Privacy Policy

This policy sets out the terms and conditions regarding the protection of the personal information of the Visitor to the Internet site of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and its subsidiaries (hereinafter the “Caisse”) and how the Visitor’s personal information is used, processed and transmitted.

When the Visitor decides to use the Caisse’s Internet site (hereinafter the “Site”), he accepts the Caisse’s practices regarding the processing of and the measures to safeguard his personal information (hereinafter the “Policy”). The Visitor agrees, in particular, to the gathering and use of his personal information by the Caisse in accordance with the Policy, it being understood that the Caisse complies with prevailing legislation in personal information matters.

The Visitor agrees and acknowledges that the Caisse reserves the right, at any time, to amend, change or update the Policy and the Visitor agrees to be bound by such amendments, changes or updates. The Visitor’s use of the Site after any such amendment constitutes his agreement to accept the Policy thus amended and to be bound by it. If the Visitor does not accept this Policy, or as the case may be, the Policy as amended from time to time, he should not use the Site.

Electronic personal information

Even though the Visitor can visit the Site without informing the Caisse who he is and without revealing information about himself, in accessing the Site there is an automatic exchange of information between the Visitor’s computer and the Caisse’s server. This exchange of information does not enable the Caisse to identify the Visitor, his name or e-mail address. However, this exchange, among other things, enables the Caisse to obtain the Internet domain name that the Visitor used to access the Site (for instance, “xcompany.com” where the Visitor uses a private Internet access account, or “university.edu” where the Visitor accesses through a university), the Visitor’s IP address (IP stands for Internet Protocol, a single number assigned to your computer when it is connected to the Internet and which enables documents intended for you to be downloaded without mistake), the type of browser and the operating system used by the Visitor to access the Site, the date and time the Visitor accessed the Site, the pages he visited and, where the Visitor accesses the Site from another site, then, this site’s address (referent site).

The operating system of the Caisse’s Site can automatically gather this information about the Visitor’s visit to the Site by means of cookies. Cookies are small bits of information stored by the Visitor’s Internet browser on his computer’s hard drive that enable the Caisse to recognize the Visitor when he accesses its Site. When the Visitor surfs the Internet, a cookie is used for the purposes described above.

If the Visitor does not want the Caisse to gather information about his visit, he can, at his sole discretion, configure his browser so that it warns him when he receives a cookie or to prevent such cookies from being sent.

The Caisse uses this information to gage the number of Site visits by Visitors as well as the different pages they view, the average time that Visitors spend on the Site and to compile other statistics on Visitors to the Site in general. With this information, the Caisse can also verify the Site’s performance for system administration purposes to make the Site easier and more user-friendly and to relay certain overall processed information to Representatives for whom the transmission of such information is necessary to perform their duties.

Other personal information

The Caisse only gathers other personal information about the Visitor if he, at his sole discretion, decides to provide such information voluntarily. However, if the Visitor wishes to receive information from the Caisse or to have his name added to the Caisse’s mailing list, the Visitor must disclose his e-mail address so that the Caisse’s server can respond to his request or, as the case may be, send him the requested information. This other information is also gathered so as to enable and manage the Visitor’s inclusions on the Caisse’s mailing list (including, in particular, the modification of the parameters of his inclusion on or deletion of his name from the mailing list), to facilitate the communication of relevant information to Visitors and for better knowledge of their profiles. This information is strictly confidential and will not be used for commercial prospection or solicitation purposes.

A copy of the personal information the Visitor provides to the Caisse and which the Caisse retains is kept on the Caisse’s servers in Montréal, Québec, Canada. The Visitor can access the personal information he provides to the Caisse and notify the Caisse to update, change or delete certain information that the Caisse gathered during his visit, by sending an e-mail to info@cdpq.com or by answering messages sent to him because of his inclusion on the Caisse’s mailing list.

Where it deems it appropriate, the Caisse uses encryption or authentication tools, or both, as well as other means to protect certain personal information derived from the Web and kept on its server. The Visitor acknowledges and agrees that the e-mail messages that he sends to the Caisse can be tampered with before they reach the Caisse’s server.

Personal information, electronic or other, gathered by the Caisse is not disclosed to any one, except the Caisse’s Representatives who need such information to discharge a duty associated with the fulfillment of the purposes set out in this Policy. The Visitor agrees and acknowledges that the Caisse is also authorized to use, disclose or communicate the Visitor’s personal information to the extent provided or required by law, including pursuant to court orders.

Other considerations

Definitions

For the purposes of this Policy, the word Representatives includes the Caisse, affiliates of the Caisse and their respective directors, officers, employees, consultants and agents.

For the purposes of this Policy, the word Visitor means the person who, in fact, browses the Site as well as the person who authorizes the use of the computer or, as the case may be, the browsing equipment.

Entire agreement

The Policy covers the entire agreement between the Visitor and the Caisse regarding the Caisse’s processing and use of the Visitor’s personal information and supersedes the prior written or verbal agreements between the Visitor and the Caisse with regard to the subject matter hereof.

Interpretation

In the event of discrepancy between the two (2) versions of the Policy, the French version takes precedence.

The masculine gender is used for easy reading purposes and includes the feminine.

Applicable law

This Policy is governed by the laws of the Province of Québec, Canada. The Visitor recognizes the exclusive jurisdiction and competency of the courts of Québec, Canada, in the event of any dispute related to this Policy.

Specific rules

In the event of discrepancy between one of the rules set out in the Policy and a specific rule set out on a page of the Site in relation to particular personal information, the specific rule shall take precedence.

All rights reserved to the Caisse and its subsidiaries.