- Communicating with the Government of Canada
- Improving your experience on Government of Canada websites
- Protecting the security of Government of Canada websites
- Inquiring about these practices
- Providing content in Canada’s official languages
- Linking to non-Government of Canada websites
- Ownership and usage of content provided on this site
- Our Commitment to accessibility
The Government of Canada and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) are committed to providing websites that respect the privacy of visitors. This privacy notice summarizes the privacy practices for FINTRAC's online activities.
FINTRAC ensures that information it holds is collected, stored, used, shared, and disposed of in accordance with statutory requirements established in the Privacy Act, the Proceeds of Crime and (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and the Library and Archives Act.
Automatic collection of IP addresses by web servers
The nature of the Internet is such that web servers automatically collect certain information about a visit to a website, including the visitor's Internet Protocol (IP) address. IP addresses are unique numbers assigned by Internet service providers (ISP) to all devices used to access the Internet. Web servers automatically log the IP addresses of visitors to their sites. The IP address, on its own, does not identify an individual. However, in certain circumstances, such as with the co-operation of an ISP for example, it could be used to identify an individual using the site. For this reason, the Government of Canada considers the IP address to be personal information, particularly when combined with other data automatically collected when visitor requests a web page such as the page or pages visited, date and time of the visit.
Unless otherwise noted, FINTRAC does not automatically gather any specific information from you, such as your name, telephone number or email address. FINTRAC would obtain this type of information only if you supply it to us, for example, by email, or in a secure portion of our website. In such cases, how your personal information is handled will be provided in a Personal Information Collection Statement.
In cases where services are provided by organizations outside of the Government of Canada, such as social media platforms or mobile applications, IP addresses may be recorded by the web server of the third-party service provider.
2. Communicating with the Government of Canada
Any personal information that you provide FINTRAC in an inquiry is protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act and may be used for the purpose of responding to your inquiry. Such information may be used for statistical, evaluation and reporting purposes and is included in Personal Information Bank Public Communications (PSU 914).
The information you provide will only be shared with another government institution if your inquiry relates to that institution. FINTRAC does not use the information to create individual profiles nor does it disclose the information to anyone other than to those in the federal government who need to provide you with a response. Any disclosure of your personal information is in accordance with the Privacy Act.
Emails and other electronic methods used to communicate with the Government of Canada are not secure unless it is specifically stated on a web page. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not send sensitive personal information, such as your Social Insurance Number or your date of birth, through non-secure electronic means.
3. Improving your experience on Government of Canada websites
Digital markers (including cookies)
A digital marker is a resource created by the visitors' browser in order to remember certain pieces of information for the web server to reference during the same or subsequent visit to the website. Examples of digital markers are "cookies" or HTML5 web storage. Some examples of what digital markers do are as follows:
- they allow a website to recognize a previous visit each time the visitor accesses the site;
- they track what information is viewed on a site which helps website administrators ensure visitors find what they are looking for.
FINTRAC uses sessional digital markers on portions of its website. During your on-line visit, your browser exchanges data with FINTRAC's web server. The digital markers used do not allow FINTRAC to identify individuals.
You may adjust your browser settings to reject digital markers, including cookies, if you so choose. However, it may affect your ability to interact with FINTRAC's website.
Web analytics is the collection, analysis, measurement, and reporting of data about web traffic and visits for purposes of understanding and optimizing web usage. Information in digital markers may be used for the purpose of web analytics to remember your online interactions with FINTRAC's website.
FINTRAC uses Google Analytics to improve its website. When your computer requests a FINTRAC web page, our institution collects the following types of information for web analytics:
- the originating IP address
- the date and time of the request
- the type of browser used
- the page(s) visited
Information that FINTRAC collects through Google Analytics is disclosed to Google, an external third party service provider. Your IP address is anonymized prior to being stored on the service provider's servers to help safeguard your privacy. The information collected is made anonymous by removing the last three digits of your IP address.
Data collected for web analytics purposes goes outside of Canada to the United States and may be subject to the governing legislation of that country, for example the USA Patriot Act.
Information used for the purpose of web analytics is collected by FINTRAC pursuant to its mandate outlined within the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act. Such data may be used for communications and information technology statistical purposes, audit, evaluation, research, planning and reporting. For more information on how your privacy is safeguarded in relation to web analytics, see the Standard on Privacy and Web Analytics.
4. Protecting the security of Government of Canada websites
FINTRAC employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. This software receives and records the IP address of the computer that has contacted our website, the date and time of the visit and the pages visited. We make no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting our site unless an attempt to damage the site has been detected.
