Privacy Policy

(Revision date: November 21, 2008)


The Mining Society of Nova Scotia (also referenced as MSNS) is committed to protecting your privacy. This statement details the steps we take to protect your personal information when you visit our websites. It describes the personal information that we collect, the purposes for which we use such information, and your choices regarding our use of it. The steps we take to protect your personal information and how you can review and correct your personal information are also covered here. By accessing our websites, you are consenting to the information collection and use practices described in this privacy statement.

Our collection of information

Information collected directly from you
Generally, you can visit MSNS's websites without entering any personal information. On certain pages, we may ask you for personal information to provide a service or carry out a task that you have requested. The personal information we collect may include:

You are not required to provide any of this information, but if you do not, we may not be able to complete your request.

Information collected automatically
We collect information about your visit to our sites, including what pages you view, the number of bytes transferred, the links you click, the materials you access, and other actions taken within MSNS's sites. On sites that you enter with a user ID, we may connect this information with your identity to determine your potential interests in our services. We also collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your browser type and capabilities and language, your operating system, the date and time you access the site, and the website from which you linked to our site. We do not link this information to your identity.

Our use of information

Services and requests
We use your personal information to deliver services or carry out tasks you have requested, such as providing information on our events, upcoming conferences, sending you information you have asked us to provide, facilitating use of our websites, and so forth. In order to offer you a more consistent experience in your interactions with the Mining Society of Nova Scotia, information collected by our websites may be combined with information we collect by other means.

Website improvement
We may use your personal information to improve our websites and related MSNS products or services, or to make our websites easier to use by eliminating the need for you to repeatedly enter the same information or by customizing our websites to your particular preference or interests.

With your permission, we may use your personal information gathered via our websites to inform you of upcoming events, documents for discussion, general industry news and services available from the Mining Society of Nova Scotia. When collecting information that might be used to contact you, we will always give you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving such communications.

Disclosure of your personal information

Except as described below, personal information you provide to the Mining Society of Nova Scotia, through our websites will not be shared outside of the Mining Society of Nova Scotia without your permission.

Disclosure in connection with tasks
In connection with certain tasks, we may disclose some or all of your personal information to financial institutions (related to payment processing etc.), government entities (for statistical purposes etc.), and shipping companies or postal services involved in fulfillment.

Disclosure for other reasons
We may disclose personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with legal requirements or with legal process served on us, to protect and defend our rights or property, or in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of any individual.


The Mining Society of Nova Scotia is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer systems with limited access. For sites to which you login, it is your responsibility to ensure the security of your password and not to reveal this information to others. When you move around a site to which you have logged in, or from one site to another that uses the same login mechanism, we verify your identity by means of an encrypted cookie placed on your machine.

Reviewing your personal information

In some cases, you can review and correct personal information provided through our websites by going to the page on which you provided the information. In all cases, you can make a request to review and correct your personal information collected via our websites or ask MSNS to stop using it by contacting the President. We may take steps to verify your identity before providing you access to your personal information. You can help us to maintain the accuracy of your information by notifying us of any change to your mailing address, phone number, or e-mail address.

Links to other sites

Our websites contain links to other sites such as Sponsors of Events and affiliates, professional and government organizations, and publications. We also link to third-party providers that host, maintain and operate on-line training curricula. While we try to link only to sites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, we are not responsible for the content, security, or privacy practices employed by other sites.

Enforcement of this privacy statement

If you have questions regarding this statement or our handling of your personal information, please contact the President. We will promptly address your concern and strive to reach a satisfactory resolution.

Changes to this privacy statement

The Mining Society of Nova Scotia may occasionally update this privacy statement. When we do, we will revise the "last updated" date at of the privacy statement.