EWB #PoliticsAside Privacy Policy


This policy applies to and domains and websites (the "Sites"), which are operated by Engineers Without Borders Canada (“EWB-Canada”, "We" or "Us"), a registered Canadian charity.

EWB-Canada is committed to protecting your privacy.

Each time you visit these Sites or provide us with information through the Sites, by doing so you are accepting practices described in the privacy policy. You are also accepting our specific rules or terms of use, which may be posted on specific sections of the Sites, including areas for making donations, signing petitions, or sending emails.

To support our commitment to protecting your privacy, EWB-Canada has adopted Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code and The Donor Bill of Rights. EWB-Canada is dedicated to being both transparent and accountable in dealing with the information that you choose to share with us.

Personal Information Defined

Personal Information is any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual, as well as any other information where there is a serious possibility that it can be associated with an identifiable individual. This information can include an individual's opinions or beliefs, as well as facts about, or related to, the identifiable individual.

Business contact information is not considered personal information, and certain publicly available information, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers as published in telephone directories, can be collected, used and disclosed in certain contexts without your consent.

Your Personal Information

Like most website operators, EWB collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. EWB’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how EWB visitors use its website.

When you sign up for a mailing list or send a message through these Sites, EWB may send you messages by e-mail. If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from our email list, you may do so by clicking here.

Cookies, Data Tracking & Management:

Some parts of the Sites are password-protected. We will use a cookie (cookies reside on your computer and are under the control of your browser) to enable you to return to password-protected areas of the website without having to re-enter your password. If you wish to disable these cookies, the help portion of the tool bar on most browsers will tell you how to do that. If you set your browser to disable cookies, however, you may not be able to access certain parts of these Sites.In order to better serve our members, we use cookies and periodically analyze web statistics. We collect IP addresses and may analyze these to better understand where our traffic is coming from, and to provide customized services to members. We also use cookies to periodically analyze web statistics in order to help us better understand how our site is being used, and what our site visitors are interested in. Cookies can be managed through your browser settings. It is possible to navigate our Sites without accepting cookies. However, certain features of the Sites may not work properly if you do so. For example, we use first party cookies and local storage in order to facilitate some external messaging features of our site. If first party cookies are blocked, we will not be able to send a message to your Member of Parliament through our ‘Email Your Candidate’ tool.

We also use third-party services, such as Google Analytics and Quantcast Measure. This helps us understand traffic patterns and know if there are problems with our website. Google Analytics ( uses first and third party cookies, while Quantcast Measure ( uses third party cookies. You can read more about their respective practices above. We may also use embedded images in emails to track which emails are opened by our supporters and which emails receive a positive response (clicking on links, etc), so that we can tell which mailings appeal most to EWB supporters.

We also use NationBuilder, a platform operated by 3dna that helps us organize our members and supporters. Nation Builder uses first and third party cookies in order to achieve this. In addition to cookies, we transfer some information you provide us to NationBuilder to help us process it. For example, if you provide us with your email address in order to join our mailing list, Nation Builder will store this email and help us process our list messaging activities. Nation Builder can also allow us to link supporter profiles across different services. For example, if you provide us with your email address in order to join our mailing list, NationBuilder helps us link your email to your Facebook or other social media account. For more information on the NationBuilder platform, visit their website here:

Disclosure of Personal Information

We do not share the information you’ve given us with unaffiliated groups without your explicit permission. We may share some of your personal information with the following groups:

  • Third Party Service Providers – our database administrators, such as Google Analytics and Quantcast Measure. You can read more about their privacy policies above.

  • Third Party Administrators – organizations we engage to facilitate large distribution of messages, such as NationBuilder. You can read more about NationBuilder’s privacy policy here.

In addition, as explained below, we will sometimes co-host online engagement tools with campaign partners. Information entered into these engagement tools will be collected by us as well as by our campaign partners.

