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Privacy policy

At Parkdale Evangelical Free Church (PEFC), we are committed to providing our members and donors with exceptional service. As providing this service involves the collection, use and disclosure of some personal information about our members and donors, protecting their personal information is one of our highest priorities.

We have strengthened our commitment to protecting personal information as a result of British Columbia’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). PIPA, which came into effect on January 1, 2004, sets out the ground rules for how B.C. businesses and not-for-profit organizations may collect, use and disclose personal information.

We will inform our members and donors of why and how we collect, use and disclose their personal information, obtain their consent where required, and only handle their personal information in a manner that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in the circumstances.

This Personal Information Protection Policy, in compliance with PIPA, outlines the principles and practices we will follow in protecting members’ and donors’ personal information. Our privacy commitment includes ensuring the accuracy, confidentiality, and security of our members’ and donors’ personal information and allowing our members and donors to request access to, and correction of, their personal information.


Policy 1 – Collecting Personal Information

1.1 Unless the purposes for collecting personal information are obvious and the member/donor voluntarily provides his or her personal information for those purposes, we will communicate the purposes for which personal information is being collected, either orally or in writing, before or at the time of collection.

1.2 We will only collect member or donor information that is necessary to fulfill the following purposes:

Policy 2 – Consent

2.1 We will obtain members’/donors’ consent to collect, use or disclose personal information (except where, as noted below, we are authorized to do so without consent).

2.2 Consent can be provided orally, in writing, or electronically, or it can be implied where the purpose for collecting using or disclosing the personal information would be considered obvious and the member/donor voluntarily provides personal information for that purpose.

2.3 Subject to certain exceptions (e.g., the personal information is necessary to provide the service or product, or the withdrawal of consent would frustrate the performance of a legal obligation), members and donors can withhold or withdraw their consent for PEFC to use their personal information in certain ways. A member's/donor's decision to withhold or withdraw their consent to certain uses of personal information may restrict our ability to provide a particular service or product. If so, we will explain the situation to assist the member/donor in making the decision.

2.4 We may collect, use or disclose personal information without the member's/donor's knowledge or consent in the following limited circumstances:

Policy 3 – Using and Disclosing Personal Information

3.1 We will only use or disclose member/donor personal information where necessary to fulfill the purposes identified at the time of collection.

3.2 We will not use or disclose member/donor personal information for any additional purpose unless we obtain consent to do so.

3.3 We will not sell member/donor lists or personal information to other parties.

Policy 4 – Retaining Personal Information

4.1 If we use member/donor personal information to make a decision that directly affects the member/donor, we will retain that personal information for at least one year so that the member/donor has a reasonable opportunity to request access to it.

4.2 Subject to policy 4.1, we will retain member/donor personal information only as long as necessary to fulfill the identified purposes or a legal or business purpose.

Policy 5 – Ensuring Accuracy of Personal Information

5.1 We will make reasonable efforts to ensure that member/donor personal information is accurate and complete where it may be used to make a decision about the member/donor or disclosed to another organization.

5.2 Members and donors may request correction to their personal information in order to ensure its accuracy and completeness. A request to correct personal information must be made in writing and provide sufficient detail to identify the personal information and the correction being sought.

5.3 If the personal information is demonstrated to be inaccurate or incomplete, we will correct the information as required and send the corrected information to any organization to which we disclosed the personal information in the previous year. If the correction is not made, we will note the members’/donors’ correction request in the file.

Policy 6 – Securing Personal Information

6.1 We are committed to ensuring the security of member/donor personal information in order to protect it from unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification or disposal or similar risks.

6.2 The following security measures will be followed to ensure that members and donors personal information is appropriately protected:

6.3 We will use appropriate security measures when destroying members and donors personal information such as shredding documents and deleting electronically stored information.

6.4 We will continually review and update our security policies and controls as technology changes to ensure ongoing personal information security.

Policy 7 – Providing members and donors Access to Personal Information

7.1 members and donors have a right to access their personal information, subject to limited exceptions.

7.2 A request to access personal information must be made in writing and provide sufficient detail to identify the personal information being sought. A request to access personal information should be forwarded to the Privacy Officer.

7.3 Upon request, we will also tell members and donors how we use their personal information and to whom it has been disclosed if applicable.

7.4 We will make the requested information available within 30 business days, or provide written notice of an extension where additional time is required to fulfill the request.

7.5 A minimal fee may be charged for providing access to personal information. Where a fee may apply, we will inform the members and donors of the cost and request further direction from the members and donors on whether or not we should proceed with the request.

7.6 If a request is refused in full or in part, we will notify the member/donor in writing, providing the reasons for refusal and the recourse available to the member/donor.

Policy 8 – Questions and Complaints: The Role of the Privacy Officer

8.1 The Privacy Officer is responsible for ensuring PEFC’s compliance with this policy and the Personal Information Protection Act.

8.2 members and donors should direct any complaints, concerns or questions regarding PEFC’s compliance in writing to the Privacy Officer. If the Privacy Officer is unable to resolve the concern, the member/donor may also write to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia.

Contact information for PEFC’s Privacy Officer:

Parkdale Evangelical Free Church
1095 Tolmie Ave
Victoria, BC  V8X 2H4