Website Privacy Statement
The Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC are committed to protecting your privacy. The Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC Employment Centre collects, uses and discloses your personal information in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) and other applicable legislation. ‘Personal information’ is defined broadly in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act as recorded information about an identifiable individual, other than contact information, which is the information used to contact a person at a place of business. The purpose of this privacy statement is to inform you of the personal information that may be collected from you when visiting a Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC website and how that information may be used.
This privacy statement relates only to the information automatically collected from you as a result of your visit to the website. It does not include information a website requests from you. Any additional collections of personal information by a website will be addressed in a collection notice on that website.
How is my personal information collected?
Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC employment centre websites collect information about your visit, including personal information, through the use of audit logs and cookies. A cookie is a small file stored on your computer by your web browser when using some websites.
What personal information is being collected?
The information collected is:
- The web browser and operating system you are using (e.g. Vista, XP, Safari).
- The date and time of the visit.
- The pages or services accessed.
- If you were on another website before visiting the Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC website, the URL (web address) of that previous website if it referred you to the Sidney/Salt Spring Island website.
- The URL (web address) of the first website you visit immediately upon leaving the Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC website if you were referred to that website by the Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC website.
- The Internet Protocol (IP) network domain name (e.g. shaw.ca) and address (e.g. 188.8.131.52) of the computer you are using. IP address and domain are identifiers that may be used to distinguish between users and identify your internet service provider or your computer itself.
What is the purpose for collecting my personal information and how will it be used?
The Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC collects personal information through cookies to better understand general user trends at an aggregate level and improve web performance, web services, and website maintenance. Personal information will only be used by authorized staff to fulfill the purpose for which it was originally collected or for a use consistent with that purpose, unless you expressly consent otherwise.
Can I opt out of the collection of my personal information?
Your browser may permit you to disable cookies, but you cannot opt out of the information collected for audit purposes. Also, your decision to disable cookies may impair your ability to browse, read, and download information contained on Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC employment centre websites, and we may be unable to personalize your web experience. However, you may still be able to access our services by other methods such as personal contact, fax or mail.
What safeguards are in place to protect my personal information?
Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC are obligated to protect your personal information by making reasonable security arrangements against such risks as unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal. Specifically, access to systems, applications and the collected data is restricted to authorized personnel only. Furthermore, any personal information collected and used for identifying user trends (e.g. IP address) is aggregated and made anonymous during report generation.
How long is information retained?
Some cookies will remain on your computer for only as long as your browser remains open, or until you delete them off your computer. Other cookies will remain on your computer so that you may be recognized when you return to the website. These cookies will expire no later than 18 months from when they are first placed on your computer. Information collected as a part of a cookie audit log is retained for 2 years. Information collected or created by the Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC is maintained in accordance with legislative requirements.
What about links to external websites?
Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC Employment Centre Sites include links to external websites. Once you leave our website, this privacy statement does not apply. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content on external websites. Sidney/Salt Spring Island WorkBC does not endorse nor make representations about them, or any information, software, or other products or materials found there, or any results that may be obtained from using them. If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked to our website, you do so entirely at your own risk.
Who can I contact for more information about this privacy statement?
Questions regarding this privacy statement, including the collection of personal information, can be directed to the Privacy Officer.