We Respect Your Privacy
The APMA may review this Policy to ensure that it is relevant and remains current with changing laws, regulations and technologies, and reserves the right to change this Policy at any time. Our updated Policy will be posted on the Site and will be current as of the “Last modiﬁed date” set out above. However, while the Policy may change, the APMA will treat your personal information in a manner consistent with the Policy under which it was collected, unless APMA has your consent to treat it differently.
What is Personal Information?
Personal information is any information about an identiﬁable person.
This policy applies to personal information about individuals and does not apply to the information collected, used or disclosed with respect to corporate or commercial entities. Also, this policy does not impose any limits on our collection, use or disclosure of information exempted under applicable privacy legislation, including business contact information and certain publicly available information.
What Personal Information does the APMA collect and how does the APMA use this Personal Information?
The APMA may collect various information from you, including your ﬁrst and last name, address, phone number, email address and subject of inquiry (e.g. information requests), preferred means of communication, your interaction with our website, social media sites and mobile applications (including information such as IP addresses, browser type, language, access times, referring website, etc.), and other information you provide to us. The APMA may collect this information in various ways, including through your interaction with the Site and through your communications with the APMA.
To whom does the APMA disclose Personal Information?
The APMA may disclose such information to other persons, in the manner as follows:
- to the extent required for the Identiﬁed Purposes, as described to you at the time of collection or in this Policy
- to other third parties, such as sponsors and website content partners,
- as required or permitted by Law.
Why does the APMA collect, use and disclose Personal Information?
The APMA collects, uses and discloses your personal information for the following purposes:
- to authenticate your identity;
- to operate, customize and improve our website, social media sites, mobile applications, advertisements, products and services;
- to allow you to use portions of our website such as our forums;
- to allow you to participate in our contests, and to administer those contests;
- to monitor your compliance with any of your agreements with us;
- to administer our provision of, and your payment for, products or services you request from us;
- to provide newsletters, electronic messages and information you request from us;
- to provide other information to you regarding our products and services or third party products and services, unless you opt out of receiving that information;
- to manage or transfer our assets or liabilities, for example in the case of an acquisition, disposition or merger;
- to protect us, yourself and others from fraud and error and to safeguard our business interests;
- to collect debts owed to us;
- to comply with legal and regulatory requirements; and
- for other purposes we may inform you about from time-to-time.
We may transfer your personal information across provincial or national borders to fulﬁl any of the above purposes (including both the necessary and the optional purposes), including to service providers located in the United States and other jurisdictions outside of Canada who may be subject to applicable disclosure laws in those jurisdictions. You may contact our Privacy Officer (whose contact information is provided below) to obtain information about our policies and practices regarding our use of service providers outside of Canada, or to ask questions about the collection, use, disclosure or storage of personal information by our offshore service providers.
When your personal information is to be used for a purpose not previously identiﬁed, the new purpose will be disclosed to you prior to such use, and your consent will be sought unless the use is authorized or required by law.
We may work with other companies to provide services on our behalf, such as website hosting services, payment processing services and product delivery services. Those service providers will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service in question, and they will be required to maintain the conﬁdentiality of that information.
The APMA will may sell or rent information to third parties, that may contain personal information. Any material, information or other communication (including questions, comments and suggestions) you transmit to us through our website, social media sites or other online sites, or mobile applications will be considered non-conﬁdential and non-proprietary. We may forward your communications and other personal information to any of our oﬃces or aﬃliates throughout the world in connection with any products or services you request, or in connection with any communications you wish to have with us, and you consent to us doing so.
Further we may be required to disclose personal information without consent for the following reasons;
- the information is publicly available, as deﬁned by statute or regulation;
- we are obtaining legal advice; or
- we reasonably expect that obtaining consent would compromise an investigation or proceeding.
You may withdraw consent at any time, subject to legal, contractual and other restrictions, provided that you give reasonable notice of withdrawal of consent to us. On receipt of notice of withdrawal of consent, we will inform you of the likely consequences of the withdrawal of consent, which may include our inability to provide certain services for which that information is necessary.
Limits on Collection
The APMA will not collect information indiscriminately and will limit collection of information to that which is reasonable and necessary for the above purposes. We will also collect information as is otherwise authorized by law.
Limits on Using, Disclosing and Retaining Personal Information
The APMA will only use and disclose your personal information for the purposes set out above and as authorized by law. We will keep personal information used to make a decision affecting you for at least one year after using it to make the decision, unless otherwise permitted or required by law.
We will destroy, erase or make anonymous documents or other records containing personal information as soon as it is reasonable to assume that the original purpose is no longer being served by retention of the information and retention is no longer necessary for legal or business purposes. We will take due care when destroying personal information so as to prevent unauthorized access to the information.
The APMA will make a reasonable and best efforts to ensure that personal information we are using or disclosing is accurate and complete. In some cases, we rely on you to ensure that certain information, such as your address or telephone number, is current, complete and accurate.
Upon written request and authentication of identity, the APMA will make best efforts to provide you with your other personal information under our control, information about the ways in which that information is being used and a description of the individuals and organizations to whom that information has been disclosed.
In some situations we may not be able to provide access to certain personal information. This may be the case where, for example, disclosure would reveal personal information about another individual, the personal information is protected by solicitor/client privilege, the information was collected for the purpose of an investigation or where disclosure of the information would reveal conﬁdential commercial information that, if disclosed, could harm our competitive position. We may also be prevented by law from providing access to certain personal information.
Where an access request is refused, we will notify you in writing, document the reasons for refusal and outline further steps which are available to you.
What is Aggregate Information
“Aggregate information” is standard web server/visitor traffic information, commonly referred to as ‘aggregate information’, regarding overall website traffic patterns. Web servers normally collect this type of basic information as part of their web log processes. This aggregate information does not identify you and thus does not constitute personal information.
In addition to information provided by our visitors we use the normal Internet tracking tools associated with standard Internet protocols and web–based systems. This system information is typically stored in log ﬁles and the information is used for aggregate reporting. Aggregate reporting includes total number of visitors, most visited sections, peak traffic times, etc. Log ﬁles are simply transaction records web servers maintain. Those logs are used for recording information, such as:
- service provider IP addresses;
- browser versions;
- referring websites;
- search terms used;
- average number of pages requested;
- average duration of visit;
- total visitor traffic.
We use aggregate information gathered from your visit to better design our website. This information supplies us with a broad picture of how people use our website in order to help the management of our systems and to better serve our audience.
How do we protect your personal information? Our commitment to data security
In order to prevent unauthorized access to your personal information, maintain the accuracy of your personal information, and to ensure your personal information is used and disclosed only pursuant to this Policy, the APMA employees who have access to personal information strive to maintain physical, electronic, contractual and administrative safeguards to protect personal information collected with an appropriate level of physical or electronic security. However, conﬁdentiality and security are not assured when information is transmitted electronically.
What about practices of linked sites?
This privacy statement applies only to the Site. Please be aware that the APMA is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites to which it has links. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every website that requests personal information from you.
A cookie is a small text ﬁle sent from a Web server and placed on your computer’s hard drive. A cookie is generally used to enhance your browsing experience. You can choose to set your browser to detect and reject cookies, to accept cookies from all sites, or to prompt you whenever a site wants to send you a cookie.
Cookies used by the APMA do not give us access to anything on your hard drive and cannot do anything to your computer.
Remarketing / Targeted Advertising
For all inquiries as to your personal information, including requests to access or correct personal information, please send a written request to:
Automotive Parts Manufactures’ Association 10 Four Seasons Place,
Toronto, ON M9B 6H7