Over40CONNECT Privacy Policy

Over40CONNECT recognizes the importance of privacy and the sensitivity of personal
information. As good community and corporate citizens, we have an ethical obligation to keep
confidential all information we receive within a member-service provider relationship. We are
committed to protecting any personal information we hold. This Privacy Policy outlines how we
manage your personal information and safeguard your privacy.

Your Privacy Rights
From January 1, 2024, all businesses engaged in commercial activities must comply with the
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Canadian Standards
Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information. The Act gives you rights
concerning the privacy of your personal information.
Over40CONNECT is responsible for the personal information we collect and hold. To ensure
this accountability, we have developed this policy.

Why Does Over40CONNECT Need Personal Information?
Over40CONNECT is a subscription-based community for connecting people over 40 in the
Ottawa area. Personal information is any information that identifies you, or by which your identity could be deduced.

How do we collect your personal information?
We collect information only by lawful and fair means, and not in an unreasonably intrusive way.
Your personal information and any information or media you upload to the Over40CONNECT
community are stored on our servers in Montreal, Quebec.
The mandatory profile information you provide will be used by our administrators to confirm
your identity.

Over40CONNECT uses your e-mail address to:

  • notify you about posts and other activity on the forum
  • reset your password and help keep your account secure
  • contact you in special circumstances related to your account

You may provide additional data for your account, like a short biography, your location, a
photograph or your birthday, on the profile settings page. Over40CONNECT makes that data
available to other members of Over40CONNECT. You don’t have to provide this additional
information and OVER40CONNECT stores your account data as long as your account remains

Personal information is collected when you pay for your Over40CONNECT subscription. All
credit card/payment information is collected and stored by Stripe and our administrators
review this payment information as part of our verification process. Sometimes we may also
obtain validation information about you from other sources, for example, your Facebook or
LinkedIn profile.

Over40CONNECT collects the content of your posts, plus data about bookmarks, likes, and links
you follow to share that data with others, through the forum. Over40CONNECT is access-
restricted so it makes your activity available only to other subscribed members.
Over40CONNECT also collects data about private messages that you send through the forum.
CDCK makes private messages available to senders and their recipients, and also to our

Over40CONNECT stores your posts and other activity as long as your account remains open.

Over40CONNECT collects data you provide when signing up for mailing lists and

Over40CONNECT uses cookies. The information collected and stored in cookies may include IP
addresses, device screen size, device type, device and browser identifiers, browser type and
related information, preferences language, display options, portions of websites and online
services visited, time spent on the community and online services, pages visited, referring URLs,
links clicked on, country and city, and other traffic and usage data.

In most cases, we shall ask you to specifically consent, if we collect, use, or disclose your
personal information. Normally, we ask for your consent in writing, but in some circumstances,
we may accept your oral consent. Sometimes, your consent may be implied through your
conduct with us.

Making choices about data collection
You can make choices about how data about you is used on the settings page for your account.
When Over40CONNECT uses access restrictions that vary by category, you can choose who will
see your post by choosing the appropriate category.

Use of Your Information
We use your personal information to administer your subscription and user profile on

Disclosure of your Personal Information
Over40CONNECT does not disclose your personal information to any third party to enable them
to market their products and services. Under certain circumstances, Over40CONNECTwill disclose your personal information:

  • when we are required or authorized by law to do so, for example, if a court issues a
  • when you have consented to the disclosure;
  • where it is necessary to establish or collect fees;
  • if we engage a third party to provide administrative services to us (like computer backup
    services) and the third party is bound by our privacy policy;
  • if the information is Publicly Available Personal Information, as it is defined under the
    Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Updating Your Information
Since we use your personal information to verify your identity and compliance with the
community rules, you must keep it up-to-date. If any of your information changes, please inform us so that we can make any necessary changes.

Is your personal information secure?
Over40CONNECT takes all reasonable precautions to ensure that your personal information is
kept safe from loss, unauthorized access, modification or disclosure. Among the steps taken to
protect your information are:

  • premises security;
  • restricted file access to personal information;
  • deploying technological safeguards like security software and firewalls to prevent
    hacking or unauthorized computer access;
  • internal password and security policies.

Access to Your Personal Information
You may ask for access to any personal information we hold about you. Summary information is available on request. More detailed requests which require archive or other retrieval costs may be subject to our additional fees.

Correcting Errors
If Over40CONNECT holds information about you and you can establish that it is not accurate,
complete and up-to-date, Over40CONNECT will take reasonable steps to correct it.

Can you be denied access to my Personal Information?
Your rights to access your personal information are not absolute. We may deny access when:

  • it is required or authorized by law;
  • to do so would reveal confidential commercial information, and the personal
    information cannot be severed from the record;
  • to do so could reasonably be expected to threaten the life or security of another
    individual, and the personal information cannot be severed from the record; or
  • the information was generated in the course of a formal dispute resolution process.

If we deny your request for access to or refuse a request to correct information, we will explain why.

Can you request anonymity?
Our members are required to share their personal information with Over40CONNECT. Upon
request and in specific, special circumstances, your information on Over40CONNECT may be
made anonymous to other members. To request anonymous access, email support@over40connect.com.

Communicating with Us
You should be aware that e-mail is not a 100% secure medium, and you should be aware of this
when contacting us to send personal or confidential information.

Changes to this Privacy Policy
Since Over40CONNECT regularly reviews all of its policies and procedures, we may change our
Privacy Policy from time to time.

Requests for Access
If you have any questions or wish to access your personal information, please email

If you are not satisfied with our response, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada can be reached
at 112 Kent Street, Ottawa Ontario, K1A 1H3 1.800.282.1376.

Employment Inquiries
If you apply to Over40CONNECT for a job, we need to consider your personal information, as
part of our review process. We normally retain information from candidates after a decision
has been made unless you ask us not to retain the information. If we offer you a job, which you
accept, the information will be retained in accordance with our privacy procedures for
employee records.

Web Site
Our website does not contain links to other sites, which are not governed by this privacy policy.
On our website, like most other commercial websites, we may monitor traffic patterns, site
usage and related site information to optimize our web service. We may provide aggregated
information to third parties, but these statistics do not include any identifiable personal