Privacy Policy

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Privacy and Personal Information Protection Policy

Last updated: [May 15, 2021]

Compute Canada is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information when you visit our website, computecanada.ca (the “Site”). This Privacy Statement (“Privacy Statement”) is intended to inform you about our practices relating to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information through your use of the Site. This Privacy Statement applies only to personal information related to users of the Site. 

By using this Site, you agree with the terms of this Privacy Statement and are consenting to the collection, use, and disclosure of information in accordance with this Privacy Statement.  

Note that we may change this Privacy Statement at any time. If we make any material changes to this Statement, we will post a notice on the Site. Your continued use of the Site will constitute your acceptance of the updated Statement.

Collection and Use of Personal Information

“Personal information” means information about an identifiable individual, such as your name or email address, or information that in combination with other, readily available information could be used to identify an individual, such as an IP address, (as explained below). 

Compute Canada may collect personal information from you when you visit our Site, or if you voluntarily subscribe to our newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, we ask you to provide your email address, province of residence, name, position, research area and the name of the organization with which you are affiliated. We collect this information in order to better understand our subscribers and provide targeted communication based on their interests. You can also unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time using the unsubscribe link located at the bottom of each email.

When you visit the Site, certain information is collected automatically. The nature of the Internet is such that web servers automatically collect certain information about a visit to a website, including the visitor’s Internet Protocol (IP) address. IP addresses are unique numbers assigned by Internet service providers (ISP) to all devices used to access the Internet. Web servers automatically log the IP addresses of visitors to their sites. The IP address, on its own, does not identify an individual. However, in certain circumstances, it could be used to identify an individual using the site. For this reason, an IP address is personal information, particularly when combined with other data automatically collected when a visitor requests a web page, such as the page or pages visited or the date and time of the visit. This information is used to measure and monitor the use of our Site and to improve its content.

Compute Canada will not use personal information for any other purpose than identified at or before the time of collection.  At the time that any personal information is collected, we will inform you of the purposes for which the information is being collected and will obtain express consent, unless such purposes are reasonably obvious to the individual and where consent can be implied. You can withdraw your consent at any time, but that may result in our inability to provide you with access to the Site or our newsletter.

We will only retain your personal information for as long as is necessary to fulfil the purpose for which it was collected.

Disclosure of Personal Information

Compute Canada not sell, trade or otherwise transfer your personal information to third parties under any circumstances. We may, from time to time, use service providers to perform services on our behalf, but all service providers are required to comply with this Statement, safeguard the personal information and to only use the personal information to provide the contracted services. Our service providers are restricted from using or disclosing personal information transferred to them for any purpose other than the provision of services to Compute Canada.  

There are circumstances where we may disclose personal information without notice or consent. For example we may collect, use and disclose personal information to enforce our Site policies or to protect Compute Canada’s rights and intellectual property or the rights of others using our Site. Otherwise, we will not use or disclose personal information without the knowledge or consent of the individual except as authorized by applicable law.

Accuracy of and Access to Personal Information Collected 

You may access your personal information held by Compute Canada (subject to limited lawful exceptions), and you may request that the information be corrected if it is inaccurate or incomplete. To make a request, please contact info@computecanada.ca. We may require that you provide additional information to assist in finding your personal information or to verify your identity.

Web analytics

Web analytics is the collection, analysis, measurement, and reporting of data about web traffic and visits for purposes of understanding and optimizing web usage. Compute Canada uses Google Analytics to improve our Site. When your computer requests a Compute Canada web page, the following types of information are collected for web analytics:

  • the originating IP address;
  • the date and time of the request;
  • the type of browser used; and the page(s) visited.

Information collected for web analytics may be used for communications and information technology statistical purposes, audit, evaluation, research, planning and reporting.

Digital Markers (Including Cookies)

A digital marker is a resource created by a website visitor’s browser to remember certain pieces of information for the web server to reference during the same or subsequent visits to the website. Examples of digital markers are “cookies” or HTML5 web storage. Some examples of what digital markers do are as follows:

  • they allow a website to recognize a previous visit each time the visitor accesses the site; and
  • they track what information is viewed on a site, which helps website administrators ensure visitors find that for which they are looking.

Compute Canada uses digital markers on some portions of our Site. During your online visit, your browser exchanges data with Compute Canada’s web server. The digital markers used do not allow Compute Canada to identify individuals.

The provision of personal information for communications and information technology web analytics purposes is optional. You may refuse the installation of or delete the digital markers used by our web analytics tools from your device through the settings of your web browser. This will not affect the Site’s performance or restrict your ability to access information from our Site.

Our computer systems use hardware and software to anonymously monitor unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, disrupt service, or otherwise cause damage. As a general practice, we do not attempt to link this information with the identity of individuals visiting our Site. If an attempt to damage our Site has been detected, we can take further actions.

Safeguards

Compute Canada implements industry-standard safeguards to protect personal information. While we strive to protect personal information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted to our Site or received from our Site electronically. 

Copyright

This Site is owned by Compute Canada. The information on the Site is provided for information and education purposes only. Compute Canada gives you permission to display, print, reproduce, and otherwise use excerpts of the materials/images on this Site without charge, subject to the following:

  • the use must be reasonable, fair, and non-commercial, and it must credit Compute Canada;
  • the use does not contravene Canadian intellectual property laws;
  • you indicate that the reproduction is a copy of the version available at [URL where the original document is available].

Unless otherwise specified, you may not reproduce materials on this site, in whole or in part, for commercial redistribution without prior, written permission from Compute Canada. This Site also contains names, logos, trademarks, service marks and other intellectual property that is the property of Compute Canada and may not be used for any purpose without the express written consent of Compute Canada. Please contact info@computecanada.ca for permission.

Links

Links to websites not under the control of Compute Canada are provided solely for the convenience of our Site visitors. We are not responsible for the accuracy, currency or reliability of the content on these websites, nor do we endorse the websites or their content. We encourage visitors to review each website’s privacy policy before disclosing any personal information.

Contact

If you have any questions or concerns about this Statement or about Compute Canada’s handling of personal information, you may address those concerns to info@computecanada.ca.

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