Privacy Policy  

Our Commitment

1. CanLII is committed to a high standard of confidentiality and privacy. We will only use, retain, and/or disclose your personal information for the reasons it was collected. This means that we will share your personal information with you for the purpose of fulfilling the services and may share specific personal information with third parties engaged to assist us in providing the service requested. These service providers are prohibited from using your personal information for any purpose other than to provide this assistance, and they are required to protect all personal information and comply with the general privacy principles described in this Privacy Policy.  Under no circumstances do we share personal information with third parties without your consent, unless there is a requirement to do so by law.  

2. CanLII does not gather personal information on site users. When a user contacts CanLII, personal information may be conveyed at the user’s discretion. CanLII considers such information to be confidential. Personal information on users that comes into CanLII’s possession is destroyed or erased as soon as CanLII no longer requires it for the purposes for which it was provided.  

3. Some personal information supplied by registered members in the course of registration (specifically: name, biography and organizational affiliation) or in the form of contributions or comments through the site tools, are fully public to all users. Any other personal information supplied as part of the registration process or through direct communication with CanLII is kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone.

4. CanLII gathers information on the use of its services for the sole purpose of keeping statistics on visits and ensuring smooth operation of its website’s services. CanLII does not attempt to identify users, and information gathered is never used to establish user profiles. Moreover, information gathered is never disclosed to third parties, unless such disclosure is required by law or needed to prevent misuse or unauthorized use of services offered by CanLII.
 
  • to protect against fraud 
  • to ensure security and reliability of our Website 
  • to avoid any tampering, damages, and/or misuse of our Website and resources such as abusive downloading
  • to track the number of visitors, pages most often visited, technology used by users, referring sites and users' countries of origin, as well as other metrics that enable us to improve the Website, enhance services, develop and/or improve partnerships, improve user experiences, and/or develop new services  

Data on Visits

5. When a user accesses a website, various pieces of information circulate between the user’s computer and the website’s server. CanLII stores the transactional information related to user computers. 

The information consists of:
      
  • The IP address and corresponding domain name, if available; 
  • The operating system and web browser employed; 
  • The address of the referring site, if the user reached CanLII from another site; 
  • The query on the search engine of the referring site, if applicable; 
  • The pages visited on CanLII; 
  • The date, time and duration of the visit; 
  • The queries made on CanLII’s search engine.   

6. CanLII gathers this information in order to protect against fraud; ensure security and reliability of our Website; avoid any tampering, damages, and/or misuse of our Website and resources such as abusive downloading; track the number of visitors, pages most often visited, technology used by users, referring sites and users' countries of origin; as well as other metrics that enable us to improve the Website, enhance services, develop and/or improve partnerships, improve user experiences, and/or develop new services.  

7. Some of the information listed above, we will retain for an indefinite time in the aggregate and keep that information for statistical and analytical purposes to determine usage, load, frequency of certain features used, the introduction of new features, user satisfaction, geographic uses, and chronological uses to track the number of visitors, pages most often visited, technology used by users, referring sites and users' countries of origin, improvement of the Website, enhancement of the services, development and/or improvement of partnerships, improvement of user experiences, development of new services, and for Website usage metrics and analysis thereof.

Cookies

8. A cookie is saved on the user computer’s hard disk in order to record user preferences and to optimize site experience. Users can also refuse cookies by changing their preferences in their web browser. Since cookies are not necessary to use CanLII Connects, users who refuse cookies can navigate CanLII Connects web pages freely and without any problem.

Feedback Form
9. When users complete the feedback form, it is possible for them to provide their names, organization’s name and email address. The information is used and stored only as required to process the request and to establish general statistics.

Management of Information Gathered by CanLII
10. In order to ensure compliance with the present policy and applicable legislation on privacy protection, an officer is appointed to see to respect for the principles stated here and legislation applicable to protection of personal information on users. The Privacy Policy Officer can be contacted using the feedback form.

11. All information gathered by CanLII is kept in a secure computer environment to which access is restricted. CanLII employees who gather, store and use personal information are required to ensure that their activities comply with the present policy. CanLII makes a commitment to maintain a high degree of security.