What is Personal Information?
What Personal Information Do We Collect?
We collect and maintain different types of personal information in respect of the individuals with whom we interact. This includes:
contact and identification information, such as your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
product and service related information concerning the products and services that we provide to, or receive from, you; and
business relationship information, including information related to your agreements, preferences, advisors and decision-makers, feed-back, and information requested by or provided to you.
We may also collect market-related information, which may include personal information, concerning market trends, and activities impacting our business. This information may include contract terms, financial information, and other information for the purpose of market analysis and strategic planning. We may also collect information related to our media, investor, and public relations activities and information related to our interactions with financial and other analysts and advisors.
As a general rule, GSS collects personal information directly from you. In most circumstances where the personal information that we collect about you is held by a third party, we will obtain your permission before we seek out this information from such sources (such permission may be given directly by you, or implied from your actions).
From time to time, we may utilize the services of third parties in our business and may also receive personal information collected by those third parties in the course of the performance of their services for us or otherwise. Where this is the case, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that such third parties have represented to us that they have the right to disclose your personal information to us.
Where permitted, or required by applicable law or regulatory requirements, we may collect information about you without your knowledge or consent.
Why Do We Collect Personal Information?
GSS collects personal information to enable us to manage, maintain, and develop our business and operations, including: to establish, maintain, and manage our relationship with you so that we may provide you with, or receive from you, the products and services that have been requested; to be able to review the products and services that we provide to you so that we may understand your requirements for our products and services and so that we may work to improve our products and services; to be able to review the products and services that we obtain from you so that we may work with you and so that you may understand our requirements for such products and services; to be able to comply with your requests (for example, if you prefer to be contacted at a business or residential telephone number and advise us of your preference, we will use this information to contact you at that number); to protect us against error, fraud, theft, and damage to our goods and property; to enable us to comply with applicable law or regulatory requirements; and any other reasonable purpose to which you consent.
How Do We Use and Disclose Your Personal Information?
When Do We Disclose Your Personal Information?
We may share your personal information with our employees, contractors, consultants, and other parties who require such information to assist us with managing our relationship with you, including: third parties that provide services to us or on our behalf; third parties that assist GSS in the provision of services to you; and third parties whose services we use to conduct our business.
Where we are considering obtaining or granting or have obtained or granted an interest (such as through a partnership, joint venture, or other commercial structure) in one or a series of wells, pipelines, or other operations GSS may exchange personal information with third parties such as other resource companies, land agents, and land brokers in the conduct of that operation.
Further, your personal information may be disclosed: as permitted or required by applicable law or regulatory requirements; to comply with valid legal processes such as search warrants, subpoenas, or court orders; as part of GSS’s regular reporting activities to its parent and affiliated companies; to protect the rights and property of GSS; during emergency situations or where necessary to protect the safety of a person or group of persons; where the personal information is publicly available; or with your consent.
Your Consent is Important to Us
It is important to us that we collect, use, or disclose your personal information where we have your consent to do so. Depending on the sensitivity of the personal information, your consent may be implied, deemed (using an opt-out mechanism) or express. Express consent can be given orally, electronically, or in writing. Implied consent is consent that can reasonably be inferred from your action or inaction. For example, when you enter into an agreement with us, we will assume your consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information for purposes related to the performance of that agreement and for any other purposes identified to you at the relevant time.
As we have described above, we may collect, use, or disclose your personal information without your knowledge or consent where we are permitted or required to do so by applicable law or regulatory requirements.
You may change or withdraw your consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual obligations and reasonable notice, by contacting our Privacy Officer using the contact information set out below. All communications with respect to such withdrawal or variation of consent should be in writing and addressed to our Privacy Officer.
How is Your Personal Information Protected?
GSS endeavors to maintain physical, technical, and procedural safeguards that are appropriate to the sensitivity of the personal information in question. These safeguards are designed to prevent your personal information from loss and unauthorized access, copying, use, modification, or disclosure.
The security of your personal information is important to us, please advise our Privacy Officer immediately of any incident involving the loss of or unauthorized access to or disclosure of personal information that is in our custody or control.
Updating Your Personal Information
It is important that the information contained in our records is both accurate and current. If your personal information happens to change during the course of our relationship, please keep us informed of such changes.
In some circumstances we may not agree with your request to change your personal information and will instead append an alternative text to the record in question.
Access to Your Personal Information
You can ask to see your personal information. If you want to review, verify, or correct your personal information, please contact our Privacy Officer. Please note that any such communication must be in writing.
When requesting access to your personal information, please note that we may request specific information from you to enable us to confirm your identity and right to access, as well as to search for and provide you with the personal information that we hold about you. We may charge you a fee to access your personal information; however, we will advise you of any fee in advance. If you require assistance in preparing your request, please contact the office of our Privacy Officer.
Your right to access the personal information that we hold about you is not absolute. There are instances where applicable law or regulatory requirements allow or require us to refuse to provide some or all of the personal information that we hold about you. In addition, the personal information may have been destroyed, erased or made anonymous in accordance with our record retention obligations and practices.
In the event that we cannot provide you with access to your personal information, we will endeavor to inform you of the reasons why, subject to any legal or regulatory restrictions.
Inquiries or Concerns?