1. What is personal information?
Personal information includes any factual or subjective information, recorded or not, about an identifiable individual (personal addresses including email, telephone numbers, membership status, security clearance, financial information (credit card numbers, financial institutions and account numbers, payroll deductions), summaries of confidential conversations, etc.). It does not include the name, title, business address or telephone numbers of an individual as an employee of an organization.
2. Who is responsible for protecting the personal information collected by APEX?
The Executive Assistant to the APEX CEO, whose responsibilities include the management of the APEX memberships database is responsible for ensuring compliance with this policy for all information collected, used and disclosed as it pertains to membership, events and inventories, and to services offered to members only. The Senior Advisor for Executives is responsible for same as it pertains to clients of the Advisory Service for Executives. The Corporation Security Officer collects the information required to obtain or renew the security clearance of an associate member.
3. Why does APEX collect, use and disclose personal information?
In fulfilling its mandate, the Association collects and uses personal information for the following purposes:
- To keep the membership list current to provide services to its members, collect fees and dues, and give members access to discounts for certain services and events;
- To keep the list of clients served by the Senior Advisor up to date in order to communicate with them as required, and report on the services provided and client satisfaction;
- To maintain the list of executives for whom APEX sponsors a personal security clearance as an accredited organization with Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Industrial Security Sector.
4. How do individuals provide their consent for the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information?
When members join APEX, they provide personal information that the Association uses only to fulfill the purposes stated in section 3.
When APEX holds events, personal information is collected from the individuals who will be attending and is used only for the purpose of conducting a specific event (such as the APEX annual symposium).
When associate members deal with the Association regarding security clearances, they expressly provide all the information required to enable APEX to act as their sponsor. This information is protected in a secure filing cabinet
5. How much personal information does APEX collect, use or disclose?
APEX only collects and uses the personal information it requires to fulfill the purposes stated in section 3.
6. How long does APEX retain personal information?
APEX retains personal information for as long as it is required to fulfill the purposes stated in section 3. For example, credit card information collected during registration for an event is kept for a few days in order to process the transaction or to provide a refund if necessary. Members’ contact information is kept for the duration of their membership and is regularly updated.
Information on security clearances is kept for as long as the retired executive is an active member of APEX in good standing. It is destroyed by the Corporation Security Officer after 6 months if the membership is not renewed.
7. How secure is the personal information stored at APEX?
APEX is committed to ensuring that personal information is protected from unauthorized access, unintended disclosures or theft. This protection is provided by firewalls, passwords to protect databases, and locked filing cabinets. Access is restricted to those individuals listed in section 2.
8. How can individuals access their personal information held by APEX?
If someone wishes to access his or her personal information held by APEX, he or she need only contact the Association.
9. Confidentiality and the Advisory Service for Executives – What you can expect.
APEX’s Advisory Service for Executives (ASE) is available to you free of charge as an executive of the Public Service of Canada. The Senior Advisor provides a discreet and confidential sounding board, a safe place to discuss sensitive issues and a single window for advice and referral to specialized services available to the executive community.
The Senior Advisor temporarily records a written summary of conversations with you to better remember the details of your situation, the essence of the discussion, the sequence of events and the actions taken. This file is destroyed six months after the end of the fiscal year.
APEX will treat all information you provide in the strictest confidence. Please note, however, that the confidentiality cannot be respected in situations where there is a significant risk of harm to yourself or others.
You can consult your file at any time. To do this, please send an email to the Senior Advisor.