Our Commitment to Privacy
Personal Information the Breast Cancer Society of Canada Collects
Canadian privacy legislation defines "personal information" broadly as information about an identifiable individual or as information that allows an individual to be identified. For the purposes of this policy, personal information means information about an identifiable individual as defined from time to time in applicable privacy legislation. Generally speaking, personal information does not include what is considered business contact information: name, title or position, business address, telephone number, facsimile number or e-mail address. The Breast Cancer Society of Canada gathers and uses personal information for the following purposes:
a) To solicit and process donations and to issue tax receipts.
b) To process applications for funding (e.g. financial assistance, grants, bursaries, subsidies) from The BCSC.
c) To process applications for our volunteer program.
d) To provide requested information (e.g. brochures, newsletters, etc.)
e) To compile profiles on directors and members of committees.
f) To provide an "opt in" feature on all forms with respect to recieving further information from BCSC and an "unsubscribe" link on all electronic newsletters.
g) For any other purpose to which consent is given.
The Breast Cancer Society of Canada's Privacy Practices
The BCSC shall in all respects comply with applicable privacy legislation. The BCSC's privacy practices are designed to achieve this. Therefore, in the course of collecting, using and storing personal information, the BCSC will ensure that:
Consent to the collection, use, retention and disclosure of personal information must always exist. In obtaining consent, the purpose(s) for the collection, use and/or disclosure will be obvious by the very nature of the transaction or, if not, the purpose will be stated either at the time or before the information is collected. Any further use of this information is subject to consent, and the BCSC routinely offers individuals the opportunity to opt not to have their information used for purposes beyond those for which it was explicitly collected. Information will be carefully protected from inappropriate or unauthorized use. Internally, access to personal information is based only on the need to deal with the information for the reason(s) for which it was collected. Personal information is stored in secured locations and on servers controlled by the BCSC or at the offices of our service providers. Specific safeguards (physical, organizational and technological) are in place to ensure that the information is not shared or disclosed more widely than is necessary to achieve the purpose(s) for which it was collected. Measures are taken to ensure that the integrity of this information is maintained. Personal information is retained only for as long as is necessary to fulfill the purpose(s) for which it was collected and to meet specific legal obligations. When personal information is no longer needed (relating to the reason(s) for which it was collected), it will be appropriately destroyed. Individuals have the right to access their personal information, which the BCSC has on file and to challenge its accuracy, if necessary. From time to time, the BCSC may disclose personal information to:
a) Service providers, including an organization or individual retained by The BCSC to perform functions on its behalf (e.g. data processing, office/professional services, document management, marketing, etc.)
b) Volunteers/staff who act as adjudicators on behalf of the BCSC in the assessment of applications for funding or to assess applications to volunteer.
c) Other charitable organizations, with consent.
d) Any third party or parties, where consent to such disclosure is provided or where disclosure is required or permitted by law.
Where personal information is transferred to outside service providers, all reasonable steps will be taken to ensure that any such provider has personal information procedures and policies in place that are at least comparable to those of the BCSC.
The Breast Cancer Society of Canada's Website (www.bcsc.ca)
The BCSC uses the appropriate technological safeguards (e.g. robust firewalls, virus protection, passwords, encryption software) to protect all personal information which is received online.
When a visit is made to our website, our web server automatically logs (records) domain name and standard information about the operating system and web browser being used, as provided by the web browser. This information is used for statistical purposes to help us manage our site; it does not identify an individual in any way. Our website may contain links to other websites, which are provided as a convenience only. Third party websites linked from www.bcsc.ca may have different privacy policies and practices than The BCSC, and The BCSC has no responsibility for such third party websites.
Access to Information / Inquiry / Complaint Process
Any person whose personal information is held by the Breast Cancer Society of Canada has:
a) The right to know of the existence of such personal information and to have access to that information to ensure that it is accurate, and
Requests in writing can be sent to:
The Breast Cancer Society of Canada
415 Exmouth Street Unit # 101
Tel.: 1(800) 567-8767
Fax: 1(519) 336-5725