This privacy statement applies to www.thenorthern.ca. It does not apply to any third party sites that may be linked to ours (such as supplier websites or other company websites such as Home Hardware).

About our Privacy Policy

This privacy policy tells you how we use personal information collected at this site. Please read this privacy policy before using the site or submitting any personal information. By using the site, you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy.

The Northern respects the privacy of its Internet users and will protect that privacy. The Northern does not collect information that personally identifies individuals except when individuals provide such specific information on a voluntary basis, for example, to enter a contest or to contact us via email. 

In all such cases, The Northern will collect only information that is voluntarily provided by the user and undertakes that such information will be kept strictly confidential. Individual information provided to the Northern will not be sold or made available to a third party.

The Northern does reserve the right, however, to perform statistical analyses of user behaviour and characteristics, in order to measure interest in and use of the various sections of its site so as to improve design and navigation and to gather marketing information. Only aggregated data from these analyses, not individual data, will be used for this purpose. 

Cookies / Tracking Technology

As well, users should be aware that certain non-personal information and data may be automatically collected by The Northern through the operation of what are called 'cookies'. 'Cookies' are small text files that identify an individual computer's browser entering a website. They allow the site to track that browser's movement through the site over several sessions. Through cookies, a website can recognize repeat users, facilitate the user's access to an use of the site, and allow a site to track usage behaviour that will allow content improvements. The Northern uses cookies only for the above mentioned purposes and will not use them to identify users or to track non-Northern usage.

Disclosure of Information to Third-Parties

None of your personally identifiable information will be given to any third party except under the following conditions:

Where it is necessary to in order to provide a service.  Even then, only the minimum necessary information will be provided, and agreement received from the third party that such information will be kept secure, confidential, and destroyed when no longer required.

The Northern may also share information with governmental agencies or other companies assisting us in fraud prevention or investigation. We may do so when: (1) permitted or required by law; or, (2) trying to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud or unauthorized transactions; or, (3) investigating fraud which has already taken place. The information is not provided to these companies for marketing purposes.

In all other cases, your explicit consent will be required in advance.  In all cases, The Northern can not be held liable for what third-parties do with any personal information provided.

Commitment to Data Security

Your personally identifiable information is kept secure. Only authorized employees, agents and contractors (who have agreed to keep information secure and confidential) have access to this information.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy may be updated/changed at any time. We encourage you to review this page regularly to stay informed of these changes.

Privacy Contact Information

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about our privacy policy please let us know by visiting  our Contact Us page.

Privacy Policy Last Updated
2008 / 06 / 09