Privacy Policy

Vision

A thriving, healthy and accessible harbour.

Purpose

To define the information gathering and dissemination practices related to websites hosted by the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC).

Responsibility

The Executive Director has overall responsibility for privacy management.

BARC takes the issue of security and privacy seriously. We respect the right of visitors to our websites to their privacy and data security. To that end, we collect and use information throughout our website only as described below.

What information do we collect about you?

Personally identifiable information
BARC collects personally identifiable information from you only with your knowledge and consent. We do not collect any personally identifiable information through our own website and/or store it in an online environment, other than the information you submit to us either in an online form, via email or when you sign up for our email newsletters.

ShareThis
Using the ShareThis icon that appears throughout the site for Facebook, Twitter, email and various other communicative tools allows you to share content on the website more easily with your social networks. To view the ShareThis privacy policy, click here.

Facebook comments
We use a Facebook comment system to encourage authentic and thoughtful comments to blog posts and other features throughout the site. You are in control of your comments. You may delete any comment that you submit. If you opted to have your own comments appear on your own Facebook timeline, then your comments on our website will appear there. To review Facebook’s data use policy, click here.

Non-personally identifiable information
We collect non-personally identifiable information from you in order to better understand how our website is used. Usage statistics are gathered in a non-intrusive manner. The log files are private documents and are primarily used by the server administrator for error notification, server administration and to monitor website performance. At times, portions of the log files may be viewed by others for the purpose of server administration, security or when required by law. Your IP address is never referenced to personally identifiable information.

Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics to collect and gather website statistics so that we may better understand the needs of our audience. Google Analytics collects information including: the website address referring visitors to BARC’s website, how long visitors stay on BARC’s website, what pages are visited, the kind of computer being used to visit BARC’s website, and general geographic location. For Google’s privacy policy, please click here. If you would like to opt out of Google Analytics tracking, click here to download a browser plugin that will ensure that you are not tracked on the BARC website or any other site you visit with Google Analytics enabled.

Cookies
Some pages on this website use a technology called “cookies”. A cookie is a token that a server gives to your browser when you access a website. Cookies are capable of storing many types of data to help provide additional functionality to the website or to help us analyze website usage. For instance, our server may set a cookie that remembers a visitor’s login information for future visits. In all cases in which cookies are used, we will not collect personally identifiable information except with your explicit permission. With most Internet browsers, you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about these functions.

Do we disclose the information we collect to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, make public, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information unless we provide you with advance notice, and you agree to this sharing. The term “outside parties” does not include BARC. It also does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect rights, property or safety.

E-mail Distribution List
We will never exchange, lend or sell our e-mail mailing list to anyone. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of sending you e-mails and to contracted service providers for purposes of providing services relating to our communications with you. We use our electronic newsletter and email for communicating to individuals from whom we have received consent. If you sign up for our e-mail newsletter, we require only your e-mail address. Each newsletter that we distribute will display the e-mail address of the recipient with simple instructions on how to unsubscribe (opt-out) from the distribution list. Each e-newsletter will also contain a link that will allow you to login in to the e-mail system and change the data that is there so that you are always in control of the information you provide. Statistics are gathered from the e-mails in order to track the effectiveness of the mailings. We never share, sell, or rent this information to anyone. This information is only used for our own internal purposes.

Links to Other Websites
BARC may have hypertext links to third party websites. These linked sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these linked sites, including if a specific link does not work.

Respecting and Responding to Your Privacy Concerns

You have the option to refuse or withdraw consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your information, and we will respect your choices. BARC will investigate and respond to your concerns about any aspect of our handling of your information. Please contact with any concerns you may have in this regard.

If you have any questions or comments about our Privacy Policy, please contact us:
Bay Area Restoration Council
B130F - Life Sciences Building
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
(905) 527-7111
barc@hamiltonharbour.ca

Privacy Policy Changes

BARC may deem it necessary or appropriate from time to time to modify this privacy policy to reflect changes in the way we collect or use information or changes in privacy-related laws, regulations, or industry standards. Please check these terms periodically for changes. Using this site following the posting of changes to these terms shall constitute your acceptance of the revised terms. Information will be handled according to the privacy statement in effect at the time the information is used.