Your Privacy and the Internet
Specific personal information, such as your name, phone number or email address, is not automatically gathered. Taxpage 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 Taxpage, 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 Taxpage 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 Taxpage 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.
Use of Google Analytics
Taxpage uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.
Taxpage uses this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators, and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. We utilize this tool to improve our services, user experience, and the structure of our website.
Opting Out of Google Analytics
Taxpage understands that not everyone wants their web visit data stored. Therefore, Google offers an opt-out component for their Analytics program. If you wish to opt out of Google Analytics data collection, you can download and install a browser add-on which is available here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/. Please note that this will opt you out of Google Analytics on all websites, not just on Taxpage.
Alternatively, you can adjust your browser settings to reject cookies, which will also prevent Google Analytics from storing your data. However, please be aware that rejecting cookies may impact your user experience on our site and restrict your ability to access certain features.
We respect your privacy and want to provide you with the flexibility to control how your data is used and stored. If you have any questions or concerns about how we handle your data, please feel free to contact us.
Communicating with Taxpage
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. Taxpage 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 Taxpage 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
Taxpage’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 Taxpage server. Users who choose to interact with Taxpage 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.