2. PERSONAL INFORMATION
Personal information means information about an identifiable individual, but does not include the name, title or business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization.
3. PERSONAL INFORMATION AT THE NOTARY FOUNDATION OF BC
NFBC has relationships with a wide range of notaries, lawyers and grant recipients. In doing so, we often collect and use personal information. As well, NFBC sends to individuals information concerning developments regarding our various activities.
4. COLLECTING PERSONAL INFORMATION
We collect personal information fairly and in accordance with the law. Generally, we collect personal information directly from individuals to whom it relates.
Sometimes we may obtain information about individuals from other sources including, without limitation, any person interacting with Foundation grantees, other members of the legal profession, financial institutions, information in grant applications, and consumer-reporting agencies (see “Credit Bureaus” below).
6. USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We use personal information to receive interest on notaries pooled trust accounts, to administer our information databases, to build and to maintain our expertise and knowledge, and to include individuals in our information distribution and marketing activities. We also use personal information to facilitate the making of grants. If an individual no longer wishes to receive information about developments in our various activities, he or she can ask us not to send any further material.
7. DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
NFBC does not disclose personal information to third parties (except to the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia) to enable them to inform their members of the Foundations activities and to maximize the investment and revenue return to the NFBC.
Under certain circumstances NFBC may disclose personal information. Some examples are:
- when the relevant individual has consented to the disclosure;
- when we are required by law to do so, or required by a warrant, a subpoena, or rules of court to do so;
- when either the interest collection or the grant-making activities in which we engage require us to disclose personal information to third parties, an individual’s consent will be implied, unless he or she tells us otherwise;
- where it is necessary to collect interest from a pooled trust account;
- where the disclosure is to a successor to all or a part of NFBC activities;
- if we engage a third party to provide administrative services to us (such as computer back-up services, archival file storage, or insurance) and the third party is bound by obligations regarding privacy which are consistent with this Policy; or
- if we retain other professionals or firms in the course of our activities and the professionals or firms are each bound by obligations regarding privacy which are consistent with this Policy
8. UPDATING INFORMATION
9. SECURING PERSONAL INFORMATION
NFBC takes precautions to ensure that personal information is kept safe from loss, unauthorized access, modification or disclosure. Among the steps taken to protect personal information are:
- premises security;
- confidentiality policies;
- deploying technological safeguards like security software and firewalls to prevent unauthorized computer access or “hacking”; and
- Internal password and security policies.
E-mail is not an entirely secure medium, and appropriate precautions should be taken when contacting us to send personal or confidential information such as financial information and grant applications.
11. CREDIT BUREAUS
To help us to try to prevent fraud, and to check the identity of individuals and in order to assess applications, on occasion we may request information about individuals or organizations from the files of consumer-reporting agencies.
12. WEB SITE
Our website contains links to other sites, which are not governed by this Policy.
On our website, like most other commercial websites, we may monitor traffic patterns, site usage and related site information in order to optimize our web service. We may provide aggregated information to third parties, but these statistics do not include any identifiable personal information.
Any questions regarding personal information should be directed to:
The Notary Foundation of British Columbia