Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy applies to the use of digtial communications by this office.


Our privacy policy describes the information we collect via the BC National Forest Week (BCNFW) Coalition website and how we collect and use that information.

Personal Information

Personal information is recorded information about an identifiable individual. Personal information includes things such as an individual’s name, address, birth date, e-mail address, and phone number.


BCNFW is responsible for monitoring, enforcing, and informing the public about access and privacy laws in BC. BCNFW collects personal information for the purpose of operating its registration, monitoring, enforcement, and information programs, particularly for the purpose of assisting individuals, public bodies, and organizations. BCNFW is authorized to collect personal information via this web site and social media under section 26(c) of FIPPA, for the purposes described above.

When you send us electronic mail, we collect your e-mail address and your message so that we may reply to you. We recommend that sensitive personal information not be sent unencrypted over the Internet or by e-mail.

When you visit our website, the web server collects a small amount of information to facilitate its operation. For example, the website advanced search function collects information to remember the information you submitted for the search. We do not capture or store your IP address while you visit and use our website.

BCNFW uses Facebook, which is a public, third-party social media provider. Personal information that you might provide to Facebook is not hosted on our server.

We recommend that our Facebook followers familiarize themselves with the social media provider’s terms of service and privacy policies.

Web Analytics

BCNFW uses Google Analytics, a third party service to analyze non-identifiable web traffic data with the purpose of improving the services we offer. BCNFW does not own the data that is generated through Google Analytics. The collected data will not be shared with any other party for any other purpose.

BCNFW may collect the following information to assist us with improving the website:
• The pages accessed on our site and links you clicked on
• The date and time you visited the site
• If you use our advanced search tool, the search terms you used
• The referring site (if any) through which you arrived at this site
• Your operating system (e.g. Windows XP, Mac OS X)
• The type of web browser you use (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.)

IP addresses are anonymized so that they cannot be used to identify individuals. Our web analytics will also respect any “do not track” setting you might have set on your browser.

Our website may use session cookies which are stored in temporary memory and are not retained after you sign out or close the browser session.


A cookie is a small file containing certain pieces of information that a website creates when you visit the site. It can track how and when you use a site, which site you visited immediately before, and it can store that information about you. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. There are two types of cookies, session cookies and persistent cookies. Our website may use session cookies which are stored in temporary memory and are not retained after you sign out or close the browser session.


BCNFW only uses the personal information collected from the web site for the same purpose that it was collected. BCNFW will not use your personal information for another purpose without your consent.


BCNFW may only disclose your personal information if it is done for the same purpose that it was collected. BCNFW will not share your personal information for another purpose unless BCNFW has your consent to do so. In limited circumstances that are outlined in section 33 of FIPPA, BCNFW may be required, or authorized, by law to disclose your personal information to another party.


Our website contains links to other sites. When clicking on a link, we encourage you to examine the site’s privacy policy and make your own decision regarding the information provided.

How to contact us

If you have questions about this privacy policy, you can contact:
Bill Bourgeois, BC NFW Coalition Executive Director.

You can also e-mail us at

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Write to BCNFW Coalition:
c/o Association of BC Forest Professionals
Suite 602 – 1281 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC, V6E 3J7

Social Media Policy

Our privacy policy applies to the use of social media by our office.
BCNFW Coalition uses social media to share news and engage citizens, public bodies, and private organizations in a conversation about forestry issues.

Our Facebook ( social media account is managed by coalition members on behalf of BCNFW, with access by third party vendors.

We update and monitor our social media accounts on weekdays during office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm), but we may monitor and respond outside of normal office hours. We read all @replies and Direct Messages sent to us and will respond to as many as possible.


Through our social media account, we aim to keep you informed about the activities of our office, as well as recent developments in access and privacy. Our social media content includes:
• news releases, speeches, and other publications issued by our office;
• links to promoting forestry, forestry news, and;
• information about upcoming events or educational opportunities.

We retweet news, links and content we think are relevant to our work and of interest to our followers. RTs do not imply endorsement by the BCNFW.


We follow social media accounts that are relevant to our work and our mandate. This could include the social media accounts of individuals as well as organizations, public and private, who comment on forestry issues. Our decision to follow a particular social media account user does not imply an endorsement of any kind.

Publishing on our Social Media

Our social media articles are or will be managed by coalition members on behalf of BCNFW. We update and moderate our social media postings on weekdays during office hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm), but we may monitor and respond at other times of the day. We read all comments and attempt to respond to as many as possible.


If you wish to comment in our social media posts, it will be in accordance to each social media account. Many will require an account to access their platform.


The Information and Privacy Commissioner has the power to investigate, mediate and resolve complaints about the information practices of public bodies under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and private organizations under the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), or requests for review of an access to information decision.

BCNFW does not accept complaints via social media. Concerns or complaints about a social media post can be submitted in writing by any of the following methods:
• By mail: c/o ABCFP, Suite 602 – 1281 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3J7
• By e-mail:

(Please note that e-mail is not considered a secure method of transmission. If you are concerned about the confidentiality of information, including your personal information, in transit, you should mail us your information.)


If you have questions or comments about our use of social media, please contact a BC NFW Coalition member.