Policy on Privacy

"The collection, use and dissemination of personal information
on the Internet and in e-mail letters is of concern to all"

Thank you for visiting our site and for your interest in our policy on privacy. The ministère des Relations internationales wishes to inform you that it does not create a cookie on a visitor's hard disk. Furthermore, no personal information is collected without the prior consent of the visitor.

You cannot be identified personally from the information transmitted automatically between computers. This information is gathered solely to meet the technological requirements of the Internet and is used for statistical purposes.

More information about policy on privacy :

Information transmitted automatically
If you send us information
Access to information policy
Links with other sites


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You cannot be identified personally from the information transmitted automatically between computers. This information is gathered solely to meet the technological requirements of the Internet and is used for statistical purposes.

The moment you access the department's site, information is automatically exchanged between your computer and the MRI's server, without your intervention. The information does not identify you personally. It consists of:

  1. your Internet domain name (for example "xyzcompany.com" if you have a private Internet access account, or "university.edu" if you access the Internet via a university) and the IP address (a number automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider every time you use the Internet) with which you accessed our site;

  2. the type of browser and operating system used to access our site;

  3. the date and time when you accessed our site;

  4. the pages you visited;

  5. if you accessed our site from another site, the address of that site (referral site).

This exchange of information is necessary if the server is to transmit a file compatible with the computer equipment you are using. The department keeps the information received in order to have a record of the number of visitors to its site, the pages most often visited, the technology used by visitors to the site, the referral sites and the countries in which visitors to the site live.

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Under the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, a government department or agency requesting you to provide personal information must be sure that it needs the information (section 64), must identify itself and must inform you (excerpt from section 65)

  1. "of the name and address of the public body on whose behalf the information is being collected;

  2. of the use to which the information will be put;

  3. of the categories of persons who will have access to the information;

  4. of the fact that a reply is obligatory, or that it is optional;

  5. of the consequences for the person concerned or, as the case may be, for the third person, in case of a refusal to reply;

  6. of the rights of access and correction provided by law."

The department recommends that any personal information transmitted over the Internet or by e-mail be encoded. If you wish to send personal information to us, we will use only the information required to answer you and follow up on your message. Any personal information the department keeps is used only for the purposes for which it was collected. It is archived or destroyed in a secure fashion when no longer needed.

The personal information transmitted is not disclosed to any other government agency unless your request is addressed to it or disclosure is required by law. In no case is the information transmitted used to draw up user profiles or communicated to a private organization.

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If the department collected personal information on you in another context and you would like to consult that information, you may send your request by ordinary mail or e-mail to:

Luc Bergeron
Responsable de l'accès à l'information et de la protection des renseignements personnels
Ministère des Relations internationales
525, boulevard René-Lévesque Est
Québec (Québec)
G1R 5R9
luc.bergeron@mri.gouv.qc.ca

If personal information concerning you is inaccurate or incomplete you may write to the same address requesting that it be corrected or destroyed.

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Our site provides links to other government and private websites. The information exchanged on these sites is not subject to our policy on privacy but to the policy of the sites you access.

If you have any comments or questions, do not hesitate to use the mailbox found on all the pages of our site.