Below appears during a Registrant's initial log-in to the BCIA website to which must be authorized:

Confidentiality and Privacy Disclosure Policy

I acknowledge that BCIA has in its possession personal information respecting my registration in BCIA. I authorize BCIA to use that information, including any new information disclosed as part of this annual renewal, for BCIA purposes only, as outlined below:

BCIA, as a local public body designated in Schedule 3 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act RSBC 1996 ch.165 (FOIPPA) collects, uses, discloses, protects, and retains accurate personal information only in compliance with the Professional Governance Act [SBC 2018] Chapter 47 and FOIPPA. BCIA collects personal information respecting its Registrants and new applicants according to sections 26(a) &(c), and 27(e) of FOIPPA.

The personal information collected will be used only to obtain and evaluate the information required by BCIA to assess my continued registration in BCIA. Should I have any questions concerning my data, I may contact the Registrar at 250-380-9292 or toll-free at 1-877-855-9291 or via email. I may withdraw or amend my consent by notifying the Registrar via email. Otherwise, this consent is considered valid for my registration with BCIA.

I acknowledge that per Section 30.1 of FOIPPA, BCIA protects personal information in its custody or control by making reasonable security arrangements, including assurance that data is within Canada, against unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure, or disposal. I also acknowledge that BCIA shall keep my personal information for a minimum of one (1) year from the date of payment of my respective annual renewal fees and may retain the data during the time that I am a Registrant of BCIA and for a more extended period if required by other provincial or federal legislation (e.g., Income Tax Act).

Website Privacy Policy

BC Institute of Agrologists or BCIA recognizes the importance of the security of your personal information. Please read this website privacy policy closely. By using the BCIA website, you agree to the terms of this privacy statement.

How BCIA Collects Information

Every computer connected to the Internet is given a domain name and a set of numbers that serve as that computer's 'Internet Protocol' IP address. When a user visits our website, our web servers automatically recognize that visitor's domain name and IP address. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about you other than the IP address of the computer from which you have accessed our site. We use this information to examine our traffic but do not collect and evaluate this information for individuals. Our web servers do not record the email addresses of visitors.

Certain parts of the BCIA website are reserved for website activities for our Registrants, volunteers, applicants, staff, and members of the general public who wish to register for BCIA professional development events. If you choose to log in to one of our online services, we may ask for personal information such as your BCIA Registrant number, address, or telephone number. This information confirms your identity to grant you access to these protected pages. Should you choose not to provide us with this personal information, you will not be able to access this part of our website. Please note that BCIA has security measures in place to protect your personal information while using these secured pages and while paying a fee to BCIA online.

Use of Cookies

The BC Institute of Agrologists website uses 'cookie' technology to aid in monitoring traffic and website function. A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Cookies do not damage your system and are commonly used in website design. BCIA uses cookies to identify which areas of our website you have visited, so the next time you visit, those pages are more readily accessible. We may use this information to better personalize the content that you see on our site and to measure traffic in certain parts of our site.

You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or allow your browser to show you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our site and other websites may be limited, and some features may not work as intended.

Email Communication

The BC Institute of Agrologists periodically sends emails to its Registrants for a variety of purposes. Should you wish to unsubscribe to particular types of email, please follow the link which appears at the bottom of each email and click on "communication preferences."

Other Websites

When you use a link to go from BCIA webpages to another website, the BCIA privacy policy is no longer in effect. This privacy policy applies only to BCIA's website. You should read the privacy policy of each site that you visit to determine what information that site may be collecting about you.

Disclosure to Third Parties

BCIA will disclose personal information provided through the BCIA website and/or IP addresses to third parties only where required by law or where a good faith belief exists that such disclosure is necessary to:

  • Cooperate with an investigation into purported unlawful activity or comply with a legal process served on BCIA,
  • Protect and defend the rights or property of BCIA's network of sites and related properties, or visitors to BCIA's network of sites and related properties, and/or
  • Identify persons who may be violating the law or otherwise misusing the network of BCIA or its related properties.
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