Enercare Connections Inc.
Revised: January 2016
At Enercare Connections, we are committed to providing excellent service and to ensuring that our relationship with you is conducted with integrity and in a responsible, fair, honest and ethical manner. Consistent with these objectives we maintain high standards of confidentiality with respect to the personal information in our possession.
- Collection, use and disclosure of personal information
- Protecting your personal information
- Your rights
- Contact information and resources
- Visiting the Enercare Connections website
- Enercare Connections commitment to the ten privacy principles
1.0 Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information
1.1 What personal information do we collect?
Personal information is information about you as an individual customer or potential customer and relates specifically to you (such as your name, address and account information). When you first become a customer or whenever you require or renew a service or product from us, we need to collect some of your personal information. However, the personal information that we collect from you is always limited to the purposes that we have identified to you.
1.2 Purposes: Why do we collect personal information?
We ask you to provide us with your personal information for the following purposes:
- to provide you with ongoing safe and reliable electricity distribution service and to bill and collect payment for that service
- to verify your identity when you request information about your account by telephone or email
- to meet legal and regulatory requirements relating to the services or products provided to you
- to provide you with information about using electricity safely and efficiently
- to understand your energy needs and preferences and tell you about electricity services or products that may be of interest to you, and
- to connect and/or disconnect service at your address.
If we identify a new purpose for the personal information that we have collected from you, we will obtain your consent before using your personal information for the new purpose.
1.3 Consent: Why do we require your permission?
We collect, use or disclose your personal information only with your consent. Your consent may be express or implied, and you may give it to us in writing, verbally, electronically, or through your authorized representative. When you use our products and services we consider that you have implied your consent for us to collect, use and disclose your personal information for the purposes identified above. You may withdraw your consent at any time, subject to legal and regulatory restrictions and reasonable notice.
We do not provide or sell customer lists to any outside company for marketing, solicitation or any other such purpose. We will not use or disclose your personal information without your consent except in the following circumstances:
- When required by law or law enforcement purposes.
- For an emergency that threatens life, health or security.
- To collect a debt that you owe us, including by way of disconnection and collection, or to evaluate your credit worthiness.
- To a third party that we have contracted with to work on our behalf in providing services to you or to assist us in providing our services or understanding your needs and preferences.
2.0 Protecting Your Personal Information
2.1 Security safeguards and employee awareness
Keeping your personal information confidential and secure is a priority for us. In order to ensure protection of your personal information and right to privacy, we have developed security procedures to safeguard and protect your personal information against loss, theft, unauthorized disclosure, copying, and unauthorized use or modification.
Our employees are trained to maintain the security and confidentiality of your personal information.
2.2 Agents and third party service providers
Enercare Connections contracts with agents, contractors and other third parties to perform such services as billing, call centre support, maintenance and repair. From time to time, we may need to share some of your personal information with these third parties further to the purposes identified above and in order to serve your needs.
Any third party that we share your personal information with is bound to keep the information confidential and secure and to refrain from using it in any way other than is necessary to perform their services for us.
3.0 Your Rights
3.1 Accessing your personal information
You have the right to ask whether we hold any personal information about you and to see that information. We will respond to your request for access within 30 days of the request being made.
You could refuse to allow us to obtain, use or share your personal information or you could also withdraw a previously given consent at any time. However, by doing so, depending on the situation, you may be limiting or even preventing our ability to provide you with the service or product you desire.
3.2 Requesting an update or correction
If you believe that any of your personal information is inaccurate, you may ask us to correct it. We will respond to your request to update or correct your personal information within 30 days of the request being made.
3.3 Registering complaints
In the event of any conflict or other concern regarding access to, or the accuracy or our use of, your personal information, you may register a question or complaint with our Privacy Officer.
4.0 Contact Information and Resources
By Mail:Tracy Li
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Enercare Connections Inc.
7400 Birchmount Road
To find out more about federal privacy laws, including the PIPEDA (the law applicable to Enercare Connections), contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner at 1-800-282-1376 or visit its website at www.privcom.gc.ca.
6.0 Visiting the Enercare Connections Website
A visitor to Enercare Connections' website, MyEnercare.ca, is not required to reveal any personal information, such as name, address, or telephone number. Nor is such information collected passively by electronic means.
Your personal information is only collected when you voluntarily complete an online application, request form, or survey. Personal information collected during the online application is only used to respond to your inquiries or requests and is not used for any other purposes. We will not send you any unsolicited electronic communication.
Our website does not collect visitor information in the form of the visitor's domain or Internet Protocol ("IP") address but does collect information regarding which pages are accessed. This information is used internally, only in aggregate form, to better serve you by helping us manage and improve the content of our website and to diagnose technical problems.
Enercare Connections does not store 'cookies' on your computer when you visit our website.
7.0 Enercare Connections' Commitment to the Ten Privacy Principles
Principle #1: Accountability - Enercare Connections is responsible for personal information under its control and has designated a Privacy Officer who is accountable for Enercare Connections' compliance with the ten privacy principles.
Principle #2: Identifying Purposes - Enercare Connections shall identify the purposes for which personal information is collected at or before the time of collection.
Principle #3: Obtaining Consent - The knowledge and consent of a customer are required for the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information, except where inappropriate.
Principle #4: Limiting Collection - The collection of personal information shall be limited to that which is necessary for the purposes identified by Enercare Connections. Personal information shall be collected by fair and lawful means.
Principle #5: Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention - Enercare Connections shall not use or disclose personal information for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. Enercare Connections shall retain personal information only for as long as necessary to achieve fulfillment of the identified purposes.
Principle #6: Keeping Personal Information Accurate - Enercare Connections shall keep personal information as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used.
Principle #7: Safeguarding Personal Information - Enercare Connections shall protect personal information by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information.
Principle #8: Openness Concerning our Privacy Practices - Enercare Connections shall ensure that specific information about its policies and practices relating to the management of personal information is made readily available to customers and potential customers.
Principle #9: Customer Access - Enercare Connections shall, upon request, inform a customer of the existence, use, and disclosure of his or her personal information and shall give such customer access to that information.
Principle #10: Challenging Compliance - A customer shall be able to address a challenge concerning Enercare Connections' compliance with PIPEDA to Enercare Connections' Privacy Officer.