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The Malta Guide Dogs Foundation is dedicated to maintaining and protecting your privacy. This includes the privacy of both your information and your pictures. By using our services, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy. This Policy explains what personally identifiable information ('Personal Information') we collect and how we use the information so we can continue to provide outstanding service to you.

If you feel that the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation is not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us. We will do our best to resolve your inquiry.

This policy was last updated on 03 January, 2017.

The policy can be easily accessible via a link at the bottom of each web page.

1. Protecting the Privacy of Your Personal Information

When you sign up with Malta Guide Dogs Foundation, you establish a password-protected personal account for storing, organising and sharing your digital images, as well as to use our other services. In order to establish your Malta Guide Dogs Foundation account, we will need your name, email address and password.

The password will allow you access your account and, for this reason, it needs to be as secure as possible.

When you order prints, products or other paid products or services, we will need your address, as well as the credit card number and expiry date.

Any contact with the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation or communication from you, including e-mails or website comments, may be recorded to help us provide a better service.

The Malta Guide Dogs Foundation uses state-of-the-art protection to encrypt pages when collecting sensitive information, such as your password or credit card number. This measure is designed to guard against interception of this information while it is on the Internet. You can tell if you are using a secure page by looking at the bottom of your browser window where you will see a lock. If the lock is closed, the page is encrypted.

The Malta Guide Dogs Foundation keeps the Personal Information you provide on secure servers that are protected against intrusion or unauthorised access by firewalls and other technological means.

On request, we will provide you with access to the Personal Information that is being kept about you and will correct personal information that you state is erroneous. Although all reasonable efforts will be made to keep your information updated, you are kindly requested to inform us of any change referring to the personal data held by us. In any case, if you consider that certain information about you is inaccurate, you may request rectification of such data. You also have the right to request the blocking or erasure of data which has been processed unlawfully.

2. Protecting the Privacy of Your Pictures

The Malta Guide Dogs Foundation website is designed so that you can control who may view the pictures and any associated information stored in your Malta Guide Dogs  account. We are committed to keeping your pictures private and secure. We will never make your pictures publicly accessible, except by your explicit action, or as otherwise noted in this policy. Please note that if you choose to post a link to your Malta Guide Dogs Foundation pictures on your own or third parties' websites or you share your pictures with others, these pictures may be accessible to others, who view the email invitation or visit these Websites.

3. Protecting Children's Privacy
Our Website is not intended for use by children under the age of 12. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 12. Please do not register at the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation if you are under the age of 12.

4. Purpose/s for collecting data

The Foundation needs to process information about its clients to facilitate and support the processes required to deliver the services offered. Services offered by the MGDF include:

           · Puppy raising;
· Training in the use of the White Cane;
· Sited guide training;
· Training in handling a Guide Dog; and
· Counselling.
5. Information through E-mail

As a Malta Guide Dogs Foundation member, we will notify you via e-mail or through the mail about new features, products and promotions. You may unsubscribe to our notification services through your account profile on the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation website. To unsubscribe, send an email with your request to [email protected].

From time to time, we may send you service announcement updates with important information about the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation. Service announcements may contain information vital to your account, so members may not unsubscribe from service announcements.

6. Cookies

Cookies are small data files stored by your web browser on your computer's hard drive. Cookies enable you to use our site and services. The Malta Guide Dogs Foundation never saves information, such as your password or your credit card number, on cookies. You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies, you may not be able to access the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation's service.

7. Links to other Websites

Our site has a number of links to external websites. Please note that, upon linking to another site, you are no longer on our site and you become subject to the privacy policy of the site visited.

8. Providing Services through Third Parties

The Malta Guide Dogs Foundation shares Personal Information with carefully screened third-party service providers for the sole purpose of providing you with the products, services and information you have requested. Examples of such third-party service providers are banks and ISPs. The Malta Guide Dogs Foundation has instructed these service providers not to store, retain or access your Personal Information except to provide our services to you.

9. Opt-Out

From time to time the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation may share Personal Information with affiliates or third parties to allow them to contact you regarding products, programmes, services and promotions that we believe may be of interest to you. If you would prefer that we do not share your Personal Information with third parties for direct marketing purposes, you may submit an opt-out request by sending your request to [email protected] We will comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. Please note that we will not be able to remove your Personal Information from the databases of affiliates or third parties with which we have already shared your Personal Information as of the date that we implement your opt-out request. If you wish to cease receiving marketing-related e-mails from any such affiliates or third parties, please contact the affiliate or third party directly or use any opt-out mechanisms provided in its marketing-related e-mails or privacy policy.

10. Data Protection Act

Chapter 440 of the Laws of Malta (Data Protection Act) permits customers of the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation to request certain information from the foundation. To make such a request in terms of this Act, please contact us on [email protected]

11. Disclosure in terms of the Law

The information you give us may be disclosed to the Administrative Board or Trainers at the MGDF. This information can also be made available to third parties with the permission of the MGDF Chair, such as to the Police and Security Officers to check the accuracy of information, to prevent or detect crime, or to protect public funds in other ways as permitted by law. The MGDF may also be required by the Laws of Malta to disclose Personal Information to law enforcement and regulatory authorities, even though you might have requested that we don't share your information.

12. Your rights

You are entitled to know what information the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation holds and processes about you and why; who has access to it; how it is kept up to date; and what the Foundation is doing to comply with its obligations under the Data Protection Act, 2001.

The Data Protection Act, 2001 sets down a formal procedure for dealing with data subject access requests, which the MGDF follows.

All data subjects have the right to access any personal information kept about them by the Entity, either on computer or in manual files. Requests to access personal information by data subjects must be made in writing and addressed to the Data Controller of the respective VO.

An identification document, such as a photocopy of the Identity Card or passport of the data subject making the request, must be submitted with the request. Such identification material will be returned to the data subject.

The MGDF aims to comply as quickly as possible with requests for access to personal information and will ensure that this it is provided within a reasonable time, unless there is good reason for delay. When a request for access cannot be met within a reasonable time, the reason will be explained in writing to the data subject making the request. All data subjects have the right to request that their information be amended, erased or not used in the event that the data is incorrect.

13. Changes to this Privacy Policy

If there are any changes to this privacy policy, we will replace this page with an updated version. It is therefore in your own interest to check the "Privacy Policy" page any time you access our web site so as to be aware of any changes which may occur from time to time.

14. Feedback
Any comments or suggestions that you may have and which may contribute to a better quality of service will be welcome and greatly appreciated. The Data Controller may be contacted at: [email protected].