The Canadian Orthopaedic Association (the "COA") is a not-for-profit organization and serves as the professional association for Canadian orthopaedic surgeons and researchers. Our mission is serve the profession and to promote excellences in orthopaedic musculoskeletal health for Canadians. COA recognizes that the privacy and protection of personal information is important. Below, we outline the types of personal information we collect, how we use it, and how we protect it.
Application and Scope
In fulfillment of this mandate, COA collects personal information about its members and other individuals with whom it interacts, which may include potential members, users of COA services and/or products, as well as any other additional person named on a membership account or participating in the COA activities, such as events, meetings and webinars.
Collection and Use of Personal Information
Personal information means any information pertaining to an identifiable individual. We usually collect your personal information when you apply for a membership, subscribe to become a member, register for our annual conference, participate in some of COA's activities, purchase some of our products and services or contact us with inquiries.
The type of information collected will usually include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number, your education history, training background, work history and your practice, your professional affiliations, your year of birth, gender, and language, your membership type and status, your payment information and history, information you communicate through e-mail, faxes, letters, and phone calls, and other personal information collected to provide a specific service or to research our membership. We collect most of our information about you directly from you, with your consent.
The main reason we collect personal information is to provide services to members, affiliates and other non-member users. The COA generally collects personal information from or about its members and other individuals with whom it deals for the following purposes:
- to create, establish and administer your membership account and confirm your ongoing membership;
- to provide services and support to our members, as well as publications, events, services and products to members as well as non-members;
- to respond to members or other inquiries and properly report membership account status to you;
- to provide access to information about the COA's services and/or products;
- to establish your identity and ensure our records are accurate;
- to understand the needs of members and prospective members so as to offer products and services that meet those needs;
- subject to our members' Right to Withdraw Consent, to promote products and services which may be of interest to our members and to conduct surveys undertaken in order to better understand the characteristics and needs of our membership. Data derived from these surveys will be used and shared publicly in the aggregate and not in a way that identifies any individual survey participant.
Your Consent and Right to Withdraw Consent
- Opting-Out of Communications and Information Sharing. You can opt-out of the following member services: (i) voluntary mail communications, such as periodicals and third-party advertising; (ii) voluntary e-mail communications, such as COA news; (iii) surveys that the COA may conduct from time to time; and (iv) the publishing of your name and contact information in our online Membership Directory. You can opt out of these services by calling the COA membership coordinator at 514-874-9003 ext. 3. Even if you opt out of voluntary communications and information sharing, COA retains the ability to contact you on non-voluntary communications such as membership renewal notices.
- Cancelling Membership. You may opt out of membership entirely by contacting our membership department. We may retain any personal information you have provided us for a reasonable period of time in the event, for example, you decide to re-join at a later date, at all times in compliance with applicable privacy laws.
Sharing of Personal Information
Only those employees of the COA who need access for business reasons, or whose duties reasonably so require, will be granted access to your personal information. The COA will not sell, rent, share or trade your personal information to any third party, except as follows:
- Service providers. We may hire service providers to perform services on our behalf. This may include, without limitation, a person retained by the COA to perform work on its behalf. We provide them with a limited amount of information necessary in order for them to provide the services. They are prohibited from using the information for purposes other than to facilitate and carry out the services they have been engaged to provide.
- Public Sharing. The only personal information that COA will make known to any member of the public is confirmation of whether or not an individual is a member of COA. We publicly announce the names and contact information of the board of directors and committee members.
- Members and Affiliates. We provide an online Membership Directory as a service to our active members and affiliates. The Directory is not available to the public. By default, members can view your name, membership type, mailing address, work phone number and e-mail address. You can prevent other members and affiliates from viewing any or all of this personal information by logging into the Membership Directory and recording these preferences on-line or by calling our membership department to record these preferences on your behalf.
- Surveys. When we conduct surveys on behalf of a third party, such as researchers involved in orthopaedic surgery or other academic researchers, we retain the survey data and only allow that third party to retrieve and use aggregated data which does not identity you. If you agree to participate in a survey hosted by COA, it will be clearly disclosed to you who is conducting the survey and who will have access to any information collected.
- Government Requests and Legal Proceedings. We will provide personal information as is reasonably necessary to comply with applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable government request.
- Merger and Acquisition. In the event that the COA is merged, acquired, or dissolved, we will provide notice before personal information is transferred, in compliance with applicable privacy laws.
The COA generally collects and uses Personal Information from or about its Website visitors and members as follows:
- Information you provide. In many cases, we collect Personal Information directly from you when you visit or use our Website. For instance, we may collect the following type of information:
- Inquiries and subscriptions. We may collect your name, contact information, e-mail address and any information you provide us when you make an inquiry or contact us through our Website. We will only use this information to provide you with the information requested or to contact you in order to answer your question and/or request. We may collect your name, contact information, e-mail address and any other information provided to us when you sign up to receive our newsletter, or when you submit a request or an order for an COA product and/or service, such as registering for our events. We will only use this information to process and answer your request or to manage our everyday business needs in connection with such request.
Personal Information Outside of Canada
In some cases and to the extent permitted by law, personal information that we manage may be disclosed, processed and stored outside Canada, and therefore may be available to government authorities under lawful orders and laws applicable there. The COA will strive to protect personal information disclosed to third parties by contractual agreements requiring that those third parties adhere to confidentiality and security procedures and protections.
Security and Retention
We will use reasonable security measures to protect your personal information against unauthorized access. Personal Information will be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfilment of the purposes for which it was collected and for which consent was received, unless otherwise required by law. Personal Information that is no longer required to fulfil the identified purposes will be destroyed, erased or made anonymous.
Access and Correction
The COA respects your right to access and correct your personal information. If you have an online account with us, you can log into your account at any time to access and update the information you have provided to us. Additionally, the COA complies with all laws regarding access and correction. If you need assistance updating your personal information, please contact us using the contact information detailed in the How to Contact Us section below.
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