Privacy Policy

Privacy Overview

Wajax Corporation (Wajax) and its business affiliates are committed to protecting the accuracy, security and privacy of the personal information collected from its customers, suppliers and employees. To this end, Wajax has developed policies and procedures relating to privacy protection.

Employees across Wajax are held accountable for complying with these privacy policies. Any questions or concerns regarding Wajax’s policies can be directed to Wajax’s Privacy Officer, whose contact information is provided below.

Purpose

This Privacy Policy outlines and emphasizes Wajax’s commitment to protecting and maintaining the privacy of its customers, employees, and other relevant individuals when collecting, using and disclosing Personal Information.

Definitions

“Personal Information”  is information about an identifiable individual. Such information may include any factual or subjective, recorded or unrecorded, information about an identifiable individual, including: name, address and telephone number; e-mail addresses; income information; ethnic origin; age; opinions; evaluations; comments; financial information and purchasing habits. In the case of a customer, such information includes, but is not limited to, the customer’s home e-mail address, home address, home telephone number and credit card information.

Accountability

Wajax is responsible for protecting any Personal Information under its control. Wajax’s Corporate Human Resources Director has been designated as the Privacy Officer of Wajax and will be responsible for ensuring that Wajax’s privacy procedures, as well as any applicable privacy legislation, is followed. You can reach the Privacy Officer at privacy@wajax.com or at 2250 Argentia Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 6A5, Attention: Privacy Officer.

Purpose of Collecting Personal Information

Wajax collects, uses and discloses personal information only for specific purposes which relate to effectively managing its workforce, providing products and services to its customers or as required by law. The information kept in Wajax ’s records is used only for those legitimate purposes.

Personal information may be collected and maintained by Wajax for the following purposes:

• processing of warranty claims
• billing and after sales follow-up
• basic communications
• to advise of future products or services
• to meet any legal requirements
• to provide products and requested services
• to allow Wajax Finance to process applications for credit
• to allow Wajax’s third party service providers to assist in the operation of Wajax’s business by providing such services as: marketing, collecting overdue accounts, delivering products and processing credit card payments and charges; and to assist us in establishing, managing and terminating an employment relationship.

Although these are the typical purposes, this is not an exhaustive list. Prior to the collection of any personal information, Wajax will obtain consent, subject to the exceptions within applicable legislation.

Methods of Collecting Personal Information

Wajax may collect personal information in a variety of ways, the most common of which are as follows:

• credit applications, credit checks, purchase agreements, rental agreements, service agreements and other such business agreements
• registrations on its website
• business cards, surveys, market research and other business intelligence sources such as credit agencies conversations, whether by phone or in person; and in the ordinary course of business or through employment relationships.

Computer and Internet Information

Wajax may collect information about your computer hardware and software. This information may include: your IP address, browser type, operating system, domain name, access times and referring website addresses. In addition, Wajax collects information about the specific pages that are viewed within its internet server and applications. Wajax uses this information for system administration, web server load balancing and for its internal security audit log. Conversely, Wajax does not link your IP address to any personal information provided to Wajax by you through Wajax’s website. However, it may be used to identify the duration of a visitor’s session and to gather broad, aggregate demographic information.

In addition, in some of Wajax’s web applications it uses “cookies”. Cookies are pieces of information that may be placed on your computer by the website for the purpose of facilitating or enhancing your communication and interaction with that site. Cookies help Wajax deliver  personalized content and are an integral part of some of  its web applications. Wajax may also use cookies to obtain statistics on the use of its websites and applications. You may stop or restrict the placement of cookies on your computer, or flush them from your browser, by adjusting your web browser preferences. However, the rejection of certain cookies may interfere with the functionality of the website. Wajax does not use cookies to retrieve information from your computer for purposes that are unrelated to the service being offered over the applicable  website or your interaction with that website.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

Wajax will collect, use and disclose only the Personal Information that is needed for authorized purposes, as described above.

Where consent to the collection of  information is required by law, it will be obtained in accordance with the applicable legislation. Consent will be explicit or implied and could be obtained either verbally or in writing, depending on the nature of the information in question.

