Specific personal information, like your name, phone number, or email address, isn’t automatically collected. Tax Law Canada only obtains this type of information if you provide it by email or by registering in a secure part of the website for a service or program (e.g., voluntarily provided personal information when completing an online form or service request).
By its nature, the Internet permits Web servers to collect specific information about a site visit, including the visitor’s Internet Protocol (IP) address. IP addresses are unique numbers assigned by Internet Service Providers (ISP) to all Internet-accessible devices. Web servers automatically log visitors’ IP addresses. The IP address alone does not identify an individual, but, in some circumstances, like with the cooperation of an ISP, it could be used to identify a site user. Therefore, the Government of Canada considers the IP address as personal information, especially when coupled with other data automatically collected when a visitor requests a Web page, such as the pages visited, visit date, and time.
In instances where services are provided by external organizations, like social media platforms, search or mobile applications, IP addresses might be logged by the third-party service provider.
All personal information created, held, or gathered by Tax Law Canada is safeguarded under the federal Privacy Act. At any collection point, you will be asked for consent to collect your information, or you will be informed of the authority for the collection. You will also learn the purpose of the personal information collection and how to exercise your right to access and correct this information. In such situations, your personal information’s handling is described in a Personal Information Collection Statement.
Usually, visitors’ personal information is not disclosed to anyone except Tax Law Canada personnel who require the information to fulfil their duties. Any further disclosure of the personal information you provide would be in line with the federal Privacy Act and Part 4 of the Department of Employment and Social Development Act (DESDA), if applicable.
Use of Google Analytics
Tax Law Canada employs Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies” – text files placed on your computer – to aid the website in analysing site usage. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the site will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.
Tax Law Canada uses this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity, and provide other services related to website activity and internet usage. We leverage this tool to enhance our services, user experience, and our website structure.
Opting Out of Google Analytics
Tax Law Canada understands that not everyone wishes to have their web visit data stored. Thus, Google provides an opt-out component for their Analytics program. If you want to opt out of Google Analytics data collection, you can download and install a browser add-on available here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/. Note that this will opt you out of Google Analytics on all websites, not just Tax Law Canada’s site.
Alternatively, you can adjust your browser settings to reject cookies, which will also prevent Google Analytics from storing your data. However, be aware that rejecting cookies could affect your user experience on our site and limit your access to certain features.
We respect your privacy and aim to give you control over how your data is used and stored. If you have any questions or concerns about how we handle your data, please feel free to contact us.
Communicating with Tax Law Canada
If you choose to send an email to Tax Law Canada or complete an online feedback form, your personal information may be used to respond to your inquiry. Tax Law Canada does not use the information to create individual profiles. Any disclosure of your personal information is in line with the Privacy Act and Part 4 of the DESDA, if applicable.
Please note that emails and other electronic methods used to communicate with Tax Law Canada are not secure unless specifically stated on a webpage. Therefore, we advise you not to send sensitive personal information, like your Social Insurance Number or your date of birth, through non-secure electronic means.
Third-Party Social Media
Tax Law Canada’s use of social media is an extension of its web presence. Social media accounts are public and are not hosted on Tax Law Canada’s server. Users who opt to interact with Tax Law Canada via social media should review the terms of service and privacy policies of these third-party service providers and any applications used to access them.