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Privacy Policy

At Western Archives, we respect the privacy of our clients and we are committed to keeping your personal information accurate, confidential, secure and private.

We have adopted the following Privacy Policy to ensure that Western Archives continues to meet its commitment to your privacy.

The following sections, read as a whole, comprise the Western Archives Privacy Policy:

1. Introduction
2. The Ten Principles of Privacy
3. Application of the Ten Principles
- The kind of information we collect
- How we use your information
- When can we disclose your personal information?
- Who we share your information with
- How we safeguard your information
- Accessing your personal information
- Opting Out
- Cookies


Western Archives provides a variety of services to private businesses and the general public. The services include, but are not limited to, shredding and records management services.

In the course of providing these products and services, Western Archives may collect certain personal information.

"Personal Information" means information about an identifiable individual client. This may include without limitation, the individual's name, address, and other information about his or her account.

The Western Archives Privacy Policy is based on, and complies with, Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA"), which includes the Ten Privacy Principles outlined in the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Privacy. For more information about this legislation, please visit the official web site of the Privacy Commission of Canada at

This Privacy Policy describes the ten principles that Western Archives follows to ensure that we protect our clients' personal information when we collect, use or disclose it in the course of carrying on commercial activities in Canada. All of our employees and contractors who have access to personal information must adhere to the Western Archives Privacy Policy and related procedures.

The Ten Principles of Privacy

The following ten principles govern our actions as they relate to the use of our clients' personal information:

Principle 1 - Accountability

Western Archives is accountable for all personal information in its possession or custody, including personal information disclosed to third parties for purposes of providing services requested by our clients, contractors or employees.

Principle 2 - Identifying Purposes

Western Archives collects personal information supplied to it by financial institutions, lawyers and other clients that is required to permit Western Archives to provide the services requested. We are obligated to protect the confidentiality of your personal information, and we are prohibited from doing anything with this information that we have not been authorized to do by our clients. It is our policy to treat your personal information in a manner consistent with your financial institution's privacy policy. Western Archives relies upon such financial institutions, all of whom are bound by PIPEDA, to obtain their customers' consent or rely upon an exemption to PIPEDA, before providing Western Archives with their customers' personal information. Western Archives informs its clients of the purposes for which it is collecting any personal information, before or at the time the information is collected.

Principle 3 - Consent

Western Archives will obtain consent from its clients before or when it collects, uses or discloses their personal information.

A client's consent can be express, implied, or given through an authorized representative. A client can withdraw consent at any time, with certain exceptions. Western Archives, however, may collect, use or disclose personal information without the client's knowledge or consent in exceptional circumstances where such collection, use or disclosure is permitted or required by law.

Principle 4 - Limiting Collection

The information collected from the client will be limited to those details necessary for the purposes it has identified to the client. Information will be collected by fair and lawful means.

Principle 5 - Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention

Personal information will only be used or disclosed for the purpose for which it was collected unless the client and the individual forming the subject of the personal information has otherwise consented, or when it is required or permitted by law. Personal information may only be retained for the amount of time needed to fulfil the purpose for which it was collected or to fulfil contractual obligations with respect to record retention.

In certain exceptional circumstances, Western Archives have a legal duty or right to disclose personal information without client knowledge or consent with respect to matters that concern the company's or the public's interest.

Principle 6 - Accuracy

Western Archives will keep personal information as accurate, complete and current as necessary to fulfil the identified purposes for which it was collected. Clients may have this information amended where it is found to be inaccurate or incomplete.

Principle 7 - Safeguarding Personal Information

Personal information is safeguarded using measures appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. See "How We Safeguard Information" below.

Principle 8 - Openness

Western Archives will make information available to its clients and the general public about the policies and procedures Western Archives uses to manage personal information. Clients and the general public have access to this information through our web sites, or through alternate means if requested.

Principle 9 - Client Access

Upon written request, a client will be informed of the existence, use and disclosure of their personal information, and will be given access to it. Western Archives will respond to such requests as efficiently as possible. If Western Archives is prohibited from providing such access they will explain the reasons for the lack of access, except where prohibited by law.

Principle 10 - Addressing Client Complaints and Suggestions

Clients and members of the general public in respect of whom Western Archives has collected, used or disclosed personal information, may challenge Western Archives compliance with this Privacy Policy. Western Archives has policies and procedures to receive, investigate and respond to complaints and questions.

Application of the Ten Privacy Principles - How we treat your personal information:

The kind of information we collect

Western Archives gathers and uses personal information in order to provide its clients with the products and services they have requested. Examples of this personal information include first name, last name, email address, phone number, company name, and company address.

