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The Niagara Historical Society (NHS) is committed to respecting the personal information of all the Museum's visitors, members, donors, volunteers, staff, Board of Trustees, Web users and other stakeholders. In order to protect the privacy of the aforementioned, the NHS has the following policies:

Defining Personal Information

Personal information is any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual. This information can include an individual's opinions or beliefs, as well as facts about, or related to, the individual. Exceptions: business contact information and certain publicly available information, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers as published in telephone directories, are not considered personal information.

Collection of Information

Storage of Information

Use of Information

The NHS uses personal information to better serve our visitors, members and donors and to expand our community. Primarily, this includes:

The Museum is committed to using personal information in a respectful and useful way. Visitors, members and supporters will receive information that we believe will be in their interest. The NHS will also commit itself to making sure visitors; members and donors do not receive more than a reasonable number of letters or phone calls.

If an individual requests that their personal information not be used for one of these purposes as noted above, or for any other purpose, that request will be honoured. The individual's account will be updated accordingly.

Disclosure of Information

The NHS never discloses the personal information of visitors, members or donors to any third party. Occasionally, we exchange lists of names and addresses with other like-minded arts organizations.

This exchange happens only through a third party data and mailing service organization, so that neither organization has access to the personal information. The contracted third party must comply with strict data privacy standards, including rules and guidelines of federal privacy legislation, and is required to destroy the information supplied after one use.

Contact Information

Questions or comments regarding this policy, or the administration of the Privacy Act at the Niagara Historical Society may be directed to:

Privacy Officer
Niagara Historical Society
43 Castlereagh Street
P.O. Box 208
Niagara-on-the-Lake ON L0S 1J0

® Image: View of Fort George, Oil on canvass, C. Kreighoff 1823