During the course of providing services, it is important to collect, record, sort, process, transmit, and otherwise handle personal information. Any personal information gathered is governed and subjected by the privacy standards under PIPEDA.
First Canadian Benefits Health Network and its affiliates have established and maintain a network of healthcare and related service providers, who have committed contractually to providing their respective services at a reduced cost as an alternative delivery care model to help sustain and maintain health benefits to individuals and payors in Canada.
During the course of providing our services in relation to our health network, we will collect, record, sort, process, transmit, and otherwise handle personal information. Those activities are subject to applicable privacy laws, including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada) or its successor legislation. This Policy applies to our collection, use and disclosure of personal information. This Policy does not impose any limits on the collection, use or disclosure of business contact information or certain publicly available information.
We may update this Policy from time to time to ensure ongoing compliance with applicable laws and for any other purpose that we deem reasonably necessary. Any changes will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised policy on our site. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices. You can tell if the policy has changed by checking the revision date that appears at the top of this policy. Where required by applicable law, we may need to ask you to confirm your consent to the processing of your personal information. Otherwise, your continued access to or use of our services constitutes your acknowledgment and acceptance of the changes.
We have designated a Privacy Officer who is responsible for our compliance with this Policy. The Privacy Officer may be contacted as described below.
We may collect some or all of the following information directly from you, or from your health care providers, other insurance or reinsurance companies, or administrators of government benefits or other benefit programs in which you participate:
We or our service providers that help us maintain and operate our website and applications may also automatically collect the following information relating to your access to and use of our website and applications through cookies, web beacons, and other technologies: your domain name; your browser type and operating system; your type of computer; pages you view; links you click; your IP address; the length of time you visit or use our site; and the referring URL, or the webpage that led you to our site.
We may use various technological methods to track the patterns of users accessing and using our website and applications, including the following methods:
When collecting personal information, we will state the purpose of collection and will provide, on request, contact information for our Privacy Officer who can answer questions about the collection.
We collect, use and disclose your personal information for the following purposes:
The collections, uses and disclosures listed above are a reasonably necessary part of your relationship with us.
When your personal information is to be used for a purpose not previously identified, we will disclose that the new purpose to you before such use, and we will seek your consent unless the use is authorized or required by law.
Business Partners: We may share your information with our partners (such as health care providers, other insurance or reinsurance companies, administrators of government benefits or other benefit programs) to provide you with services you have requested from us.
Service Providers: We may retain agents, subcontractors or service providers from time to time in relation to our business or the products or services that we provide. These service providers may include IT and network providers, payment processors, survey providers, advertising agencies, and customer service agencies. If we require a service provider to deal with your personal information, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that the service provider adheres to privacy procedures and will keep your personal information confidential. We will not provide more information than is necessary to the service provider and will ensure that the information is returned or destroyed once the purpose for which it was given is filled.
Business Transfers: If we or our affiliates are or may be acquired by, merged with, or invested in by another company, or if any of our assets are or may be transferred to another entity, whether as part of a bankruptcy, insolvency proceeding or otherwise, we may transfer personal information to the other entity. We may also share certain personal information as necessary before the completion of such a transfer, such as to lenders, auditors, and third-party advisors, including lawyers and consultants, as part of due diligence or as necessary to plan for and carry out the transfer.
Compliance and legal obligations: We may disclose personal information to third parties to comply with our legal and compliance obligations and to respond to legal process. For example, we may disclose information in response to subpoenas, court orders, and other lawful requests by regulators and law enforcement. This may include law enforcement, government or regulatory bodies, or other lawful authorities, as required by law or legal process.
Security and protection of rights: We may also disclose personal information to other third parties where we believe doing so is necessary to protect the Services, our rights and property, or the rights, property and safety of others. For example, we may disclose personal information in order to (i) prevent, detect, investigate and respond to fraud, unauthorized activities and access, illegal activities, and misuse of the Services, (ii) situations involving potential threats to the health, safety or legal rights of any person or third party, or (iii) enforce, and detect, investigate and take action in response to violations of, our Terms of Service. We may also disclose information, including personal information, related to litigation and other legal claims or proceedings in which we are involved.
