Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Protecting your privacy is important to the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research (“CFDR”). This Policy explains how CFDR collects, uses, and discloses the personal information you may provide (as described below) while using and any other web sites operated by CFDR, including forums, event registration pages and/or donation processes (the “Web Sites“), as well as the electronic publications, newsletter, and announcements you have access to on the Web Sites (“Electronic Communications“). By using the Web Sites, you signify your consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Policy.

Information Automatically Collected

Non-Identifying Information – The Web Sites may automatically collect certain non-identifying information regarding users of the Web Sites, such as the IP address of your computer, the IP address of your Internet service provider, the date and time you access the Web Sites, the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to the Web Sites, the operating system you are using, the sections of the Web Sites you visit, the pages of the Web Sites read and images viewed, the materials you post to or download from the Web Sites, and account information or user content from which we may have removed personal information. This non-identifying information is used for the operation of our web services, to maintain quality of the services, to provide general statistics regarding use of our web services and to undertake and publish research.

We make no attempt to link this information with the identity of individuals visiting our Web Sites. We may, however, review service logs for security purposes, for example to detect intrusions into our network. The possibility therefore exists that service log data, which contains visitors’ IP addresses, could in instances of criminal malfeasance (for example) be used to trace and identify individuals. In such instances, raw data logs would be shared with the appropriate investigative bodies authorized to investigate such breaches of security. Your non-identifying information may be permanently archived for future use.

Cookies – The Web Sites may use “cookies”, a technology that installs information about a website user’s computer to permit the website to recognize future visits using that computer. Cookies enhance the convenience and use of a website. You may choose to decline cookies if your browser permits, but doing so may affect your use of the Web Sites and your ability to access certain features of the Web Sites.

Personal Information You Specifically Provide to the Web Sites

Your Personal Information
During your use of the Web Sites, you may be asked to voluntarily provide certain personal information, including, but not limited to your:

  • name and email address and country/province/territory in which you live to register you for user accounts and to authenticate you when you sign in; and
  • credit card and address where you are making a donation to CFDR, purchasing an item from the Web Sites (including without limitation, a ticket for one of CFDR’s events), or otherwise participating in an Event organized by or associated with CFDR).

Use of Your Personal Information – CFDR may use your personal information to contact and correspond with you including to manage our relationship with you and provide you with customer service; to manage our business and operations; to respond to your inquiries; to contact you for fundraising purposes; to facilitate and process your registration for certain courses, events and services; to send you e-mails that include mission-related content; to send you e-mails about our programs and events; to grant access to certain special features or areas of the Web Sites (including without limitations, to any CFDR forums), where you have applied for access to or have posted information to those special features or areas of the Web Sites; to issue tax receipts where applicable; to track communications with you; to send support emails; to send you health-related information; to help CFDR develop new services, tools and website features that meet your needs; to improve the Web Sites; to provide you with the Electronic Communications you request; and as otherwise permitted or required by law. By visiting the Web Sites and providing CFDR with your personal information in connection with a special feature of the Web Sites, you signify your consent for CFDR to use such information for purposes inherent in that feature.

When CFDR uses your personal information, we may engage external service providers to assist us with our operations. CFDR employees, agents and service providers are subject to role-based access and use only. They use personal information securely and only for authorized purposes within the scope of their roles at CFDR or, in the case of an agent or service provider, for the designated purpose for which their services were retained to assist with CFDR operations.

Disclosure of Your Personal Information – CFDR may disclose your personal information to a government institution that has asserted its lawful authority to obtain the information or where CFDR has reasonable grounds to believe the information could be useful in the investigation of unlawful activity, or to comply with a subpoena or warrant or an order made by a court, person or body with jurisdiction to compel the production of information, or to comply with court rules regarding the production of records and information, or to protect the rights and property of CFDR or otherwise as permitted or required by law. If CFDR is involved in a merger or other reorganization, CFDR may also disclose your personal information to the resulting organization.

