Minerva BC respects the privacy of our participants, donors and volunteers. We recognize our obligation to protect all personal information. According to the B.C. Personal Information Protection Act, personal information is defined as: information about an identifiable individual and includes employee personal information but does not include (a) contact information, or (b) work product information.
Minerva BC’s policy complies with Provincial privacy laws guided by adherence to the following 10 principles.
Principle 1: Accountable
Under this principle, Minerva BC is responsible for the collection, storage, use, disclosure, protection and accuracy of personal information collected and controlled by all Minerva BC programs and services.
Minerva BC has established:
- Procedures to protect personal information
- Procedures to receive and respond to complaints and inquiries
Principle 2: Identify the Purpose
Minerva BC will identify and document the purposes for which personal information is collected at or before the time the information is collected.
Minerva BC collects personal information only for the following purposes:
- To establish and maintain responsible relations with participants, donors and volunteers and to provide ongoing service;
- To understand participant needs;
- To develop, market or provide programs and services that helps us to achieve our mission;
- To recognize donors and volunteers
- To track statistical information; and
- To meet legal and regulatory requirements
We collect, use and disclose personal information only for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in light of the circumstances. Upon request, staff collecting personal information shall explain these identified purposes or refer the individual to a designated person within Minerva BC who shall explain the purposes.
Unless required by law, Minerva BC shall not use or disclose for any new purpose, personal information that has been collected without first identifying and documenting the new purpose and obtaining the consent of the individual concerned.
Principle 3: Consent
In determining the appropriate form of consent, Minerva BC shall take into account the sensitivity of the personal information and the reasonable expectations of its participants. In general, the use of services by an individual constitutes implied consent for Minerva BC to collect, use and disclose personal information for all identified purposes.
For sensitive information, Minerva BC will obtain express consent at or before the time of collection. Individuals may withdraw consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice. Individuals wishing to withdraw consent, should allow for 15 working days for this to be processed. Individuals may contact Minerva BC for more information regarding the implications of withdrawing consent.
Principle 4: Limit Collection
Minerva BC will restrict its collection of personal information to that information which is necessary and reasonable for the purposes identified by the organization. Minerva BC will not collect extraneous personal information. Minerva BC will collect personal information only by fair and lawful means, and by being transparent with customers.
Principle 5: Limit Use, Disclosure and Retention
Minerva BC shall not use or disclose personal information for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. We shall retain personal information only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes, or as required by law. Personal information that is no longer necessary or relevant for the identified purposes or required to be retained by law shall be destroyed, erased or made anonymous.
Principle 6: Be Accurate
Minerva BC will keep personal information as accurate, complete and up-to-date as necessary for its purposes. Personal information will be updated as and when necessary to fulfill the identified purposes or upon notification by the individual.
Principle 7: Safeguarding Personal Information
Minerva BC shall protect personal information by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. We will protect personal information against such risks as loss or theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, modification or destruction, through appropriate security measures. Minerva BC shall protect personal information, regardless of the format in which it is held.
All Minerva BC employees with access to personal information shall be required as a condition of employment to respect the confidentiality of personal information.
Principle 8: Be Open
We shall make information about our policies and practices easy to understand, including:
- The title and contact information of our privacy officer
- The means of gaining access to personal information held by Minerva BC
- The complaint process for the management of personal information
Principle 9: Access to Personal Information
Upon request in writing, Minerva BC shall confirm the existence, use and disclosure of their personal information and shall give the individual access to that information. An individual may challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate.
Upon request, Minerva BC shall provide a copy of the information requested or a response that includes reasons for not providing access, within 30 business days. According to the Personal Information Act, there may be certain circumstances whereby Minerva BC is not able to provide access to personal information it holds on an individual.
Principle 10: Challenging Compliance
Individuals will be able to address a challenge concerning compliance with the above principles to Minerva BC’s privacy officer. Minerva BC will establish and maintain procedures to receive and respond to complaints or inquiries about its policies and practices related to the handling of personal information. The complaint procedure will be easily accessible and simple to use. Minerva BC will investigate all complaints concerning compliance with the policy. If a complaint is found to be justified, Minerva BC will take appropriate measures to resolve the complaint including, if necessary, amending its policies and procedures.