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Privacy and Security

The Toronto Police Services Board is committed to protecting the privacy of any personal information you may provide when visiting our website.  Part of that commitment is to explain what information may be collected, why, how it will be used and who may have access to it.  Our practices have been designed to ensure compliance with the privacy provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

This privacy statement applies to interactions with the Toronto Police Services Board web server.  It does not apply to any other website.  The following is an overview of our website practices.

Personal Information

When you visit the Toronto Police Services Board website, you do so anonymously; there is no need to tell us who you are.  If you direct an inquiry to our office, we will ask you to provide your name and mailing address or e-mail address for the purpose of responding to your inquiry.  Only those who "need to know" will have access to the personal information provided; this is a very limited list.

"Opt-in" Emails: Users may "opt-in" to receive, newsletters or other information via email.  Users may remove themselves from such services at their discretion.  Any email sent to an "opt-in" list will include directions for how a user may remove him or herself from the list, or a URL where the user may find such directions.

Logging and Cookies

The Toronto Police Services Board will track the domains from which people visit our site and analyze this data for trends and statistics.

Our logging is passive and is not used to maintain any information on site visitors.  Logged information is recorded in non-identifiable form and is used only by Toronto Police Service Board staff for the purpose of general analysis.

Cookies: The Toronto Police Services Board employs "cookies" to provide a user with tailored information.  A cookie is a small piece of information our server asks your browser to store and give back to the server verbatim at a later time.  Much like a dry-cleaning ticket is used to make sure you get the same clothes back when you visit, a cookie is used to make sure you get the same tailored information back when you visit.  On its own, the dry-cleaning ticket, or cookie, doesn't contain any personally identifiable information, and doesn't have any use other than to relate to a previous transaction.  Our cookies do not store any personal information about you, nor are they able to access any information on your computer.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies.  All web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer.
By declining cookies, use of interactive features or online services that depend on cookies will not function as intended.  If you choose to accept cookies, all browsers offer the ability to later delete cookies that you have accepted.  If you choose to delete cookies, any settings and preferences controlled by those cookies will be deleted and may need to be automatically recreated upon a return visit.