Nova Scotia Early Childhood
Development Intervention Services (NESCDIS)

Privacy Statement

Last modified: November 15, 2023

NSECDIS has a legal duty to protect your personal information, whether you are browsing for information or conducting business with us through electronic channels. Our handling of personal information is governed by legislation, including the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act as well as regulation and policies.

This privacy statement relates only to the information automatically collected from you as a result of your visit to the website. It does not include information a website request from you. By using the NSECDIS website and online services, you accept the terms of this Privacy Statement. You also accept our use of Google Analytics. If you do not wish to use the internet to provide personal information, you can contact us in person, by phone or by mail.

What NSECDIS collects online

Personal information means recorded information about an identifiable individual, as defined in the FOIPOP Act. It includes information such as your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, email address, credit card data and other information that identifies you.

General information (for example, type of web browser you use and what website pages you visit, business contact information, including your name, title or business address is not considered personal information.

NSECDIS collects your personal information only if it’s necessary to operate services, programs, or activities or if a specific law allows it.

Information you provide to us

The information we collect directly from you on or through our Website may include:

      1. Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our Website, subscribing to our service, posting material, and or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our Website.
      2. Records and copies of your correspondence (including email addresses), if you contact us.

You may also provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) on public areas of the Website or transmitted to other users of the Website or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions”). Your User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. We cannot control the actions of other users of the Website with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that unauthorized persons will not view your User Contributions.

Why NSECDIS collects personal information

We collect your personal information online, if you choose to provide it, to:

      • respond to your email inquiries, comments or requests
      • allow you to subscribe to information online
      • identify you
      • contact you as needed, in relation to providing government programs and services
      • grant access to platforms such as our eLearning portal

How NSECDIS handles your personal information

NSECDIS uses or discloses your personal information for the same purpose or compatible purpose for which it was collected. We may also use or disclose your personal information for other purposes outlined in the FOIPOP Act, such as complying with a court order, or complying with another law. NSECDIS needs to get your consent before using or disclosing your personal information for any other purpose.

External service providers

Some functions within the NSECDIS, such as eLearning, are provided by service providers external to NSECDIS. All external service providers that work with us must comply with this Privacy Statement and meet the applicable security and privacy policies.

What about links to external websites from the NSECDIS website?

The NSECDIS website may include links to external websites. Once you leave NSECDIS website, this privacy statement does not apply. NSECDIS is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of external websites. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow the third party to collect or share data about you. If you follow a link to a third-party website or engage a third-party plugin, please note that these third parties have their own privacy policies and we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. We do not control these third-party websites, and we encourage you to read the privacy policy of every website you visit.

Communicating with NSECDIS

If you send NSECDIS an email, submit an inquiry or provide feedback online, NSECDIS will use or disclose your personal information as needed to provide you with a response. For example, we may share necessary personal information with another organization if your inquiry relates to that organization. NSECDIS will only share your personal information with the individuals who need it to respond to you.

Email messages

NSECDIS cannot guarantee the privacy and security of email messages sent from your computer to NSECDIS because this information might be transmitted without encryption. For your protection, carefully consider the type and the amount of personal information you send by email.

Withdrawing your consent

Where you have provided your consent to the collection, use, and transfer of your personal information, you may have the legal right to withdraw your consent under certain circumstances. To withdraw your consent, if applicable, contact us at [CONTACT DETAILS]. Please note that if you withdraw your consent we may not be able to provide you with a particular product or service. We will explain the impact to you at the time to help you with your decision.

Changes to our privacy statement

It is our policy to post any changes we make to our privacy policy on this page. If we make material changes to how we treat our users’ personal information, we will notify you by email to the email address specified in your account or through a notice on the Website home page.

We include the date the privacy statement was last revised at the top of the page. You are responsible for ensuring we have an up-to-date, active, and deliverable email address for you, and for periodically visiting our Website and this privacy statement to check for any changes.

Privacy policy questions

if you have questions about the Privacy Statement, how to access your personal information or how to correct your personal information, please contact us at (insert phone and email contact information)