Updated: April 1, 2015

At First General Services North America we understand that privacy is important to many of our members, and for those that connect with us on the internet. First General Services North America respects the privacy of every person who visits our web site or uses our services. This policy provides details about our approach to privacy, to give you peace of mind. It is important to note that First General Services North America is an affiliation of members, and this policy only applies to the activities of First General Services North America. It does not necessarily cover the activities of our members.

 

ABOUT FIRST GENERAL SERVICES NORTH AMERICA

For over thirty years, First General Services North America has been the leading choice for property damage restoration services of property owners, insurance companies, policyholders and property managers during times of crisis and insurance claims. First General Services’ members honor their commitment to you, our customer, because meeting your expectations and restoring your life promptly and professionally is what matters.

In conducting its business, First General Services North America operates in two main capacities:

  • Developing the overall capacity and reputation of the First General network
  • Growing the network of office across North America

 

ABOUT INFORMATION YOU SHARE WITH US

In various places on our Web sites, we may request information from you. This might include your name, email address, other contact info, and demographic data. We limit the amount and type of information gathered to what is necessary for the identified purpose. We use this information to:

  • Send you an electronic newsletter, if you’ve requested it,
  • Alert you about new products or product updates,
  • Provide you with information you have requested about the company or about our products,
  • Collect survey data to improve our products and services,
  • Send you or a colleague an email you’ve requested,
  • Send you an email confirming a subscription or download,
  • Allow you to share our content on Social Media, and
  • Allow you access to specific content you have requested.

When you provide us information, we will identify the purpose and use it only for the purpose for which it was collected. We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information without your advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. When you volunteer information that may be shared with our partners, we will ask you explicitly to grant us such permission by opting in on a Web page.

 

TESTIMONIALS

We post customer testimonials on our web site, which may contain personally identifiable information such as the customer’s name. We do obtain the customer’s consent prior to posting the testimonial to post their name along with their testimonial.

 

LINKS TO OTHER SITES

This web site contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by First General Services North America. Please be aware that we, First General Services North America, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this Web site.

For visitors to our site who are under 18 years of age we strongly recommend that you obtain the permission of a parent or guardian before providing us with any information.

 

CONFIRMATION MESSAGES

When you download a white paper, or sign-up for a newsletter from First General Services North America, we request your email address, so we can send you a confirmation message.

 

OPTING OUT

When you subscribe to a First General Services North America newsletter, we provide simple instructions, in each newsletter, on how you can cancel your subscription.

 

ABOUT INFORMATION WE COLLECT AUTOMATICALLY

First General Services North America collects technical and demographic information about you that does not personally identify you. Examples of this type of information include the computer operating system you use, your Internet browser, your domain name and IP address, and the Web pages you view. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. We use this information to diagnose problems with our Web site and to better tailor its content

 

OPEN RATES AND CLICKS

First General Services North America sends emails and tracks the open rates of the HTML version of these messages. This allows us to improve the quality of the messages we send. First General Services North America may also track clicks on Web site links included in the messages. This information is never shared with a third-party.

 

HOW WE PROTECT THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDED

First General Services North America takes strong precautions to protect the information you provide from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, alteration, or destruction. First General Services North America uses Mailchimp (an industry standard email management platform) to manage all information that is submitted. We strongly suggest that all First General Services North America web site users also review Mailchimp’s privacy policy (http://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/). Any information exported from the Mailchimp environment is only used by First General Services North America.

 

HOW YOU CAN CHANGE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDED

If you have provided information to First General Services North America and would like it deleted from our records, or you would like to update information you’ve given us, please send an email to members@fgsna.com

 

CONTACTING US

First General Services North America does not send or condone unsolicited email, or “spam”. We send email only to people who have requested our newsletter, or asked for information about our products. If you feel you’ve received unsolicited email from First General Services North America, please send a message members@fgsna.com. We promise to deal with your issue promptly.

 

Other Concerns

Any question, concern or complaint concerning compliance with our Privacy Policy should be addressed to our Privacy Officer:

 

Michael Flatt, MBA, P.Eng.

Chief Executive Officer

First General Services North America

Phone: 877-888-9111

Email: members@fgsna.com

 

First General Service North America

The Exchange Tower, 130 King Street W., Suite 1800

Toronto, Ontario M5X 1E3

 

You can also contact the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for assistance between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm est, at:

 

Toll-free: 1-800-282-1376

Phone: (613)995-8210

Fax: (613)947-6850

TTY: (613)992-9190

 

or by mail at:

 

112 Kent Street

Place de Ville

Tower B, 3rd Floor

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 1H3

 

or on the web at:

http://www.priv.gc.ca