Privacy Policy - McCord Stewart Museum

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Privacy Policy

The “Keys to History – My McCord” website (“the Website”) is owned and operated by the McCord Museum of Canadian History (the “Museum”) on behalf of its board of trustees, staff, volunteers, agents and partners. Access and use of “Keys to History – My McCord” is provided by the Museum for educational purposes, and is meant to be accessible to everyone. Within this context, the Museum respects the privacy and the integrity of any information that you provide as a Contributing User of the Website. The Museum complies with Canada’s privacy laws, and has created the following privacy policy to govern the use of “Keys to History – My McCord” (the “Privacy Policy”).

General policy and feedback

Any personal information gathered through “Keys to History – My McCord” about Contributing Users is not provided to third parties. You will not receive any emails you have not requested and you may update or cease to use your account at any time. Comments regarding this policy may be submitted via the Website’s Feedback

Account registration information

“Keys to History – My McCord” collects personal information when a person first registers to use the Website. As part of the registration process, a potential user is asked to provide information of a personal nature, including a screen name and email address. This information is used for the following purposes:

  • Identification and authentication;
  • Service provision and improvements; and
  • Research, reporting and future contact (if requested).

A Contributing User of the Website can cease to use his/her account at any time; however, his/her account information will remain active and accessible, as will any content he/she has contributed, since it may have been incorporated by other Contributing Users into various exhibitions and/or connections. Since all user profiles remain active and accessible, regardless of their use, Contributing Users who choose to cease using the Website can modify the information contained within their accounts at their discretion.

Usage information

Information concerning the use of “Keys to History – My McCord” is gathered through “traffic data” captured in standard web logs and through feedback. The personal information gathered as a result of using “Keys to History – My McCord” will not be sold, traded and/or rented to others. From time to time aggregate statistics about online visitors, traffic pattern and related site information may be provided to a third party, but these statistics will not include any personal information. However, account information may be released as required by law.

Use of site by children

Parents, guardians and teachers are encouraged to spend time online with children and to participate in the activities made available through this Website. No content and/or information, especially content and/or information of a personal nature, should be submitted, posted and/or published by children 12 years of age or younger without the consent and involvement of a parent, guardian or teacher.


A cookie is a small text file that is sent to your browser from a Website and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies cannot read data from your hard drive or read cookie files that were created by other sites. The website that creates a cookie is the only one a browser will permit to access it. Examples of ways in which the Museum might use cookies are to control access to certain user features, to customize content areas, and to analyze site activity and User behaviour. The Museum also reserves the right to use cookies in the future in conjunction with new content or extended functionality.

If you are concerned about the use of cookies, the Museum suggests that you explore your browser’s options to notify you whenever a cookie is sent, or to disallow cookies altogether. Users should be aware, however, that prohibiting the use of cookies may restrict the User’s access to certain types of content or features.

Revision of the Terms of Use

The Museum may revise and update the Terms of Use at any time in response to changes in the law, policy or at the discretion of the Museum.


The Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Copyright Notice on the Website represent the entire understanding between you and the Museum regarding your relationship with Museum and with respect to “Keys to History – My McCord”, and supersedes any prior statements or representations.

Acceptance of the Terms of Use

By using the Website, you signify your assent to the Terms of Use as stated. Your continued use of the Website, following any revision to the Terms of Use, means you also assent to these changes.

*The legal terms of this text were found on “Collection X“, produced by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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