At VITAL CONNECTIONS, respecting privacy is an important part of our commitment to respondents and the general public.
When you participate in survey research conducted by our organization, you can be confident that any personal information that you share with us will stay with us.
Any time you participate as a respondent in one of our surveys, whether in person or by telephone, mail or Internet, you can be assured that your individual responses will be kept confidential and never linked to your personal identifying information without your express permission. Your personal identifying information will never be sold to anyone. You are free to choose whether or not to participate in a survey, free to choose not to answer any specific questions and free to discontinue participation at any time.
VITAL CONNECTIONS is a member of CAMRO, PMRS, MRA, AMA, and Esomar. These organizations set standards to which members must adhere and which also protect your privacy.
VITAL CONNECTIONS is responsible for personal information under its control and shall designate one or more persons who are accountable for VITAL CONNECTIONS’ compliance with the following principles.
VITAL CONNECTIONS is responsible for personal information in its possession or control and shall use contractual or other means to provide a comparable level of protection while information is being processed or used by a third party.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall identify the purposes for which personal information is collected at or before the time the information is collected.
VITAL CONNECTIONS collects personal information from the public only for the following purposes:
Further reference to “identified purposes” mean the purposes identified in this Principle.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall specify orally, electronically or in writing the identified purposes to the respondent at or before the time personal information is collected in a survey. Upon request, persons collecting personal information shall explain these identified purposes or refer the individual to a designated person within VITAL CONNECTIONS who can explain the purposes.
When personal information that has been collected is to be used or disclosed for a purpose not previously identified, the new purpose shall be identified prior to use. Unless the new purpose is permitted or required by law, the consent of the respondent will be acquired before the information will be used or disclosed for the new purpose.
VITAL CONNECTIONS may provide clients or other third parties with information from any survey, in aggregate form. In aggregate form it is impossible to identify an individual respondent’s personal information
The knowledge and consent of an individual are required for the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information, except where inappropriate.
Participation by respondents in survey research is always voluntary. When a respondent agrees to participate in a survey, he/she gives consent to the interview by participating.
Generally, any personal information collected in the course of an interview is not disclosed to third parties. However, occasionally, a client sponsoring a research project may want to contact respondents directly. In these cases, VITAL CONNECTIONS always explains the reason for the disclosure to the respondent and obtains express permission from the respondent before making any such disclosure.
A respondent is always free to choose whether or not to participate in a survey, free to choose not to answer any specific questions and free to discontinue participation at any time.
In obtaining consent, VITAL CONNECTIONS shall use reasonable efforts to ensure that a respondent is advised of the identified purposes for which personal information will be used or disclosed. The identified purposes shall be stated in a manner that can be reasonably understood by the respondent.
Generally, VITAL CONNECTIONS shall seek consent to use and disclose personal information at the same time it collects the information. However, VITAL CONNECTIONS may seek consent to use and/or disclose personal information after it has been collected, but before it is used and/or disclosed for a new purpose.
In determining the appropriate form of consent, VITAL CONNECTIONS shall take into account the sensitivity of the personal information and the reasonable expectations of its respondents.
The participation of a respondent in a quantitative or qualitative marketing or social research study may constitute implied consent for VITAL CONNECTIONS to collect, use and disclose personal information for the identified purposes.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall limit the collection of personal information to that which is necessary for the purposes identified by VITAL CONNECTIONS. VITAL CONNECTIONS shall collect personal information by fair and lawful means.
In conducting surveys, VITAL CONNECTIONS limits the amount and type of personal information it collects. We collect only the amount and type of information needed for the purposes identified to individuals.
VITAL CONNECTIONS collects personal information about an individual primarily from that individual or a member of that individual’s household. Except as permitted by law, VITAL CONNECTIONS will only collect personal information from external sources, such as client organizations, if individuals have consented to such collection.
We may use technology to track visitors to the Surveylion.com site. This can include using 'cookie' files that are transferred to your computer for record keeping purposes. At the present time we send a cookie to your computer upon login. This cookie may include your respondent id & preferred languages and keeps you logged into the panel portal (Surveylion.com).
Some surveys utilize a cookie to save a survey ‘session’. The “survey cookie” functions by saving your progress in a survey so that you can resume from where you left off.
The information saved within the cookies can be used to identify you.
VITAL CONNECTIONS 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 or permitted by law. Personal information shall be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
VITAL CONNECTIONS may disclose a respondent’s personal information to:
Only VITAL CONNECTIONS’ employees with a business need-to-know, or whose duties reasonably so require, are granted access to personal information about respondents.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall keep personal information only as long as it remains necessary or relevant for the identified purposes or as required by law. Depending on the circumstances, where a respondent may have to be re-contacted for purposes of clarifying responses to a survey, or to seek additional responses, VITAL CONNECTIONS shall retain the personal information for a period of time that is reasonably sufficient to allow this re-contact.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall maintain reasonable and systematic controls, schedules and practices for information and records retention and destruction which apply to personal information that is no longer necessary or relevant for the identified purposes or required by law to be retained. Such information shall be destroyed, erased or made anonymous.
Personal information shall be as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used.
Personal information used by VITAL CONNECTIONS shall be sufficiently accurate, complete, and up-to-date to minimize the possibility that inappropriate information may be used to make a decision about a respondent.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall update personal information about respondents and employees as necessary to fulfill the identified purposes or upon notification by the individual.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall protect personal information by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall protect personal information against such risks as loss or theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, modification or destruction, through appropriate security measures, regardless of the format in which it is held.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall protect personal information disclosed to third parties by contractual agreements stipulating the confidentiality of the information and the purposes for which it is to be used.
All of VITAL CONNECTIONS’ employees with access to personal information shall be required to respect the confidentiality of that information.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall make readily available to individuals specific information about its policies and procedures relating to the management of personal information.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall make information about its policies and procedures easy to understand, including:
Upon request, VITAL CONNECTIONS shall inform an individual of the existence, use, and disclosure of his or her personal information and shall give the individual access to that information. An individual shall be able to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate.
Upon written request to the Privacy Officer, VITAL CONNECTIONS will inform an individual of the existence, use and disclosure of his/her personal information and shall be given access to that information
In certain situations, VITAL CONNECTIONS may not be able to provide access to all the personal information that it holds about a respondent. For example, VITAL CONNECTIONS may not provide access to information if doing so would likely reveal personal information about a third party or could reasonably be expected to threaten the life or security of another individual. Also, VITAL CONNECTIONS may not provide access to information if disclosure would reveal confidential commercial information.
In order to safeguard personal information, a respondent may be required to provide sufficient identification information to permit VITAL CONNECTIONS to account for the existence, use and disclosure of personal information and to authorize access to the individual’s file. Any such information shall be used only for this purpose.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall promptly correct or complete any personal information found to be inaccurate or incomplete. Any unresolved differences as to accuracy or completeness shall be noted in the individual’s file. Where appropriate, VITAL CONNECTIONS shall transmit to third parties having access to the personal information in question any amended information or the existence of any unresolved differences.
Respondents and employees can obtain information or seek access to their individual files by contacting the VITAL CONNECTIONS Privacy Officer.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall maintain procedures for addressing and responding to all inquiries or complaints from its respondents regarding VITAL CONNECTIONS’ handling of personal information.
VITAL CONNECTIONS shall, on written request, inform its respondents about the existence of these procedures as well as the availability of complaint procedures.
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Richmond Hill, Ontario
Please visit the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s website at www.privcom.gc.ca.