What is "Personal Information" under PIPEDA.
Under PIPEDA, "personal information" is defined as "information about an identifiable individual". It includes name, contact information, demographic, as well as information about the individual's shopping habits or on-line browsing behaviour. It does not include information collected in aggregate, such as information collected and used for statistical purposes. In other words, PIPEDA permits the collection, use, retention and sharing of information that cannot be directly linked to, or does not specifically identify you.
Collecting and Using Information
MUSKOKA TOURISM offers visitors to its website opportunities to subscribe to its free newsletter, participate in contests and special offers, as well as link to websites of Muskoka Tourism’s partners and advertisers that may also be offering information, contests and special offers. If you choose to participate in one of these services or contests, we will retain only the information that you choose to provide.
If you are browsing on our website, be advised that every computer connected to the Internet is given a domain name and Internet protocol address (IP Address). When a visitor requests a page from MUSKOKA TOURISM’S website, our website servers automatically recognize that visitor's domain name and address. Please note that the domain name and IP Address reveal nothing personal about you other than the IP address from which you have accessed our site.
Newsletters and Publications
MUSKOKA TOURISM offers valuable and timely information about events, upcoming attractions, and must-do activities for you and every member of your family in its on-line newsletter. It's free but to receive this newsletter we ask that you subscribe by providing us with some personal information and general demographic information so that we can monitor our marketing activities and better personalize our website's contests, special offers, and newsletters to your interests.
Users participating in MUSKOKA TOURISM’S contests may be required to submit varying degrees of personal information, depending upon the nature of the particular contest. The specific information to be collected and how it will be used will be disclosed in the general contest rules and regulations and/or in the referring contest page or newsletter. The names, addresses and photograph or likeness of contest winners may be reproduced on the site or in other advertising materials.
MUSKOKA TOURISM may sell goods and services to the consumer public on behalf of member companies. Muskoka Tourism assumes no responsibility for cancellation or postponement of goods or services sold for any reason. Information is accurate at time of posting, is valid only for dates indicated, and is subject to change and availability. Unless otherwise specified, prices are quoted in Canadian dollars. Rates will vary depending upon time of booking. Taxes on goods sold are not necessarily included in the published offer.
Please note that a cookie cannot read data off of your computer's hard disk, or read cookie files created by other websites. Cookies do not damage your computer system.
You may reset your computer's browser to accept or block cookies, or allow your computer's browser to show you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept cookies from MUSKOKA TOURISM or its partners or advertisers, your experience at our site and other websites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.
From time to time, MUSKOKA TOURISM will conduct online surveys for internal purposes or for third parties, to gather general information about users and/or their views. Participation in these surveys is voluntary; no information will be collected except that which is knowingly supplied by the user. Identifying personal information will not be shared.
Use by Children
If you are under eighteen (18) years of age, your parent's or guardian's permission will be required before any information is provided to our website. Children are not permitted to participate in on-line contests unless specifically designed for children and with the consent of the parent or guardian.
Disclosing Information to outside third parties
MUSKOKA TOURISM reserves the right to share general demographic information with its partners, advertisers or potential advertisers; however, profiles of individual users are not shared without the express consent of the individual at the time of collecting the information.
Regarding domain name and IP Address from your computer, this information is used to examine traffic to our website in aggregate, and to investigate misuse of MUSKOKA TOURISM’S website, its users, or to cooperate with law enforcement.
Safeguards to protect your personal information
All information you provide to MUSKOKA TOURISM is protected by encrypted password. Access to source files and the data base is restricted on the Virtual Private Server ("VPS") to administrator-level accounts which are also protected by encrypted passwords on a FreeBSD Server.
MUSKOKA TOURISM also takes technical, contractual, administrative and physical security measures to protect your personal information. Please be aware that transferring any data in an electronic format is not secure and any personal information you send to us by email could be intercepted. If your communication is very sensitive, or includes information such as your credit card number, you should not send it electronically unless the email is encrypted.
There are links on the MUSKOKA TOURISM website that take you to other websites outside of our service. Any links provided to third party websites outside of Muskoka Tourism’s website are provided solely for your convenience. The operation and content of such third party websites is beyond our control and we do not endorse in any matter whatsoever or accept any responsibility for the information, content or other material which may be contained on such websites, the use of such websites, or any products or services advertised on or sold through any such websites. We will not be liable under any circumstances for any damages whatsoever, direct or indirect, resulting from any use of this website or any other third party website linked to this website, whether or not we are advised of the possibility of such damages.
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