This manual’s purpose is to provide guidance and advice to the Chief Privacy Officer at Brain Injury Canada on matters related to the implementation of privacy policies and procedures in accordance with federal legislation.
Covered under the Personal information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Brain Injury Canada is regulated under this federal legislation, in terms of the collection, storage and trading of donors’ personal information with any and all other organizations.
Brain Injury Canada will conduct itself, in all areas of ongoing business in a manner which will protect all personal information collected, stored and used in its business activities in a manner consistent with the mandate of PIPEDA.
Brain Injury Canada complies with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) which limits on-line commercial messages.
Principles of privacy
Protection of personal information
As a commercial entity in Canada, we will maintain your right to privacy. When you share with us your personal information, contact us in any way – whether through the mail, via the telephone, connecting to our web site, supporting our organization through donations, or being a part of our volunteer base, our commitment is to the protection of your personal information and your right to privacy.
To demonstrate our commitment to you and your rights, Brain Injury Canada has developed a plan in compliance with the National Standard of Canada covered within applicable legislation, based on the 10 Privacy Principles contained within the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Projection of Personal information.
The collection or transfer of your personal information is our responsibility when it is obtained by Brain Injury Canada. We accept this responsibility whenever we, or an agency on our behalf, handles your personal information.
Identification of purposes of collection of information
We will identify the purpose for the collection of personal information, at or before the time the information is collected. Brain Injury Canada methods of collection can include:
- Employment application forms
- Public surveys
Knowledge and consent
We will never collect your personal information without your knowledge and prior consent. The knowledge and consent of the individual are required for the collection, use, and/or disclosure of personal information. Brain Injury Canada utilizes express consent wherever possible, and in all cases, when the personal information is considered sensitive.
Subject to legal requirements, Brain Injury Canada understands and will comply with your right to withdraw your consent to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information at any time.
Limiting the collection of information
Only that personal information which we have acknowledged as required for operational purposes will be collected by our organization. Brain Injury Canada collects personal information through the ongoing activities of its programs and projects. Brain Injury Canada will limit its collection to information that is necessary for purposes it identifies or that are obvious in the circumstance. Brain Injury Canada will collect the information in a manner that does not coerce or deceive the individual.
Limiting use, disclosure and retention of collected information
Personal information will be retained as long as it is required to satisfy the intended purpose, and in compliance with any laws surrounding information retention. If all identified purposes for the use of personal information collected have been exhausted, we will destroy the information or render it unidentifiable to any specific person. It does not rent, sell or trade its mailing or other member lists.
All purposes for which we intend to use your personal information will be disclosed to you and should we identify a new situation requiring the use of your information, we will contact you prior to information being used with a view to gaining your consent.
Accuracy of your personal information
Brain Injury Canada makes every effort to ensure that the personal information in its custody or control is accurate, complete and up-to-date for the purposes for which it will be used or disclosed.
Safeguards for your personal information
All means possible are used to protect and guard personal information on file with Brain Injury Canada. Access to information is limited to those with a “need to know”, all employees and volunteers in the employ of Brain Injury Canada are trained on the issue of privacy – its meaning and importance, and as well, all files whether “soft” (meaning electronic) or “hard” (meaning paper) are maintained in locked filing cabinets in secure locations. Our Chief Privacy Officer will screen and verify access to personal information.
To reinforce a culture of privacy protection, Brain Injury Canada staff and volunteers are required to sign a confidentiality agreement as a requirement of employment or volunteerism. Any material which contains personal or confidential information will be destroyed in accordance with industry standards prior to its disposal.
Right to access personal information
At any time, you are entitled to view your personal information on file with Brain Injury Canada. Upon receiving a request from you, we will advise you of the purpose for which it was collected, the disposition of the information and, if it has been disposed, how we did this.
In order to access your any personal information, we may have on you, please send your written request to Brain Injury Canada’s Chief Privacy Officer at 440 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 200, Ottawa, ON, K2A 2S7. We will only allow access to personal information we have on file for that person who is requesting access upon receipt of this written request.
Your right to challenge
Chief Privacy Officer
Email: [email protected]