This policy applies to www.mcmasterewb.ca domain and website (the “site”), which are operated by McMaster Engineers Without Borders Canada (“EWB-Canada”, “We” or “Us”), a registered Canadian charity.
EWB-Canada is committed to protecting your privacy.
To support our commitment to protecting your privacy, EWB-Canada has adopted Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code and The Donor Bill of Rights. EWB-Canada is dedicated to being both transparent and accountable in dealing with the information that you choose to share with us.
Personal Information Defined
Personal Information is any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual, as well as any other information where there is a serious possibility that it can be associated with an identifiable individual. This information can include an individual’s opinions or beliefs, as well as facts about, or related to, the identifiable individual.
Business contact information is not considered personal information, and certain publicly available information, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers as published in telephone directories, can be collected, used and disclosed in certain contexts without your consent.
Your Personal Information
Like most website operators, EWB collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. EWB’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how EWB visitors use its website.
Disclosure of Personal Information
We do not share the information you’ve given us with unaffiliated groups without your explicit permission. We may share some of your personal information with the following groups:
Our petitions and campaigns may involve sharing personal information of supporters with groups including Canadian policy-makers, news publications and other targets when you choose to use one of our tools to send them messages.
For petitions and email campaigns in which you’ve participated, we may make your name, location, and comments public—for example, we may provide compilations of petitions, with your comments, to Canadian policy makers and other targets, or to the press.
We will not make your street address public, but we may transmit it to the designated target as part of a petition. This is a standard industry practice in such situations. EWB is not responsible for the use of your email address by campaign targets.By ‘explicit permission’ we mean, in each instance, we will ask additional permission from you before passing along information.
We will also require from you some positive indication to demonstrate you have assented to the disclosure of information. The most typical example of this would be a letter campaign, where you enter your information into an internet-based form beside a message and click ‘Send Your Message’.
When you give EWB personal information, we take steps to ensure that your information is treated securely. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, EWB cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.
If we are required by law to disclose the information that you have submitted, we will attempt to provide you with notice (unless we are prohibited from doing so) that a request for your information has been made in order to give you an opportunity to object to the disclosure. We will attempt to provide this notice by email, if you have given us an email address, or by postal mail if you have entered a postal address. If you do not challenge the disclosure request, we may be legally required to turn over your information. In addition, we will sometimes independently object to requests for access to information about users of our site that we believe to be improper.