CBC Business Computer Systems recognizes the importance of privacy of personal information. We are committed to collecting, using and disclosing personal information responsibly. This document describes our privacy policies. We encourage you to ask us any questions or raise any concerns you may have regarding our privacy policies.
Collection of Personal Information
Like all businesses, we collect, use and disclose personal information in order to serve our clients. We also collect personal information in order to market our services to our clients and to market our ancillary services which may be of interest to our clients. We also collect personal information so that our associates may also market their services to our clients.
About Members of the General Public (Not Clients)
For members of the general public, our primary purpose for collecting personal information is to provide additional information on our company, products and special events. Our associates may also market their services to the general public. While we try to collect work contact information where possible, we might collect home addresses, fax numbers and email addresses. We try to obtain consent before collecting any such personal information, but where this is not, for any reason, possible, we will upon request immediately remove any personal information from our mailing list.
On our website, we only collect (with the exception of cookies) the personal information you provide and statistics on the usage of our web pages. We are committed to protecting the information you give us online and we have implemented appropriate safeguards. Despite our efforts, there is no guarantee that personal information and transactions on our website or on the Internet will be maintained confidential and secure. If you do not wish to submit personal information online, we ask that you contact us by regular mail, telephone or fax.
Like most businesses, we also collect, use and disclose information for other purposes. The most common examples are as follows:
• Invoices for goods or services, process of credit card payments, or collection of unpaid accounts.
• Compliance with various government agencies (e.g. Canada Revenue Agency, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Human Rights Commission) that have the authority to review our files and records.
• Reporting information suggesting serious illegal behaviour to the appropriate authorities.
• Sale of company shares or assets, for which the purchaser would want to conduct a review of our records to ensure that we are a viable business. Before being provided access to our records, we will ensure that the purchaser or its representative provides assurances to keep all personal information confidential.
Protecting Personal Information
We understand the importance of protecting personal information. For that reason, we have taken the following steps:
• Paper information is either under supervision or secured in a locked or restricted area.
• Passwords, anti-malware and other security measures are used on our computers.
• Paper information is transmitted through sealed, addressed envelopes by reputable companies.
CBC Business Computer Systems uses a number of external consultants and agencies that may, in the course of their duties, have limited access to personal information we hold. These may include associates, consultants, bookkeepers, lawyers, temporary workers, credit card companies, and website managers. We restrict their access to any personal information we hold as much as is reasonably possible.
Retention and Destruction of Personal Information
We need to retain personal information for some time to ensure that we can answer any questions you might have about the services provided and for our own accountability to external regulatory bodies. However, we do not want to keep personal information too long in order to protect your privacy.
We keep our client files and information for several years after the last contact. Our client and contact directories are much more difficult to systematically destroy, so we remove such information when we can if it does not appear that we will be contacting you again. However, if you ask, we will remove such contact information as soon as possible.
We destroy paper files containing personal information by shredding or by incineration. We destroy electronic information by deleting it.
Access to Personal Information
With some exceptions, you have the right to see what personal information we hold about you. Often, all you have to do is ask. We can help you identify what records we might have about you. Before providing you with this access, we will need to confirm your identity if we do not know you. We reserve the right to charge a nominal fee for such requests. If there is a problem, we may ask you to put your request in writing. If we cannot give you access, we will tell you within 30 days if at all possible and tell you the reason, as best we can, as to why we cannot give you access.
If you believe there is a mistake in the information, you have the right to ask for it to be corrected. This applies to factual information. We may ask you to provide documentation that proves that the information in our files is wrong. Where we agree that we made a mistake, we will make the correction and notify anyone to whom we sent this information. If we do not agree that we have made a mistake, we will still agree to include in our file a brief statement from you on this issue and we will forward that statement to anyone else who received the earlier information.
Do you have a question?
Our Information Officer can be reached at:
The Information Officer will attempt to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you wish to make a formal complaint about our privacy practices, you may make it in writing to our Information Officer. The Information Officer will acknowledge receipt of your complaint and will ensure that it is investigated promptly and that you are provided with a formal decision and reasons in writing.
This policy is made under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. It is a complex Act and provides some additional exceptions to the privacy principles that are too detailed to set out here. There are some exceptions to the commitments set out above.
For more general inquiries, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada oversees the administration of the privacy legislation in the private sector. The Privacy Commissioner can be reached at:
We reserve our right to amend our privacy policies from time to time and with or without notice. Last Modified: May 5, 2011