QiQ is strongly committed to protecting your privacy while interacting with our content, products and services. We want to provide a safe and secure environment for you. Throughout this document “QiQ” means QiQ Communications PTY Ltd of PO Box 1111, Terrigal, NSW 2260 Australia.
This policy applies only to QiQ and not to other companies’ or organisations’ websites to which QiQ is linked.
Collection of information
Information is collected from you primarily to make it easier and more rewarding for you to use our services. Depending on the service you are accessing, you could be asked to provide information such as your name, email address or information about what you like and do not like. It is entirely your choice whether to respond to these questions or not.
The second type of information that QiQ collects is personal information. QiQ will collect personal information that lets us know the specifics of who you are such as your name, email address, or postal address, when you provide it to us. With this information, QiQ can provide a variety of personalised and enhanced services that are not available to anonymous users. We hope that you will find it beneficial to provide individually identifiable information about yourself to us because it will make our services more valuable to you.
Sometimes, we may specifically ask for personal information about you when you sign up to use a service. Certain information may be required, such as your name, age, internet address or screen name, billing address, type of computer, credit card number, in order to provide that service or product to you. This information may also be used to inform you of additional products and services which may interest you. You can choose not to receive such information when you are undertaking product or service registration on our website. We may also ask about your interests, but it is your choice whether to respond.
QiQ does not store credit card information, instead we utilise the services of third parties to process transactions on our behalf and to store client card details if they elect to do so. For example, when paying for services through our checkout, clients will be taken to either Worldpay or Paypal websites to submit their payment. QiQ are only notified of the success or failure of the transaction, not the card details. Similarly, if clients utilise the Braintree payment gateway, card details are stored remotely by Braintree, not QiQ. How much of your personal information that you choose to disclose to QiQ is completely up to you. The only way we know something about you personally is if you provide it to us, for example when you take part in a discussion forum or enter one of the competitions on our websites.
Use of anonymous information
QiQ automatically gathers anonymous information to monitor the use of QiQ like the numbers and frequency of visitors to QiQ and its areas. We only use such data in the aggregate. This collective data helps us determine how much our audiences use parts of the site, so we can improve QiQ to assure that it is as appealing as we can make it for as many users as possible. QiQ may publish or provide this aggregate data to other people.
Use of personal information
QiQ will only use the personal information you have chosen to provide us for the purpose for which you provided it. QiQ will not use it for any other purpose without your consent.
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This website is built using PHP & mySQL web technologies, as part of that we use the built in session cookie to manage your session. When you navigate to the site, the server establishes a unique session that last for the duration of your visit.
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There will be occasions where it will be necessary for QiQ to disclose your personal information to third parties. QiQ may be required by law to disclose the information, or QiQ may be required to disclose your personal information to third parties to provide the service you have requested, for example, if you purchase products online from QiQ, QiQ may need to disclose your personal information to third parties in order to bill and deliver your products. However, the disclosure will only be made where it is necessary to fulfil the purpose for which you disclosed your personal information. Otherwise than stated above, we do not disclose personal information that you may give us, such as your name, address, email address or telephone number, to any organisation or person outside QiQ unless you have authorised us to do so. For example, when you contribute to an online forum you may want to publish your name and email address.
No sale of personal information
Under no circumstances will QiQ sell or receive payment for licensing or disclosing your personal information.
Interacting with QiQ
There are many interactive features on QiQ that you can contribute to. These include: Guestbooks, Forums, Event Diaries, Reviews, Recipes, Online Voting, Community, Mailing Lists and Email. When interacting with QiQ, we suggest that you use your discretion and exercise caution when providing your personal information.
Note that whenever you post personal information in publicly accessible places, such as chat rooms or message boards, this information becomes available to anyone with access to the internet. This information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Therefore, we recommend that you refrain from posting any information that you do not want seen in these public areas. For example, when participating in a QiQ Communications PTY forum, guest book or chat area, your name will appear on the message board. QiQ recommends that applicants registering online do not use their real names, but a pen name or pseudonym. You must not intentionally use the name of another living person.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and/or any personal information. Be responsible whenever you are online.
Access and correction: personal data
If QiQ holds your personal information QiQ will where possible provide you with access to the information. QiQ will take reasonable steps to correct the information so that it is accurate, complete and up to date.
QiQ operates secure data networks that are designed to protect your privacy and security.
Complaints about privacy
If you have any complaints relating to online privacy issues on our websites, please notify QiQ. While QiQ accepts no liability for any material or links posted to the service, we will investigate all complaints.