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Markit Environmental Registry Privacy and Security Policy

Applicable to the Markit Environmental Registry and Markit Environmental Registry websites.

Introduction

Markit is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information you might provide via the Markit Environmental Registry and its website. This policy explains how we manage personal information and the security precautions taken. This policy applies to the Markit Environmental Registry and Markit Environmental Registry websites and does not apply to other Markit products or services.

In this Privacy Policy:

  • "Markit", "we" or "us" refers to Markit Group Limited
  • The "Markit Environmental Registry" refers to the environmental market registry facilities, including any website, operated by or on behalf of Markit and accessible via any domain address that Markit provides to you or through which you are permitted to access the facility
  • The Markit Environmental Registry website means any websites or pages on any websites that are hosted by or on behalf of Markit or any of its affiliate companies for Markit Environmental Registry

Collection of personal information

We collect information about Markit Environmental Registry users, including:

  • Personal information provided voluntarily when opening a registry account and/or using the registry facility
  • Website usage information through tracking individual website users' click behaviour aggregated statistical data, measuring traffic to the websites but not relating to you personally

Protection of personal information

When you open a registry account or access the Markit Environmental Registry facility in any way, a secure server is used. Our security procedures provide that, in addition to any password, which you may require to gain access to the Markit Environmental Registry facility or information on the Markit Environmental Registry website, you may have to provide proof of identification before we will release personal information to you at your request. Multiple incorrect attempts or invalidation, result in a lockout from your Markit Environmental Registry account. We undergo periodic reviews of our security policies and procedures to ensure that our systems are secure and protected.

Markit uses reasonable administrative, technical, personnel, and physical measures (a) to safeguard personal information against loss, theft, unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification; and (b) to ensure the integrity of the personal information. To help Markit protect your privacy, you should maintain the secrecy of the login ID and password.

Information is held on secure servers and encrypted.

Use of information

Markit policy is to use personal information for the purpose for which it was collected and to offer and provide related services. Markit collects personal information for the following purposes:

  • to provide the relevant issuers and you with registry and registry related services, or with other information you have requested including for the avoidance of doubt, publishing publicly accessible information regarding the listing, transfer, cancellation and retirement of credits (should you request that such information on the Markit Environmental Registry is publicly accessible)
  • to conduct (if required by law) checks on you in relation to your use of the Markit Registry (in which case, you agree to use your best endeavours to assist Markit in carrying out any such legal obligations)
  • to enable you and other users to use the Markit Environmental Registry most effectively
  • to process any instructions you request the Markit Environmental Registry to carry out for you or on your behalf
  • internal research and external (aggregated and non-identifiable) research and data analysis and distribution
  • to verify your identity and assist you if you forget your login or password details on the Markit Environmental Registry
  • to notify you about other issuer or Markit Environmental Registry services relating to the purpose for which your personal information was collected
  • other uses consistent with operation of the Markit Environmental Registry or the Markit Environmental Registry website any other use that you authorise

Disclosure of personal information

Our policy is designed to maintain the confidentiality of all personal information. We will take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse and loss, and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.

Some of the uses and disclosures mentioned in this policy may involve the transfer of your personal information to various countries around the world. By submitting your personal information via Markit Environmental Registry, you consent to such transfers.

Markit will not sell, or allow third parties access to your information without your prior approval.

However, from time to time Markit may disclose information collected:

  • to a third party service provider for the purposes of maintenance and operation of the Markit Environmental Registry
  • to aggregated reporting to other registries or issuers or to otherwise enable the efficient operation of your accounts on the Markit Environmental Registry
  • if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to comply with the law or in response to a court order, government request, or other legal process
  • to protect the interests, rights, safety, or property of Markit or others; or
  • to enforce any terms of service on this Website; or
  • to third parties to which Markit contracts out specialised functions (including mailing houses and printing companies). If so, we take reasonable steps to ensure that those contractors comply with the policy herein, and are authorised only to use personal information in order to perform these functions. Otherwise, your information will not be passed on to any other third party unless Markit believes in good faith that Markit is authorised or required to do so by law

Access to and correction of information

You may request access to and correction of your information, or request Markit to access and correct your information, at any time. If you have registered as a user on the Markit Environmental Registry or on the Markit Registry website, you may access and update your information by logging in with your username and password. If at any time you are unsure of how to access or correct your information, please contact us. We may require proof of your identity before making any changes.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file which Markit may put on your computer's hard disk in order to recognise your computer at a later time. A cookie cannot read your hard drive or perform any commands on your computer and does not contain your name, address, telephone number, or email address. You may configure your web browser to not accept cookies, however you may experience a loss of functionality as a result.

Markit may use cookies and may use the information collected by cookies to:

  • track website usage patterns
  • display content more relevant to you, based on information we collect when you visit our websites
  • enable you to use certain services on our websites; and
  • assess effectiveness of marketing and customer engagement campaigns

Links to Third Party Web Sites

Markit may provide links to third-party websites. Since Markit does not control third-party sites and are not responsible for any personal information you may provide while on such sites, Markit advises that you read the privacy policies on those websites before providing any of your personal information on such sites.

Transfer of Personal Information To Other Countries

Some of the uses and disclosures mentioned in this privacy policy may involve the transfer of your personal information to various countries around the world. By submitting your personal information via the Markit Environmental Registry, you consent to such transfers.

Storage methods and duration

Markit may store your personal information in its databases, for reference. The information may be retained and used by the Markit for a reasonable period, reflecting Markit need to answer queries or resolve problems, provide improved and new services and any data retention requirements of the law.

Markit may retain information after an individual ceases to use Markit services or after the individual has ceased interacting with Markit, these may include the details of user authentication or verification checks.

Modifications to This Privacy Policy

Markit reserves the right to change this policy at any time by posting revisions on the Markit Registry or this webpage. Such changes will be effective upon posting. We also recommend you routinely review this Privacy Policy to understand how we manage the personal information that you provide and before giving or confirming to Markit any information.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the privacy and security of your personal information, please contact us.

This policy was last updated in January 2010.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy

Your access to, use of or linking to, the Markit Registry website and the Markit Registry is confirmation that you have read and understood this Privacy Policy (Policy) and the Terms and Conditions of use of the Markit Registry and Markit Website Terms of Use (Terms) and constitutes your agreement to be bound by the Policy and Terms. Markit reserves the right to amend the Policy at any time and users are deemed to be aware of and bound by the amendments to the Policy upon publication on the Markit Registry or the Markit Registry website.

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