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IPS Internet Consumer Data Privacy Policy and Transaction Security Capability Policy

The International Peat Society (IPS) is committed to protecting your online privacy while providing you with a useful and enjoyable web experience.

How we collect and use personal information

When you visit the IPS website, we are technically able to collect certain data on your usage, such as IP addresses and visit frequency. These will be used only for anonymous statistical reasons.

For subscriptions and orders of IPS products, IPS will store your name, company name, address, telephone and fax numbers and your e-mail address. Credit card payments are made via the digital payment service of Luottokunta in a safe manner. The data obtained will be used only to carry out the desired transaction. Your credit card number or any other card information is handled only by Luottokunta, it is never transmitted to or saved by IPS. Luottokunta is a Finnish company handling the credit card transactions in Finland. Please visit http://www.luottokunta.fi/en/ for more information.

IPS stores the name, company name, address, telephone, mobile and fax numbers and the e-mail addresses of its members to be able to provide them with regular information, such as the member magazine Peatlands International and our e-mail newsletter Peat News. The contact details are collected or updated when a members applies for IPS membership either by joining IPS directly or via the National Committee in the home country of the applicant.

According to its Statutes, IPS has the right to publish a List of Members every second year, which includes the contact details of all members, but is available to IPS members only. To help building contacts among its members, IPS has the right to provide members with addresses of single other members on request. No contact data or extended address lists will be given to third parties. IPS is active in reducing the information overload by transferring significant information only whenever possible.

How we protect your personal information

All personal data you enter via www.peatsociety.org is saved in servers protected by firewalls and anti-virus software (F-Secure Antivirus). When transferring your credit card number, the transaction is encrypted with secure server software (SSL) that encodes the information before your Web browser software sends it to the server of Luottokunta. The SSL software decodes the data only after it reaches our server, meaning no one can snatch any of your credit card information while it is in transit.

How we use "cookies"

“Cookies" are small pieces of information that some internet sites store on your computer's hard drive when you visit them. IPS uses cookies to identify you and your selections when surving www.peatsociety.org, if you agree so. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies but allow you to modify security settings so you can approve or reject cookies on a case-by-case basis. Even if you do not use cookies, you can still access all of the features on our site.

Obtaining your consent

By using www.peatsociety.org. you give IPS permission to collect information about the pages visited as an anonymous user for the purpose of calculating site statistics. If you are under the age of 18, you must not provide your name, e-mail address, or any other identifying information without the consent of your parent or guardian, or as otherwise provided for by applicable law.
Any changes to our privacy policy will be posted on this page. If you wish to get more information on the data we might have stored about you, or want to prevent us from contacting you, please do not hesitate to contact the IPS Secretariat.

Version 20.07.2005, approved by IPS Executive Board on 09.09.2005