GTA Mortgage Centre is committed to keeping your privacy protected and your information confidential at all times.
We collect, use and disclose information about you for a variety of reasons:
- To identify you and verify any information you give us
- To protect us both from error and fraud
- To understand your needs and eligibility for products and services
- To recommend particular products and services so we may serve you better
- To meet legal requirements, such as asking you to provide the necessary information to verify your identity
- To present your mortgage application to various lenders and insurers for the purpose of securing a mortgage and/or related service
- We may review and analyze your use of our services, in order to assist in the above.
- We may collect from you and share health information with insurers and insurance agents for the purpose of applying for creditor insurance.
Your information and the business you do with us is kept strictly confidential
Your information will be protected from error, loss and unauthorized access. Our procedures and systems are designed to ensure this security. We collect, use and disclose personal information only for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in the circumstances. As well, we never sell any information about our customers to others, and we only keep information as long as it is needed.
Your information is obtained or used only with your consent we obtain your (express or implied) consent before we:
- Check your employment
- Obtain a credit report
- Offer you other products and services
- Obtain, use or disclose to other persons, information about you unless we are obliged to do so by law or to protect our interests
- Use your information in any way we didn’t tell you about previously
- You can withdraw your consent any time after you’ve given it to us, provided there are no legal requirements to prevent this, by contacting your Mortgage Centre Specialist.
You can choose not to receive direct marketing
We may tell you about products and services through direct mail, telephone, or other means. If you do not wish us to do so, advise your GTA Mortgage Centre Specialist.
Sharing your information with other people
We don’t share information about you, except as is necessary to complete your mortgage application and take all steps necessary to secure mortgage financing on your behalf, nor do we release it to anyone else, without your express or implied consent. However, there are some exceptions. For example, we may collect, use or disclose information without your consent if we:
- are obligated or permitted to do so for legal reasons
- use an outside company, to do work for us involving some of your information
You can review and make corrections to your information
You can review your personal information held by us and make corrections to it by contacting your Mortgage Centre Specialist. You may be asked to put your request in writing.
If you have any questions, comments or complaints contact your Mortgage Centre Specialist.
Your privacy is protected
At The GTA Mortgage Centre, an important part of our commitment to provide you with service excellence is our respect for your right to privacy.
Keeping our customers’ information and affairs in strict confidence is a cornerstone of GTA Mortgage Centre’s business. The range of products and services we offer our customers continues to expand, and the technology we use continues to change. But, no matter how our business changes, we’ll always protect your privacy.
Our policies and procedures which we practice in order to protect your privacy are in place across GTA Mortgage Centre.
In the following sections we describe these policies and procedures and how we put them into practice so that you have control over how we collect, use and disclose your information.
Protecting your privacy means:
- we keep your information and the business you do with us in strict confidence
- your information is not sold
- you have control over how we obtain, use, and give out information about you
- you have access to the information we have about you
- we respect your privacy when we market our products and service
Our privacy policies protect all of our customers
When you first become a GTA Mortgage Centre customer and whenever you apply for more products and services, we let you know that:
- besides your name, address and telephone number, we need information to:
- establish your identification
- protect you and us from error and fraud
- understand your needs and eligibility for products and services
- recommend particular products and services to meet your needs
- provide ongoing service
- comply with legal requirements
- we may verify some of the information you give us with your employer or your references
- we may offer other products that are suitable to you
- we will not refuse you any other product or service on the basis of any health information you may have given us when applying for insurance products offered through us
We may review and analyze your use of products and services, to help protect you from unauthorized use of your accounts, to help us serve you better, and to bring other products and services to your attention which we feel will be of benefit to you. We also collect and analyze information from other sources for the same purposes.
Certain information, such as a driver’s licence, although convenient for identification, is voluntary. It is up to you whether you want to provide those or some other suitable identification, subject to any legal requirements.
We collect, use and disclose personal information only for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in the circumstances.
Your information is obtained or used only with your consent
We obtain your consent before we:
- check your employment
- obtain a credit report
- offer you other products and services
- send you information about products and services by means of direct marketing
- obtain, use or disclose to other persons, information about you unless we are obliged to do so by law or to protect our interests
- use your information in any way we didn’t tell you about previously
We ask for your consent before using your social insurance number
When we obtain a report and update your information with a credit bureau, your SIN is the best way to make sure that the information actually refers to you. Wrong information could lead us to draw wrong conclusions about you. You should be aware, though, that providing us your SIN for use this way is voluntary for you. If you choose not to give us your SIN when its collection is optional, this by itself will not prevent you from getting any products or services.
Your consent can be express or implied
Express consent can be verbal or written. For example, when you sign a credit application you are giving your written consent for us to obtain a credit report.
You imply consent when we can reasonably conclude that you’ve given consent by some action you’ve taken, or when you decide not to take action. If we give you an opportunity to tell us you don’t want direct marketing material and you don’t tell us that you don’t want us to send it, we can conclude that you have no objection.
