It is important to us that your privacy is protected and the personal information you provide us is collected, used and disclosed only for the purposes of that which you have authorized us. The information provided to us in your application is collected, used and disclosed solely for the purpose of requesting the documents which you require from the respective government agencies. Your personal information will only be submitted to the agency to which you directly authorize us to do so at the time your application is submitted. All information submitted is strictly confidential and will not be passed on in any other form for any commercial purpose.
This policy has been developed in compliance with British Columbia’s Personal Information Protection Act, herein referred to as PIPA. PIPA sets out rules for how organizations such as ours can collect, use and disclose your personal information.
Personal information is recorded information about an identifiable individual. Personal information that VitalCertificates.ca collects, uses and discloses is only for the purpose of obtaining birth, marriage and death certificates. The information we collect is based on the guidelines set out by the Vital Statistics agencies across Canada. Other information such as payment and additional contact information is collected strictly for the purpose of carrying out the requested services. Below is an exhaustive list of the personal information that VitalCertificates.ca may collect, use, and/or disclose. Not all of the following information will be collected with every application but only as is required:
VitalCertificates.ca collects, uses and discloses personal information only for the purposes of providing the requested services of ordering birth, marriage and death certificates from the various Vital Statistics Agencies across Canada. Our role is to submit applications for birth, marriage and death certificates on your behalf, provided you meet the requirements of the issuing government agency.
We are not a government agency.
VitalCertificates.ca will only collect, use and disclose personal information that is necessary to fulfill the requested services and in a manner that is in accordance with PIPA. We will not collect, use or disclose personal information except for the identified purposes unless VitalCertificates.ca has received further consent from the individual, or as required by law.
For the purpose of our services the information that we collect is submitted to the corresponding Vital Statistics Agencies for obtaining vital certificates. VitalCertificates.ca is not a government agency and as such does not hold or have access to any vital records. All certificates received are processed, printed and mailed from Vital Statistics directly to our clients. VitalCertificates.ca collects personal information with the intention of submitting it to the corresponding Vital Statistics Agency to assist in the application process of requesting vital certificates. VitalCertificates.ca will not submit your application to Vital Statistics without your written authorization.
Where personal information is voluntarily submitted to VitalCertificates.ca for the obvious purpose of requesting birth, marriage and death certificates, we will consider consent to be implied. However, VitalCertificates.ca also obtains express consent with every application submitted for the purpose of disclosing personal information to the respective Vital Statistics Agency. By signing the authorization portion of your application, you are giving VitalCertificates.ca consent to collect, use and disclose your information for the requested service. This consent will only be accepted in writing and will not be taken orally over the telephone. Your personal information will be used for no other purpose commercial or otherwise, except where required by law.
VitalCertificates.ca will retain personal information for a minimum of four months as is required by PIPA. Subject to the above mentioned time period, VitalCertificates.ca will retain some information such as account and payment information for longer as is necessary to fulfill our business and legal requirements, to a maximum of seven years.
VitalCertificates.ca has security measures in place to prevent against risks such as unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure, copying modification and disposal of personal information. These security measures include appropriate physical, electronic, and management procedures to ensure the safety and protection of your personal information.
VitalCertificates.ca is committed to ensuring that the personal information we collect, use and/or disclose is accurate and complete. Whenever possible, VitalCertificates.ca obtains information directly from our clients and not from other sources such as public resources available online. VitalCertificates.ca cannot be held accountable for inaccurate or incomplete information that has been provided to us directly by our clients.
At any time individuals have the right to access their personal information that VitalCertificates.ca has under its control and custody. All requests for access must be made in writing along with a photocopy of a piece of government issued photo identification. VitalCertificates.ca will only release information to the individual it pertains to.
At a request for information, VitalCertificates.ca will provide individuals a copy of their personal information we hold, information about the ways in which their information has been used, and the names of the organizations to which their personal information has been disclosed. VitalCertificates.ca will respond to all requests for information within 30 days after it has been requested. VitalCertificates.ca will only refuse access to personal information where authorized or required to by PIPA or where required by law. If VitalCertificates.ca refuses an access request, you will be notified in writing stating the reasons for the refusal and provide you with any further steps that are available to you.
For all inquiries, please contact our office at:Fax: 1-866-265-6300
At any time if you are not satisfied with VitalCertificates.ca’s response you may contact the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia at:
PO Box 9038. Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, BC V8W 9A4
Email: [email protected]