Customer usage and account information to design relevant marketing
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The Bell companies have long been committed to maintaining the accuracy, confidentiality, security and privacy of your information. Our long-standing commitment to safeguarding your right to privacy has led to our reputation as a leader in the protection of customer privacy. To continue to earn your trust, we want to keep you up-to-date on your rights as our customer and on how the Bell companies use and safeguard your personal information. Our representatives undergo privacy training to ensure they are aware of your rights.
Every year, we ensure that each of our employees reviews and signs a code of business conduct that requires, among other things, the safeguarding and proper use of customer information. Our representatives undergo extensive privacy training to ensure they are aware of and respect your rights at all times. We also place strict controls on the protection and use of personal information within our systems and websites.
Questions or concerns about your privacy?
We'd be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your privacy. To reach us, please visit our contact us section.
If you still have unresolved privacy concerns, you can write to the Bell Privacy Ombudsman at:
The Office of the Bell Privacy Ombudsman
160 Elgin St.
Ottawa ON K2P 2C4
Or by email at email@example.com
If the Bell Privacy Ombudsman does not resolve the issue to your satisfaction, you may contact the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
What is “personal” information?
Personal information can include:
How and why does Bell collect personal information?
We collect information during the application process, when communicating or transacting business with you, when you browse the Internet using your mobile device, laptop, computer or TV, and when providing you with service. Occasionally we collect information about you from third parties, such as credit reporting agencies for credit checks.
We collect information to:
Your personal information will not be used for any other purpose without your consent.
Does Bell store customer information outside of Canada?
In some cases, personal information collected by the Bell companies may be stored and processed outside of Canada to provide you with service or to support Bell operations.While the information may be subject to the legal jurisdictions of these countries, the companies that provide us with these services have obligations to protect such information. For example, the information is typically provided only after detailed contracts are set out with the companies that provide us with these services. Moreover, the information may only be used for the purposes of providing the services in question.
Does Bell share personal client information with outside organizations?
We do not provide personal information to any party outside of the Bell companies except in limited circumstances in which it is necessary for us to do so. These third parties may include:
When we provide personal information to third parties, we give only the information that is required under the specific circumstances. That information is used only for the purpose stated and is subject to strict terms of confidentiality. The employees of the companies that we share this information with must meet and respect our privacy standards.
Directory listing information
Please note that, pursuant to federal legislation, publicly available information, including a directory listing of your name, address and telephone number, may be collected, used and disclosed by organizations without your consent.
If you prefer not to have your listing information provided to select organizations, please contact us.
Sharing information among the Bell companies
Occasionally we may share information between the Bell companies to help understand your information, communication and entertainment needs, and to provide you with relevant information to meet those needs.
Option to opt out
If you don't want your information shared among the Bell companies, please contact us.
Please note that when you choose to opt out (or opt back in), it may take up to 30 days to update our databases.
Legal and emergency exceptions
It' s important to note that in certain circumstances, we may collect, use or disclose personal information without your knowledge or consent. For example:
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Why we ask you to confirm personal information when you call Bell
Bell places great emphasis on the security of your personal information and has safeguards in place to ensure that it is not disclosed to an unauthorized third party which is why, when calling Bell you'll be asked to confirm certain details regarding your account.
This safeguard will help us prevent pre-texting, often referred to as “social engineering”, which refers to the fraudulent and illegal practice of misrepresenting who you are in order to obtain access to someone else' s information. Bell is aware pre-texting, although illegal, has been a practice employed by unauthorized third parties trying to obtain access to customer information.
The kinds of things we might ask you to confirm could include your account number, PIN or password associated with the account, details of your payment habits, service usage or identification that you might have provided when you first requested your service such as a provincial driver's licence number.
We therefore ask for your patience and understanding when you are asked to confirm or provide such information as this process has been established to protect your personal account information.
Does Bell monitor client Internet usage?
Bell does not usually monitor your use of the service or the content of your emails. However, similar to other Internet service providers, Bell reserves the right to do so from time to time.
