GMLOCs Privacy Policy

The Confederation and its constituent LOCs takes seriously the privacy of those that visit our web site. We have established this Privacy Policy to communicate what information we collect and how that information is used and safeguarded.
By accessing this website, you acknowledge the terms and conditions expressed herein. We reserve the right to change this policy at our sole discretion and without notice.

The legal basis for processing the information is of contractors and performers and their contracting or support organisations is "Legitimate Interest". In addition, LOC representatives’ data may be processed on a “Contractual” basis.

What information is collected, and why?

When a user visits our website, we collect information about the visit that does not identify the user personally. We track information such as the domain from which the user is visiting and the user's browser type. We also collect specific information regarding the user's session on our website. This includes items such as the date and time of the visit and the pages viewed.

We invite users working in the optical sector in this area to register personally identifiable information in order to receive news and information related to the sector. These details are limited to name, email address and GOC number, or alternative reason for registering.

Sometimes we ask a user to voluntarily provide personally identifiable information (PII). This information may include, but is not limited to, name, e-mail address, practice address, and contact telephone number. We request this information when the user requests one of the following:

  • To register to attend an on-line seminar or demonstration
  • To receive specific information from us
  • To sign up for a forum
  • To correspond with us
  • Or any other such activity that we deem necessary and appropriate to the sector

The Confederation and its constituent LOCs does not collect any personally identifiable financial or health-related information. We do not intentionally collect information from children under the age of 16.

How is the information used?

Non-personally identifiable information (non-PII) is collected to allow us to analyse how our website is used and to improve the content and service the website provides.

Personally identifiable information is collected for analysis to improve the content of the website and the services we provide the user.

Other uses

Personally identifiable information is used to provide professional and regulatory information to those that the LOCs represent. Additionally, it is used for HR and Finance purposes in respect of LOC committee members and representatives.

The Confederation and its constituent LOCs owns the collected information and will not sell, trade, or rent the information to others. We may use the information to continue contact with the user. This may include contact such as follow-up calls, e-mail correspondence, or mail correspondence to follow-up on the contact or to provide information about new services or important website changes.

Are "Cookies" used on the website?

"Cookies" are small pieces of information that are placed on a web user's hard drive. We may use cookies to provide you with better service. Cookies are pieces of information that a Web site transfers to your computer's hard disk for record-keeping purposes. Cookies can make the Web more useful by storing information about your preferences for a particular site. The use of cookies is an industry standard, and many major Web sites use them to provide useful features for their customers. Cookies in and of themselves do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user's computer. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of the functionality of the The Confederation and its constituent LOCs’ site if you do so.

How is personally identifiable information safeguarded?

The Confederation and its constituent LOCs and web hosts utilise industry standard methods and mechanisms such as firewalls, intrusion monitoring, and passwords to protect electronic information. Multiple physical security methods such as locking devices and 24 hour premise monitoring are also employed in respect of the website host. Finally, access to personally identifiable information is limited to a small number of personnel and on a need-to-know basis.

Links to other web sites

The Confederation and its constituent LOCs’ web site may contain links to other internet web sites. The Confederation and its constituent LOCs neither controls nor endorses external sites and is not responsible for the content of such sites. This policy does not cover the privacy policies and data collection practices of web sites that do not belong to the Confederation and its constituent LOCs .

How to correct your data

Based on the information a user has provided, The Confederation and its constituent LOCs may send e-mail correspondence to the user. Each correspondence will contain an easy means to opt out of further correspondence.

How to opt out of correspondence

Use the ‘Contact Us’ form to notify Admin of any incorrect data.