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Mount Saint Vincent University is committed to the protection of personal information within its records by making reasonable security arrangements against such risk as unauthorized access, collection, use disclosure or disposal.  All collection, use and protection of personal information by the Mount will be in strict adherence with the Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) legislation.

Personal information is recorded information about an identifiable individual, including:
1.  the individual's name, address or telephone number
2.  the individual's race, national or ethnic origin, colour, or religious or political beliefs or associations
3.  the individual's age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or family status
4.  an identifying number, symbol or other particular assigned to the individual
5.  the individual's fingerprints, blood type or inheritable characteristics
6.  information about the individual's health-care history, including a physical or mental disability
7.  information about the individual's educational, financial, criminal or employment history
8.  anyone else's opinions about the individual, and
9.  the individual's personal views or opinions, except if they are about someone else

Personal information will not be provided to a third party without written informed consent of the individual, or in keeping with the privacy provisions of the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP).

Records containing the personal information of third parties as defined in the FOIPOP Act will not be disclosed by Mount Saint Vincent University without a formal FOIPOP application, and unless the personal information has been severed, or prior written consent of the individual has been given.

In the boxes below, you will find references to FOIPOP legislation on the collection, retention, use and disclosure of your personal information.

As per FOIPOP legislation, the University has the authority to collect personal information if that information relates directly to and is necessary to operate a program or activity of the university.

Where an individual’s personal information will be used by the University to make a decision that directly affects the individual, the University will make every reasonable effort to ensure that the information is accurate and complete.

The University is obligated and committed to protecting your personal information by making reasonable security arrangements against such risks as unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal.


To view FOIPOP legislation specific to the "Treatment of personal information", please refer to Section 24 of the FOIPOP Act (see pg 26 of the Act)

 If you believe there is an error or omission in the your personal information at the Mount, please let us know so that we can make the correction to our records.  We will also ensure that third parties with whom we have shared your personal information (in compliance with the FOIPOP Act) are provided with your corrected information.

 

To view FOIPOP legislation specific to the "Correction of errors and omissions", please refer to Section 26 of the FOIPOP Act (see pg 26 of the Act)

The Mount will only use and/or disclose your personal information for the purpose that it was obtained or for a use considered "use compatible with that purpose", if you have consented to the use and/or disclosure of your personal information, or in limited circumstances outlined within Section 27-30 of the FOIPOP Act.

The defines compatible purposes as having a reasonable and direct connection to the original purpose and necessary for operating a legally authorized program/

To view FOIPOP legislation specific to the "Use of personal information", please refer to Section 26 of the FOIPOP Act (see pg 27 of the Act)


In line with the "Use of personal information" section above, the University will only disclose your personal information in accordance to the FOIPOP Act, or if you have identified the information and consented in writing to the disclosure of your information. (s. 27(b)). 

There are a limited number of circumstances, where the University can disclose personal information without consent.  This disclosure would be in total compliance with privacy legislation.  Examples where your personal information may be disclosed to authorized individuals include:

  • For the purpose for which it was obtained or compiled, or a use compatible with that purpose. (s. 27(c))     Note:The Act defines compatible uses as having a reasonable and direct connection to the original purpose)
  • in compliance with a subpoena, warrant, summons or order (s. 27(e))
  • in the protection of health and safety (s. 27(f))

For a full list of circumstances in which legislation permits the "Disclosure of personal information", please refer to Section 27 of the FOIPOP Act (see pg 27 of the Act)