Important information and privacy policy

We respect your privacy and do not sell or lend our e-mail list to anyone. We use security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of data used by our system.

How we use your Personal Information

Personal information that you give us is used to communicate with you, or to facilitate your participation as a volunteer if you want to assist. We take great attention in the way we store and use your personal information. The Green Party is a national organization, with a riding-based membership system, due to this your personal information may also be used by our local riding associations. As a federal political party registered under the Canada Elections Act, the Green Party of Canada, including its EDAs (electoral district associations and riding associations) are subject to regulation under the Elections Act, including public disclosure requirements for contributions over $200.

Identification, Opt-In and unsubscribe information:

To update your mailing: email webadmin@greenparty.ca. To unsubscribe immediately and automatically: click on the opt-out link at the bottom of the last email you received. If you received a mailing from us, you have either registered this address for the purpose of receiving information in the future ("opt-in"), are (a) a member of the Green Party of Canada (b) a recent donor or volunteer, or (c) otherwise have an existing relationship with us. If a friend who believed you would be interested in the information contained herein sent this, your address will not be stored on file and/or used unless you opt in to mailings by subscribing to our e-newsletters. We respect your time and attention by controlling the frequency of our mailings.

Privacy statement:

Our commitment to your privacy (This policy is in effect September 25, 2004.) We use security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of data used by our system. Security audits are conducted periodically to ensure the integrity of our systems.

Sharing and Usage

We do not share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone outside of the party, without your express advance permission or unless so ordered by a court of law. Information submitted is only available to Green Party personnel who manage this information for purposes of communicating with you on matters pertaining to Green Party business, or for determining how best to provide that information according to your wishes. If you have received unwanted, unsolicited email sent via this system or purporting to be sent via this system, please forward a copy of that email with your comments to abuse@greenparty.ca for review.

2. Web site privacy policy:

The Green Party of Canada's Website Privacy Policy

The Green Party of Canada respects your personal privacy and is committed to maintaining your trust and confidence. We believe in ensuring the security of your personal information. Please take the time to read this policy, and contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We strive to protect any personal information you may provide us. If we ask you to provide us with any personal information, we will tell you the purposes for which we intend to use that information. Your personal information is not sold to anyone for any purpose. This statement discloses the privacy practices and policies for the Green Party of Canada's Web site, the information contained therein and the information collected therein. If you have any questions about these practices and policies, please email us at webadmin@greenparty.ca

Information Collection, Use and Disclosure

The purpose of this Web site is to educate and inform the public about the Green Party of Canada, its goals, its key values, its policies and platform, and its mission. When you visit this site and access information, you are anonymous. We do not require you to provide personal information to view it. Information gathered on Greenparty.ca falls under the following categories:

  • Aggregate site use information
  • Online donation information
  • Green Party Membership Information
  • Policy Forum, Discussion Boards, Organizing, and Automated Discussion Lists (ADLs/list serves)

Aggregrate Site Use Information

We record information about the pages viewed by all of our website visitors. This data includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, connection speed, read time, display time and number of clicks. We use this data, in aggregate form only, to compile statistics and reports for the Green Party of Canadas use, and improve the online experience for all visitors. We reserve the right to provide general descriptions or portions of this aggregate information to vendors, consultants, partner NGOs or news services. Such uses of the data in this fashion would typically be to plan site architecture improvements or to measure public interest in our site.

Cookie Use

A cookie is a small text file stored on the users hard drive that may help you access pages faster and allows our server to recognize you as you navigate within the site. We use cookies to assist with anonymous site traffic analysis, which includes tracking the time/date of visits, pages viewed and referring URLs. Cookies are generally not required to use our site, although some sections of our site may not be available to you if you choose not to accept cookies. You may configure your Web browser to either refuse all cookies, accept them each time they are offered, or accept them at all times. Consult your browser's help files for assistance on changing cookie settings or removing cookie files.

Online Donation Information

The Green Party of Canada only reads cookies specifically written for our site and does not use cookies to track a user's internet history on other sites. If you donated money online, we only request the information needed to complete the processing of that transaction and provide a tax receipt. We also share our users' personal information with Elections Canada, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency or other federal agencies as required by law. We do not provide any more information than necessary for these purposes. We may also use the information to contact you regarding your donation.