Your personal information that we collect may be processed and stored outside of your jurisdiction of residence (including outside of Canada) but only in relation to the purposes set out in this Policy and in accordance with applicable laws, including laws related to the transfer of your personal information outside of your jurisdiction. As a result, the governments, courts or law enforcement or regulatory agencies in foreign jurisdictions may be able to obtain disclosure of that personal information through the laws of the foreign jurisdiction.
We will obtain your consent to collect, use or disclose personal information except where we are authorized or required by law to do so without consent. Providing us with your personal information is always your choice. However, your decision not to provide certain information may limit our ability to provide you with our products or services. We will not require you to consent to the collection, use, or disclosure of information as a condition to the supply of a product or service, except as required to be able to supply the product or service.
Your consent can be express, implied or given through an authorized representative. Consent may be provided orally, in writing, electronically, through inaction (such as when you fail to notify us that you do not wish your personal information collected, used or disclosed for various purposes after you have received notice of those purposes) or otherwise.
You may withdraw consent at any time, subject to legal, contractual and other restrictions, provided that you give us reasonable notice of your withdrawal of consent. If you notify us that you withdraw consent, we will inform you of the likely consequences of that withdrawal of consent, which may include our inability to provide certain products or services for which that information is necessary.
We will not collect personal information indiscriminately but will limit collection of personal information to that which is reasonable and necessary. We will also collect personal information as authorized by law.
We will only use or disclose your personal information for the purposes set out above and as authorized by law.
We will keep personal information used to make a decision affecting you for at least one year after using it to make the decision.
We will destroy, erase or make anonymous documents or other records containing personal information as soon as it is reasonable to assume that the original purpose is no longer being served by retention of the information and retention is no longer necessary for a legal or business purpose.
You have a right to access your personal information that we hold.
Upon written request and authentication of identity, we will provide you your personal information under our control. We will also give you information about the ways in which that information is being used and a description of the individuals and organizations to whom that information has been disclosed. We may charge you a reasonable fee for doing so.
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.
In some situations, we may not be able to provide access to certain personal information (e.g., if disclosure would reveal personal information about another individual, the personal information is protected by solicitor/client privilege, the information was collected for the purposes of an investigation or where disclosure of the information would reveal confidential commercial information that could harm our competitive position). We may also be prevented by law from providing access to certain personal information.
If we refuse an access request, we will notify you in writing, document the reasons for refusal and outline further steps which are available to you.
We will make a reasonable effort to ensure that personal information we are using or disclosing is accurate and complete.
If you demonstrate the inaccuracy or incompleteness of personal information, we will amend the information as required. If appropriate, we will send the amended information to third parties to whom the information has been disclosed.
When a challenge regarding the accuracy of personal information is not resolved to your satisfaction, we will annotate the personal information under our control with a note that the correction was requested but not made.
We protect personal information using physical, technological and organizational safeguards. We regularly review our practices to ensure they align with reasonable industry practices appropriate to the level of sensitivity to safeguard personal information against loss or theft, unauthorized access, alteration or disclosure.
We will take reasonable measures, through contractual or other reasonable means, to ensure that a comparable level of personal information protection is implemented by the suppliers and agents who assist in providing services.
However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is completely secure; as such, despite our safeguards and protocols, we cannot fully guarantee the security of your personal information and you should always exercise caution when disclosing personal information over the Internet.
Because we value your security, our website features SSL with a digital certificate to enforce a minimum of 128-bit encryption
Our website may have other third party links, that may provide related and helpful information to the user. Be advised we do not control or operate these sites and are not responsible for them. We recommend that you review their privacy policies before sharing any personal information.
First Canadian Benefits Health Network
421 Bloor Street East