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Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.

  • We will collect and use personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
  •  Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
  • We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.

3.5 Protection of Privacy and Personal Information

Vanderhoof  Public Library adheres to the B.C. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA).

The library collects and retains only the personal information that is required to offer its services and programs, within the limits prescribed by FOIPPA.

All information related to a library user may only be used by library employees working within the scope of their duties.

The library will not divulge or release any information related to a library user to a third party unless compelled under a court order.

Unless requested to do so, the library will not retain patron borrowing histories except as necessary to assess condition of returned items and ensure collection of any applicable fines.

A patron cannot sign out materials or have access to any aspect of another patron’s account without prior consent.

Children’s Right to Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.

Children have the right to control the disclosure of their own personal information. As a general guideline, children aged 12 and over will be deemed “capable” of exercising such rights. We also confirm that children under 12 who are capable of exercising their own information rights have the right to do so.

Borrowing histories and account information for children over 12 years of age are not divulged to parents or legal guardians except where necessary in recovering lost or overdue items, or with the written permission of the child. In addition, legal guardians cannot sign out materials or have access to any aspect of the account of a child over the age of 12 without the child’s prior consent