IMI Privacy policy

Effective Date: September 1, 2018

The International Masonry Institute (“IMI,” “our,” “we”) believes in the importance of your privacy. This Privacy Policy (the “Privacy Policy”) describes how IMI treats the personal information we collect through  (the “Website”) and what we do with that information, including when you enter an IMI-sponsored contest. By using or accessing the Website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected online through the Website and does not describe the ways in which we may collect or use information obtained offline or through any means other than our Website. Your use of the Website, and any dispute over privacy, is subject to this Privacy Policy.

This policy applies to personal information about individuals and does not apply to the information collected, used or disclosed with respect to commercial or public entities.  This policy does not impose any limits on our collection, use or disclosure of the information exempted under applicable privacy legislation, such as business contact information and certain publicly available information.


Through your use of this Website, IMI may collect personal information, such as your e-mail address, name, profession, firm or university, home or work address or telephone number.  IMI may also collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, and interests.

IMI also collects automatically information about your computer hardware and software. This information may include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by IMI for the operation of the Website, to maintain quality of the Website, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Website. IMI may also monitor and track information such as visitor usage patterns of our Website. We compile this information into a statistical aggregate, which we use for internal purposes including improving our Website.

IMI may also collect personal information from visitors when they register to enter a Contest, join an organization, subscribe to a newsletter, or take action on an issue using the Website.


IMI collects and uses your personal information to operate the Website and deliver the services you have requested through the Website, including to allow you to participate in, and for IMI to administer, Contests. As permitted by applicable law, IMI also uses your personal information to inform you of other products or services it makes available, and in order to send you marketing communications, IMI and industry news, technical information, and continuing education opportunities. IMI may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

IMI also collects and uses your personal information:

  • to authenticate your identity;
  • to monitor your compliance with any of your agreements with us, including Contest Rules;
  • to maintain accurate records;
  • to comply with legal and regulatory requirements; and
  • for other purposes we may inform you about from time to time.

Except as noted below, we do not share or otherwise disclose any personal information, including your name, address, or email addresses with other organizations. Only IMI staff, our authorized agents and service providers and, as discussed in more detail below, members of the IMI community, have access to personal information provided by visitors to our Website. We do not lease, rent or sell the information we collect. People who affirmatively submit their contact information through the Website may be contacted by IMI staff or other authorized agents for the purposes set forth in this Privacy Policy and related reasons.

In some instances, we will share information with various entities within the IMI community. For example, your information may also be shared with our partner organizations the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (“BAC”) and the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (“IMTEF”).

We keep confidential all personal information and only share it with organizations or entities outside of IMI in the limited circumstances described in this Privacy Policy.

We also may disclose the information we collect from you in order to comply with the law, a judicial proceeding, court order, or other legal process, such as in response to a court order or a subpoena. We also may disclose the information we collect from you where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person, violations of the Contest Rules or this Privacy Policy, or as evidence in litigation in which IMI is involved.


We and our service providers use cookies and other tracking mechanisms to track information about your use of our Website, and we may combine this information with other information, including personal information, we collect about you.

Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser for record-keeping purposes. Some cookies allow us to make it easier for you to navigate our Website, while others are used to enable a faster log-in process or to allow us to track your activities while using our Website. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your computer from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether.


Currently, our systems do not recognize browser “do-not-track” requests. You may, however, disable certain tracking (e.g., by disabling cookies).


We use automated devices and applications, such as HubSpot, to evaluate usage of our Website. We also may use other analytic means to evaluate the Website. We use these tools to help us improve our Website’s performance and user experiences. These entities may use cookies and other tracking technologies, such as web beacons or local storage objects (LSOs), to perform their services in accordance with their own privacy policies. To learn more about HubSpot’s privacy practices, please review the Hubspot Privacy Policy at


IMI maintains an email list to keep interested parties informed about various activities of our organization. Individuals must affirmatively request to join our mailing lists. We share these email lists with BAC, BAC affiliate unions, and IMTEF. Only IMI staff, service providers and members of the IMI community have access to personal information provided by visitors to our Website.

If, for any reason, you would like to be removed from any or all of our email lists, you can unsubscribe by simply visiting your subscription management page on our Website and clicking the unsubscribe button, or you can opt-out of future emails by simply stating this desire in a reply to any email we send you.

