Privacy Policy

Last updated May 31, 2012

This privacy policy sets out the information gathering and dissemination practices for this website by the Toronto School of Practical Philosophy.

The School of Practical Philosophy takes the issue of security and privacy seriously. We respect our visitors’ right to both their privacy and security of their data. To that end, we collect and use information throughout our website only as disclosed below.


What information do we collect about you?

Personally identifiable information:

The School of Practical Philosophy collects personally identifiable information from you only with your knowledge and consent. We do not collect any personally identifiable information through our own website and/or store it in an online environment, other than the information you submit to us either in an online form, by email, or when you sign up for our email newsletters.  (For more on about our email mailing list, click here.)

If you register for courses or events online you will be directed to our third party service provider, Administrative Software Applications, Inc. (ASA), where you will be required to set up an account and will be asked to submit information specific for the purposes of registration. ASA retains basic demographic information such as name, e-mail and any other information necessary to process the credit card and conduct the transaction. However, ASA does not retain credit card information on payment transactions processed on any of ASA’s websites.  The information stored on ASA’s servers is only accessible by the School of Practical Philosophy and by ASA authorized employees or representatives. By using their website and making online purchases through ASA you agree to the terms and conditions and privacy policy as set out by them.  Please review their policies prior to using their website.

Automatic Collection of Information:

We collect non-personally identifiable information from you in order for us to better understand how our website is used. Information about a user’s visit is logged; however, your IP address is never referenced to personally identifiable information. Usage statistics are gathered in a non-intrusive manner. The log files are private documents and are primarily used by the server administrator for error notification, server administration and to monitor website performance. At times portions of the log files may be viewed by others for the purpose of server administration, security or when required by law.


Some pages on this website use a technology called “cookies”. A cookie is a token that a server gives to your browser when you access a website. Cookies are capable of storing many types of data. Cookies help provide additional functionality to the website or to help us analyze website usage more accurately. For instance, our server may set a cookie that keeps you from having to enter a password more than once during a visit to one of our websites. In all cases in which cookies are used, we will not collect personally identifiable information except with your explicit permission. With most Internet browsers, you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about these functions.


Do we disclose the information we collect to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information unless we provide you with advance notice, and you agree to this sharing. The term “outside parties” does not include the School of Practical Philosophy. It also does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety.

Email Mailing List

We will never exchange, lend or sell our e-mail mailing list to anyone. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of sending you e-mails and to contracted service providers for purposes of providing services relating to our communications with you.

We use our electronic newsletter and email for communicating to individuals from whom we have received consent. If you sign up for our e-mail newsletter, all we need from you is your e-mail address. Each newsletter that we e-mail will display the e-mail address of the recipient with simple instructions on how to unsubscribe (opt-out) from the e-newsletter list. Each e-newsletter will also contain a link that will allow you to login in to the e-mail system and change the data that is there so that you are always in control of the information you provide.

Statistics are gathered from the e-mails in order to track the effectiveness of the mailings. We never share, sell, or rent this information to anyone. This information is only used for our own internal purposes.


Privacy Policy Changes

The Toronto School of Practical Philosophy may deem it necessary or appropriate from time to time to modify this privacy policy to reflect changes in the way we collect or use information or changes in privacy-related laws, regulations, or industry standards. Please check these terms periodically for changes. Using this site following the posting of changes to these terms shall constitute your acceptance of the revised terms. Information will be handled according to the privacy statement in effect at the time the information is used.


Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions or comments about our Privacy Policy, please email us, call us (416) 960-4833 or write to us at:

Toronto School of Practical Philosophy
29 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 2S2

Please remember to include your postal address, email address and phone number with your correspondence.


Terms and Conditions

Please also review our Terms and Conditions which establish the release of liability governing the use of our website.

Who we are

Our website address is:


What personal data we collect and why we collect it



When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.



If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


Contact forms



If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.




Who we share your data with


How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.


What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.


Your contact information


Additional information


How we protect your data


What data breach procedures we have in place


What third parties we receive data from


What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data


Industry regulatory disclosure requirements