At Ontario Genomics [Formerly “Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI)”] we are committed to protecting your privacy, and transparent about how we collect, use and disclose your personal information through access to or use of the Ontario Genomics’ website (the “Site”).
By visiting www.ontariogenomics.ca, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information, as defined below.
Your personal information
“Personal Information” shall mean information that:
- Can be used to uniquely identify a specific individual,
- Can be used to uniquely describe a specific individual
- Is recorded in any form.
Your knowledge and consent
Ontario Genomics collects personal information about you only when you voluntarily provide it. We will seek consent for the use or disclosure of your personal information at the time of collection. In certain circumstances, consent may be sought after the information has been collected but before use (for example, when we want to use information for a purpose not previously identified).
We will give you a choice to opt out at any time. If you wish to withdraw your consent, please contact us.
How we use your personal information
Ontario Genomics collects your personal information on the Site from you, to be used for the purposes identified to you at the time of collection.
The personal information collected may include contact information (such as name, address, e-mail address and telephone number), and user behaviour information. We use your personal information for the following purposes:
By submitting your information to join our e-mail list via the Site, you are giving us explicit consent to send you communications including news, announcements, resources, calls for funding opportunities, events and services.
The Site provides links for e-mail addresses that you may use to contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have about the Site, or about your personal information. Your comments and personal information sent using email may be stored for later use regarding improvements to the Site.
Please note that e-mail sent over the Internet is not secure, and e-mail privacy cannot and will not be assured or guaranteed. E-mail and its contents are subject to your own risk and Ontario Genomics cannot assume any responsibility for damages that are experienced through the use of e-mail.
- Aggregate or “user behaviour” information
Ontario Genomics does not report on individual user sessions; however, we use Internet tracking tools that are associated with standard Internet protocols and web-based systems for aggregate reporting. “Aggregate information” is standard visitor traffic information collected by web servers, and it helps to establish overall web traffic patterns. This aggregate information does not identify you and thus generally does not constitute personal information. We use aggregate information to better design the Site.
When you visit the Site, we collect certain web traffic information by placing a small text file called a “cookie” in the browser directory of your computer’s hard drive. A cookie is a small piece of digital information that is stored by your computer’s browser when you enter a website and that can later be retrieved by the website. The cookie cannot be read by any website other than the one that set up the cookie. A cookie is generally used to enhance your browsing experience by identifying you as a repeat visitor and allowing us to personalize your use of the Site. Some browsers can be set to reject all cookies. If you choose to modify your browser in this manner, some pages of the Site may not function properly.
- Outward transfers to third parties
Except with your consent, or as otherwise described below, we will not sell, license, trade or rent your personal information to or with others.
Ontario Genomics may share personal information with third parties engaged to assist us in providing services to you or to carry out one or more of the purposes described above. We ensure that any third party to which personal information may be disclosed subscribes to the same privacy principles or is subject to law providing the same level of privacy protection as is required by the privacy principles.
Ontario Genomics reserves the right to disclose personal information to a third party if a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order legally requires or authorizes us to do so.
Retention and storage of your personal information
Ontario Genomics retains your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purpose(s) for which it was collected and to comply with applicable laws, and your consent to such purposes(s) remains valid after termination of our relationship with you.
You can help us maintain the accuracy of your personal information by notifying us of any changes. You may contact us to request access to, correction or update of your personal information.