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Users should be aware that information offered by non-GoC sites that are not subject to the Official Languages Act (External link) and to which the Public Health Agency of Canada links, may be available only in the language(s) used by the sites in question.
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The Public Health Agency website does not automatically gather the following personal information from you: your name, phone number or email address. We would only obtain this type of information if you provide it by email, in an online form or in a secure portion of the site. In these circumstances you will be:
Under the federal Privacy Act, the Public Health Agency protects all personal information created, held or collected.
The Public Health Agency employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. This software receives and records the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer that has contacted our website, the date and time of the visit, the pages visited and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site, if applicable. We make no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting the Agency’s site unless an attempt to damage the site has been detected.
Information on individual visitors is used by Public Health Agency employees who need to know the information in order to respond your request or to ensure the security of this system. We only share the information you give us with another government department if your inquiry relates to that department.
A "cookie" is a small computer (text) file that may be placed on your hard drive without your knowledge by a website to monitor your use of the site. The Public Health Agency uses "session" cookies (stored in your browser's temporary memory which are discarded when you close your browser) and "persistent" cookies (stored on your computer’s hard drive until it expires or until you delete the cookie) to monitor usage of its website. The cookies we use do not allow us to identify individuals. They are compiled into statistical information on traffic patterns and are used to assess and improve the efficiency of the site.
The Public Health Agency uses Google Analytics, a Web analytics service provided by Google Inc. to help measure traffic patterns to, from, and within its public website. This analytics measurement tool uses "session" and "persistent" cookies to collect standard Internet log information and to track visitor behaviour information anonymously. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website (including your truncated IP address to ensure your anonymity) will be transmitted to Google . No personally identifying information is recorded or provided to Google. The Public Health Agency uses this anonymous aggregate data and statistical information to evaluate visitors' use of the website. This information, that helps us make our website more useful to visitors, is only available to Web managers and designated staff who require this information to perform their duties.
For further information on how we use Google Analytics, visit tracking web page visits to improve your online experience.
To effectively operate its websites, the Public Health Agency occasionally uses external service providers. Such service providers are bound by contract with the Public Health Agency to treat any personal information they may receive in a manner that is consistent with the Privacy Act.
If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about how external service providers handle personal information, you may wish to contact the Public Health Agency’s Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator.
To protect our employees and networks from spam, the Public Health Agency employs a fully automated Anti-Spam filter. Incoming email messages, flagged by the software as spam, are automatically deleted without notification by the technology. Email that is considered obvious spam because of its content (e.g. pornographic, racist, get-rich-quick schemes, junk, commercial solicitations) as determined by general industry best practice is blocked.
If you have privacy concerns or require clarification about this notice, contact the Agency’s Privacy Coordinator by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For complaints or more information on privacy issues and the Privacy Act, consult the Office of the Privacy Commissioner or call 1-800-282-1376.
The Internet is a public forum and electronic information may be intercepted while visiting this site, or when sending an email. This is not a secure website. Individuals are cautioned not to disclose unnecessary confidential personal information.
For a description of the records held by the Public Health Agency of Canada, as part of the Depository Services Program, please visit the Sources of Federal Government Information on InfoSource.
For access to the standard personal information held by Public Health Agency of Canada and other government institutions, please visit the Descriptions of Standard Personal Information Banks page on InfoSource.
Visit the Federal Privacy Commissioner's website for a summary of rights under the Privacy Act.
Visit the Office of the Information Commissioner's website for information on rights under the Access to Information Act.
This Site is bound by the Official Languages Act(External link) and relevant Treasury Board policies and all information is available in both French and English. However, users should be aware that some information on external sites to which we link is available only in the language in which it was provided.
This Site is maintained by the Public Health Agency of Canada, a federal agency which receives its funding from the Government of Canada. The content on this site is prepared and/or reviewed by public health experts employed with the Public Health Agency of Canada and authorized for publication by senior officials. The Public Health Agency's Communications Directorate is responsible for the Web site. The content on the site is regularly reviewed and updated periodically.