Who we are

Our website address is: https://grcgt.org.

We wrote this document to let you know how important your privacy is to us. We also hope it shows that we truly value transparency and openness. Please read this page carefully before using our site further.

First, we’d like to share a little about us. GRCGT is based in Toronto, Ontario, and is targeted to Canadian visitors. GRCGT is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Canadian Kennel Club.

Below, we explain exactly what information we collect from you, how we use that information, how long we keep it and what choices you have about it. We believe you should have tools to control your information. Our website incorporates privacy controls that you can use to control how we collect your personal data. You can access these privacy controls via the table labeled “Privacy Controls” near the end of this page.

By continuing to use www.grcgt.org, you consent to the data practices described in this policy.

What Personal Information We Collect, How We Collect It and What We Do With It

1. Technical data

First of all, when you visit www.grcgt.org, even for the very first time, we may automatically log certain information about your computer hardware and software. This information can include your IP address, web browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used for the operation of our service, to maintain quality of the service and to provide general statistics regarding use of the www.grcgt.org website. To learn more about what information your device makes available to us, please also check the policies of your device manufacturer or software provider.

Your browser most likely offers a way to view websites more anonymously. For example, Incognito Mode in Google Chrome allows you to browse the web without recording webpages and files in your browser history. Cookies are deleted after you’ve closed all of your Incognito windows and tabs, and your bookmarks and settings are stored until you delete them. Learn more about cookies below.

2. Aggregated analytical data

We may also keep track of the pages our users visit within www.grcgt.org in order to determine which of our pages and services are the most popular. We use Google Analytics for this purpose. It gathers information that allows us to understand interactions with our website and ultimately refine that experience to better serve you. We are not able to see any data that personally identifies you, such as a name, email address or billing information. You can opt out here.

3. Social sharing data

We use some social sharing plugins, which allow you to share certain pages of our website on social media. These plugins place cookies so that you can correctly view how many times a page has been shared.

4. Contact data

If you choose to leave a comment beneath one of our articles, you share your email address with us. We use a third-party comment-sharing platform called WordPress, which may create a profile for you. Your email address is never shown publicly on GRCGT unless you share it in a public comment, which we strongly advise against doing.

Rest assured, you won’t ever get any spam emails from us just because you leave a comment on our site, and we’ll never sell or distribute your email address. Your email address remains private — period. We keep it on file for as long as your comment remains on our site.

If you have trouble figuring out how to delete your comment, feel free to contact us and we’ll help you. We’ll first need to verify that the comment belongs to you. Once we do that, we’re happy to delete it if you wish.

5. Marketing and communications data

If you opt in to our email list, we keep your email address on file so that we can send you our emails. We use a third-party email service called MailChimp. When you consent through one of the signup forms on our site, your email address, IP address, and other information are sent securely to MailChimp for the purposes of GRCGT sending you emails and tracking when we have sent you emails, whether or not you have opened those emails, and whether or not you have clicked any links in our emails.

You can unsubscribe from our email list at any time by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email you receive from GRCGT. For more, see the MailChimp Privacy Policy.

If you ever email us, or reply to one of our emails, we will keep the content of your message, your email address and your contact information to respond to your request. If you have used our contact form, our website will generate metadata associated with the communications, such as your IP address. We will delete all of this information upon your request.

We won’t ever email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, please send it to us so we can investigate.

We Use Cookies

Please note that our website uses “cookies” to help personalize your online experience. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you and can be read only by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

For more detailed information about how we use cookies, please review the “Use of Cookies” section below.

Information From Third Parties

We may occasionally receive information about you from third parties as set out below:

  • Analytics providers such as Google
  • Advertising networks such as Facebook
  • Search information providers such as Google AdWords

Third-Party Embeds

Some of the content on GRCGT may not be hosted by us. These “embeds” are hosted by a third-party and embedded in our website. For example: YouTube videos and Instagram posts that appear within a page of our content. These files send data to the hosted site just as if you were visiting that site directly. GRCGT does not control what data third parties collect in cases like this, or what they will do with it. So, third-party embeds on GRCGT are not covered by this Privacy Policy. They are covered by the privacy policy of the third-party service.

Non-Personal Information

We share or disclose non-personal data, such as aggregated information like the total number of times people viewed an article on our site, the number of people who clicked on a particular link, or how many people saw or clicked on an ad.

Security of Your Personal Information

www.grcgt.org secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. We use encryption (HTTPS/TLS) to protect data transmitted to and from our site. However, no data transmission over the internet is 100% secure, so we can’t guarantee security. You use our site and services at your own risk, and you’re responsible for taking reasonable measures to secure your account.

If you leave a comment or a forum post on our site, we encourage you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from www.grcgt.org so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. We are not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites other than our own.

We will never sell or distribute any personal or contact information we collect about you. We do not sell, rent or lease our customer lists to third parties.

GRCGT will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on us; (b) protect and defend our rights or property; and (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

GRCGT uses third-party vendors and hosting partners, such as GoDaddy, for hardware, software, networking, storage and related technology we need to run our site. When you use or interact with any of our services, you consent to the data processing, sharing, transferring and uses of your information as outlined in this Privacy Policy. Regardless of the country where you reside, you authorize us to transfer, process, store and use your information in countries other than your own in accordance with this Privacy Policy and to provide you with services. Some of these countries may not have the same data protection safeguards as the country where you reside.

Although we are a Canadian-based website intended for users located in the Canada, GRCGT may process information related to individuals who are in the EU/European Economic Area. We may transfer that information from the EU/EEA to Canada or any other country where we have facilities. By using our services, you consent to the transfer of information outside of your country.

If you are located in the EU/EEA, you can request access to the information we hold about you. We’ll usually share this with you within 30 days of you asking us for it. The first time is free, and additional requests may incur a reasonable processing fee. You may also request modification or deletion of your personal data.

Use of Cookies

One way that we collect information from you is through the use of cookies. When you go online, you use a program called a “browser” (like Apple Safari or Google Chrome). Most websites store a small amount of text in the browser — and that text is called a “cookie.”

Cookies provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses and so on. When you return to our website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the features that you customized.

We use cookies to make GRCGT better