Website & Privacy Policy

Website Privacy Policy & Terms Of Use

Thank you for visiting the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto's (CCAS) website. This website provides users the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the agency's mission. Our privacy policy outlines our commitment to maintaining your privacy regarding the information you provide through our website. It also states the limitations placed on your use of the information and technology provided by the website. CCAS reserves the right to change this policy at any time. Please return often to review it. Your use of CCAS 's website constitutes agreement to the terms and conditions stated in this policy.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Non-Personal Information

Information Collected Automatically

If your only activity while visiting our site is to browse through the website, read pages, or download information, no identifying information, which can identify you personally, will be collected.

We gather and store certain information about your visit automatically through Google Analytics, which protects all data with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, while ensuring its reports do not include personal, identifiable information about you.

Google Analytics is Google's free web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how their visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics collects information anonymously, and much like examining footprints in sand, it reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. Analytics uses its own cookie to track visitor interactions. The cookie is used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so they can improve their website and how people find it. A different cookie is used for each website, and visitors are not tracked across multiple sites. To disable this type of cookie, some browsers will indicate when a cookie is being sent and allow you to decline cookies on a case-by-case basis. Google Analytics also protects your information with their privacy policy.

CCAS fully complies with Google Analytics requirement that all websites that use it must update their privacy policy to include a notice that fully discloses the use of Analytics. CCAS uses the information recorded to administer this website more effectively.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

Personal Information
Personal information can include your name, mailing address, email address or any information relevant to delivery of our services and information.

Information Collected Voluntarily

Personal information is collected from website users for the following purposes:

  1. To deliver information requested by mail or email.
  2. To send information about the mission and services of the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto.
  3. To evaluate and modify our website and other communication materials based on the feedback we receive.

CCAS staff are authorized to access personal information solely for the reason(s) for which it was obtained. Safeguards are in place to ensure that the information is not disclosed or shared more widely than is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was gathered.

This personal information is provided voluntarily, and is kept in confidence, and stored in secure databases on our Internet servers or those of third parties who may be contracted to provide these services. 

Application of the Privacy Policy

Confidentiality & Privacy

CCAS assures you that the identity and information provided by all who contact us through this website is kept confidential. CCAS does not rent, sell, trade or exchange our mailing lists. CCAS does not share any information with outside parties unless given permission prior to the action, except that CCAS will share information with government or law enforcement authorities in its sole discretion or as required by law.

Mail Communications

CCAS sends information to stakeholders by mail. CCAS does not share, trade, rent or sell its mailing or donor lists.

Email Communications

If requested, CCAS will occasionally send information and/or newsletter notices through email. This is conducted on an "opt-in" basis only, whereby you voluntarily submit a website form requesting this service. All emails sent include an email address to respond to should the individual wish to have their name removed from the email list.

Providing Personal Information

If you choose to provide personal contact information by sending an email to us, completing website forms, sending us your feedback, requesting materials, information, etc., your personal information will be transmitted only to pertinent staff and will not be shared with anyone outside CCAS unless required by law.

If at any time you wish to be removed from our newsletter mailing list, we will gladly accommodate your request. 
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Website Policy & Terms of Use

Our website provides child welfare related information for our stakeholders. It is free for use by individual web users. We use Google Analytics (see above reference) to record visits to our website for statistical research purposes only, without recording the identity of the user. Any personal information such as email addresses collected on the CCAS website, is knowingly and specifically supplied to us by the website user.

We contract third party providers to handle our online activities. These companies offer secure sites. We select these service providers carefully and take all reasonable precautions to ensure that they protect your personal information. Our online software is routinely updated to maximize protection of such information.

CCAS does not retain personal information on its website through the use of cookies. That is the reason that online users are requested to fill out an information form each time they contact us through the website. This is for the protection and privacy of all users. However, we cannot control the use of cookies by third parties who host data for the CCAS. If you do not want any information collected through the use of cookies, you may instruct your browser to deny the cookie feature.

We welcome your feedback (link coming soon). However, please be aware that if you give us feedback through the website in the form of remarks, suggestions or questions, these submissions will be treated as non-confidential and become the property of CCAS to be used on an unrestricted basis. 

Links to Our Website

We encourage other websites to link to our website by using this url: http://www.torontoccas.org.

We kindly request that:

  • You notify us by email of your intent to link to our homepage, or specific subpage.
  • Text links reference our website as 'Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto'.
  • Use of our logo is not permitted without express consent.
  • You do not place or phrase links in any manner that implies our endorsement or approval of your website / product / service.
  • Where content is deemed appropriate and relevant, we will, at our discretion, place links to external websites on www.torontoccas.org. Requests to link to commercial websites are generally declined.

Links to External Websites

The CCAS website provides you with resources regarding child welfare services in the form of links to other sites on the Internet. We have no control over these links or sites. These sites may have different privacy policies and information-gathering practices. CCAS claims no responsibility or liability for the content, reliability of information, and privacy policies. Once you have entered these sites, you are under their terms and policies.

Disclaimer

Website Terms of Use

By accessing or using this website in any way, including, without limitation, use of any of the services, downloading of any materials, or merely browsing the site, you agree to and are bound by these "terms of use."

The material contained in CCAS's website is intended for informational purposes only. We have made every effort to keep the information accurate and up-to-date; however, it is possible that such information may contain errors. Therefore, The Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto does not claim complete accuracy for this website.

CCAS does not guarantee that the function of this website will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available will be free of viruses or other harmful elements. As a visitor to and user of this website, you assume full responsibility for any costs associated with servicing of equipment or other costs incurred in connection with use of this website, and agree that access to this website is undertaken at your own risk. CCAS shall not be liable for damages of any kind related to your use or inability to access this site.

Copyright

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