Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. Fabricana Imports LTD., its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, "Fabricana", "us", "we") are committed to maintaining the privacy, security and accuracy of the personal information they collect, use and disclose in accordance with applicable legislation. This privacy policy (the "Privacy Policy") is a statement of principles and guidelines concerning the protection of personal information of our individual clients, individual service providers and other individuals ("you") (with the exception of our personnel, whose personal information is collected, used and disclosed in accordance with our Personnel Privacy Policy).

CONSENT BY SUBMITTING PERSONAL INFORMATION TO FABRICANA OR ITS AGENTS, YOU AGREE THAT WE MAY COLLECT, USE AND DISCLOSE SUCH PERSONAL INFORMATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS PRIVACY POLICY, THE PRIVACY PREFERENCES YOU HAVE MADE KNOWN TO US AND AS PERMITTED OR REQUIRED BY LAW. Subject to legal and contractual requirements, you may refuse or withdraw your consent to certain of the identified purposes at any time by contacting us. If you refuse or withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide you or continue to provide you with certain services or information that may be of value to you.

1. Who we are.

Fabricana Imports LTD. is the "parent" of Fabricana, Interior Delights, Studio Fabricana, and Sewing Lounge.

This Privacy Policy applies to our collection, use and disclosure of personal information regarding the clients and consumers of our products and services, including our online and print publications and our individual service providers.


2. What personal information we collect.

Canadian privacy legislation defines personal information broadly as information about "an identifiable individual" or as information that allows an individual to be identified. The types of personal information that we may collect from you from time to time include: your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, payment information (for billing purposes), delivery instructions, and individual customer service preferences (such as "do not solicit"). In addition, from time to time, we may ask you to provide us with more detailed information regarding your interests, occupation, and background. For example, we sometimes ask our customers to complete surveys in order to get a better sense of who they are and what issues, products or services may be of interest to them and our students/readers/customers.


3. Why we collect your personal information.

We collect your personal information for the purposes listed below:

(a) To provide the product, service or information you requested

If you are a student or customer, we use your name and address (postal and/or e-mail) in order to deliver the product, service or information you requested and to follow up with you about the transaction. If you enter into a contest offered through one of our websites or printed publications, we use your personal information to administer the contest on our own behalf or on behalf of our sponsors.

(b) To process payment

Your credit card number, debit card number, or banking information for pre-authorized payments is used only for processing payments and for presenting you with payment options - not for marketing purposes.

(c) To send you information

From time to time we may send you further information about our classes, publications, merchandise, services, and company, its offers, or other products produced under its name.

(d) Other purposes

In addition, from time to time, we may use your personal information for the following purposes:


4. To whom we disclose your personal information.

We may disclose your personal information to the following third parties in the following circumstances:

5. Where your personal information is stored.

Your personal information is stored in secured locations and on servers controlled by Fabricana, located either at our offices or at the offices of our service providers.

6. How we protect your personal information.

We make every reasonable effort to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of personal information under our control. Our security policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary.

Only authorized employees and suppliers have access to your personal information. Where information is sent to a third party for processing, we make sure, through our contracts with them, that all your information is kept secure. We keep your information for the time we are providing you with a product or service, and for a reasonable time thereafter in the event that you wish to resume service.

We operate secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Credit card information is processed using industry-standard encryption and security. We do not collect personal information from bulletin boards or forums. However, we cannot guarantee that personal information voluntarily disclosed in chat rooms or discussion boards will not be collected and used by others, which may result in unsolicited messages to you from other parties.


7. Privacy and our websites.

Fabricana sometimes collects personal information through its websites. In this section, we provide you with additional information regarding such collection.

Cookies - When an individual visitor accesses the Fabricana websites, we may use a browser feature called a "cookie" to collect information such as the type of Internet browser and operating system the visitor uses, the domain name of the websites from which the visitor came, date and duration of the visit, number of visits, average time spent on our websites, pages viewed and number of cookies accumulated. A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that identifies the visitor's browser, but not necessarily the visitor, to our computers each time our websites are visited. Unless a visitor specifically informs us (e.g. by enrolling for our services or sending us correspondence from the websites), we will not know who the individual visitors are. In addition to the identified purposes described in our Privacy Policy, we may use this website information and share it with other organizations with whom we have a commercial relationship to measure the use of our websites and to improve the functionality and content of the websites. Visitors can reset their browsers either to notify them when they have received a cookie or refuse to accept cookies. However, if a visitor refuses to accept cookies, he or she may not be able to use some of the features available on our websites.

Online Communications - In order to provide our website visitors with a product, service or information, visitors may voluntarily submit personal information to us for purposes such as asking a question, obtaining information, subscribing to, reviewing or downloading a publication, participating in contests and surveys. If you are known to Fabricana as a registered user of an online service, we may combine and store personal information about your use of our websites and the online information you have provided with certain other online and offline information we may have collected.


E-Mail Communications - Occasionally, we may send marketing or promotional e-mail communications to you with information that may be useful, including information about the products and services of Fabricana and other third parties with whom we have a relationship. We will include instructions on how to unsubscribe and inform us of preferences if recipients decide they do not want to receive any future marketing or promotional e-mails from Fabricana.

