Privacy and Confidentiality
At Canadian Blood Services we recognize that privacy must be protected and respected. Canadian Blood Services is committed to keeping your personal information secure and confidential. We follow rules set out in law about collecting, using and disclosing your information. Access to the personal information we collect is given only to those individuals who need it to perform their job function.
The Privacy Office
Our Privacy Office investigates and addresses concerns from donors, recipients, research participants, employees and the general public with regard to Canadian Blood Services’ collection, use and disclosure of personal and confidential information.
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demonstrate our commitment to protecting personal information.
Canadian Blood Services adheres to the following fair information principles when collecting, using or disclosing personal information.
Canadian Blood Services is responsible for all personal information in its custody or control. The Executive Director, Privacy, Records and Information Management Office, is designated as the organization's Chief Privacy Officer.
- Identifying Purposes
Canadian Blood Services' provides information on the purposes for which we collect, use and disclose personal information. Personal information may be collected, used and disclosed by Canadian Blood Services for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate or as otherwise permitted by law.
Canadian Blood Services obtains consent for collecting, using and disclosing an individual’s personal information by providing notice of the purposes for collection, use and disclosure. Prior to collecting and using an individual's personal information we shall obtain the consent of the individual or someone duly authorized to act on that individual’s behalf, unless the law authorizes collection, use or disclosure without consent.
- Limiting Collection
Canadian Blood Services limits the collection and use of personal information to that necessary for the identified purposes, unless otherwise permitted by law.
- Limiting, Use, Disclosure, and Retention
Canadian Blood Services limits the use, disclosure and retention of personal information to that necessary for the identified purposes, unless otherwise required by law. As required for compliance with our regulatory obligations, we must retain personal information of donors indefinitely. Other personal information is retained only as long as necessary to fulfill the identified purposes.
Personal information is to be as accurate, complete and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used. Requests from individuals to correct personal information are to be made in writing to Canadian Blood Services' Access to Information Office.
Canadian Blood Services protects personal information with security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information.
Canadian Blood Services' Freedom of Information Policy and Protection of Personal Information Policy embrace the fair information principles of transparency, openness and accountability. We make information on our practices relating to management of personal information available to the public.
- Individual Access
Canadian Blood Services provides individuals who make a request with information on the existence, use, and disclosure of their personal information and gives them access to that information. Details on access to information and making a request can be found on our Web site at www.blood.ca under Access to Information & Privacy in the footer.
- Challenging Compliance
Requests for information on Canadian Blood Services’ privacy practices, or complaints of breaches of an individual’s privacy rights or of Canadian Blood Services’ privacy practices may be submitted to the Privacy Office by:
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- tel: 613-739-2483 or toll free at 1-877-262-9191
- fax: 613-739-2345
Canadian Blood Services
1800 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON K1G 4J5
In the event we are not able to resolve your concerns, you may wish to contact the Privacy Commissioner or Ombudsman in your province.
Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Saskatchewan
Office of the Ombudsman
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
President Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec
Ombudsman, Province of New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Prince Edward Island
Freedom of Information and Privacy Review Office
Newfoundland and Labrador
Information and Privacy Commissioner
Ombudsman and Information and Privacy Commissioner of the Yukon
Information and Privacy Commissioner of the Northwest Territories
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Nunavut