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Grant Thornton** ("Grant Thornton" or "we") has adopted and subscribes to the privacy principles developed by the Canadian Standards Association. Our privacy commitment to you is to follow the following fundamental principles: (i) to clearly disclose to you what client information we may gather and how we may use it; (ii) to give you choice over what personal information we may use for different purposes; and (iii) to provide access to your personal information in order to allow you to review or correct it. Please review our Web site privacy statement in its entirety to understand how your personal information will be treated as you make full use of this Web site.



Non-personal information

Non-personal information is information that cannot identify you personally, such as: (i) browser information (including the version of the browser you are using, the URL of the web page you last visited and the IP address of the computer you are using); and (ii) clickstream data which records choices you have made.

This Web site uses cookies to collect non-personal information about our users. A cookie is a small text file sent to your browser's files for our reference. Cookies allow our server computer to recognize you when you return to this Web site and retain any preferences you may have provided. If you do not wish to receive cookies, consult your browser's help menu in order to configure your browser so that it will alert you when a cookie is about to be sent to your computer and provide you with a choice of whether or not to accept it.

We may use non-personal information to calculate overall usage statistics and to better understand our visitors, but not to track any individual user.


Personal information

Personal information refers to information specifically about a particular user, such as: (i) name; (ii) age; (iii) address; (iv) email address; and (v) telephone number.

Personal information will only be collected by fair and lawful means. The only personal information we will collect and retain is the personal information voluntarily provided by you when you: (i) register as a Grant Thornton Alumni; (ii) submit answers to surveys or questionnaires; or (iii) contact us with questions or comments about this Web site.

We may use your personal information to: (i) provide information or services you requested; (ii) send you information about products, information or services that may be of interest to you (email communications will always provide you with an "unsubscribe" option); and (iii) generate statistics and aggregate reports for our internal use, such as the development of our services.


No disclosure of personal information to third parties

Grant Thornton shall not intentionally disclose to third parties without your permission any personal information you may provide while visiting this Web site, subject to the following exceptions: (i) we may disclose your personal information to third parties as required or permitted by applicable laws, rules or regulations; (ii) we may disclose your contact information in response to inquiries by bona-fide rights owners in connection with allegations of infringement of copyright or other proprietary rights arising from information you have submitted on this Web site or otherwise provided to Grant Thornton; and (iii) if Grant Thornton merges with or sells all or substantially all of its assets to a third party, information collected about you on this Web site may be disclosed to such third party.



Security

Grant Thornton has implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operation security in order to protect personal information from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction. Only authorized Grant Thornton employees, independent contractors and for professional standards purposes are provided access to clients' personal information, and such individuals are required to treat this information as confidential. Notwithstanding these precautions, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized persons will not obtain access to your personal information.


Minors

This Web site is not intentionally designed for or directed at persons 18 years of age or younger, and Grant Thornton will not intentionally collect or maintain information about anyone under the age of 18.


Contacting us


You may contact Grant Thornton: (i) in order to review and correct your personal information collected by Grant Thornton; and (ii) regarding privacy matters in general, in any of the following ways:

E-mail:

CPO@GrantThornton.ca

Mail:

Grant Thornton LLP
Royal Bank Plaza
50 Bay Street
12th Floor
Toronto, ON M5J 2Z8

Attention: Chief Privacy Officer


Consent

By using this Web site, you consent to the collection, use and storage of your information by Grant Thornton in the manner described in this Web site privacy statement. Grant Thornton reserves the right to make changes to this Web site privacy statement from time to time without notice. When using this Web site, you should review the current terms of use and the Web site privacy statement to determine if they have been amended since your last visit.



Terms of use

Please see our terms of use for additional information about our on-line policies in general.



** This Web site policy shall apply to the Web sites of any or all of the following partnerships and corporations: i) Grant Thornton LLP; ii) Grant Thornton Limited; iii) Grant Thornton Productivity Improvement; and iv) Grant Thornton Corporate Finance Inc. notwithstanding the reference to Grant Thornton within this policy.