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Our commitment to privacy

Your privacy is important to us. This policy explains how Heartstyles uses personal and organisational information collected through the www.heartstyles.com website. The Privacy Policy relates to the collection and use of personal and organisational information you may supply to us through your conduct on the website. Our information handling practices are continually reviewed to ensure they are privacy friendly. Where applicable, Heartstyles has opted to apply the National Privacy Principles, and in respect of Commonwealth Public Sector engagements the Information Privacy Principles contained in the Australian Commonwealth Privacy Act (the Privacy Act). Throughout this document “Heartstyles and its associated features” are defined as: the Heartstyles Benchmark Indicator, the Heartstyles Self Score Indicator, the Heartstyles Others Score Indicator, the Personal Development Guide containing the Effectiveness Overview and the Culture Development Guide containing Team Results and the Effectiveness Overview including correlating results.

We reserve the right, at our discretion, to modify or remove portions of this Privacy Policy at any time. This Privacy Policy is in addition to any other Terms and Conditions applicable to our www.heartstyles.com website. We do not make any representations about third party websites that may be linked to the website. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by Heartstyles.

Personal and organisational information

Personal and organisational information about visitors to our site is collected only when knowingly and voluntarily submitted. Heartstyles does require users to register to access the online Indicator and its associated features.

In order to use the Heartstyles Indicator and its associated features, a survey participant and organisation administrator must first complete the registration process. During registration a survey participant and organisational administrator is required to give their contact information (such as name and contact details). This information is used to register the survey participant and organisation as part of the ongoing research of the Heartstyles Indicator, to ensure the integrity of the data submitted and that data is used only once as part of the population group for the statistical analysis.

All responses to our Heartstyles Indicator will be statistically analysed to help us improve the accuracy of the survey. After a decade of research and development, a factor analysis and heuristic validation of the Heartstyles Questionnaire has been statistically validated by Anderson, D. & Trey, S., (2008) in an unpublished research report by the Department of Curriculum Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. This means that the individual result in conjunction with the results of three others, are statistically accurate and represent a thorough examination of personal behaviour. When the Heartstyles website generates a collective behaviour Indicator, this Indicator has been formed by averaging the Indicators of those in the group that is represents.

We use the survey participant information to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in ongoing statistical validation studies for the Heartstyles Indicator and its associated features. These analyses always concern the answers of large numbers of people and are not analysed about any individual person.

Use of information

All personal and organisational information collected on the forms contained on this website are used for the purposes of developing research and may in the future be used to potentially send newsletters, updates and reminders to the end user. You will have the option to opt out of these newsletters/reminders. We do not sell or provide information about you, such as your email address or questionnaire results, to any third party. We do not share this information with other outside parties except the statisticians working on refining the questionnaire.

Disclosure

Apart from where you have consented or disclosure is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was submitted, personal and organisational information may be disclosed in special situations where we have reason to believe that doing so is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against anyone damaging, injuring, or interfering (intentionally or unintentionally) with our rights or property, users, or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities.

Security

We endeavour to ensure the security, integrity and privacy of personal and organisational information submitted to our sites, and we review and update our security measures in light of current technologies. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be totally secure. However, we will endeavour to take all reasonable steps to protect the personal and organisational information transmitted to us. Once we do receive your transmission, we will also make our best efforts to ensure its security on our systems.

In addition, our employees and the contractors who provide services related to our information systems are obliged to respect the confidentiality of any personal and organisational information held by us. However, we will not be held responsible for events arising from unauthorised access to your personal and organisational information.

Links to other sites

Heartstyles contains links to websites outside of our websites, as well as to third party websites. Please be aware that Heartstyles is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage survey participants to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.

Log files

Our Webmaster through the Internet Service Provider makes a record of your visit and logs generic non-identifiable information relating to the technologies used to access the site for statistical purposes, such as the following information the user’s server address, the user’s top level domain name (eg. .com), the date and time of visit to the site, the pages accessed and documents downloaded, and the type of browser used.

Disclaimer

All content provided by Heartstyles, including all external links, is for informational purposes only and is in no way intended to be a substitute for advice or consultation with a qualified health care professional. If you have a history of mental illness or are currently experiencing any symptoms of mental imbalance including chronic stress, depression, distress and/or anxiety, Heartstyles recommends that you seek immediate professional help from a qualified practitioner in your local area.

The Heartstyles Benchmark Indicator, Heartstyles Self Score Indicator, Heartstyles Others Score Indicator, Team Results, correlation results, Personal Development Guide and Culture Development Guide are automatically generated based on survey participant’s answers to the online Indicator questions, and are only intended to be provided for the purposes of survey participant self-awareness.

By participating in answering the survey questionnaire, you and the organisation you represent acknowledge your own risk factor and understand and agree that you are prohibited from bringing any action at law or otherwise, against the employees of Heartstyles and Heart Brands Pty Ltd. Any decision made and or any action taken by you or the organisation you represent as a consequence of reading this website material, or as a consequence of completing the online Indicator and receiving basic results, is at your own risk and remains solely your responsibility.

Copyright

Original content on Heartstyles (including text, graphics, and website design) is copyrighted © Heartstyles™ and shall remain the property of Heart Brands IP Pty Ltd.