Also, if you send us an email message, we may retain that message and your email address, as well as any response we send you.

Advertisers - If you submit some of your personal information on any Fabricana website to request information from a third party (such as an advertiser), we are not responsible for any use of your personal information by such third party. Hence, we suggest that you first learn more about such third party's privacy policies prior to submitting your personal information by visiting its website or contacting it by postal mail or telephone.

Searches - For your convenience, search functions are sometimes provided on our websites. We keep logs of the words searched to learn more about what kind of information our visitors are seeking, and thus improve our services.

Hyperlinks - For your convenience, Fabricana’s websites sometimes contain hyperlinks to websites managed by third parties. By activating these hyperlinks, you may leave Fabricana’s websites for those of the third parties, which may have different privacy policies and practices than Fabricana. Fabricana cannot be held liable for the use of such third party websites.


Individuals Under 18 - No personal information should be submitted or posted on our websites by individuals under 18 years of age without their parent's or guardian's permission. We may request name, address, phone number, email address and date of birth from an individual under 18 years of age for contest participation so that we may notify him or her if selected as a winner. In the event we do so, we will request their parent's or guardian's consent prior to collection.



8. Changes to the Privacy Policy.

Fabricana reserves the right to modify or supplement this Privacy Policy at any time. If we make a change to this Privacy Policy, we will post such change on our websites and make such revised policy and change available upon request to the Fabricana. However, Fabricana will obtain the necessary consents required under applicable Privacy Laws if it seeks to collect, use or disclose an individual's personal information for purposes other than those to which consent is obtained unless otherwise required or permitted by law.


Appendix 1

What are "fair information practices"?

In Canada, "fair information practices" with regards to your personal information are reflected in a series of principles developed by the Canadian Standards Association and incorporated into Canadian privacy legislation, designed to ensure that companies treat your personal information fairly, protect its confidentiality and provide the means by which individuals can maintain a reasonable level of control over how their personal information is collected, used and disclosed. Fabricana collects, uses and discloses your personal information by employing "fair information practices" as described in the following ten privacy principles:

Principle 1 - Accountability

Fabricana is responsible for personal information under its control and is in compliance with this Privacy Policy and the Privacy Laws. In addition, our accountability for the personal information we collect continues even if we disclose it to other organizations. For example, whenever we disclose your information to another organization (such as to one of our service providers), we will put in place contractual and other safeguards to help ensure that they appropriately protect your personal information.

Principle 2 - Identifying the Purposes for Collection of Personal Information

Fabricana will identify the purposes for which your personal information is collected at or before the time the personal information is collected. Some of the identified purposes for which Fabricana typically collects, uses and discloses personal information are described in Section 3 of this Privacy Policy. If we intend to collect, use or disclose your personal information for additional purposes, we will either revise this Privacy Policy (and provide you with notice) or seek your consent.

Principle 3 - Obtaining Consent for Collection, Use or Disclosure of Personal Information

We will obtain your informed consent for the collection, use, or disclosure of your personal information, except as permitted by law. For example, we ask that you provide us with your consent to collect, use and disclose your personal information for the purposes described in Section 3 of this Privacy Policy. You may withdraw consent at any time to some or all of the purposes indicated, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice. Please note, however, that in some circumstances, we may not be able to provide you with our services if you withdraw your consent to our use of your personal information.

Principle 4 - Limiting Collection of Personal Information

Fabricana will limit the collection of personal information, both the amount and the type of information, to that which is necessary for the purposes identified by Fabricana. In addition, Fabricana will collect your personal information by fair and lawful means, and not by misleading or deceiving you about the purpose for which information is being collected.

Principle 5 - Limiting Use, Disclosure, and Retention of Personal Information

Fabricana will not use or disclose personal information for purposes other than the identified purposes for which it was collected, except with your consent or as required or permitted by law. Fabricana will retain your personal information only as long as necessary to fulfil the identified purposes.

Principle 6 - Accuracy of Personal Information

Fabricana will endeavour to ensure that your personal information will be as accurate, complete and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used. Fabricana will update personal information as and when necessary to fulfill the identified purposes or upon notification from the subject individual. Fabricana will not routinely update personal information, unless such process is necessary to fulfill the identified purposes. If ever your contact and/or other personal information changes, please feel free to contact us, so that we can update our records.

Principle 7 - Security Safeguards

Fabricana will protect your personal information by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. For example, the computer servers on which we store your personal information are protected by firewalls and other industry standard security features. In addition, your personal information is only made available to our employees and service providers who have a "need to know" in order to offer you our services or otherwise fulfil the purposes identified in Section 3 above.

Principle 8 - Openness Concerning Policies and Practices

Fabricana will make readily available to you specific information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

Principle 9 - Individual Access to Personal Information

Upon written request, subject to certain exceptions, Fabricana will inform you of the existence, use, and disclosure of your personal information and will give you access to that information. If access is denied, Fabricana will notify you in writing, give reasons for the denial, and inform you of the recourses open to you. If access is granted, Fabricana will give you a reasonable opportunity to review your personal information. You will be able to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate.

Principle 10 - Challenging Compliance

You have the right to address a challenge concerning compliance with this Privacy Policy to Fabricana.