaranteed. In the unlikely event an unauthorized third party compromises our security, we will not be responsible for any direct or indirect damages related to such unauthorized third party's use or dissemination of your personal information.
Generally, our intent is only to collect personal information that is provided voluntarily by visitors to the Website so that we can offer information or services to those individuals. IFAC gathers the following types of information through the Website:
Information You Provide
We collect only personally identifiable information that is specifically and voluntarily provided by visitors to the Website. IFAC receives limited identifiable information, such as name, job title, job sector, address, email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, from Website visitors. A visitor may choose to provide personal information in the following illustrative non-exclusive list of situations:
- Register for premium online services
- Submit resumes or work history information
- Subscribe to newsletter(s)
- Participate in discussion boards
- Participate in a survey
- Purchase a publication
Automatically Collected Information
IFAC, primarily through Google Analytics, uses "cookies" to collect and temporarily store anonymous traffic data and technical information about your visit for use in Website management and for security purposes. The type of information collected through cookies may include:
- The Internet domain from which you access the Website;
- The IP address (a unique number for each computer connected to the Internet) from which you access the Website;
- The type of browser (e.g., Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer) used to access the Website;
- The operating system (Windows, Unix, etc.) used to access the Website;
- The date and time you access the Website;
- The URLs of the pages you visit;
- Your username, if it was used to log in to the Website; and
- If you visited IFAC’s Website from another website, the URL of the forwarding site.
For more information about cookies, including how you may opt out of their use, please see the section labeled "Cookies" below in this privacy statement.
USE OF DATA
When a visitor provides personal information to us, we use it for the purposes for which it was provided to us as stated at the point of collection (or as obvious from the context of collection). We may also use your data to contact you with information about IFAC's services and events and other information which may be of interest to you. You may unsubscribe from our mailing list(s) at any time by contacting us as set out in the 'Unsubscribe' section below or through the unsubscribe link in our communication to you. IFAC may also use your information in order to administer and manage the Website or communicate with you about the Website.
When and With Whom Do We Share Personal Information?
IFAC does not share your personal information with other companies. IFAC reserves the right to disclose any personal information about you or your use of the Website without your prior permission if IFAC has a good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (1) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process (such as subpoenas, search warrants and court orders); (2) protect and defend the rights or property of IFAC or its affiliated companies; (3) enforce the Terms; or (4) act to protect the interests of IFAC’s members or others.
Accessing Your Personal Information
You may review personal information you have provided us by logging in to your account at https://www.ifac.org/user/login?destination=privacy-policy or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can directly correct and/or delete information, or we will correct or remove data associated with your account at your request.
This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by the Website. Please be aware that the Website contains links to other sites, and IFAC is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites (including without limitation those managed by IFAC's members and affiliates). We encourage you users to be aware when you leave the Website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.
eNews and Newsletters
In order to subscribe to any version of our eNews and/or Newsletters, you must supply contact information such as your name and e-mail address. This information is not provided to any other entity. You may cancel your subscription at any time by clicking Manage my Subscriptions or clicking the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of an eNews or Newsletter. If we develop new newsletters that we believe would be of interest to you based on the newsletter(s) to which you have already subscribed, we may send them to you unsolicited. You may unsubscribe to these communications by the same method above described.
The Website, like many other commercial websites, may utilize a standard technology called “cookies” to collect information. A cookie is a special packet of data designed to help a website operatordetermine whether a particular user has visited the website previously and what that user’s preferences are. Your browser’s Help resources tell you more about managing cookies. If you are concerned about cookies, most browsers permit individuals to decline cookies. In most cases, a visitor may refuse a cookie and still fully navigate our Website, however other functionality in the Website may be impaired. After termination of the visit to the Website, you can always delete the cookie from your system if you wish.
From time-to-time, IFAC requests information from Website users via surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and the user, therefore, has a choice whether or not to disclose his or her personal information. Survey information will be used for various purposes, including monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of the Website.
Notices and Communications
We use your personal information to contact you directly and may send service and other specific announcements related to our site and services. While you may instruct us to stop sending SUCH announcements, we may continue to contact you to provide service to your account. To opt-out of communications related to our site and services, please send an email to: email@example.com stating that you would like to opt-out and put “OPT OUT” in the subject line.
Sensitive Personal Information
We do not collect sensitive personal information (e.g., health or racial information), but if, for any reason, we receive sensitive personal information, you herewith explicitly consent that we may collect and use such sensitive personal data for the purpose for which you originally provided it.
We will request and obtain additional explicit affirmative consent before disclosing such information or using it for a purpose beyond the originally disclosed purpose.
Personal Information of EU and Swiss users
IFAC will treat EU and Swiss users' personal information in a manner consistent with the U.S.-EU & U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks. Before transferring EU and Swiss users' personal information to a third party, we will obtain assurances that such third party will safeguard the data in a manner consistent with the U.S.-EU & U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks or an applicable special agreement regarding transborder data transfer or processing.
Use of the Website By Minors
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act requires that we not knowingly collect or share personal information from children under the age of 13 without the consent of a parent or guardian. If a child under the age of 13 has provided personal information without such consent, please contact us at the address below so that we can delete such information. Youth under the age of 18 are encouraged to use our site only with the involvement of a parent or guardian.
We update and modify this Privacy Statement from time to time. Such updates or modifications are effective upon posting. Please refer back often for the latest information. We will provide reasonable notice to subscribers about significant changes, either via the e-mail address you provided us or by notice on our site.
If you have questions or concerns about our Privacy Statement, please contact us:
International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
529 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Attn: Communications Department