The protection of individual privacy is a concern to the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc, and is governed by local and provincial laws. The municipality has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate its commitment to privacy. The following discloses the municipality's information gathering and dissemination practices for its website.
No personally identifiable information is automatically collected about visitors who simply browse the municipality's website or who download information from it.
The municipality's web servers maintain logs of user activity in order to help manage the website. Information stored in these logs does not identify the user personally. The logs store such things as the domain name and IP address from which a user accessed the municipality's website; the type of browser and operating system they used; the date and time they accessed the website; the pages they visited; and the country or region of the world from which they accessed the website.
The municipality uses this information to learn how many visitors the website has, where they are coming from, which parts of the municipality's website are of most interest to visitors, and other facts that will help improve the website and the services offered.
The municipality values user feedback. If users participate in a survey or send an email, their email address and any other information they have volunteered will be collected. Visitors who request services through this website may be required to furnish additional information in order to provide the service requested. The additional information collected will be no more specific than if the visitor were requesting the service by any other means, including by telephone or an in-person visit to a municipal facility. The municipality may share this information with another government agency or organization if that is required to provide the help you are requested.
While no website can protect itself against all eventualities, every effort is made to protect any sensitive personal information provided by users. The municipality will not rent, sell or give away any information identifying users individually (name, address, phone number, etc.) to third parties for marketing or mailing list purposes
As a governmental agency, the municipality is governed by Ontario's Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. It is important for users to understand that most business they conduct with the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc, as well as with provincial and county governments, becomes a public record. Public records, as defined by provincial law, and not made confidential elsewhere in the Ontario law, may be posted for electronic access through the website. This includes most municipal permits applied for, or requests for a municipal service. These same records have long been open for public inspection by anyone requesting them in person, by mail or by telephone at the appropriate government office. All information on the municipal website is public information.
For more information, please review our complete Website & Social Media Policy (PDF [470 kb]).