Disclosure of Personal Information Provided to Forums – If you voluntarily submit or post any information, photographs or other content (“User Content”) to any CFDR forums, Twitter pages, Facebook pages or other social networking pages/sites, certain of your personal information may be automatically included in the posting, including without limitation, your user name and email address and this information may be collected and used by others. CFDR has no control over and is not liable for the collection, use or disclosure of any posted User Content or your included personal information by users of the Web Sites, forums, Twitter pages, Facebook pages or other social networking pages/sites. Any personal information posted, used or disclosed via a CFDR forum, Twitter page, Facebook page or other social networking page or site is not subject to this Policy. You are responsible for ensuring the protection of any of your personal information that you post on any CFDR forum, Twitter Page, Facebook Page or other social networking page or site. We recommend that you do not include your home address, job title, telephone number or other more sensitive personal information in any User Content, unless you are entirely satisfied that such information should be made public.

Storing and Securing Your Information – To help protect the confidentiality of your personal information, CFDR employs security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. Nevertheless, due to the nature of the Internet and Internet technologies, security and privacy risks cannot be eliminated and CFDR cannot guarantee that your personal information will not be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Policy.

Retention of Information – CFDR retains your personal information only as long as it is required for the purposes for which it was collected or as required by federal and provincial laws.

Accessing Your Personal Information – You may request access to your personal information and information about the collection, use and disclosure of that information by CFDR by contacting CFDR at 480 University Ave. Ste. 604, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V2. You can help CFDR maintain the accuracy of your information by updating your information through our Web Sites or by notifying CFDR in writing of any changes to your personal information.

Withdrawal of Consent – Where we have asked for your consent, you may withdraw your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information about you at any time. To do this, please contact CFDR at Additionally, we routinely provide “opt out” or “unsubscribe” instructions on our Electronic Communications to provide for removal of your name from future transmissions.

Other Matters

Using Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research Materials – You may download or make copies of our web site materials for your own personal and educational use, provided credit to Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research is maintained. Please make sure you display our copyright and/or trademark notices on your copy. Please do not modify any of our logos or designs; or distribute, republish or post our materials to build another website or for your own commercial, educational or promotional purposes. If you do so, without first obtaining our written consent, you’ll be violating our intellectual property rights. You can write to ask for consent at

Trademarks & Copyright – The Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research is the registered owner of intellectual properties displayed on this site; and has the exclusive right to use these trademarks and copyrighted designs. We consider all our intellectual properties to be very important assets of our Foundation and protect them from unauthorized use by others. We often use a ™ or a ® symbol to indicate which items are trademarks, referring to a footnote explaining our ownership.

Other Websites – The Web Sites may contain links to other websites or Internet resources, notably those belonging to our partners. When you click on one of those links you are contacting another website or Internet resource that may collect information about you voluntarily or through cookies or other technologies. CFDR has no responsibility or liability for or control over those other websites or Internet resources or their collection, use and disclosure of your personal information.

Former Users – If you stop using the Web Sites and have not withdrawn your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information about you in accordance with this Policy, CFDR may continue to use and disclose your personal information in accordance with this Policy, as amended from time to time, and subject to compliance with the law.

Privacy Policy Changes – This Policy may be amended by CFDR from time to time in CFDR’s sole discretion and without any prior notice or liability to you or any other person. The collection, use and disclosure of your personal information by CFDR will be governed by the version of this Policy in effect at that time. New versions of this Policy will be posted on the Web Sites. Your continued use of the Web Sites and receipt or request of any Electronic Communication subsequent to any changes to this Policy will signify that you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with the changed Policy. Accordingly, when you use the Web Sites or receive or request any Electronic Communication, you should check the date of this Policy and review any changes since the last version. You should also bookmark this page and periodically review this Policy to ensure that you are familiar with the most current version.

Your Comments – If you have any comments or questions about this Policy or your personal information, please contact

Last updated November 1, 2016.

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