Personal Information will be disclosed consistent with the purposes for which it was collected and only on a need-to-know basis. Personal Information about an individual is not disclosed to third parties unrelated to Wajax without the individual’s consent, unless authorized or required by law.

If consent is required to collect, use or disclose Personal Information, individuals have the right to withdraw consent at any time. However, there may be consequences to such withdrawal. If an individual withdraws his or her consent, Wajax will inform the individual of the likely consequences of such action. An individual may not withdraw consent if withdrawing the consent would frustrate the performance of a legal obligation.

An individual may request an explanation of the specific purpose of the collection, use or disclosure of his or her Personal Information. Such an explanation will, in any event, be provided where required by law.

Protection of Personal Information 

Wajax is committed to protecting your personal information against loss, theft and unauthorized access, disclosure, use or modification by instituting security safeguards consistent with the sensitivity, amount, format, nature and storage of the information.

Personal Information provided to Wajax in electronic form is stored in secure computer servers with limited access and located in controlled facilities. It should be noted that e-mails sent to Wajax are not a secure means of communication unless messages are encrypted.

Paper files are maintained in secure locations with various levels of restricted access based on the sensitivity of the information. Files with sensitive information are kept in locked file cabinets, behind locked doors.

Retention of Personal Information

Personal Information will be retained only as long as necessary, permitted or required by law to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected or a related business or legal purpose. Documents containing Personal Information that are not retained will be destroyed in a secure manner, such as shredding or through a document destruction service or erased from software/hardware.

Accuracy of Personal Information

Wajax will take appropriate measures to ensure that all personal Information it collects and holds will be accurate, complete and continuously updated. Right to Access and Correct your Personal Information:

Depending on applicable legislation, individuals may have the right to access any of their Personal Information held by Wajax and to request correction or rectification of the information in accordance with the following terms and conditions:

1.  Requests to access information should be directed in writing to Wajax’s Privacy Officer at 2250 Argentia Road, Mississauga, ON, L5N 6A5.

2. Requests must contain sufficient information to prove the identity of the requester and to identify the information that is being requested.

3. Wajax will reply to requests to access information as quickly as possible and no later than 30 days after the request is received or as necessary to comply with applicable legislation concerning timelines for providing responses to such requests.

4. Wajax may ask the individual to pay reasonable costs of providing the requested information. A written estimate of these costs will be provided to the individual before the requested information is provided.

5. If the request to access, correct or rectify information is refused, the individual will be informed, in writing, of the reasons for refusal and the legislative basis for the refusal. Contact information of a Wajax representative that can answer questions about the refusal will be provided.

Complaints

If an individual has a complaint regarding Wajax’s compliance with this Policy or with any privacy-related legislation or statutory requirements, the individual may file a written complaint to Wajax’s Privacy Officer at 2250 Argentia Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 6A5. All complaints received will be investigated in a fair, impartial and confidential manner.

If you are not satisfied with the response, you may choose to redirect your challenge to Wajax’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at 2250 Argentia Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 6A5.

For any further information regarding this Policy, or any of Wajax’s other privacy policies or practices, please contact the Privacy Officer at the address provided above.

EMPLOYEE PERSONAL INFORMATION

General Policy Applies

The General Policy applies equally to Employee Personal Information, except where modified by the specific policies contained in this section.

“Employee Personal Information” is personal information about an individual that relates to establishing, managing and terminating the employment relationship. It does not include personal information that is not about an individual’s employment

Employee File

Employees are advised that Wajax collects information and keeps a file on each of its employees. The objective of the employee file is to permit Wajax to efficiently manage its workforce, human resources and employee welfare programs.

An employee may have the right to access his or her employee file in accordance with the procedures described above under the heading “Right to Access and Correct your Personal Information.”

Protection of Employee Personal Information

The Wajax Human Resources Department and Payroll Departments will keep employee files in a secure area and implement security policies to ensure that information on employee files is protected from unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification and disposal.

Only duly authorized individuals, that is, individuals who need to have access to such information in order to perform their duties, will have access to such information.

Retention of Personal Information

Wajax will retain Personal Information that is used to make an employment decision about an individual for at least one year after using it so that the individual has a reasonable opportunity to obtain access to the information.