Defining personal information
Personal information is any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual. This information can include an individual’s opinions or beliefs, as well as facts about, or related to, the individual. Exceptions: business contact information and certain publicly available information, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers as published in telephone directories, are not considered personal information.
Personal information gathered by our organization is kept in confidence. Our staff is authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason(s) for which it was obtained. Safeguards are in place to ensure that the information is not disclosed or shared more widely than is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was gathered. We also take measures to ensure the integrity of this information is maintained and to prevent its being lost or destroyed.
We collect, use and disclose personal information only for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in the light of the circumstances. We provide the opportunity for individuals to opt not to have their information shared for purposes beyond those for which it was explicitly collected.
Website and Electronic Communications
We use password protocols and encryption software to protect personal and other information we receive online. Our software is routinely updated to maximize the protection of such information. Our website may contain links to other websites. Upon entering other sites, you are subject to the privacy and security policies of those sites.