With your explicit permission, we may pass along certain types of information about you to the following groups:

  • Our petitions and campaigns may involve sharing personal information of supporters with groups including Canadian policy-makers, news publications and other targets when you choose to use one of our tools to send them messages.

  • For petitions and email campaigns in which you've participated, we may make your name, location, and comments public—for example, we may provide compilations of petitions, with your comments, to Canadian policy makers and other targets, or to the press.

  • For example, when you choose to use the #PoliticsAside tool to send a message to a policy-maker, you are consenting to information that you enter into the tool, including your full name, email address, city and postal code, being shared with Federal MPs, MP candidates and Canadian policy-makers.

  • We will not make your street address public, but we may transmit it to the designated target as part of a petition. This is a standard industry practice in such situations. EWB is not responsible for the use of your email address by campaign targets.

By explicit permission we mean, in each instance, we will ask additional permission from you before passing along information.

  • We will also require from you some positive indication to demonstrate you have assented to the disclosure of information. The most typical example of this would be a letter campaign, where you enter your information into an internet-based form beside a message and click 'Send Your Message'.

When you give EWB personal information, we take steps to ensure that your information is treated securely. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, EWB cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

If we are required by law to disclose the information that you have submitted, we will attempt to provide you with notice (unless we are prohibited from doing so) that a request for your information has been made in order to give you an opportunity to object to the disclosure. We will attempt to provide this notice by email, if you have given us an email address, or by postal mail if you have entered a postal address. If you do not challenge the disclosure request, we may be legally required to turn over your information. In addition, we will sometimes independently object to requests for access to information about users of our site that we believe to be improper.

Campaign Partners

Sometimes, on a campaign by campaign basis, a coalition partner will be granted access to information you provide via a petition, online tool or email campaign. In such cases, links to the privacy policies of those coalition partners will appear on the campaign sign-up page. The #PoliticsAside campaign, for example, is a joint campaign with Campaign tools such as the “Email Your Candidate” or the mailing list subscription tool are operated by both EWB and This means that information provided to either of these tools will also be collected by, and governed by its privacy policy, which can be viewed here:

Sending Emails Via

In certain cases, we enable you to send individual e-mails to Canadian policy makers through our website. Messages are sent in your name, with your e-mail address as the return address, and your full name and any contact information you provide is also included as part of the submission. You are solely responsible for the specific message(s) you send using our email tool, and when you are able to edit the content of a message you send using our email tool, you are solely responsible for the content of that message. EWB takes no responsibility for the use of your message content or of your email address by campaign targets.

Use of Personal Information

We will use information you provide us to contact you for the purpose of informing you of our activities and campaigns. We also use your information to assess what information you might be interested in hearing about. For example, we may use the fact that you signed on to a particular campaign to gauge your interest (or lack thereof) in a future similar campaign. From time to time, we will also use your information to contact you for fundraising purposes.  

Phone Campaigns

From time to time, EWB may contact you by telephone if you shared your telephone number with us. If you would like to be removed permanently from our phone list, please email us at with the subject line "UNSUBSCRIBE [YOUR PHONE NUMBER]". Please allow 8-10 business days for your information to be removed.

Links to Other Websites

This privacy policy applies to transactions and activities in which you engage and data gathered only on the Site. EWB also links to a variety of third-party websites and allows our website to interact with other services, like social networking and video hosting websites. EWB is not responsible for, and does not have any control over, the privacy practices or the content of such third parties. This privacy policy does not apply to pages hosted by other organizations to which we may link, as their privacy policies may differ, nor does it apply to any offline contact between you and EWB.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

EWB may revise or amend this policy at any time at our sole discretion. If we make any substantive changes in the way we collect or use personally identifiable information provided by users, we will post a prominent announcement on our web site home page and post the changes on this page. We encourage users to visit this page periodically to review our current policy.


If you have any questions about this privacy statement, your personal information, or the practices of this Site, you can write to