Western Archives may keep a file with your contact history to be used for client inquiry or disaster recovery purposes.

How Your Information Is Used

At Western Archives we use personal information for three general purposes:

1. To communicate with you in order to provide our products and services. Some services may be provided by third party suppliers to better serve your needs.

2. Transactional information to monitor our level of service and report back to our clients to ensure satisfaction with the provision of such services.

3. Disaster recovery protection.

We will only use personal information for the purpose that we have disclosed to our clients. If we want to use your information for a different purpose, we will notify you and our clients and obtain consent first.

When Can We Disclose Your Personal Information?

Western Archives is obliged to keep your personal information confidential except under the following circumstances:

When Authorized by our Clients

Many of the services offered by Western Archives require us to obtain personal information about you in order to perform the services we have been engaged to provide. We will use this information to tailor programs to meet our clients' needs and objectives. We will always obtain consent, and we will never use the information for purposes other than those we have told our clients about.

When Permitted by Law

The legislation has provided certain situations where Western Archives is legally permitted to disclose personal information without your consent.

With Whom We May Share Your Information

Western Archives Employees and Contractors

In the course of daily operations, access to sensitive personal information is limited to those employees and contractors with a legitimate reason for accessing it. As a condition of their employment/contract, Western Archives employees and contractors are required to follow all applicable laws and regulations, including this Privacy Policy. Unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential client information by a Western Archives employee or contractor is prohibited and may result in disciplinary measures.

Western Archives Affiliates

In order to better serve our clients, we may share some of your personal information with our affiliates. We will only do this with your express consent and you may withdraw this consent at any time. The procedure for withdrawing consent is outlined below under the section "Opting Out".

Western Archives Third Party Suppliers

As you may know, we often engage and coordinate third party suppliers to provide certain services offered through Western Archives.

Such suppliers are only given the information that is needed to provide the specific service for which we contract them to provide. Suppliers are contractually bound to protect the confidentiality of your personal information, and they are prohibited from doing anything with this information that we have not authorized them to do. They are required to treat your personal information in a manner consistent with the Western Archives Privacy Policy.

How We Safeguard Information

Western Archives has extensive controls in place to maintain the security of its information and information systems. Client files are stored according to the sensitivity of the information contained therein.

Western Archives uses network security tools, such as firewalls to safeguard personal information. We also use unique identifiers to identify, authenticate and authorize any employees, who can access, view or handle your personal information.

Physical access to areas where personal information is gathered, processed or stored is limited to authorized employees or contractors.

When you telephone a Western Archives employee or contractor to speak about your file, you may be asked for some personally identifying information. This type of safeguard is designed to ensure that only you, or someone authorized by you, has access to your file.

Accessing and Amending Your Information

As a client, you have the right to access the personal information we keep in your file and you have the right to verify or amend the information if it is shown to be inaccurate. If you would like to view the personal information held in your file or to make a change to that information, please make a written request by sending an e-mail to We will respond to your request as efficiently as possible.

To make a change, please make a similar request in writing to Western Archives.

Opting - Out

In order to provide you with our services and products, Western Archives will, with your consent, share your personal information with other Western Archives affiliates. Should you not want to receive promotional materials from or have your personal information shared with these companies please contact Western Archives at

Anonymous Information and "Cookies"

Western Archives may collect anonymous information about you. This means that the information collected cannot be traced back to a specific person. For example, our web servers may record certain information automatically when you visit Western Archives web sites. This information is collected using "cookies" and might include the pages you visited, your IP (Internet Protocol) address and other site usage statistics. This anonymous information is used for research and analytical purposes only (like evaluating how many visitors our web sites receive or which pages they visit most often). It does not reveal any personal information about you, the user. This aggregate data may be disclosed to third parties, but never with personally identifying information.


"Cookies" are small text files that contain a unique identification number that allows our computers to identify your web browser (but not you) each time you visit one of our web sites that uses cookies. The information helps Western Archives improve the functionality of the site and enhance the navigation and security of your session. Cookies do not disclose the individual identity of a site user and cannot be used to collect sensitive information about your computer or data residing on your computer. Most major web sites use this technology and most browsers are set up to accept them.

You may configure your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, and you may refuse to accept them entirely. However, if you refuse to accept cookies, you may limit the functionality that we can provide to you when you visit our site. For example, the Western web site requires cookies to recognize clients with valid access to the database. If your browser does not accept cookies, the site will not grant you access via the login and password.