Our Site Security

We take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information against loss, theft, and unauthorized access and use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, to encrypt, or encode, information sent to us. Any personal information you provide to us is exchanged via a secure server. Encryption protects your information, such as your credit card number, name and address information by scrambling it before it is sent from your computer. Only once we receive your information is it decoded. We make all reasonable efforts to ensure its security on our own systems and undergo periodic security audits to ensure the safeguarding of this information. Warning: e-mail is not encrypted, nor is it a secure means to send personal information. We urge you to use our secure severs to process online donations, or call our Ottawa office to make a donation by phone. Click here for Green Party of Canada telephone, postal mail and other contact information.

Green Party of Canada Membership Information

As a registered federal political party, the Green Party of Canada requires your assistance in providing us with your personal information to fulfill certain legal obligations. If you become a member, you must provide certain information, which is added to our internal membership database that by law must be maintained. The information maintained in the database includes:

  • Member number;
  • Member name, address and telephone number;
  • Amount of member donation(s);
  • Date on which the member registered as a member of the Green Party of Canada, and/or made (a) donation(s);
  • Date on which any person ceased to be a member.

The information contained in the database can only be used for official Green Party business such as informational mailings, internal election materials, and other correspondence. The Green Party of Canada does not sell, rent, or lend our membership lists to anyone.

Updating Membership Data

Membership information previously provided to the Green Party of Canda can be up updated by calling our national office in Ottawa at 1-866-868-3447 (toll free), in Ottawa: 613.562-4916

Opting Out

If you wish to have any of your personal information removed from our databases, or if you no longer want us to send any further communications to you, please send an e-mail to membership@greenparty.ca with your request. Please note, however, that as a federal political party we are required by law to maintain certain information about our members, as noted above. We may be required by law to maintain this information for a period of time after a member has terminated his or her membership.

E-newsletter and Green Canada Vert

Visitors to our site may choose to opt in to receive our email newsletters. Members may also choose to use our many automated discussion lists (ADLs or list serves).

E-Newsletter Subscriptions

E-newsletters are sent only to users who choose to provide us with their email address. Our newsletter subscriber database is not sold, rented or otherwise to any other parties. Subscribers wishing to update their contact information, or opt out of receiving newsletters, can use the links provided at the bottom of each newsletter email.

Green Canada Vert

Green Canada Vert is our quarterly, printed newsletter available by post to members. It is sent automatically to all members of the Green Party of Canada. Join and automatically subscribe to Green Canada Vert by becoming a member of the Green Party of Canada.

Other online services

Visitors using our online policy development platform and members choosing to use any of our online collaborative tools including our e-mail discussion lists, bulletin boards, etc., are bound by the user-provided content guidelines set out in our Terms of Use. Postings and articles submitted remain property of the Green Party of Canada and are archived.

Fraud and Crime Prevention

The Green Party of Canada reserves the right to co-operate with local, national, or international law enforcement or other authorities in the investigation of improper or unlawful activities and this may require the disclosure of personal information. If such an investigation requires disclosure of personal information on file in our records, we may be required by law to cooperate. We also reserve the right to report improper or unlawful user activities on our site, which may require the disclosure of personal information relating to those individuals conducting such improper or unlawful activities.

Links

This web site contains links to other sites or e-mail addresses. This privacy statement only applies to information collected by our web site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices and/or policies of these or any third parties, nor do we necessarily agree with or endorse the opinions or positions expressed. Links are provided for information only.

Accuracy of, and access to, personal information

We strive to ensure that any personal information we retain and use is as accurate, complete and up-to-date as necessary for the purposes for which we will use it. We do not routinely update personal information except where and as necessary for these purposes. If however our records regarding your personal information are inaccurate or incomplete, we will amend that information at your request. At your request we will provide to you a statement explaining the extent to which we hold personal information about you, and we will explain how that information has been used by us.

Policy changes and updates

This page will be updated if and when information about the collection and use of your personal data changes, and/or policies regarding the use of the site are changed. Your comments and questions are welcome at our contact page.