All personal information is managed according to Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). This means that:
at the point of collection, you will be informed that your personal information is being collected and the purpose for which it is being collected;
you have a right of access to your information; and
you have a right to correct your personal information.
Even if you do nothing more during your visit than browse through the SPCA's website, read pages, or download information, please be aware that the SPCA automatically gathers and stores certain information about your visit. In most cases, personal information will not be collected. The SPCA collects and stores only the following information about your visit:
the Internet domain and Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you access the SPCA's website (in certain cases this may be considered personal information);
basic information such as your browser and version, screen resolution, device type and operating system;
the date and time of your visit; and
the pages you visit.
We do not make any attempt to link the IP address with the identity of individuals visiting our site.
This information is only used to help the SPCA assess its information services and is collected in compliance with section 33 (c) of FOIP. This website provides individuals with the voluntary opportunity to supply personal information (such as name, contact information, financial payment details). Personal information is collected in this manner if you are contacting us, submitting a form or registering in a secure portion of the site.
The SPCA uses information collected to:
provide requested information, assistance or services;
operate a program or activity;
help us make our site more useful to visitors;
learn about the number of visitors to our site, and;
learn about the types of technology visitors of our site use.
The SPCA website utilizes third-party embeds to provide enhanced content and functionality to its users. Examples of third-party embeds in use include those for delivering interactive maps and pet-listings. The loading of, and interaction with, such material may result in the passive collection of usage data (as detailed in the Collection section above) by providers such as Google, PetFinder, among others.
Some website functions will redirect users to a third-party website as part of another process. Reference to municipal bylaws and donations may redirect to external sites that include credit card transactions and the completion of surveys or newsletter signups. The privacy policies of these websites will vary from those of the SPCA and merit your review before use.
The SPCA uses electronic “cookies” to provide you with an enriched experience while using our website. Cookies consist of a small amount of data that is saved to your browser by a web server for future use. Storage of this information can, for example, save you the inconvenience of repeating steps with every visit such as setting preferences, logging back in, or dismissing a previously viewed notification. It cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses, and the SPCA does not build profiles or attempt to track individuals using cookies.
A browser must permit the writing of cookies for this information storage to take place, and most allow them by default. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it, or to refuse all cookies. If you choose to refuse a cookie, you may find that some website functions will not function as intended or expected.
The SPCA employs industry-standard practices and relies on the experience of its staff and service providers to facilitate a secure operating environment through controls such as firewalls, intrusion detection, and change management. These measures have been implemented to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of our web services and are subject to regular review as technology and practices evolve.
Unfortunately, information sent via the Internet can be intercepted. If you are concerned about submitting personal information to us via the Internet, you can use another method such as phone, post mail or in-person.