The Vehicle Technology Centre (VTC) is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of all visitors to our website ‘vtci.ca’. We collect personally identifying information about you only when you intentionally make it available to us.
“Personally identifying information” is defined as information that can be used to identify you as an individual. This includes information such as your real name, email address, etc. Information is not considered personally identifying if it cannot be specifically linked with your “real” identity on its own. For example, websites you bookmark or your preferences for viewing a given page or website are not personally identifying.
What information do we collect?
VTC collects information from you in two ways:
Indirectly, through our website’s technology. When you access vtci.ca, our Internet access logs automatically record your browser type, the time and date of your visit, the IP address of the connecting computer, and the URLs you accessed. None of this information is personally identifying. It is used solely for system administration purposes and to analyze traffic on our website.
Directly, when you knowingly provide information (for example, to register for an event through our website). Information that we obtain directly from you is used only for those purposes in which we have specifically obtained your permission and only so that we can serve your needs and our legitimate business objectives.
Do we share the information we gather?
We may share your personal information with another VTC representative only when he or she would be better able to respond to your needs. VTC does not make personal information available to third parties outside of VTC without your specific consent.
Uploading images to our website
We strongly recommend against uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
Links to other sites
VTC’s website contains links to other sites. VTC is not responsible for the content or privacy policies of these sites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies on all third party sites you visit.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Changes to this policy