This policy outlines CTAC’s commitment to protecting the privacy of individuals who provide their personal information to the organization.
CTAC is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information of its employees, members, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders. During the course of our various projects and activities, CTAC gathers and utilizes personal information. Anyone from whom we collect such information should expect that it will be carefully protected and that it will only be used with informed consent.
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.
All Board of Directors, Council and Committee members, employees, staff, volunteers, students and other individuals are required to sign a confidentiality statement before commencing duties at CTAC. The obligation to maintain confidentiality applies to the duration of the affiliation with CTAC and continues indefinitely after the relationship with CTAC has ceased. Personal information gathered by CTAC is kept in confidence and under the supervision of the Executive Director. Only CTAC’s staff are authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason for which it was obtained.
All communication to members is done through staff only.
CTAC does not share its membership list with anyone.
The Executive Director is CTAC’s designate to oversee and be accountable for privacy within the organization. CTAC is responsible for the safekeeping of personal information.
Personal information will be as accurate and up-to-date as reasonably possible.
Information collected will only be used for the reason it is collected.
The Board of Directors, Council and Committee members, employees, volunteers, students and other individuals can request specific information regarding CTAC’s privacy policies, including management of personal information in accessible forms.
Available information includes:
- Name and contact information regarding the Executive Director, who is accountable for privacy policies and to whom complaints and/or inquiries should be forwarded
- Means of gaining access to individual personal information
- Description of the type of personal information held by CTAC
Upon request, an individual will be informed of the existence, use and disclosure of their personal information and will be given access to said information. CTAC will provide personal information to the specific individual only. Individuals may challenge the accuracy of the information and have it changed when appropriate.
CTAC will respond to an individual’s request for information in a timely manner, at no cost to the individual, and in an accessible format.
Individuals with concerns and/or complaints regarding privacy issues should contact the Executive Director. Individuals will inform the Executive Director of the specifics of the complaint, either in person, by phone, mail and/or e-mail.
The Executive Director will investigate the complaint and determine the correct action to be taken, if any. No later than 30 days after receipt of the request, the Executive Director will inform the complainant of the decision regarding the complaint and of any measures taken to comply with privacy legislation.
If an individual is not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint measures, either he/she and/or the Executive Director may include the Chair of the Board of Directors at that time, or at any time during the complaint process.