Original content on Heartstyles can be used for informational and non-commercial use only, provided that:

  • the content and/or graphics are not modified in any way;
  • all copyright and other notices are retained.

Other than for the purposes of and subject to the conditions prescribed under the Copyright Act 1968 (or any other applicable legislation throughout the world), you may download freely accessible material (one copy per page) from this website for your personal and noncommercial use or use within your organisation, without removing or altering the author’s name, and without removing or altering any trademark, copyright, or other notice from such material, so long as you give appropriate acknowledgment of the copyright owner and indicate that permission of Heartstyles or the entity that is credited as the copyright holder of such licensed content, is required if material is re-published in any format.

Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 all other rights are reserved.

Content and graphics of external websites shall remain the copyright of the respective copyright holders.

Problems or questions

If we become aware of any ongoing concerns or problems with our website, we will take these issues seriously and work to address these concerns. If you have any further queries relating to our Privacy Policy, or you have a problem or complaint, please contact us via the contact page on this website.

Terms and conditions

If you, or the organisation you represent, wish to sign up for Heartstyles, please read the Terms and Conditions below. You will then be guided through a sign up and registration process asking for the information needed to purchase and register for Heartstyles. Upon receiving your results and feedback from three respondents, you will be able to log back on to the Heartstyles website to receive a personalised Heartstyles Benchmark Indicator, Heartstyles Self Score Indicator, Heartstyles Others Score Indicator, Team results, Personal Development Guide or Culture Development Guide.

By signing up and registering with Heartstyles you, and/or the organisation you represent, agree to be bound by the following Terms and Conditions. If you and/or the organisation you represent do not wish to be bound by these terms, then please do not sign up for Heartstyles.

Heartstyles does not guarantee the accuracy or quality of any information or product specific to Heartstyles materials and other related materials: these items are not intended for use as a predictive tool or for use as a guarantee or warranty of success in relating, working and behaving. These items are self-discovery tools only.

Procedures

You and/or the organisation you represent hereby agree to the following Terms and Conditions:

  • You acknowledge you are at least 18 years or older.
  • You will be linked to a sign up and registration form which you need to fill out in its entirety. When you have completed the sign up and registration form, a unique username will be used to assure privacy and security of any further information you provide. The data will NOT be made available to any other organisation or entity, nor used for any other purposes other than those stated here.
  • You agree to provide Heartstyles with true and accurate information about you. You understand that no personal and/or organisational information will be released to any other organisation for any purpose and no information will be used for marketing or solicitation purposes.
  • You agree that the receipt of your Heartstyles Indicator/s, Team Results, Personal Development Guide and Culture Development Guide will be full and complete compensation for your participation in signing up with Heartstyles.
  • You agree to keep your Indicator/s, Team Results, Personal Development Guide or Culture Development Guide confidential or, if you make your Indicator, Team Results, Personal Development Guide or Culture Development Guide available to any other person or entity, that you will hold Heartstyles, and its operating company Heart Brands Pty Ltd, harmless for any consequences or damages that may result from such person or entity seeing your Indicator/s, Team Results, Personal Development Guide or Culture Development Guide.
  • You understand that the Personal Development Guide and Culture Development Guide you receive will be in Printable Document Format (PDF) and it is your responsibility to have PDF document Reader installed on your computer in order to view the Personal Development Guide. If you need a copy of PDF Reader, we suggest the Adobe Reader.

Warranties/limitations of liability

Neither Heartstyles nor Heart Brands Pty Ltd makes any guarantees or warranties as to the accuracy or completeness of results obtained, from accessing and using Heartstyles and Heartstyles’s own content, the other content, nor any material that can be accessed (via a direct or indirect hyperlink or otherwise) through Heartstyles.

Although the information, Indicator/s, Team Results, Personal Development Guide, Culture Development Guide and assessments contained in this website have been compiled from sources believed to be reliable, Heartstyles and Heart Brands Pty Ltd makes no guarantee, representation, assurance or warranty, express or implied, as to, and assumes no responsibility for: (1) a user’s use and application of the Indicator/s, Team Results, Personal Development Guide, Culture Development Guide and assessments, (2) the correctness, sufficiency, completeness, interpretation of such information or answers of the scoring of Indicator/s, Team Results, Personal Development Guide, Culture development Guide, assessments, surveys, or tests contained herein. All information, Indicator/s, Personal Development Guide and assessments are presented in an “as is” condition and any warranties for fitness of purpose or merchantability are hereby expressly disclaimed.

Neither Heartstyles nor Heart Brands Pty Ltd shall be liable to the user or anyone else for any inaccuracy, delay, interruption in service, error or omission, regardless of cause, or for any damages resulting therefrom. In no event will Heartstyles or Heart Brands Pty Ltd nor any of their third party licensors be liable for any indirect, special or consequential damages, including but not limited to, personal injury, property damage, or any other damage, loss or liability, whether in contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, and whether or not such damages are foreseen or unforeseen with respect to any use of Heartstyles assessments or information, or the use, application, adequacy, accuracy, interpretation, usefulness, information or management, or the results or information developed from any use or application of Indicator/s, Team Results, Personal Development Guide, Culture Development Guide and information.