This information is collected pursuant to section 161 of the Financial Administration Act. The information may be shared with appropriate law enforcement authorities if suspected criminal activities are detected. Such information may be used for network security related statistical purposes, audit, evaluation, research, planning and reporting and is included in Personal Information Bank Security Incidents (PSU 939).
FINTRAC uses encryption to secure portions of its website. Encryption uses a mathematical formula and an encryption key to scramble information so that an unauthorized person cannot understand the information. The scrambled information is decoded—or converted back—into the original format using the same mathematical formula and a decryption key so an authorized person can understand it. While the information is encrypted, it cannot be viewed. To ensure the pages of this site are secure and confidential, a browser that supports 128-bit Transport Layer Security (TLS) or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption is required. TLS and SSL are protocols used for providing a secure channel between your browser and FINTRAC. TLS and SSL are widely adopted standards for ensuring secure web communications.
Public key infrastructure
FINTRAC's batch transmission software is secured by the use of public key infrastructure (PKI). PKI is a combination of policy and technology that establishes a secure working environment, allowing Internet users to conduct secure electronic transactions. PKI operates using public key cryptography and digital certificates held by each party transmitting over the Internet. This ensures that private information is kept protected from tampering and that the identities of the participants can be guaranteed.
5. Inquiring about these practices
Any questions, comments, concerns or complaints you may have regarding the administration of the Privacy Act and privacy policies regarding FINTRAC's web presence may be directed to our Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator by email to ATIP-AIPRP@fintrac-canafe.gc.ca, by calling 613-943-4473 or writing to:
Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
24th floor, 234 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1H7
If you are not satisfied with FINTRAC's response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner by telephone at 1-800-282-1376.
6. Providing content in Canada's official languages
The Official Languages Act, the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations and Treasury Board policy requirements establish when FINTRAC uses both English and French to provide services to or communicate with members of the public. When there is no obligation to provide these in both official languages, content may be available in one official language only. Information provided by entities not subject to the Official Languages Act is in the language(s) provided. Information provided in a language other than English or French is only for the convenience of our website visitors.
7. Linking to non-Government of Canada websites
Links to websites not under the control of the Government of Canada are provided solely for the convenience of our website visitors. The government is not responsible for the accuracy, currency or reliability of the content. The government does not offer any guarantee in that regard and is not responsible for the information found through these links, nor does it endorse the sites and their content.
Visitors should also be aware that information offered by non-Government of Canada sites to which this website links is not subject to the Privacy Act, the Official Languages Act and may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. The information offered may be available only in the language(s) used by the sites in question. With respect to privacy, visitors should research the privacy policies of these non-Government websites before providing personal information.
8. Ownership and usage of content provided on this site
Materials on this website were produced or compiled by FINTRAC for the purpose of providing Canadians with access to information about the programs and services offered by the Government of Canada. You may use and reproduce the materials as follows:
Unless otherwise specified you may reproduce the materials in whole or in part for non-commercial purposes, and in any format, without charge or further permission, provided you do the following:
- Exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced;
- Indicate both the complete title of the materials reproduced, as well as the author where available); and
- Indicate that the reproduction is a copy of the version available at [URL where original document is available].
Unless otherwise specified, you may not reproduce materials on this site, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution without prior written permission from the Government of Canada's copyright administrator, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). To obtain permission to reproduce Government of Canada materials on this site for commercial purposes, Apply for Crown Copyright Clearance or write to:Public Works and Government Services Canada
Publishing and Depository Services
350 Albert Street, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0S5
Some of the content on this site may be subject to the copyright of another party. Where information has been produced or copyright is not held by Government of Canada, the materials are protected under the Copyright Act, and international agreements. Details concerning copyright ownership are indicated on the relevant page(s). To obtain additional information concerning copyright ownership and restrictions, please contact:FINTRAC
234 Laurier Avenue West, 24th floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1H7
Reproduction of Government symbols
The official symbols of the Government of Canada, including the Canada Wordmark, the Arms of Canada, and the flag symbol may not be reproduced, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes, without prior written authorization. Request for authorization from the Treasury Board Secretariat may be addressed to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Identity Program
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
300 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R5
9. Our Commitment to accessibility
The Government of Canada is committed to achieving a high standard of accessibility as defined in the Standard on Web Accessibility and the Standard on Optimizing Websites and Applications for Mobile Devices. In the event of difficulty using our web pages, applications or device-based mobile applications, please contact us for assistance or to obtain alternative formats such as regular print, Braille or another appropriate format.