1. Our Policy

1.1 BNI New Zealand knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly.  We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. This notice describes our Privacy Policy.

1.2 By visiting this website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

2. What personal information do we collect?

2.1 Completing online forms:  when you complete an online form which asks for information about you, we store that personal information in our database.  It is your responsibility to ensure any online form is completed accurately.

2.2 Use of e-commerce facilities: if you use the e-commerce facility provided by this Website we collect information about your credit card in order that we can process your payment. Use of our e-commerce facility is subject to additional terms and conditions which can be viewed by clicking on the clink provided before you complete your transaction.

2.3 Becoming a member: if you become a member of one of our Chapters we may collect more detailed information from you to enable us to perform our obligations to you.

2.4 BNI Connect: BNI Connect is our online retrieval system for the use of our members, employees, franchisees, sub-contractors, and agents. When you become a member of BNI Connect you are invited to provide personal information about yourself but can adjust your privacy settings to ensure only some information is shared with other members. BNI Connect is governed by its own privacy policies and is subject to GDPR.

2.5 Information from other sources: we do not collect information about you from other sources unless it is in the public domain, or you have authorised us to do so.

3. How we use your personal information?

3.1 We may use your personal information for a number of reasons, namely:

(a) To personalise and improve your experience on this Website or with the services we provide;

(b) To communicate with you in relation to any matter relevant to our business, this website and the services or products we provide;

(c) To monitor website usage;

(d) To provide you with information from third parties which we think would be of interest to you.

3.2 You may choose to subscribe to our newsletter either through completing a form on our Website or via BNI Connect. 

3.3 Where we communicate with you for marketing purposes, we will comply with the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007.

4. Who has access to your personal information?

4.1 We will never sell your personal information.

4.2 Employees: our employees have access to your personal information to carry out their job. They are subject to obligations of confidentiality. Employees of BNI Global may also have access to members’ personal information through BNI Connect for the purposes of performing their job role. See BNI Connect privacy policies.

4.3 Agents and sub-contractors: we sometimes employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf (e.g. admin functions). They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions but may not use it for other purposes. They are also subject to obligations of confidentiality and privacy.

4.4 You: you have rights of access to and correction of your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020. If you wish to access or update your information, please email: [email protected]

4.5 Other Members of BNI Connect: members of BNI Connect can access other members’ personal information for the purposes of conducting business networking by conducting a search through the BNI Connect search feature. You have the ability to restrict the personal information shared with other BNI members through your privacy settings on BNI Connect.

4.6 Releasing information to third parties: we release account and other personal information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law; or protect our rights, property, or safety, or that of our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction. Obviously, however, this does not include selling, renting, sharing, or otherwise disclosing personally identifiable information from you for commercial purposes in violation of the commitments in this Privacy Policy. Otherwise, you will receive notice if we intend to share your personal information with third parties and will have the right to choose not to share your information.

5. Cookies

5.1 A cookie is recorded on your computer when you visit this website.

5.2 The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. However, we recommend you allow cookies because it helps you to access features that you may not have access to otherwise.

6. How we protect your information

6.1 The internet is not a secure medium. However, we have put in place various security measures as set out in this policy:

(a) Firewalls: all personal information is located on servers which are protected by a firewall.

(b) Browser certification technology: this website has an SSL certificate.

(c) BNI Connect: members’ personal information is stored in BNI Connect which is password protected and fully encrypted. Personal information is accessible to other members of BNI Connect using their secure login information so they can connect with you for business networking purposes. You have the ability to modify your privacy settings in BNI Connect to restrict the personal information another member can see about you. BNI Connect has its own privacy policies and is also governed by GDPR.

(d) Personal information of non-members: the personal information of non-members collected in accordance with this policy is held on a password protected server.

(e) Deletion of personal information: you may request that your personal information be permanently deleted.

7. Sale of business

7.1  As we continue to develop our business, we might sell or buy companies, subsidiaries, or business units. In such transactions, customer information generally is one of the transferred business assets but remains subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy (unless, of course, the customer consents otherwise). Also, in the event that our business is sold or acquired, customer information will of course be one of the transferred assets.

8. Your consent

8.1 By submitting your information to this website you consent to the use of that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If we change our Privacy Policy we will post the changes on this page and may place notices on other pages of this website. Continued use of the website and our services signify that you agree to any such changes. 

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