Privacy Policy

The Northwest Territories Geoscience Office (NTGO) is committed to respecting your privacy and protecting your personal information.

When you visit our Web site, we will not collect personal information unless you choose to use services that ask for personal information. Your personal information will not be disclosed or used for purposes other than those explained below, except with your consent or as required by law. Personal information will be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes. NTGO will not send you unsolicited electronic messages and we will not permit third parties, such as service providers under government contract, to do so.

This Privacy Statement explains how NTGO collects, uses, and secures your information when you visit our Web sites.

This Privacy Statement includes the following topics:

1. What kind of information is collected when you visit our Web site?
2. Does this site use "cookies"?
3. Does any of this apply to sites you get to by following links on our site?

1. What kind of information is collected when you visit our Web site?

When you browse or download information from most web sites, including this one, limited amounts of information are collected for traffic monitoring and statistical purposes. You cannot be identified from this information. The information is analyzed for operational trends, performance, and ways to improve the site. Examples of this type of information include:

  • Names of Internet Service Providers from which our site is accessed;
  • Dates and times our site is accessed;
  • Types and versions of the browsers used to access our site and the operating systems of the computers being used; and
  • Pages most commonly visited.

In order to download certain items or to place orders from our site, you must create an account so that you can log in. The only information required to create an account is:

  • an email address; and
  • a User Group category.

The email address is used to send you a new password if you request one. If you place an order, the email address also serves as our point of contact with you for establishing payment and delivery options. You may also choose to provide a name, numbers, and mailing address for order delivery, and a second contact name, number and email for payment information. This information is stored in our secure Oracle database for those purposes alone.

The details of your order or download are not stored. The number of times any report is ordered or downloaded is tracked, along with the User Group Category of the account which accessed it; but this information cannot be linked to individuals.

2. Does this site use "cookies"?

Yes. Cookies provide a way of allowing users to store items in their own "shopping cart". A cookie is a small piece of data stored on the user's computer by the user's Web browser, as instructed by a Web site server. A cookie is not a program, code or plug-in. These cookies do not contain personally identifying information, do not give anyone access to anything on your hard drive, and cannot do anything to your computer.

Our site uses two types of cookies: Session and Persistent. If you make shopping cart transactions during your visit to our Web site, a session cookie is set. This cookie is used only during your online session and expires when you close the browser. Your browser exchanges information with our Web server, and the session cookie helps by reminding our server of which computer is making the request.

A persistent cookie is set when you select the "Automatic Login" option. This cookie is stored on your hard drive to "remember" information about your preferences and passwords so you do not have to re-introduce yourself every time you come to our Web sites. The cookie is deleted when you deselect the "Automatic Login" option.

You can set your browser to detect and reject cookies, to accept cookies from all sites, or to prompt you whenever a site wants to send you a cookie. If you choose to refuse cookies, you may not be able to access some of the features on our site. Check your browser's "Help" files to find out how to program your web browser's cookie settings.

3. Does any of this apply to sites you get to by following links on our site?

No. Links to sites created and maintained by other public and/or private sector organizations are provided solely for your information and convenience. When you link to an outside Web site, you are leaving the Northwest Territories Geoscience Office web site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of that site's owners. You are encouraged to read their privacy statements to understand how they handle personal information.