THE VALIANT GROUP OF COMPANIES
FOR THE COLLECTION, USE, DISCLOSURE AND SECURITY
OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Valiant Group has been building and servicing its customers since 1992, as one of the largest property management companies in the Durham Region. The Valiant Group offers rental services for its residential, commercial and self-storage rental properties (hereinafter called “Renters”).
The Valiant Group has long been committed to maintaining the accuracy, confidentiality, security and privacy of Renter and employee personal information. This is reflected in our privacy and confidentiality provisions found in various policies.
Privacy of personal information about Renters or prospective Renters of the properties we manage is a fundamental cornerstone of our role as property managers and landlords. We understand an individual’s right to privacy and we are committed to collecting, using, disclosing and securing your personal information responsibly and for no other purposes beyond the need to efficiently and effectively provide property management services to our Renters.
What is Personal Information?
“Personal Information” means information that is personally identifiable to individuals. This may include, without limitation, the Individual’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, social insurance number, employment status, income, credit history, past tenancy history, bank account number(s), co-occupant information (name, date of birth, relationship to prospective tenant), vehicle information including license plate number, intended use of premises, any special needs of Renters, and other information about the Renter or the Renter’s family.
The Valiant Group is accountable for all personal information in its possession or custody, including personal information disclosed to third parties for the purposes of providing services requested by our Renters, prospective Renters or others.
The Valiant Group will seek to include in contractual arrangements with suppliers, consultants, or any other third-party contractor provisions requiring them to provide an appropriate level of protection for information transferred to them by The Valiant Group.
Identifying Purposes for The Collection of Personal Information
The Valiant Group will identify the purposes for which it is collecting any personal information by such means as is appropriate in the circumstances. This may include providing disclosure orally, by telephone, or in person, providing disclosure in a contract or in other written information given to a Renter, posting a notice on The Valiant Group’s website or any other means deemed appropriate in the circumstances.
In some instances, where the purpose for collecting information is reasonably evident to the person providing the information, the purpose will be implied but not explicitly stated (for instance, on rental applications, when a potential tenant provides us with his or her income and banking information or on Pre-Authorized Payment applications.
Consent For Collection, Use or Disclosure of Personal Information
The Valiant Group will seek to obtain consent from a Renter before or when it collects, uses or discloses personal information except as described below. The Valiant Group will strive to ensure that Renters understand how their personal information will be used or disclosed.
Consent can be expressed (i.e. given orally, electronically or in writing), implied or given through an authorized representative. Consent may be implicit when the purposes are not stated expressly but are implied by the circumstances of the transaction or follow logically from other expressly stated purposes).
You can withdraw consent at any time, with certain exceptions (for example, subject to any legal or contractual restrictions) and upon reasonable notice to The Valiant Group. The Valiant Group will strive to inform a Renter of all implications of withdrawing his or her consent. You may contact The Valiant Group respecting the withdrawal of any previously given consent or any change in the purposes for which information held by The Valiant Group may be used, disclosed or retained. Note that information may be retained by The Valiant Group for audit or archival purposes notwithstanding any withdrawal of consent otherwise applicable but the fact that consent has been withdrawn will be noted so as to prevent an unauthorized use.
The Valiant Group, however, may collect, use or disclose personal information without the Renter’s knowledge or consent in exceptional circumstances where such collection, use or disclosure is permitted or required by law.
In order to serve you better, The Valiant Group Renters have access to certain information through its web site www.valiantgroup.ca, which provides general information about the Company and the products and services it offers. The Valiant Group is committed to your privacy and strives to ensure that any information you access or provide through this site remains secure.
The Valiant Group may collect anonymous information about you. This means that the information collected cannot be traced back to a specific person. For example, our web servers may record certain information automatically when you visit our web site. This information is collected using “cookies” and might include the pages you visited, your Internet Protocol address and other site usage statistics. This anonymous information is used for research and analytical purposes only (i.e. evaluating how many visitors our web sites receive or which pages they visit most often). It does not reveal any personal information about you, the user. This aggregate data may be disclosed to third parties, but never with personally identifying information.
Limiting Collection of Personal Information
The Valiant Group will only collect information that is reasonably necessary for the purposes identified. Information will be collected by fair and lawful means.
Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention Of Personal Information
Personal information will only be used or disclosed for the purpose for which it was collected unless a Renter has otherwise consented, or when it is required or permitted by law. Personal information may only be retained for the amount of time needed to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected. In certain exceptional circumstances, The Valiant Group may have a legal duty or right to disclose personal information without a Renter’s knowledge or consent with respect to matters that concern the public’s interest.
Accuracy Of Personal Information
The Valiant Group will keep personal information as accurate, complete and current as necessary to fulfill the identified purposes for which it was collected. The Valiant Group will update or correct any personal information held by it if the Renter concerned provides The Valiant Group with particulars, satisfactory to it, of any required updating or correction.
Safeguarding Personal Information
Personal information is safeguarded to protect against loss, theft or unauthorized access, disclosure, use or modification of information using measures appropriate to the sensitivity, amount, format, nature and storage of the information and will involve, as applicable, physical, organizational and electronic security measures.
The Valiant Group has controls in place to maintain the security of its information and information systems. Files are stored according to the sensitivity of the information contained therein. Appropriate controls (such as restricted access) using user I.D.’s and passwords are placed on our computer systems and data processing procedures. Physical access to areas where personal information is gathered, processed or stored is limited to authorized employees.
Openness Concerning Policies and Practices
The Valiant Group will make information available to Renters and others about the policies and procedures The Valiant Group uses to manage personal information. Renters have access to much of this information through our web site, or through written correspondence with The Valiant Group.
Customer and Employee Access to Personal Information
As a Renter, you have the right to access the personal information we keep in your file, and you have the right to verify or amend the information if it is shown to be inaccurate. If you would like to view the personal information held in your file, please make a written request to The Valiant Group. The Valiant Group will respond to your request as efficiently as possible and will advise of the individual cost, if any, prior to the retrieval of such records. The Valiant Group will not respond to frivolous or vexatious requests for access to information. If The Valiant Group is prohibited from providing such access it will explain the reasons, except where prohibited by law. To make a change to your personal information (as discussed under “Accuracy” above), please make a similar request in writing to The Valiant Group.
Questions or Concerns
For more information on The Valiant Group’s commitment to privacy, contact The Valiant Group through one of the following:
The Valiant Group Rental Properties Limited
177 Nonquon Road 20th Floor
Oshawa, ON L1G 3S2