At Aryze Developments Inc (“Aryze”), we are committed to providing our clients and community members with exceptional service. As providing this service involves the collection, use and disclosure of some personal information about our clients and community members, protecting their personal information is one of our highest priorities.
While we have always respected our clients’ and community members’ privacy and safeguarded their personal information, 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 clients and community members 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 clients’ and community members’ personal information. Our privacy commitment includes ensuring the accuracy, confidentiality, and security of our clients’ and community members’ personal information and allowing our clients and community members to request access to, and correction of, their personal information.
This Personal Information Protection Policy applies to Aryze and its subsidiaries.
This policy also applies to any service providers collecting, using or disclosing personal information on behalf of Aryze.
Personal Information –means information about an identifiable individual, including name, email address, postal code, home address and phone number. Personal information does not include contact information (described below).
Contact information – means information that would enable an individual to be contacted at a place of business and includes name, position name or title, business telephone number, business address, business email or business fax number. Contact information is not covered by this policy or PIPA.
Privacy Officer – means the individual designated responsibility for ensuring that Aryze complies with this policy and PIPA.
Policy 1 – Collecting Personal Information
1.1 Unless the purposes for collecting personal information are obvious and the client/community member 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 clients’ and community members’ information that is necessary to fulfill the following purposes:
Policy 2 – Consent
2.1 We will obtain clients’ and community memebers’ 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 electronically or in writing or it can be implied where the purpose for collecting using or disclosing the personal information would be considered obvious and the client/community member voluntarily provides personal information for that purpose.
2.3 Consent may also be implied where a client/community member is given notice and a reasonable opportunity to opt-out of his or her personal information being used for mail-outs or the marketing of new services or products and the client/community member does not opt-out.
2.4 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), clients and community members can withhold or withdraw their consent for Aryze to use their personal information in certain ways. A client’s/community member’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 client/community member in making the decision.
2.5 We may collect, use or disclose personal information without the client’s/community member’s knowledge or consent in the following limited circumstances:
Policy 3 – Using and Disclosing Personal Information
3.1 We will only use or disclose clients’ and community members’ personal information where necessary to fulfill the purposes identified at the time of collection or for a purpose reasonably related to those purposes such as:
3.2 We will not use or disclose clients’ and community members’ personal information for any additional purpose unless we obtain consent to do so.
3.3 We will not sell clients’ and community members’ lists or personal information to other parties.
Policy 4 – Retaining Personal Information
4.1 If we use clients’ and community members’ personal information to make a decision that directly affects the client/community member, we will retain that personal information for at least one year so that the clients and community members have a reasonable opportunity to request access to it.
4.2 Subject to policy 4.1, we will retain clients’ and community members’ 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 clients’ and community members’ personal information is accurate and complete where it may be used to make a decision about the client/community member or disclosed to another organization.
5.2 Clients and community members 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.
A request to correct personal information should be forwarded to the Marketing & Communications Coordinator.
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 client’s/community member’s correction request in the file.
Policy 6 – Securing Personal Information
6.1 We are committed to ensuring the security of clients’ and community members’ 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 clients’ and community members’ personal information is appropriately protected:
6.3 We will use appropriate security measures when destroying clients’ and community members’ personal information such as 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 Clients and Community Members Access to Personal Information
7.1 Clients and community members have a right to access their personal information, subject to limited exceptions.
Aryze is not required to disclose personal information and other information under subsection (1) or (2) in the following circumstances:
Aryze must not disclose personal information and other information under subsection (1) or (2) in the following circumstances:
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 Marketing & Communications Coordinator.
7.3 Upon request, we will also tell clients and community members 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 clients and community members of the cost and request further direction from the client/community member 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 clients and community members in writing, providing the reasons for refusal and the recourse available to the client/community member.
Policy 8 – Questions and Complaints: The Role of the Privacy Officer
8.1 The Privacy Officer is responsible for ensuring Aryze’s compliance with this policy and the Personal Information Protection Act.
8.2 Clients and community members should direct any complaints, concerns or questions regarding Aryze’s compliance in writing to the Privacy Officer. If the Privacy Officer is unable to resolve the concern, the clients and community members may also write to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia.
Contact information for Aryze Privacy Officer:
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
1839 Fairfield Road
Victoria, BC V8S 1G9
250 940 3568