Privacy Policy


The Canadian Psoriasis Network (“CPN”, “we”, “us” or “our”) recognizes the importance of privacy and is committed to maintaining the accuracy, confidentiality and security of your personal information.

This privacy policy describes the personal information that we collect, how we manage that information and the circumstances under which we may disclose that information.

As this policy is subject to change due to legal and regulatory requirements, we encourage you to periodically check our website for updates to this policy.

What information does CPN collect?

1) Personal information

Personal information is any information that can identify an individual, such as name, address, age, credit card information, banking information. Personal information does not include an individual’s business title or business contact or information that cannot be associated with or tracked back to a specific individual. Information that is publicly available, such as a telephone book listing, is not considered to be personal information.

CPN only collects personal information about donors, clients, volunteers and event participants for fundraising, public education and advocacy purposes, program and service delivery, as well as to establish, maintain and manage our relationship with you.

By providing your personal information to CPN, you agree and consent to us collecting, using and disclosing your personal information in accordance with this privacy policy. If you do not agree with these terms, please do not provide any personal information to us. Failure to provide your personal information to CPN may prevent us from offering you the services and/or programs you have requested. We will discuss the impacts of withdrawal of consent with you at that time.

The information that CPN collects is the minimum amount we need to establish and maintain a service, volunteer, participant, donor or program relationship with you. This includes:

• contact and identification information, such as your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address
• donation information such as date of gift, amount of gift, the campaign you contributed to (if applicable), name of spouse or partner if it was a joint gift
• financial information such as your payment methods and preferences, billing and banking information (credit card number and expiry date or chequing account transit numbers, in order to process your donation); for online financial transactions such as donations and event registrations, we process standard credit card information (card number, card type and expiration date)

The CPN generally collects your personal information directly from you and only with your consent. However, if the individual who has a relationship with the CPN is a minor, information may be collected from a parent or legal guardian.

(2) Website generated information: “cookies”

CPN uses cookies to enhance your experience, for analytics, and for member preferences. A cookie is a small file that can be placed on your device and that allows us to recognize and remember you. It is sent to your browser and stored on your computer’s hard drive or tablet or mobile device. When you visit the Site, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology. You can manage cookies, but please be aware that by disabling cookies, the Site may not function correctly.

How does CPN use your personal information?

CPN uses your personal information, to process donations, to provide programs, services and information, to keep you informed about our activities, and for fundraising.

The CPN makes every attempt to use anonymous or aggregate information whenever possible. We may also use information that does not personally identify you in the following ways:

• to assist in the development of new programs, events, and services
• to provide donation recipients with summary or aggregate information about our donations, programs and services
• for internal research purposes
• to develop advertising based on donor preferences

Disclosure of your Information

CPN generally collects your personal information directly from you and only with your consent. CPN uses your personal information for fundraising, to process donations and event registrations, to provide programs, services and information, to inform public education and advocacy purposes and to keep you informed about our activities.

If the purpose for using your personal information changes from the time since such consent was obtained, CPN will advise you of this purpose before such use or disclosure.

If you do not wish CPN to use or disclose your personal information for purposes other than for which it was collected, or if you do not want to receive any marketing or fundraising materials from CPN please advise us by phone (1-888 859 9662) or email (

CPN shares your personal information only with employees and/or volunteers who require such information to establish, manage and maintain our relationship with you. We may also disclose your personal information to third party service providers whom we engage to mail our fundraising material, process your donation, or answer your inquiry. These third-party providers only
have access to personal information that is needed to perform their services and may not use it for any other purpose. They are bound by agreements that obligate them to protect your personal information. Note that in working with our service providers, your personal information may be accessible in, or transferred to, a foreign jurisdiction. Such information may be provided to law enforcement or national security authorities of that jurisdiction in order to comply with foreign laws.

There are circumstances where the use and/or disclosure of personal information is justified or permitted without consent. These circumstances may include:

• where required by law or by order or requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental tribunal
• where CPN believes, upon reasonable grounds, that it is necessary to protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of an identifiable person or group
• where the information is public.

How does CPN ensure privacy for personal information collected on its website?

CPN collects personal information on its website when a person uses the Contact Form and/or the Get to Know Pso form or “registers for an event”. This information is collected and stored through a secure portal. When a person selects “become a member” the information is sent to CPN’s newsletter distribution list at MailChimp. CPN collects personal and financial information through online donations which are processed securely through a third party, PayPal. CPN may also use a third-party for event registration (i.e., Eventbrite) and for survey collection (i.e., Survey Monkey).

Links to third parties

Our website may contain links to other websites. Upon entering other sites, you are subject to the privacy and security policies of these sites. This policy identifies the privacy practices of CPN’s website only.

Accuracy and retention of personal information

CPN aims to ensure that any personal information provided is accurate, complete and current as required for the purposes for which the information is used.

CPN keeps personal information when a person uses the Contact Form and/or the Get to Know Pso form or “registers for an event” for a limited amount of time and further to the purposes for which the information was collected. This personal information is then deleted after a specified period of time that depends on the purposes for which it was collected. Personal information that CPN collects for the purposes of processing donations and fundraising and/or through email communication is archived in a secure server, or external hard drive, or deleted.

Update your information

If your personal information has changed, please call 1-888 859 9662 or email