For example, in the normal course of business, we may need to review certain aspects such as your bandwidth consumption. This is to ensure that our service is functioning properly, but it may also be to ensure your compliance with the provisions of our Acceptable Use Policy, a copy of which can be found at the end of your service agreement.
Some of the things that will trigger monitoring of your use include:
Bell may also use information about your account and network usage for other purposes, such as developing new business and marketing reports and improving the relevance of the ads and marketing partner offers we show you. We will not share any information that identifies you personally outside of Bell Canada and its affiliates. For more information, see bell.ca/relevantads.
Find out more about Bell's Network Management Policy.
What are cookies and does Bell use them?
A cookie is a small text file containing a unique number that identifies your browser - but not you - to our computers each time you visit. Cookies tell us which pages of our sites are visited and by how many people. This allows us to make decisions about which information is useful and what areas need improvement.
Unless you specifically identify yourself, we will not know who you are, even though we may assign your computer a cookie. In addition, unless we have your consent, we never combine cookie information with personally identifiable details like your name, telephone number or even your email address.
You don’t need cookies to visit Bell sites. But if you refuse to accept them, some of the site features might not work, for example, the personalization options.
For more information on how to manage your cookies please visit Bell's Internet Support pages.
Why does Bell record customer calls?
Because Bell is committed to continually improving its customer contact experience, some customer calls may be recorded and used for the ongoing training and development of our employees. Consistent with federal privacy legislation, customers are informed by a pre-recorded message that their call may be recorded for quality assurance purposes. After hearing this message, should you decide to continue with the call, your consent to record the call is implied. Otherwise, you may contact a Bell customer service representative through our contact us section or by visiting a Bell store in your area.
The Bell companies may also record outbound calls placed to our customers for similar purposes.
We will request permission from a parent or legal guardian before collecting, using or disclosing any personally identifiable information about a child (e.g., for participation in contests and promotions) on any of our commercial websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age.
For more information regarding marketing to children, please visit the Canadian Marketing Association’s Special Considerations in Marketing to Children guidelines, part of the CMA’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
For more information about protecting children online, bell.ca offers some information about parental controls and safe surfing in our Internet support pages.
What privacy enhancing services does Bell offer?
Bell offers a number of services, such as Call Display, Call Privacy and Call Blocking, to help balance the privacy interests of customers and the people they call. You can also find information about these services in the introductory pages of the telephone directory, by calling 1 866 310-BELL (2355) or by visiting a Bell store.
Telephone or fax telemarketing calls
Telemarketing calls may only be made between 9 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (the times are those of the person receiving the call and may vary where provincial restrictions apply).
Persons making telephone or fax telemarketing calls must:
The above rules do not apply to telemarketing messages that are left in your voicemail, or to calls made for purposes other than telemarketing, such as calls for emergency purposes, account collection or service related issues, opinion polls, surveys and market research.
Reducing unwanted telephone or fax telemarketing calls
If you want to limit the telephone or fax telemarketing calls you receive, you or a person you authorize to act on your behalf, can register your phone, cellular and fax numbers on the National Do Not Call List through one of the following methods:
Note: To register on the National Do Not Call List by phone, TTY device, or by fax, you must call from the number you are registering.
There is no charge to register your number(s) on the National Do Not Call List. Your number(s) will remain on the National Do Not Call List for three years.
All telephone or fax telemarketing calls that are not subject to one of the exemptions listed below should cease 14 days after you register your number on the National Do Not Call list, except when you have provided an organization with express consent to call you.
The following types of calls are exempt from the National Do Not Call List rules:
Bell’s telemarketing activities
If you wish to be added to Bell’s internal Do Not Call List, please notify any Bell customer service representative who will action your request immediately. In keeping with National Do Not Call List rules, all Bell marketing lists will be updated within 14 days.
