Privacy Policy

Canadian Investor Protection Fund WEBSITE AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PRIVACY POLICY

Protecting your privacy is important to Canadian Investor Protection Fund ("CIPF"). This Policy explains how CIPF collects, uses, and discloses personal information that you provide while using CIPF's website (the "Website") and its electronic publications, newsletter, and announcements (collectively referred to herein as "electronic communications"). Any personal information you provide to us through the Website will be treated with care, and subject to this Policy will not be used or disclosed in ways to which you have not consented, unless we are legally required to do so.

By using the Website, you signify your consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Policy. If you do not agree with this Policy, do not use the Website.

Information Automatically Collected

Like many other websites, the Website may automatically collect certain information regarding Website users, such as the Internet Protocol (IP) address of their computer, the IP address of their Internet Service Provider, the date and time they access the Website, the Internet address of the website from which they linked directly to the Website, the operating system they are using, the sections of the Website they visit, the Website pages read and images viewed, and the materials they download from the Website. This information, which generally does not identify the Website user, is used for the purposes of Website improvement and system administration. This information may be disclosed to others, including the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada or other organizations involved in the regulation of financial services, and permanently archived for future use.

Cookies - The Website may use "cookies", a technology that installs information on a Website user's computer to permit the Website to recognize future visits using that computer. Cookies enhance the convenience and use of the Website. You may choose to decline cookies if your browser permits, but doing so may affect your use of the Website and your ability to access certain features of the Website.

Personal Information You Specifically Provide to the Website

Your Personal Information - During your use of the Website, you may be asked to voluntarily provide certain personal information (such as your name, email address, postal address, and telephone number) for purposes such as facilitating communications with you or for applying for access to certain special features or areas of the Website.

Use of Your Personal Information - CIPF may use your personal information to contact and correspond with you, to respond to your inquiries, and as otherwise permitted by law. CIPF will consider the fact that you have voluntarily visited the Website and have provided CIPF with contact information to signify your consent for CIPF to use your contact information (including your email address if you provide it) to communicate with you and provide you with information and materials such as electronic communications relating to our services which we think may be of interest or use to you. At any time, you may ask CIPF to stop sending you information by contacting webmaster@cipf.ca.

Tracking Information - In addition, CIPF may use non-personal information to create aggregate tracking information reports regarding Website user demographics and Website traffic patterns. None of the tracking information in the reports can be connected to the identities or other personal information of individual users. CIPF also may link tracking information with Website users' personal information. Once such a link is made, all of the linked information is treated as personal information and will be used and disclosed only in accordance with this Policy, and in accordance with the law.

Disclosure of Your Personal Information - CIPF may disclose your personal information to government institutions or other authorities that have asserted a lawful authority to obtain the information or to law enforcement personnel where CIPF has reasonable grounds to believe the information could be useful in the investigation of unlawful activity, to comply with a subpoena, warrant, court order or rules of court, to a person or body with jurisdiction to compel the production of information, or to protect CIPF's rights and property.

Storing and Securing Your Information - CIPF processes and stores your personal information in Canada. To help protect the confidentiality of your personal information, CIPF employs technological, physical and organizational security safeguards such as firewalls and passwords. Nevertheless, due to the nature of the Internet and Internet technologies, security and privacy risks cannot be eliminated and CIPF cannot guarantee that your personal information will not be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Policy.

Accessing Your Personal Information - You may request access to your personal information and information about CIPF's collection, use and disclosure of that information by contacting CIPF at webmaster@cipf.ca. Subject to certain exceptions prescribed by law, you will be given reasonable access to your personal information held by CIPF. You may challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate. You can help CIPF maintain the accuracy of your information by notifying CIPF of any changes to your personal information.

Withdrawal of Consent - You may withdraw your consent to the use and disclosure of your personal information. To do so, please contact our privacy officer at webmaster@cipf.ca or follow the "opt out" or "unsubscribe" instructions we routinely provide on our electronic communications to provide for the removal of your address for future transmissions.

Other Matters

Other Websites - The Website may contain links to other websites or Internet resources. When you click on one of those links you are contacting another website or Internet resource that may collect information about you that you voluntarily provide or through cookies or other technologies. CIPF has no responsibility, liability for or control over other websites or Internet resources or for their collection, use and disclosure of your personal information. Please review the policies and terms of use of these websites and Internet resources, as you use them at your own risk.

Website Use Agreement - The CIPF Website Use Agreement which governs your use of the Website (which may be viewed by clicking here) contains important provisions disclaiming and excluding the liability of CIPF and others regarding your use of the Website and provisions determining the applicable law and exclusive jurisdiction for the resolution of any disputes regarding your use of the Website. Each of those provisions also applies to any disputes that may arise in relation to this Policy and the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information, and are of the same force and effect as if they had been reproduced directly in this Policy.

Privacy Policy Changes - This Policy may be changed by CIPF from time to time in CIPF's sole discretion and without any prior notice or liability to you or any other person. The collection, use and disclosure of your personal information by CIPF will be governed by the version of this Policy in effect at that time. The most recent version of this Policy will be posted here. Your continued use of the Website (including any electronic communication with or from us) subsequent to any changes to this Policy will signify that you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with the revised Policy. Accordingly, when you use the Website or receive or request any electronic communication, you should check the date of this Policy and review any changes made since the last version. You should also bookmark this page and periodically review this Policy to ensure that you are familiar with the most current version.

Electronic communications – electronic communications are not to be construed as professional advice. Delivering of the same will not initiate a professional relationship between CIPF and the recipient. Electronic communications are meant to provide access to information and knowledge of interest generally, and not with respect to any particular facts or circumstances. If an electronic communication from CIPF raises any point of interest, please feel free to contact our office for additional information.

Your Comments - If you have any comments or questions about this Policy or our management of your personal information, please contact CIPF at info@cipf.ca.