BALTA - B.C.-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance

Legal and Privacy Policy

The BALTA Website and Online Communications Privacy Policy

The BC-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance (BALTA) is committed to providing our members, students and visitors with website and online communications experiences that respect their privacy.  This page summarizes the privacy policy and practices for all BALTA’s online presence.

The BALTA web sites do not automatically gather any personal information from you, such as your name, phone number or e-mail address.  This information is only obtained if you provide it voluntarily through contacting us via e-mail or through an online form.  Any personal information you do provide is managed according to the Canadian Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPPA) Act.  This means that, at the point of collection, you will be informed that your personal information is being collected and the purpose for which it is being collected.  You also have a right of access to the collected information.

Some BALTA web areas may collect more information than is described here and will have additional privacy policies.  Where applicable, please be sure to read these privacy policies.

Information collected automatically via the Internet

BALTA logs http requests to our server.  These logs capture computer information, navigation and clickstream data.  We use this information to monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of our web sites.  Some of the information collected does not identify who you are.  Other information, such as your domain name or IP address, may identify you depending on the naming standards followed by your Internet service provider.  You may wish to ask them about their polices and practices.  While we make no attempt to link the information captured to the identity of individuals, the information captured does identify the following:

  • The Internet domain and IP address from which you access our web site
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site
  • Screen resolution of your monitor
  • The date and time you access our site
  • The pages you visit
  • And, if you linked to the BALTA web site from another web site, the address of that web site.

Visitor information is not disclosed to anyone except BALTA personnel who need the information for legitimate purposes, such as responding to a request or improving the web experience.


A cookie is a small piece of text information that is sent to your browser when you access a web site.  Your browser will return this cookie information to the domain where the cookie originated. While we do not regularly use cookies to track how our visitors use the site, when cookies are used, they may be used to help you fill in forms or track your use of the sites.  The length of time that the cookie will reside on your machine will depend upon the specific set-up of the particular sites you visit.  If you are concerned about the use of cookies, you can refer to the help information in your browser software for information on how to disable and delete cookies.

Privacy and Links to Other Sites

The BALTA web pages occasionally contain links to other sites.  We are not responsible for the content and the privacy practices of other web sites and encourage you to examine each site’s privacy policy and disclaimers and make your own decisions regarding the accuracy, reliability and correctness of material and information found.

Information Collected in E-mails and Web Forms

If you choose to provide us with personal information — as in an e-mail or by filling out a form and submitting it to us through our website — we will use that information to respond to your message, to help us get the information you have requested or to evaluate the effectiveness of our web sites, as indicated in each specific case.  BALTA does not collect personal information for commercial marketing or distribution to any private organizations.

Messages sent via the Internet can be intercepted.  If you are concerned about sending your personal information to us via the Internet, you can use another method such as fax or regular mail.

Transactions Where Information Enters a System of Records

Where personal information is provided that enters a system of records, it is collected in compliance with the Canadian Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPPA) Act.  BALTA collects and maintains information for the purposes of admission, registration and other activities directly related to its education and research programs.  Information collected is only kept for the length of time necessary to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected.

For Further Information

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact:

Stuart Wulff
BALTA Coordinator
Tel:  1-250-723-2296

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