For Canadian users, you may also withdraw your consent to our collections, uses and disclosures of your information at any time, subject to legal, contractual and other restrictions, provided that you give reasonable notice of withdrawal of consent to us. On receiving notice of your withdrawal of consent, we will inform you of the likely consequences of that withdrawal, which may include our inability to provide certain services for which that information is necessary.


Because we care about the safety and privacy of children online, we comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). COPPA and its accompanying FTC regulation establish United States federal law that protects the privacy of children using the Internet. We do not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. Our Website is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13, and we have designed our website to block our knowing acceptance of information from children under 13 whenever age-related information is requested.

It is possible that by fraud or deception we may receive information pertaining to children under 13. If we are notified of this, as soon as we verify the information, we will immediately obtain parental consent or otherwise delete the information from our servers. If you want to notify us of our receipt of information by children under 13, please do so by emailing us at


The Website may provide links to other third-party websites. While we make reasonable efforts to choose our links carefully, we cannot take any responsibility for the content of linked websites, or for the privacy policies of websites to which we link. Since we do not control these websites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies posted on these third-party sites prior to any use.


We have implemented commercially reasonable precautions to protect the information we collect from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Please be aware that despite these measures, no data security measures can guarantee 100% security.

You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your password, phone, and computer by, among other things, signing off after using a shared computer, choosing a robust password that nobody else knows or can easily guess, and keeping your log-in and password private. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or compromised passwords or for any activity on your account via unauthorized password activity.


You may modify personal information that you have submitted by logging into your account and updating your profile information. Please note that copies of information that you have updated, modified or deleted may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the Website for a period of time.

For Canadian users, we will also, upon written request and authentication of identity, provide you with your other personal information under our control, information about the ways in which that information is being used and a description of the individuals and organizations to whom that information has been disclosed. We will make the information available within 30 days or provide written notice where additional time is required to fulfil the request. In some situations we may not be able to provide access to certain personal information. When an access request is refused, we will notify you in writing, document the reasons for refusal and outline further steps which are available to you.


We will not collect personal information indiscriminately, but will limit collection of personal information to that which is reasonable and necessary.

We will obtain your consent to collect, use or disclose personal information except where we are authorized or required by law to do so without consent. Your consent can be express, implied or given through an authorized representative such as a lawyer or agent. Consent may be provided orally, in writing, electronically, through inaction (such as when you fail to notify us that you do not wish your personal information be collected, used, disclosed for various purposes after you have received notice of those purposes) or otherwise.

Your personal information will only be used or disclosed for the purposes set out above and as authorized by law. We will keep personal information used to make a decision affecting you for at least one year after using it to make the decision. We will destroy, erase or make anonymous documents or other records containing personal information as soon as it is reasonable to assume that the original purpose is no longer being served by retention of the information and retention is no longer necessary for a legal or business purpose.

We will make a reasonable effort to ensure that personal information we are using or disclosing is accurate and complete. In most cases, we rely on you to ensure that your information is current, complete and accurate. If you demonstrate the inaccuracy or incompleteness of personal information, we will amend the information as required. If appropriate, we will send the amended information to third parties to whom the information has been disclosed. When a challenge regarding the accuracy of personal information is not resolved to your satisfaction, we will annotate the personal information under its control with a note that the correction was requested but not made.

We may retain agents, subcontractors or service providers from time to time in relation to our business or the products or services that we provide. If we require a service provider to deal with your personal information, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that the service provider adheres to privacy procedures and will keep your personal information confidential. We will not provide more information than is necessary to the service provider and will ensure that the information is returned or destroyed once the purpose for which it was given is filled.

For our Canadian users, please note that IMI is located in the United States and that we may transfer your personal information across provincial or national borders to fulfil any of the purposes described in this policy, including to service providers located in the United States and other jurisdictions outside of Canada who may be subject to applicable disclosure laws in those jurisdictions.  You may contact us using the contact information provided below to obtain information about our policies and practices regarding our transfer of data or use of service providers outside of Canada, or to ask questions about the collection, use, disclosure or storage of personal information outside of Canada.


If you have questions about the privacy aspects of our Website or would like to make a complaint, please contact us at


This Privacy Policy is current as of the Effective Date set forth above. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time, so please be sure to check back periodically. We will post any changes to this Policy on our Website, at If we make any changes to this Policy that materially affect our practices with regard to the personal information we have previously collected from you, we will endeavor to provide you with notice in advance of such change by highlighting the change on our Website.