What Information are we gathering about visitors and how is it being used?
Every computer connected to the Internet is provided with a domain name (e.g. google.com) and an IP Address (e.g. 188.8.131.52). When a visitor requests a page from within the this site, our Web Servers automatically identify and log the HTTP request that is made to our Web Server. This information reveals nothing personal about you. In fact, very little information is automatically gathered and logged. This information may include:
* The IP address of the site that may have referred you to this site
* Your IP address
* Operating system that you may be using (e.g. Windows XP)
* Version and Make of Browser (e.g. Internet Explorer 6.0)
There is nothing special about the information described, and the practice of collecting this data has been generally standardized by virtually every Web Server on the Internet today.
There are two major purposes for this information. General Workers Union has found it advantageous to observe visitor traffic in its aggregate, so that we can ensure maximum compatibility for the various Browsers and Operating Systems that visit our site. Also, generating greater amounts of visitor traffic, as any business should attest, is very desirable. By analyzing visitation patterns, and referring URLs, we can strategically increase our exposure on the Internet.
What about Cookies?
Cookies are files holding small pieces of data that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser from our Web Server. A cookie cannot read data from your hard disk or read cookie files that may have been created from other sites. This site may utilizes cookies as a means of providing personalization features to our visitors. For example, we may utilise cookies to remember settings that you may have made at our website.
You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. Typically, by accessing the browser’s help feature you can obtain information on how to prevent your browser from accepting all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept cookies, your experience at this site and other websites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.
What other information does this site request?
We may also request your e-mail address, name, company, position, location, web address, services you may be interested in and your comments for the purposes of conducting a survey, or by your request to have someone contact you for additional information. We maintain a strict “No Spam” policy that means we do not intend to sell, rent, or otherwise give your e-mail address to a third-party, without your consent.
In addition, General Workers Union will not send you e-mail that you have not agreed to receive. If you wish to have specific communications with a member of the General Workers Union staff, you will be required to provide specific information that will be routed to the appropriate contact within General Workers Union