Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
Except as stated herein, as a general rule, CIU does not collect PII about you when you visit the website unless you choose to provide such information to us. Submitting PII through the website is voluntary and by doing so, you are giving us permission to use the information for the stated purpose.
If you choose to provide CIU with PII on our website by completing a web form or sending us an email, we will use that information to help us provide you with the information or service you have requested or to respond to your message. The information we may receive varies based on what you do when you are visiting our site.
We collect and temporarily store certain information about your visit for use in site management and security purposes only. We collect and analyse this information because it helps us to better design our website to suit your needs. We may also automatically collect information about the web content you view in the event of a known security or virus threat. This information includes:
- The Internet domain from which you access our website (for example, “yourfirmname.com”, or “yourgroup.org”);
- The Internet Protocol (IP) address (a unique number for each computer connected to the Internet) from which you access our website;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The Universal Resource Locators (URLs), or addresses, of the pages you visit;
- Your username, if it was used to log in to the website; and
- If you visited this website from another website, the URL of the forwarding site.
Security – using methods to safeguard
CIU takes precautions to maintain the security, confidentiality and integrity of the information we collect at the website. Such measures include access controls designed to limit access to the information to the extent necessary to accomplish our mission. We also employ various security technologies to protect the information stored on our systems. This includes but is not limited to
- Employ internal access controls to ensure that the only personnel who have access to your information are those with a need to do so to perform their official duties
- Password protections
- Employ external access safeguards to identify and prevent unauthorized access by outsiders that attempt to hack into or cause harm to the information contained in our systems
Cookies are small text files that reports user and page activity. Cookies do not pose a threat to your computer, or any software installed on your system. They do not contain viruses and your computer will only share the information in the cookie with the website that provided it, and no other website can request it. There are two types of cookies: session cookies which last only as long as your web browser is open, and persistent cookies which are saved on the user’s hard drive in order to determine which users are new to the site or are returning.
If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies stored on your computer, you can turn cookies off in your browser. You may not have access to all information and resources at the CIU website. However turning off cookies may affect the functioning of other Saint Kitts and Nevis Government (“GOSKN”) websites. Further, disabling cookies will affect cookie usage at all other websites you visit.
External Link Policy, Third Party Websites
Hyperlinks to external websites are allowed only if the website is sponsored, supported or partnered by CIU or the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis (“GOSKN”) or the Nevis Island Administration (“NIA”); is educational in nature, or is another GOSKN website, including those sites sponsored by other Ministries, Departments or Agencies of GOSKN, statutory bodies or the NIA. Our website may contain links to international agencies, private organisations, and some commercial entities. These websites are not within our control and may not follow the same privacy, security or accessibility policies. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the policies of that site.