QuitNow is a free program for British Columbians looking to quit or reduce tobacco and e-cigarette use, delivered by the BC Lung Association on behalf of the Government of British Columbia.
While delivering smoking cessation services to program members, the BC Lung Association collects, uses and discloses personal information in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) and other applicable legislation.
The purpose of this privacy statement is to inform you of the personal information that may be collected from you when visiting the QuitNow website and how that information may be used.
Collection of Your Personal Information
Information you provide us
The information you provide us is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act 26 (c)&(e) and is used to provide smoking and vaping cessation services to you and for ongoing research and program evaluation of our services. We collect personal information which you supply by registering with and using the QuitNow Web, Text or Phone Services.
This includes information that you provide when you:
(a) register and create your membership profile,
(b) fill out surveys,
(c) select a quit date and cessation options on your membership profile,
(d) request support from qualified Quit Coaching staff,
(e) post content to the Community Forum.
Please be advised that personally identifying information or personally sensitive data disclosed when posting to the QuitNow Community Forum or on QuitNow social media channels may result in that information being collected and used by others.
Some personal information, such as your quit date, User Name (or 'handle') will be made visible to others on the Community Forum. Please review your privacy settings carefully before sharing information on the QuitNow Website.
Information Automatically Collected
There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by the QuitNow Website and Live Chat Service.
Information collected via the QuitNow Website may include the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your computer, the IP address of your internet service provider, the date and time you access the website, the operating system you are using, and pages of the website that you visit.
This non identifying information is used for the operation of the website, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the website.
The information the QuitNow Live Chat service collects may include the IP address of your computer, browser type and operating system, date and time you access the website, and pages visited.
The Live Chat also collects the first name and email address of program members at the onset of a Chat request, and stores a secure log of the chat itself. A transcript of the Live Chat may be instantly downloaded by the Program Member upon Chat completion. Chat logs are used to evaluate the quality of cessation services delivered.
The QuitNow Website uses “cookies” to allow us to tailor your experience at our web service to be more helpful.
A “cookie” is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. You may choose to decline cookies if your browser permits.
Use of Your Personal Information for Service Management
British Columbia Lung Association collects and uses your personal information to operate the QuitNow Website and to deliver services you have requested.
If you register with our program, we use the email address you provide to contact you for account administration purposes, and for program evaluation surveys.
One form of support provided by the QuitNow Website is online, telephone and Live Chat counselling, conducted by trained Quit Coaches. If you contact a Quit Coach using any of these methods, that Coach may view information relating to previously conducted Live Chat Logs, and other previously logged information relating to your smoking cessation efforts while using the QuitNow program and services. All Coaches are subject to strict privacy policies to ensure confidentiality of your information.
Use of Your Personal Information for Technical Support
We also use the information we collect about you to operate and improve our website, including limited access to the Program database for the purpose of troubleshooting technical support or content issues. All QuitNow Website technical support staff are subject to strict privacy policies to ensure confidentiality of your information.
Please be advised that reporting a problem with a Member Profile or service, may require that we access your user information to identify the issue.
Disclosure of Your Personal Information
All personal information collected via QuitNow Website is subject to the rules and protections outlined within the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA).
Personal information is never shared with outside organizations, with the sole exception of information regarding individual program outcomes back to referring Health Care Practitioners, and subject to explicit consent obtained at the moment of the patient's referral to the QuitNow program. Health Care Practitioners may refer patients to the QuitNow program without this option selected.
Information Hosting and Management
British Columbia Lung Association manages the QuitNow Website and web-based services. The QuitNow Online Website and all associated services are hosted and stored on servers located in Canada.
Security of Your Personal Information
In operating the QuitNow Website, the British Columbia Lung Association secures your personal information against unauthorized access, use or disclosure. The British Columbia Lung Association secures the personally identifying information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secured environment, protected to unauthorized access, use or disclosure.
Employees and contractors engaged in the operation of the QuitNow Website are subject to strict privacy policies to ensure confidentiality of your information.
The QuitNow Online Website may contain optional links to local organizations, websites and resources that are subject to different privacy policies. Please be aware that if you choose to leave our site via a link, the British Columbia Lung Association assumes no responsibility for the privacy practices or the content of other websites.
We encourage you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to the QuitNow Online Web Service so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your personal information.
This statement is in effect as of September 1, 2011. The development of the British Columbia Lung Association’s procedures for protection of personal information is an ongoing process. Due to changes in technology and legal requirements and other reasons, the British Columbia Lung Association will to time to time review and revise this statement.
New versions of this statement will be posted here. Accordingly, when you use the QuitNow Website, please note the date of this statement and review any changes since the last version.