We will rely on your implied consent to use and disclose identifying information about you, such as your name and address.
You can withdraw your consent after you’ve given it
You can withdraw your consent any time after you’ve given it to us, provided there are no legal requirements to prevent this. However, in order to maintain the integrity of the credit reporting system, we do have to update your credit information with the credit bureau as long as you have credit with us. Your consent for this purpose cannot be withdrawn during this time.
If you don’t consent to certain uses of information, or if you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide you with a particular product or service. If so, we’ll explain the situation to you to help you with your decision.
We ask for your consent before sharing information with other people
We don’t share information about you, or release it to anyone outside of GTA Mortgage Centre without your consent. For example, we give information to a credit bureau only with your consent.
There are some exceptions to the rules above. For example, we may collect, use or disclose information without your consent if we:
- If we use an outside supplier to do work for us. At times we may use outside suppliers to do work for us involving some of your information. For example, we may use suppliers to print statements and cheque books, conduct telemarketing, collect accounts or process transactions on our behalf. We select suppliers carefully and insist they have privacy and security standards that meet GTA Mortgage Centre’s strict requirements. Similarly, your payment transactions will be processed through payment systems or networks operated by others such as Visa, the Interac Association, or the Canadian Payments Association. We may share your information with these operators on a confidential basis to process transactions, provide customer service, promote the service and for other reasonable purposes.
- Must disclose information for legal reasons
We may be compelled to release information by a court of law, or other legal or regulatory authority. If so, our policy is to release information only to the extent that we have to.
- Have to protect the interests of GTA Mortgage Centre
In certain circumstances, GTA Mortgage Centre may have to collect, use or release information for its protection. For example, we may do so when collecting an overdue account, when realizing on security pledged for a loan, or to detect or prevent fraud. We may share information for business transactions
From time to time, we may sell parts of our business, sell or securitize assets, or merge or amalgamate parts of our business with other parties. Since client and account information will normally be a part of the transaction, we may disclose this information to other parties in the transaction, as part of due diligence and on completion of the transaction. We require that the other parties keep this information confidential and limit its use to the purposes of the transaction.
Information may be located outside of Canada
GTA Mortgage Centre, its outside suppliers and other third parties to whom we disclose information under this policy (such as credit bureaus) may perform activities outside of Canada. As a result, your information may be securely used, stored or accessed in other countries and may be subject to the laws of those countries. For example, information may be disclosed in response to valid demands or requests from government authorities, courts, or law enforcement in these countries.
We protect your information from error, loss and unauthorized access
Our employees who have access to your information are made aware of how to keep it confidential. Each employee must sign an agreement stating that maintaining confidentiality is a condition of employment with GTA Mortgage Centre.
Our computer security specialists build security into all our computer systems.
This protects your information at all times, when it is stored in data files or handled by our employees. Our systems also protect your information when it is transmitted.
Your information is destroyed when it is no longer needed
We keep your information only so long as we need it for the products and services you’re using, to offer you products and services when you are a customer and for a reasonable time thereafter, or to meet any legal requirements. We have retention standards which meet these requirements. We destroy your information when it is no longer needed, or we remove your name from the information.
You can see and verify the accuracy of your information
You can check your information to verify, update and correct it, and to have any obsolete information removed. We may ask you to put your request in writing.
There’s no charge for verifying or correcting your information. Depending on the circumstances, there may be a charge if you want a copy of records which we have already given you. We will let you know in advance if there is a charge.
If you have a sensory disability, we will give you access to your personal information in any alternative format you request if we already have it in that format or if its conversion into that format is reasonable and necessary in order for you to be able to exercise your rights under applicable legislation.
It may not be appropriate for us to release certain information directly to you.
If we have obtained information about you from other people, upon your request, we’ll let you know the person we got it from.
You can find out to whom we’ve given information about you
If you ask, we will let you know the names of outside companies or organizations we’ve given information to. This won’t include information given to outside companies we’ve used to do work for us, such as cheque printers. It won’t include T5 reports to the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, or regular updates of credit information to credit bureau.
We respond to your request promptly
We’ll deal quickly with your request to see your information, and always respond to you within 30 days. If we need to extend the time, or we have to refuse your request, we’ll tell you why, subject to any legal restrictions and we’ll notify you of the new deadline, the reasons for the extension, and your rights under applicable legislation respecting the extension.
We correct your information
Whenever possible, we’ll correct any information which we may have given to an outside organization.
If a third party, such as a credit bureau, has given us information which you tell us is wrong, we’ll give you the name and address of that party so that you can correct the information.
There may be files that include information about you and other customers, or that have information confidential to MCC or are the property of MCC. Because we must protect everyone’s confidentiality and legal rights we cannot make these files available to persons outside of the MCC. However, we will make available to you any factual information about you contained in such files.
We have procedures in place to assist our employees in the practice of the GTA Mortgage Centre’s privacy policies.
If you have any questions or complaints about our privacy policies, you can contact us.