Chinook Sexual Assault Centre (CSAC) is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information of its employees, volunteers, members, clients, donors and other stakeholders. We value the trust of those we deal with, and of the public, and recognize that maintaining this trust requires that we be transparent and accountable in how we treat the information that you choose to share with us.
During the course of our work, Chinook Sexual Assault Centre frequently gathers and uses personal information. Anyone from whom we collect such information should expect that it will be carefully protected and that any use of, or other dealing with, this information is subject to consent. CSAC’s privacy practices are designed to achieve this.
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.
Information in the public domain is not subject to privacy legislation and as such is not included in this policy.
We consider client, donor and volunteer information always to be personal information, and do not disclose information about clients, donors or volunteers without expressed written consent.
CSAC observes the following practices when collecting, maintaining and using personal information:
An individual’s consent is required regarding the collection and proposed use of personal information when information is collected. Consent must be provided in writing and can be provided directly by the individual or by their authorized representative. An individual’s consent is required before confidential information is released to outside parties (unless it is through a court order).
The collection of personal information is limited to that which is relevant and necessary to our programs and fundraising efforts. CSAC shall not make unwarranted or intrusive inquiries into a donor or prospect’s gift history or personal life.
Limited Use, Disclosure and Retention
Personal information shall not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. Personal information shall be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
Personal information shall be as complete, accurate and up-to-date as possible. Donors are encouraged to review, correct and update personal information.
Personal information gathered by CSAC shall be kept in confidence. CSAC personnel shall be authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason(s) for which it was obtained.
Appropriate physical and electronic measures shall be used to ensure personal information is secure. Access to client, donor and volunteer records shall be limited to those who require such information to fulfil their job responsibilities. Special protection shall be given to all records pertaining to anonymous donors. The confidentiality of client, donor and volunteer records shall continue after the relationship with the individual has ended.
Donors who request that their name and/or the amount of the gift not be publicly released shall remain anonymous.
Upon request, individuals shall be given access to the information in their donor record.
Further information on privacy and your rights in regard to your personal information may be found on the website of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at www.priv.gc.ca.