Privacy Policy

BC Doctors of Optometry is the professional association dedicated to advancing the profession of optometry, and is the vigilant voice on issues affecting the eye health of all British Columbians. This Privacy Policy outlines how BC Doctors of Optometry manages and safeguards personal information, as well as the principles that we follow when collecting, using, storing, disclosing and protecting personal information.

Personal information is any information that identifies you, or by which your identity could be deduced.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

OUR WEBSITE

BC Doctors of Optometry does not collect, use or store any personal information about users of our website and we do not track patterns of usage by any individual user.  Each time you visit our web pages, such as www.bc.doctorsofoptometry.ca, we gather the date, time, browser type, name of the visitor’s Internet service provider, the site that referred the visitor to us, any pages that are requested, the navigation history and IP address of the visitor. The foregoing information does not generally contain anything that can identify users personally. If you object to this gathering of information, you should not use or access our web pages. We use this information for our internal security audit log, trend analysis and system administration, and to gather broad demographic information about our user base for aggregate use. This information may be shared with third parties in order to provide services to us or to analyze, store or aggregate the information.

Our web pages may employ the use of “cookies”. A “cookie” is a small line of data that is sent to your Internet browser from a web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies can track how and when you use a site, and which site you visited immediately before. A cookie does not damage your system and identifies your browser, not you personally. We use cookies to identify which areas of our network you have visited, so the next time you visit those pages may be readily accessible. If you do not wish to receive a cookie, please set the options in your web browser accordingly.

From time to time, we may post a video or blog entry on our website, and in such cases we will obtain consent from any individual whose personal information would be disclosed in connection with such postings.

To the extent that the BC Doctors of Optometry members’ site contains links to other sites, the owners of those sites are responsible for the privacy practices or content of those other sites. We do not endorse and will not be responsible for the privacy practices of third party websites.

OUR MEMBERS

BC Doctors of Optometry does collect personal information about our members from time to time.  This can include information that is submitted to BC Doctors of Optometry by an individual, as follows:

  • For identification and/or payment purposes when a member registers with the Association, including name, address, email address, phone number, position held with the practice, and financial information required to process membership fees (e.g., credit card information)
  • When inquiries or comments are submitted to BC Doctors of Optometry (e.g., via phone, mail or electronically to info@optometrists.bc.ca)
  • In connection with ordering materials from BC Doctors of Optometry, including billing address and shipping address
  • In connection with Optomart, when a member wishes to post a listing for employment or business opportunity in such forum
  • In connection with registering for a continuing education program.

Any personal information submitted in connection with the above activities will be used by BC Doctors of Optometry only to fulfill the purposes for which it was provided by the member.  Further, such information is only disclosed by and among BC Doctors of Optometry to the extent necessary to accomplish such purposes. Consent for such activities is implied when a member submits personal information, but may be expressly withdrawn at any time (see contact information below under “Questions, concerns and access requests”).

Registration forms for continuing education programs and all information emailed to info@optometrists.bc.ca will be managed by and accessible to a member of staff at BC Doctors of Optometry.

Members may also submit personal information (including financial information) to Beanstream in order to process electronic payment of membership renewal fees online. BC Doctors of Optometry is not responsible for the privacy or security of information submitted to Beanstream or any other third party payment processor.

Storage and protection of member information

We limit access to members’ personal information, through physical, electronic and procedural safeguards, to those persons who require it to manage memberships and/or respond to requests from members. Information submitted in hard copy in connection with the activities described above is stored in Vancouver, Canada; information stored online may be stored in Texas, Chicago, or Florida. Such information is subject to the laws of the country in which it is accessible or stored.

Questions, concerns and access requests

If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about this policy, our handling of your personal information, or the privacy practices of BC Doctors of Optometry Canada or any of its provincial partners, please contact us at 604-737-9907, 610 – 2525 Willow Street
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 3N8 or by email at info@optometrists.bc.ca.

Members of BC Doctors of Optometry can also contact us, as outlined above, to request access to and/or correction of their personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy was last updated on June 23, 2015

We will update this Privacy Policy from time-to-time, as needed, in which case the revised policy will be posted on our website.