Complaints regarding telephone or fax telemarketing
You can register a complaint regarding a telephone or fax telemarketing call:
In order to file a complaint, be sure to have the following information on hand:
You must file your complaint within 14 days of receiving the call in question
Automatic dialling announcing devices
Automatic dialling announcing devices (ADADs) can store or produce telephone numbers to be called and deliver either a pre-recorded or synthesized voice message.
The use of ADADs to make telemarketing calls is prohibited, except where you have provided express consent to receive a telemarketing call via an ADAD from a specific telemarketer.
ADADs used to make calls for purposes other than telemarketing must:
These conditions do not apply to ADAD calls made for public-service reasons, including calls for emergency and administrative purposes by police and fire departments, schools, hospitals, or similar organizations.
Every day, scam artists from around the world are finding new ways, and using the latest technology, to break into office networks or personal computers, or invent new phone or online scams in order to steal information and money from unsuspecting consumers.
Because of the variety and sheer volume of these activities, it is virtually impossible to track every incident or find the source of every fake marketing operation. As a result, more and more consumers and businesses are becoming victims of fraud and losing millions every year.
Education is your best protection
We encourage you to find out more about phishing (email fraud), telemarketing scams and other types of activities that can make you vulnerable. Below, are some examples of what you should be looking out for, as well as some tips that will help you stay safe online and offline.
Telemarketing or prize scams
Look out for aggressive marketing tactics, pressure to “act now,” instructions to pay administrative fees for the delivery of a prize or product, etc. Aggressive marketing tactics are often used in order to “close the deal”, enabling the scam artist to quickly obtain your money and important information such as your banking information or credit card number.
Important tip: Watch out for “suspiciously generous” offers and make sure you are dealing with a legitimate business when you make a purchase over the phone or the Internet. Very short offer-expiry dates are often a sign of a scam. Short expiries reduce the risk of the fraudster being traced by authorities.
Some of our customers have had calls from fraudulent telemarketing “operators” claiming to be from Bell. For example, the operators may try to sell new rate plans (which are phony) or they may tell you that they’re updating your account and want you to “confirm” details. Their goal is to trick you into releasing personal information like credit card numbers or social insurance numbers, which can then be used for further fraud. Another example is the use of a pre-recorded message promising customers travel rewards or a $100 credit on their next bill and directing customers to a fake site that “looks” like a legitimate site or a 1-800 number to try to trick customers into disclosing their personal information.
If you get a suspicious call:
Email fraud or phishing
This refers to the use of deceptive emails and fake websites using the brand name of a legitimate business or government agency in order to obtain the personal information of web users for purposes of identity theft and other types of fraud. For more information, go to the Bell Internet support site.
Scam artists are now using a wide range of tactics in order to steal your information online and offline. In addition to phishing, your personal information may be pulled from social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, your computer, your mailbox and even your recycling bin.
Scam artists use creative schemes to steal your money by accessing your voice mail system, your calling card information or your Web browser and making sure the additional long distance fees are charged to you. Bell’s Fraud Control Centre continuously monitors its networks and works diligently to protect our customers and our employees.
For more useful tips on how to protect yourself from toll fraud, visit our phone fraud page.
Remember, it is your responsibility to remain vigilant and adopt the simple, but important safeguards that can protect you from toll fraud.
Some important tips:
The following are some important tips to help protect you from fraudulent activities:
Who to contact for more information or to report fraud
If you think you may have given personal information to a fraud operator posing as a Bell representative, please call us immediately. Give us as much information as possible including the exact date and time of the call.
Otherwise, if you suspect you’ve been a target of any type of phone or Internet fraud and would like to report a problem, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre (formerly Phonebusters) at 1 888 495-8501 or go to www.antifraudcentre.ca.
To find out more about fraud prevention, go to www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/fraud.
When it comes to your preferences for privacy and marketing, ‘Bell affiliates’ refers to the following companies:
|Bell Mobility Inc.|
|Bell Aliant Regional Communications L.P.|
|Bell ExpressVu L.P.|
|The Source (Bell) Electronics Inc.|
|Bell Media Inc.|