Federal legislation known as the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and similar provincial legislation ("privacy legislation ") govern Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers in collection, use and disclosure of personal information. Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers has practices and procedures that satisfy the standards set out in privacy legislation.
In accordance with privacy legislation, Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers follows Information Principles.
Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers will not use or disclose personal information for a reason other than the purpose for which it was collected. Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers will retain personal information as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected and as required by law. In the even of financial/credit information the client/potential client can request to submit those items directly to the insurance carrier and will be provided the appropriate individual’s contact information to forward the information to.
Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers makes best efforts to monitor and update the accuracy of personal information as needed to provide insurance coverage and respond to claims.
Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers takes reasonable steps to safeguard personal information by using safe storage procedures and technological measures, which limit access to unauthorized employees, third parties not authorized by the client/potential clients and those who wish to do harm with the information.
Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers recognizes your right to access your personal information. If access must be denied, according to privacy legislation, Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers will provide an explanation of the denial.
What is "Personal Information "?
Personal information is defined in legislation as information about an identifiable individual, excluding the name, title, business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization. Some examples of personal information Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers may collect include your address, date of birth, e-mail address, medical history or driving record as well as other pertinent information.
When and Why Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers Collects Personal Information
Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers Collects Personal Information
All consumers who purchase insurance (or consider purchasing insurance) from Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers do so with the guidance and assistance of a professional, licensed and independent insurance broker. Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers collects your personal information to assess your insurance needs. Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers may recommend that you consider a number of products from different companies. In order to recommend products, Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers provides insurance companies with your personal information. Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers will explain that this exchange of personal information is necessary for Insurers to assess your risk profile and provide an accurate quotation regarding the cost of the policy being considered.
The information collected by Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers is dependant on the insurance coverage you should have. Some examples are provided to explain the type of information necessary to provide automobile and property insurance.
The Collection of Personal Information for Automobile Insurance
If you want to purchase automobile insurance, provincial governments require that you provide information set out on the Automobile Application form. This application form is used by all insurance companies and is approved by government. The Automobile Application form varies from province to province but all provincial governments gather similar information, such as your name, address, how the vehicle will be used, accident history and your history of convictions arising from operating an automobile. In some provinces you will be required to answer questions about your health, with respect to your ability to safely operate a vehicle.
The Collection of Personal Information for Property Insurance
To provide property insurance, insurance companies require information regarding the property, as well as your past experience renting and owning property. Where there is a mortgagor or any other person with an interest in the property, you must disclose this information.
How Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers Uses and Discloses Personal Information
Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers uses and discloses the personal information collected for various purposes:
Additional examples of Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers ’s use and disclosure of personal information are provided below:
Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers never sells personal information, or other information relating to you, to any organization, including charities or direct marketing groups.
Requests to Access Personal Information
You may request access to your personal information that is held by Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers . To do so, please contact the Privacy Officer by letter or e-mail as set out below. Access requests must be in writing. We will reply to your request within 30 days.
Please note, Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers may charge reasonable costs in providing access to and copies of personal information and will inform you if such costs arise.
Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers may refuse access where:
For Further Information
Consent can be implied or express. Implied consent is inferred from the circumstances, including the relationship between the parties and the nature of the interaction. For example, when you contact an insurance broker to obtain automobile or property coverage, it is reasonable for the broker to presume your implied consent to share personal information with the insurer to assess and meet your insurance needs. Similarly, it is reasonable for the Insurer to presume your implied consent to disclose your personal information to your broker, in order to assess an application or administer an insurance policy.
What is Express Consent?
When Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers handles sensitive personal information, Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers obtains express written or verbal consent. Sensitive information includes medical information or financial records for claims involving personal injury or income loss. In these circumstances, the sensitive personal information is not required or collected until a claim is made and it becomes necessary to obtain such information to determine entitlement to benefits. Express consent is obtained at the time of the claim. Exceptions to Consent
Privacy legislation sets out situations in which consent is not necessary. Some examples of when it is not necessary for Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers to obtain consent include when the information is:
Withholding or Withdrawing Consent
You may withhold or withdraw your consent upon reasonable notice to Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers , however, this may affect Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers ’s ability to provide insurance or seek necessary insurance. Where the withdrawal of consent or withholding of personal information prevents Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers from providing adequate customer service, Neil G. McDonald Ltd. Brokers may be unable to process your claim for payment, may cancel an existing policy, or may be unable to honour the withdrawal or withholding of consent.