Your Privacy and the Internet
Specific personal information, such as your name, phone number or email address, is not automatically gathered. Canadian Tax Amnesty would only obtain this type of information if you supply it by email or by registering in a secure portion of the site for a program or service (e.g. personal information provided voluntarily when you complete an online form or request for service).
The nature of the Internet is such that Web servers automatically collect certain information about a visit to a website, including the visitor’s Internet Protocol (IP) address. IP addresses are unique numbers assigned by Internet Service Providers (ISP) to all devices used to access the Internet. Web servers automatically log the IP addresses of visitors to their sites. The IP address, on its own, does not identify an individual. However, in certain circumstances, such as with the co-operation of an ISP for example, it could be used to identify an individual using the site. For this reason, the Government of Canada considers the IP address to be personal information, particularly when combined with other data automatically collected when a visitor requests a Web page such as the page or pages visited, date and time of the visit.
In cases where services are provided by organizations outside of the Canadian Tax Amnesty, such as social media platforms, search or mobile applications, IP addresses may be recorded by the third-party service provider.
All personal information created, held or collected by Canadian Tax Amnesty is protected under the federal Privacy Act. At any point of collection, you will be asked for consent to collect your information or you will be advised of the authority for such collection. You will also be informed of the purpose for which the personal information is being collected, and how to exercise your right of access to, and correction of, that information. In such cases, how your personal information is handled is described in a Personal Information Collection Statement.
Visitors’ personal information is not usually disclosed to anyone except Canadian Tax Amnesty personnel who need the information to carry out their responsibilities. Any further disclosure of the personal information you provide would be in accordance with the federal Privacy Act and Part 4 of the Department of Employment and Social Development Act (DESDA) if applicable.
Communicating with Canadian Tax Amnesty
If you choose to send firstname.lastname@example.org an email or complete a feedback form online, your personal information may be used in order to respond to your inquiry. Canadian Tax Amnesty does not use the information to create individual profiles. Any disclosure of your personal information is in accordance with the Privacy Act and Part 4 of the DESDA if applicable.
Emails and other electronic methods used to communicate with the Canadian Tax Amnesty are not secure unless it is specifically stated on a Web page. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not send sensitive personal information, such as your Social Insurance Number or your date of birth, through non-secure electronic means.
Third-Party Social Media
The Canadian Tax Amnesty’s use of social media serves as an extension of its presence on the Web. Social media account(s) are public and are not hosted on Canadian Tax Amnesty server. Users who choose to interact with the Canadian Tax Amnesty via social media should read the terms of service and privacy policies of these third-party service providers and those of any applications used to access them.