“Personal information”, is any information that enables us to identify you, directly or indirectly, by reference to an identifier such as your name, identification number, location data, online identifier or one or more factors specific to you. Personal information includes “sensitive personal information” and “pseudonymised personal information” but excludes anonymous information or information that has had the identity of an individual permanently removed.
The following describes the types of personal and other information we may collect about you, and how we use and maintain that information:
ASC gathers and retains personal information about you, including name, email address, physical address, phone number, or other personal or background information when you voluntarily submit it to us. Before you can utilize some portions of our Websites, we may require that you request access to those portions by providing us with your contact information, a username and a password. If you provide us with a telephone number or an email address, you expressly agree that we, or our authorized agents, can use that information to contact you about your access request or your account, or about ASC and its associated activities.
ASC collects information reported by individuals and entities as part of its regulatory activities, which may include personal information such as names of reporting entities’ personnel, business and mailing addresses, phone numbers, accounting license numbers, and pending or concluded criminal, civil or administrative actions. If you submit personal information of others to ASC, you represent and warrant that you have the necessary consent or authority to do so.
We may keep any information that you provide to us indefinitely.
Our Websites may allow you to enter social networking websites such as Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter. If you choose to follow, like, friend, share, or comment on our social media websites, or otherwise share information on these social networking websites, we may receive information about you. We may use such information about you in a variety of ways, including to enhance your experience with the ASC's outreach and to communicate with you about new ASC activities. We may keep all of this information indefinitely.
We use the personal information you give us, that we collect through social networking activities:
We use the aggregate, anonymous site use data collected to perform statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of visitors to the Websites; to measure user interests regarding specific areas of the Websites; and to analyze how and where best to use our resources. Without such data, we would not know which parts of the Websites are the most popular, and we would not be able to change and update the content and services appropriately.
As well as cookies, we may use other technologies to recognize and track visitors to the Websites. A web beacon (also known as a “tracking pixel” or “clear GIF”) is a clear graphic image (typically a one-pixel tag) that is delivered through a web browser or HTML e-mail, typically in conjunction with a cookie.
Web beacons allow us, for example, to monitor how users move from one page within our websites to another, to track access to our communications, to understand whether users have come to our websites from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to measure how ads have been viewed and to improve site performance.
We do not use technology that recognizes a “do-not-track” signal from your web browser because we do not track users other than for aggregate statistical purposes.
If you have subscribed to or are otherwise receiving AS news or similar information from us by email and no longer want to receive such information in the future, you may opt out of receiving these emails by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of those emails you receive or on the unsubscribe page on the Websites. Please allow ample time for us to process your request. If you are having difficulty unsubscribing, please contact us directly at email@example.com.
Please note that even if you opt out of receiving emails, you may still receive communications related to ASC’s oversight activities or otherwise as required by law. Also note that we may need to keep information we have collected about you for record-keeping, research and other purposes.
We take steps to protect all user data we collect against any unauthorized access. However, you should keep in mind that the Websites are run on software, hardware and networks, any component of which may, from time to time, require maintenance or experience problems or breaches of security beyond our control.
While we take steps to protect your personal information and keep it secure, you also play a role in protecting your information. You must maintain the security of your online transactions by not sharing your passwords and account information with any unauthorized parties.
If you are under the age of 18, please do not use or access the Websites. It is not our intention to collect or use personal information from anyone under 18 years of age, and we will not knowingly do so. If we are made aware that we have collected any personal information from children under the age of 18, and are asked to delete such information from our system, we will promptly do so.
If you access the Websites from outside of the Republic of the Philippines, information that we collect about you will be transferred to servers inside the Republic of the Philippines and maintained indefinitely, this may involve the transfer of information out of your country of origin. By allowing us to collect information about you, you consent to such transfer and processing of your data.